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  • David Malcolm Sommer on

    The “fixed up” version of this story that appears in The Voyage of the Space Beagle is much improved over the original. I’d recommend that book for anyone curious about van Vogt. It’s enormously influential in the field of science fiction. (It was so clearly the inspiration for Star Trek, for instance, that one wonders why van Vogt didn’t sue Gene Roddenberry instead of the producers of the less-similar movie Alien.)

    The denial of SFWA Grand Master status to van Vogt until 1996 was largely due to the efforts of trick-ending jockey Damon Knight (“To Serve Man”). Knight wrote of van Vogt:
    “He’s not a giant as often maintained. He’s only a pygmy using a giant typewriter.” It’s perhaps a measure of Knight’s own writing talent that this attempted insult misfires so badly. A pygmy using a giant typewriter is way more interesting than a plain old giant!

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