Futures Past

A. E. van Vogt

At the forefront of the Golden Age, A. E. van Vogt shaped the direction of modern science fiction. As Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, and Theodore Sturgeon emerged, van Vogt had already paved the way for them. These raw, emotive stories defy their pulp origins and remain classics in the SF field.


Futures Past

by A. E. van Vogt

ISBN: 1892391058 / 9781616962135

Published: 1999

Available Format(s): Trade Paperback and Limited Hardcover

At the forefront of the Golden Age of science fiction, A. E. van Vogt shaped the direction of modern science fiction. At a time when such writers as Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, Theodore Sturgeon, Eric Frank Russell, and Lester Del Rey began to hit their stride, van Vogt was the genre’s most popular author. The raw emotive power of these stories defy their pulp origins and remain classics in the SF field.

The last survivor of a spaceship that crash lands on Mars finds a deserted Martian village. Natives of the Andes Mountains are able to survive in the thin atmosphere of Mars without pressure suits, to the great resentment of those born at sea level. A human and an ezwal, a large, blue, three-eyed being with the power of telepathic communication, crash land on a jungle planet and are forced to cooperate with each other to stay alive—despite the fact that the ezwal hates humans and would just as soon tear the human into little pieces. A creature, actually the galaxy’s greatest mathematician, is held in a huge vault on Mars that is made of ultimate metal and whose time-lock is keyed to the ultimate prime number.

“Van Vogt was never afraid to take chances with his stories…the last compilation of Van Vogt’s stories
before his death should belong in any SF reader’s collection.”
SF Crowsnest


A. E. van Vogt is considered a key author in John W. Campbell, Jr.’s Golden Age of science fiction. His best known novels include Slan and The World of Null-A. Van Vogt’s science fiction career began with the short story, “Black Destroyer,” published in Astounding Science Fiction in 1939. “Black Destroyer” remained one of his most popular stories, and has been cited as a source for the film Alien. In 1996, he received the Grand Master Award from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Along with John W. Campbell, Jr., Hugo Gernsback, and Jack Williamson, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame included van Vogt among its initial inductees.

“Nobody…ever came close to matching van Vogt for headlong, breakneck pacing, or for the electric, crackling paranoid tension with which he was capable of suffusing his work.”
—Gardner Dozois

“Next to Robert Heinlein, [van Vogt] was the brightest luminary of the Golden Age….”
—Isaac Asimov

“A. E. van Vogt represents the highest possible development of the imagination….”
—August Derleth

“Van Vogt was the first science-fiction writer to combine emotion and wild imagination-his dreams of the future will never be forgotten.”
—Brad Linaweaver

“The work of A. E. van Vogt has happily resisted the theorists, because it is memorably vivid, suspenseful, filled with eye-opening imagery that exudes a steel-blue strangeness, at once in love with the stylized surfaces of technology but reminding us that barbarians are in control of the toys.”
—George Zebrowski

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“Van is Here, But Van is Gone”, Introduction by Harlan Ellison

The Enchanted Village
The Last Martian
The Reflected Men
Cooperate Or Else!
The Second Solution
The Replicators
Vault of the Beast