The Voyage of the Space Beagle

The Voyage of the Space Beagle

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by A. E. van Vogt
     
 

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One of the great original classics of modern SF returns!

An all-time classic space saga, The Voyage of the Space Beagle is one of the pinnacles of Golden Age SF, an influence on generations of stories. An episodic novel filled with surprises and provocative ideas, this is the story of a great exploration ship sent out into the unknown reaches of space on

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One of the great original classics of modern SF returns!

An all-time classic space saga, The Voyage of the Space Beagle is one of the pinnacles of Golden Age SF, an influence on generations of stories. An episodic novel filled with surprises and provocative ideas, this is the story of a great exploration ship sent out into the unknown reaches of space on a long mission of discovery. They encounter several terrifying alien species, including the Ix, who lay their eggs in human bodies, which then devour the humans from within when they hatch. This is one of the most entertaining and gripping stories in all of classic SF.

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From the Publisher

“A. E. van Vogt is truly a grand master of science fiction. He is to Canadian SF what H. G. Wells is to the British variety or Jules Verne is to the French. We all stand on his broad shoulders.” —Robert J. Sawyer

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780765320773
Publisher:
Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date:
07/08/2008
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
631,577
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.51(d)

Meet the Author

SFWA Grand Master A. E. van Vogt was born in Canada and moved to the US in 1944. He lived in Los Angeles, California, until he died in 2000.

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The Voyage of the Space Beagle 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
luvtoreadMK More than 1 year ago
Great read. Showcases the authors insight and forward thoughts of humanity; many of which are no longer fiction. Added bonus-a source of major inspiration for the classic sci-fi movie Alien.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
The crew of the Space Beagle encounters a strange species the Coeurl on this forbidden planet. The creature looks like a cat with large tentacles. The Coeurl concludes these are outsiders from another star system on a scientific expeditions it knows scientist are brilliant idiots, who cannot kill especially an intriguing beast like it. However, the space travelers quickly conclude they are in danger when they realize this enigmatic beast ¿eats¿ the soul of humans for sustenance. Nexialist Elliot Grosveneur, ignored through months of the journey by those who have no idea what his specialty means as he has none being a nexus connecting generalist, chief chemist Gregory Kent, and expedition leader Hal Morton realize they face a dangerous monster.------------- Above is the first of four alien encounter adventures that the multi disciplined scientific expedition of the crew of the Space Beagle face. All are dangerous meetings in which Dr. Grosveneur plays a key role. The reprint from 1950s magazines showcases A.E. Vogt¿s unique ability to combine outer space action with cerebral prevalent social theories in this case the debate over Oswald Spengler¿s cyclical rise and fall like seasons of empires/cultures in his 1920s DECLINE OF THE WEST seems so timely, but it is difficult to grasp the nuances of the debate. Still readers will want to join the crew of the SPACE BEAGLE as they go where mankind has never been before encountering strange species, not all friendly and will search the net for information on Spengler and Nexialism.---------- Harriet Klausner
Guest More than 1 year ago
The previous reviewer does a good job describing this novel. However where he finds it exciting and a good read I found it pretentious and progressively more annoying. The all male crew encounters four progressively more interesting beings and instead of finding joy in discovery - they get into instant death struggles. And the behavior of the crew toward each other gets more and more pathetic. A better title would be Voyage of the Space Blunderbuss.