With the publication, in the July 1941 issue of Astounding Science Fiction magazine, of the story Seesaw, van Vogt began unfolding the complex tale of the oppressive Empire of Isher and the mysterious Weapon Shops. This volume, The Weapon Shops of Isher, includes the first three parts of the saga and introduces perhaps the most famous political slogan of science fiction: The Right to Buy Weapons is the Right to Be Free. Born at the height of Nazi conquest, the Isher stories suggested that an oppressive government could never completely subjugate its own citizens if they were well armed. The audience appeal was immediate and has endured long beyond other stories of alien invasion, global conflict and post war nuclear angst.
|Publisher:||Agency Editions, Inc.|
|Series:||Isher , #1|
|Sold by:||Barnes & Noble|
|File size:||218 KB|
About the Author
A. E. van Vogt (1912-2000) was a Canadian-born, prolific science fiction author regarded as one of the most influential science fiction writers of the mid-twentieth century, the Golden Age of Science Fiction. His first book, Slan, adapted from the serial Astounding, is one of his most well-known works.
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I'm a huge Heinlein fan, and this was my first AE Van Vogt book. Very Heinlein-esque in terms of subject matter, and libertarian philosophy, but a refreshingly different style and character development. If you don't like the early 50's sci-fi, you won't like Van Vogt. But if you do, you'll like this and will start looking for more Van Vogt titles.
This book was one of the few that got me hooked on SciFi about 65 years ago as a series in an magazine. And I have been looking for it for a long time. I f you like "early Scienvce Fiction I think you will enjoy this book. P.S. My teacher was the one who handed me the magazine to me, and said "This is better for your mind, than that comic book" ans the rest is history for me.