A.E. VAN VOGT
U.S.A., 4/26/1912- 2000) A(lfred) E(lton)
E. van Vogt passed away on January 26th, 2000. For more, visit Locus
van Vogt was born on April 26, 1912 in the house of his mother's parents.
The little farm was in Manitoba, south of Winnipeg, Canada.
science fiction story was inspired by John W. Campbell's "Who Goes There?"
[August 1938 Astounding Science Fiction]. It later was adapted for film
as "The Thing From Outer Space". Campbell returned his first story, "Vault
of the Beast", for rewriting. His second story, "Black Destroyer", made
the cover of the July 1939 issue of Astounding Science Fiction and won
first place in the reader voting for July. It was also patterned after
"Who Goes There?"
9, 1939, he married Edna Mayne Hull who was also a professional writer.
When WWII began, Van Vogt was turned down by his local draft board for
poor vision. However, he was able to get a job working for the Department
of National Defense. In the evenings, he wrote Slan and sold it for $835.
It was a tremendous success.
moving to Los Angeles in 1944, he met a writer, Richard Sale, at a Simon
and Schuster party. Richard worked directly on the typewriter and had
much free time as a result. Van Vogt then found he could do at least half
of his writing directly on the typewriter, instead of writing longhand
was the hub of all kinds of religions, cults and sciences. He was very
impressed after reading Science and Sanity, an introduction to non-Aristotelian
systems and General Semantics by Alfred Korzybsky. van Vogt used these
theories to create The World of Null-A, starting in August, 1945 issue
of Astounding Science Fiction. It was a tremendous success, and also very
controversial. Some readers didn't understand what the story was all about
and began to explore general semantics and Korzybski for answers. In 1948
he wrote the much awaited sequel, The Players of A.
had met L. Ron Hubbard in 1945. Early in 1950, Hubbard began calling from
New Jersey and even sending money, trying to get him interested. To put
a stop to it, he finally accepted. At the same time an article appeared
in the May, 1950 issue of Astounding Science Fiction. It was Dianetics:
The Modern Science of Mental Healing by L. Ron Hubbard. Dianetics was
to influence both him and his wife for many years.
The Mind Cage was written, consciously. It was also his first attempt
to look objectively at the violent male. Then he wrote The Expendables
that was published in the September 1963 issue of Worlds of If magazine.
A note on the front cover, shown at the left, claimed that it was van
Vogt's first new story in 14 years. In the early 70's, Van Vogt ended
his involvement with Dianetics.
Reflections of A.E. van Vogt, an autobiography, was published. It was
also the year his wife, Mayne, died. He later married again. van Vogt
is still living in the Los Angeles area.
More info: http://www.mmedia.is/vanvogt/
Last Revised: November 2005.