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The Empire of Isher: The Weapon Makers / The Weapon Shops of Isher

by A. E. Van Vogt

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An omnibus of the two weapon shop books.

A short book in three parts. A mysterious weapon shop appears in the present, and only lets certain people in. One man finds himself in the future. A young man there finds out he has superhuman luck altering powers.
The third section involves a man who has made himself immortal, and is out to save society via his weapon shops and other schemes.

Weapon Shops of Isher : 1 The Seesaw - A. E. van Vogt
Weapon Shops of Isher : 2 The Weapon Shop - A. E. van Vogt
Weapon Shops of Isher : 3 The Weapon Shops of Isher - A. E. van Vogt

Cosmic balance sucks if it is you.

3.5 out of 5

An incontrovertible supply of bang and zap is important.

4 out of 5

Put me in charge, I do old really well.

3.5 out of 5

4.5 out of 5

The continuation of the story for control of civilisation between the Empress Inelda and the superman, Robert Hedrock, head of the Weapon Shops.
The immortal Hedrock sets out to guide people in the way he sees best but a technological wild card causes some problems.

4 out of 5

http://superprose.blogspot.com/2008/12/weapon-shops-empire-of-isher.html ( )
  Rynosseros | Dec 22, 2008 |
An omnibus of the two weapon shop books.

A short book in three parts. A mysterious weapon shop appears in the present, and only lets certain people in. One man finds himself in the future. A young man there finds out he has superhuman luck altering powers.
The third section involves a man who has made himself immortal, and is out to save society via his weapon shops and other schemes.

Weapon Shops of Isher : 1 The Seesaw - A. E. van Vogt
Weapon Shops of Isher : 2 The Weapon Shop - A. E. van Vogt
Weapon Shops of Isher : 3 The Weapon Shops of Isher - A. E. van Vogt

Cosmic balance sucks if it is you.

3.5 out of 5

An incontrovertible supply of bang and zap is important.

4 out of 5

Put me in charge, I do old really well.

3.5 out of 5

4.5 out of 5

The continuation of the story for control of civilisation between the Empress Inelda and the superman, Robert Hedrock, head of the Weapon Shops.
The immortal Hedrock sets out to guide people in the way he sees best but a technological wild card causes some problems.

4 out of 5

http://superprose.blogspot.com/2008/12/weapon-shops-empire-of-isher.html ( )
  bluetyson | Dec 22, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0312875002, Paperback)

Having more stories from A.E. van Vogt repackaged and reprinted can only be good news: along with Heinlein and Asimov, this prolific, wild-eyed author deserves much of the credit for pioneering science fiction's golden age back in the '40s and '50s. As a sort of crazy old uncle of modern sci-fi, though, van Vogt doesn't always get his due: his writing wasn't always spectacular, his plot and pacing fell somewhere between harum-scarum and willy-nilly, and his ideas were delivered in relentless salvos, each more outlandish than the last. But an embarrassment or not, the visionary van Vogt is indisputably part of the family, an entertaining and daring author whose influence can be seen in the work of countless other writers.

This 288-page paperback binds together two of van Vogt's better stories, "The Weapon Makers of Isher" and "The Weapons Shops of Isher," published in sequel-prequel order back in 1946 and 1951. These time-hopping, politically convoluted tales follow the struggle between the oppressive (but beautiful) Empress Innelda and the superadvanced libertarian Weapon Shops ("The right to buy weapons is the right to be free," reads the storefront sign). Much of the melodramatic plot revolves around the Shops' immortal, ultragenius founder Robert Hedrock, his conflict with the Empress, and their differing visions for the future of humanity, but don't fret too much over the details: van Vogt keeps your head comfortably a-swim in a steady stream of whiz-bang gadgetry, plot twists, and breakneck action. --Paul Hughes

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