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Away and beyond by A. E. Van Vogt

Away and beyond (edition 1963)

by A. E. Van Vogt

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Title:Away and beyond
Authors:A. E. Van Vogt
Info:London : Panther, 1963
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Away and Beyond by A. E. Van Vogt



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Away and Beyond was originally published in 1952 in hardback by Pellegrini & Cudahy and contains 9 short stories. Depending on which re-issue you have you may be missing either one or two stories which were in the original. For example, the Berkley paperback with a publication date of February 1959 dropped 'Vault of the Beast' and 'Heir Unapparent'.

The original 9 stories are:

Vault of the Beast
The Great Engine
The Great Judge
Secret Unattainable
The Harmonizer
Heir Unapparent
The Second Solution
Film Library

The publication dates for the stories span the period 1940 (Vault of the Beast) to 1948 (The Great Judge). As might be expected the settings and the technolgies of some of the stories are dated but at least two (The Great Engine and The Great Judge) still read reasonably well.

My personal favorite is Film Library. Science and technology have left the story behind but I still enjoy the premise which amounts to some kind of "time warp" resulting in movies from the future taking the place of movies from the present (that is 1946 present)and causing a minor inconvenience to the owner of an agency which rents films (reel-to-reel 16mm movie films in the can)to businesses and educational institutions.

I wouldn't class the book as a "must read" but if you are curious about Van Vogt's writing style and don't want to wade through one of his novels I think Away and Beyond would be a good introduction to his prose. ( )
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The blue-gray engine lay half buried in a green hillside.
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