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The Weapon Makers

by A.E. Van Vogt

Cover artist: Jack Gaughan

Publisher: Ace

Pub year: 1952

Cover price: 40¢


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"one of the all-time greats of imaginative fiction."
— Fantasy & Science Fiction

Back cover text

Van Vogt at his best

"Here is imagination carried far beyond any rational scientific extrapolation into pure fantasy, where all normal functions of space and time are suspended and thousands or even millions (of miles, years, or what-have-you) are the negligible units of small change....

"Result: magnificent romantic melodrama."
— New York Herald-Tribune

"One of Van Vogt's largest, most effective concepts ... It is a fascinating book. You cannot put it down."
— Galaxy

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Interior text

Did their world rest on a pariah's shoulders?

Imagine a future empire of super-science, so strong that it had lasted thousands of years, so vast that it embraced the whole world and many other planets as well, and whose ruler was a highly glamorous and thoroughly willful young woman. Yet this tremendous set-up was completely unable to cope with the startling machinations of one solitary outlaw.

That man was the amazing Robert Hedrock. And though Hedrock had been declared a kill-on-sight outcast even by those who had once been his own faction, neither they nor their empress foe suspected that he alone could provide the solution to their deadliest cosmic crisis.