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The World of Null-A

by A.E. Van Vogt

Cover artist: Ed Emshwiller

Publisher: Ace

Pub year: 1964

Cover price: 40¢


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"Science-fiction fans will hail it as a classic."
— New York Herald Tribune

Back cover text

"Without doubt one of the most exciting, continuously complex and richly patterned science-fiction novels ever written."
— Groff Conklin

"Set in the year 2650 A.D., when contact has been established with other planets, the story is that of Gilbert Gosseyn who discovers a galactic plot against the planets Earth and Venus. Gosseyn sets out to thwart the galactic war and finds himself alternately on Venus and Earth at the will and behest of his manipulator...

"How he succeeds and how he discovers the identity of his manipulator make up the story of this novel ... whose status as an adventure novel is not affected by the strange events which befall Gosseyn from the first to the last page of this exciting book."
— August Derleth

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Cosmic conspiracy

"In A.D. 2650 Earth had become the world of null-A, or non-Aristotelianism, controlled by a gigantic Games Machine, made up of twenty-five thousand electronic brains ... Gilbert Gosseyn came to the Games Machine that year, only to find that he didn't know who he was, and, even more amazing, that he could be killed and still live, in his own original body!

"Later, Gosseyn learned that he was evidently a pawn in an astral game some super-brain was playing to thwart an attack on the solar system from outer space. Mr. van Vogt's novel shuttles back and forth between Venus and Earth, and the story is packed with Hitchcockian action ... The science-fiction fan, whose name has become legion in recent years, will hail it as the classic of the year."
— New York Herald Tribune