A. E. van Vogt Biography
(One of the Most Popular and Influential Practitioners of Science Fiction Writers in the Mid-20th Century)
Birthday: April 26, 1912 (Taurus)
Born In: Gretna, Canada
A. E. van Vogt was one of the most prolific writers of the Golden Age of science fiction, which also saw writers such as Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Ray Bradbury and Theodore Sturgeon. In a career spanning six decades, he penned 39 novels and many short stories. His first novels were ‘Black Destroyer’ and ‘Discord in Scarlet’. ‘Slan’, his most popular novel is about a nine year old boy belonging to a super race called Slan. ‘The Voyage of the Space Beagle’, another successful novel has been credited with inspiring episodes of the Star Trek. After WWII, he shifted to Hollywood. He wrote three novels, ‘The World of Null-A’, ‘The Pawns of Null-A’, ‘Null-A Three’, which supported Alfred Korzybski’s General Semantics (that decisions are made from subjective options based on an overall knowledge of a matter) as opposed to the Aristotelian logic of deductive reasoning. He was affected by the creation of totalitarian states like China, and depicted the all-powerful infallible violent male, in his book, ‘The Violent Man’. He organized his writing, describing scenes of 800 words, and his stories revolved around a temporal conundrum theme. Though he was held in high esteem by Isaac Asimov, he was criticized by Damon Knight for his inconsistent plots, and lack of imagination and reasoning.