Null-A Continuum

Null-A Continuum

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Grandmaster A. E. van Vogt was one of the giants of the Golden Age of classic SF, the 1940s. Of his masterpieces, "The World of Null-A" is perhaps most influential. It was the first major trade SF hardcover ever, in 1949, and has been in print ever since. The careers of Philip K. Dick, Keith Laumer, Alfred Bester, Charles Harness, and Philip Jose Farmer were created or influenced by "The World of Null-A." It is required reading for anyone who wishes to know the canon of SF classics.
And so John C. Wright was inspired to write a sequel to the two novels of Null-A (the second was "The Players of Null-A"). To do this, he trained himself to write in the pulp style and manner of van Vogt. So return again to the Null-A future, in which the superhuman amnesiac with a double brain, Gilbert Gosseyn, must pit his wits once more against the remorseless galactic dictator Enro the Red and the mysterious shadow-being known as The Follower, while he is hurled headlong through unimaginable distances in space and in time and through alternate eternities to fend off the death, and complete the rebirth, of the Universe itself
Publisher: New York : Tor, 2008
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780765316295
0765316293
Branch Call Number: FICTION Wri
Characteristics: 317 pages ; 25 cm

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theorbys Jul 05, 2012

5 stars because Wright does in some ways channel Van Vogt. He tries to write like him, and to write in 2008 as if it were the sci fi of the 1940s using the science of the 21st century. And he integrates many elements, directly or indirectly, from many of Van Vogts other novels yet staying as true as possible to the spirit of Null A. Van Vogt, in novels like the Silkie, Forever People, Empire of the Atom, and Weapons Shop, uses the entire Cosmos as a 4 dimensional multiplenum, and Wright pulls out the stops to weave the action through endless time/space, nospace/notime, and superspace/supertime and he does it well, while setting plot wheels within wheels within wheels spinning as Gilbert Gosseyn chases his multiple identites from the Big Bang to foerever/infinity and beyond.. It gets a bit much at times, but this is the Big Book of Van Vogt and John Wright has done his considerable best to do him proud since it was Van Vogt who first opened his eyes (and mine) to a certain sense of wonder. Van is still my favorite science fiction writer and I used to think if there really was a Galactic Observer, it might be him.

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