A. E. van Vogt’s best novelettes and novellas

novelette: 7,500 to 17,500 words; novella: 17,500 to 40,000 words; novel: over 40,000 words.


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  • "The Ghost" (1942) by A. E. van Vogt

    by A. E. van Vogt

    This rare excursion of van Vogt into the realm of fantasy first appeared in the August 1942 issue of the highly regarded Unknown Worlds bi-monthly magazine.
    This unusual 12,500-word ghost novelette with whodunit and time-conundrum elements, written during van Vogt’s Canadian days when he was (...)

  • "The Witch" (1943) by A. E. van Vogt

    by A. E. van Vogt

    One of van Vogt’s few ventures into the fantasy realm (if witch stories can be so described that is, sometimes one wonders. . .), this solid, nicely-developed novelette about a very old – but not for long if she gets her way with the lovely body of the hero’s wife – and particularly tricky one (...)

  • "The Proxy Intelligence" (1968) by A. E. van Vogt

    by A. E. van Vogt

    The Proxy Intelligence, first published in the October 1968 issue of the WORLDS OF IF SCIENCE FICTION magazine, is the sequel to the excellent golden-age story Asylum, which was first published in 1942 and which can be seen elsewhere on this site.
    In Asylum we followed the adventures of an (...)

  • "Rogue Ship" (1950) by A. E. van Vogt

    by A. E. van Vogt

    This rousing space-opera extravaganza starts off with a bang when the very wealthy and scientifically-minded hero learns that the spaceship that he had built to ship a colony to the far-away Alpha Centauri star system six years ago – to escape a forthcoming nova-explosion of the sun which only (...)