The Anarchistic Colossus
Novel 1977 75,000 words

Description

On a future Earth where all law enforcement is completely automated, the status quo is threatened by something that was never anticipated by the designers of this "perfect" system — an alien invasion.

  • Includes an introduction by van Vogt discussing human nature and Kirlian machines, two of the novel's main themes.

English
1977 April Ace
paperback 0-441-02255-3 248 pages $1.75

cover art by
Bart Forbes

First edition

First Ace printing.

Cover image: Walwyn Data: Walwyn
1977 Ace
paperback 0-441-02255-3 248 pages $1.75

cover art by
Bart Forbes

Second Ace printing?

Date not certain.

Cover image: ISFDB Data: ISFDB
1977 Ace
paperback 0-441-02256-1 248 pages $1.75

cover art by
Bart Forbes

Third Ace printing?

Date not certain.

Cover image: ISFDB Data: ISFDB
1978 August Sidgwick & Jackson
hardback 0-283-98464-3 248 pages £4.95

cover design by
Bartholomew Wilkins & Partners

First British edition.

Month from Master of Null-A.

Cover image: ISFDB Data: ISFDB
1979 April UK SFBC
hardback 5151 248 pages £1.95

cover artist: unknown

ISFDB gives the serial number as 1151.

Cover image: ISFDB Data: Master of Null-A
1979 June Pan
paperback 0-330-25730-7 176 pages £0.85

cover artist: unknown

Month from Master of Null-A.

Cover image: Axelsson Data: ISFDB
Science Fiction Special #32 omnibus
1981 March Sidgwick & Jackson
hardback 0-283-98510-0 185 / 186 / 248 pages £8.95

cover artist: unknown

Like many British omnibuses, this volume was created from the unsold leftovers of separate books. Because of this, each book inside has a separate pagecount.

This omnibus contains:

  • Survivor by Octavia Butler
  • Under a Calculating Star by John Morressy
  • The Anarchistic Colossus by A.E. van Vogt
  Data: ISFDB