"The Barbarian"
Short Fiction 1947 9,517 / 13,746 words
  • The original magazine version of this story is included in the collection Transgalactic. The version printed in the collection Lost: Fifty Suns (aka The Book of van Vogt) is actually an excerpt of Chapters 19-24 of Empire of the Atom. As such, there are numerous differences from the original magazine version.

Part of the
Clane Series
1 —     Empire of the Atom 1957
2 —     The Wizard of Linn 1950

Empire of the Atom is a novel based on the five original Clane stories (see below for full list).

The Wizard of Linn is a book-length sequel to the original stories.

The original magazine versions of all of the Clane tales were reprinted in the collection Transgalactic (2006).

Original Stories:
"A Son is Born" 1946
"Child of the Gods" 1946
"Hand of the Gods" 1946
"Home of the Gods" 1947
"The Barbarian" 1947


original version


adapted for fix-up novel


novel excerpt
Included In
The Book of van Vogt 1972
Empire of the Atom 1957
Lost: Fifty Suns 1979
Transgalactic 2006
Astounding Science Fiction magazine
1947 December Street & Smith
digest Vol 40, No 4 164 pages $0.25

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First appearance

Text version: 1947

(no illustration images available)

4 illustrations by
Paul Orban

Cover image: Showcase Data: Walwyn