The Battle of Forever
Novel 1971 60,000 words

Description

Millennia after mankind has left the surface of the Earth to the sentient animals, a single agent must return there to explore humanity's past... and to discover his future in the process.

  • Van Vogt submitted this novel for serialization in Analog, but Campbell was unable to find any openings for it in the magazine's packed schedule. If it had been accepted, it would have been van Vogt's first contribution to the magazine since 1950's The Wizard of Linn. [Mentioned in John W. Campbell Letters, Vol. 2]

  • The concept of "uplifting" animals to the level of sentience — central to the plot of this novel — has been used many times in science fiction's history, perhaps most notably in David Brin's Uplift saga.

English
1971 June Ace
paperback 04860 191 pages $0.95

cover art by
John Schoenherr

First edition

Month from Master of Null-A.

Cover image: Walwyn Data: Walwyn
1972 June Sidgwick & Jackson
hardback 0-283-97836-8 191 pages £1.60

cover art by
Chris Gilbert

First British edition.

Master of Null-A gives the publication month as July.

  Data: ISFDB
1973 December New English Library
paperback 0-450-01652-8 173 pages £0.30

cover art by
Bruce Pennington

First NEL printing.

Cover image: Axelsson Data: Walwyn
Science Fiction Special #11 omnibus
1974 August Sidgwick & Jackson
hardback 0-283-98145-8 140 / 191 / 280 pages price: ?

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:

  • Time Tunnel by Murray Leinster
  • The Battle of Forever by A.E. van Vogt
  • Bug-Eyed Monsters edited by Anthony Cheetham
  Data: ISFDB
1975 November New English Library
paperback 0-450-02778-3 173 pages £0.35

cover artist: unknown

Second NEL printing.

  Data: Master of Null-A
1976 August New English Library
paperback 0-450-02778-3 173 pages £0.50

cover artist: unknown

Third NEL printing.

  Data: Master of Null-A
1978 August Authors' Co-Op
hardback 0-931150-01-9 156 pages $9.95

cover art by
Bob Maurus

2,200 copies printed: 1,700 unsigned copies sold at $9.95, 500 autographed copies sold at $14.95.

Cover image: Axelsson Data: ISFDB
1980 April New English Library
paperback 0-450-04597-4 173 pages £0.90

cover art by
Gerald Grace

Fourth NEL printing.

Cover image: Walwyn Data: Walwyn
1982 August DAW Books
paperback 0-87997-758-2 176 pages $2.25

cover art by
Wayne D. Barlowe

First DAW printing.

DAW Collector #494

UE1758

Cover image: Walwyn Data: Walwyn
1982 August DAW Books
paperback 0-87997-758-2 176 pages C$2.50

cover art by
Wayne D. Barlowe

Second DAW printing.

Canadian printing.

DAW Collector #494

UE1758

Cover image: Walwyn Data: Walwyn