The Beast
Novel   (Fix-Up) 1963 60,000 words
Alternate Titles

Moonbeast     (1969, etc.)

  • Not to be confused with "The Beast" (1943), the original shorter work which was later re-written to be part of this fix-up novel.

  • This novel contains both stories in the short Pendrake series ("The Great Engine" and "The Beast"). They were rewritten into this novel form along with another work, The Changeling, which was not part of the Pendrake series.

  • Published in the U.K. only under the title Moonbeast.

Based On
"The Great Engine" 1943
The Changeling 1944
"The Beast" 1943
Contents
Section Source
Chapters 1-5 "The Great Engine"
Chapters 5-11 The Changeling
Chapters 12-13 linking material
Chapters 14-31 & Epilogue "The Beast"
Included In
A Van Vogt Omnibus 1967
English
1963 Doubleday
hardback 63-11213 207 pages $3.50

cover art by
Howard Burns

First edition

Cover image: ISFDB Data: ISFDB
1963 May SF Book Club
hardback code: ? 207 pages $1.20

cover art by
Howard Burns

Cover image: Walwyn Data: ISFDB
1964 May Macfadden
paperback 60-169 160 pages $0.60

cover art by
Richard Powers

Back Cover

First Macfadden printing.

Month from Master of Null-A.

Cover & other images: Walwyn Data: Walwyn
1968 August Macfadden
paperback 60-343 160 pages $0.60

cover artist: unknown

Second Macfadden printing.

Cover image: Axelsson Data: ISFDB
Moonbeast (alternate title)
1969 December Panther
paperback 02937 187 pages 5/-

cover artist: unknown

First British edition.

First Panther printing.

Month from Master of Null-A.

Oddly, this novel first appeared in Britain as part of an omnibus volume (apparently using the plates of an American edition). This Panther edition was its first UK-specific solo publication.

Cover image: Axelsson Data: ISFDB
Moonbeast (alternate title)
1970 Panther
paperback 02937 187 pages 5/-

cover artist: unknown

Second Panther printing.

Cover image: ISFDB Data: ISFDB
1972 September Manor
paperback 532-00479 160 pages $0.75

cover artist: unknown

First Manor printing.

(Third printing, if you include Macfadden editions.)

Manor Books was previously known as Macfadden (see above). Some of my sources indicate that Macfadden was an imprint of Manor; other sources state that Manor merged with Macfadden to become a single publisher.

Cover image: Walwyn Data: Walwyn
Moonbeast (alternate title)
1973 December Panther
paperback 0-586-02937-0 187 pages £0.35

cover art by
Chris Foss

Wallpaper

Third Panther printing.

Cover & other images: ISFDB, other Data: ISFDB
1975 April Manor
paperback 532-95399 160 pages $0.95

cover artist: unknown

Second Manor printing.

Month from Master of Null-A.

(Fourth printing, if you include Macfadden editions.)

Cover image: Walwyn Data: Walwyn
Moonbeast (alternate title)
1975 June Panther
paperback 0-586-02937-0 187 pages £0.40

cover art by
Chris Foss

Wallpaper

Fourth Panther printing.

Month from Master of Null-A.

Cover & other images: ISFDB, other Data: ISFDB
1977 June Manor
paperback 0-532-15265-4 160 pages $1.50

cover artist: unknown

Third Manor printing.

(Fifth printing, if you include Macfadden editions.)

Date not certain.

Cover image: Axelsson Data: ISFDB
Moonbeast (alternate title)
1978 November Panther
paperback 0-586-02937-0 187 pages £0.85

cover art by
Chris Foss

Wallpaper

Fifth Panther printing.

Month from Master of Null-A.

Cover & other images: ISFDB, other Data: ISFDB
Moonbeast (alternate title)
1984 April Panther
paperback 0-586-02937-0 187 pages £1.95

cover art by
Chris Foss

Wallpaper

Sixth Panther printing.

Month from Master of Null-A.

Master of Null-A states this edition as being printed in 1985 rather than 1984.

Cover & other images: Axelsson, other Data: ISFDB
1984 February DAW Books
paperback 0-87997-910-0 176 pages $2.50

cover art by
Frank Kelly Freas

Wallpaper

First DAW printing.

DAW Collector #567

UE1910

Cover & other images: Walwyn, Lledó Data: Walwyn
1984 February DAW Books
paperback 0-87997-910-0 176 pages C$2.95

cover art by
Frank Kelly Freas

Wallpaper

Second DAW printing.

Canadian printing.

DAW Collector #567

UE1910

Cover & other images: ISFDB, Lledó Data: ISFDB
1992 November Carroll & Graf
paperback 0-88184-883-2 207 pages $3.95

cover art by
Jim Burns

Wallpaper

Month from Master of Null-A.

This artwork first appeared on the 1979 Corgi edition of Robert A. Heinlein's novel Farnham's Freehold. The full illustration can be seen on page 35 of the book Lightship: Jim Burns, Master of SF Illustration by Chris Evans (published by Paper Tiger in 2000). [Thanks to Guus for this information.]

(Image courtesy of PulpCrush.)

(Image courtesy of Lledó.)

Cover & other images: Walwyn, Lledó Data: Walwyn