"A Can of Paint"
Short Fiction 1944 5,500 words


After encountering a strange alien object, an astronaut from Earth must figure out a way to keep it from killing him.

  • Adapted as a short film in 2004, directed by Robi Michael and starring Aaron Robson.



original version


Included In
Destination: Universe! 1952
Transfinite: The Essential A.E. van Vogt 2003
Astounding Science Fiction magazine
1944 September Street & Smith
digest Vol 34, No 1 180 pages $0.25

cover art by
William Timmins

First appearance

3 illustrations by
Paul Orban

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Science Fiction Monthly magazine
1975 February New English Library
large tabloid Vol 2, No 2 28 pages £0.30

cover art by
Tim White

(no illustration images available)

1 illustration by
John Bolton

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2004 Englomerate Productions
film 0-9796718-3-3 24 minutes $9.95

cover art by
Thomas Marinello

My review of this film also contains information on how to obtain this out-of-print title.

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