Computerworld
Novel 1983 65,000 words
Alternate Titles

Computer Eye     (1985)

  • This novel was based on a film screenplay van Vogt wrote sometime in the '70s for the director Roger Corman. But due to budgetary limitations and technical difficulties, the film was never made. One of this script's working titles may have been Conflict 2000.

  • Computerworld's first appearance was in French, with the title La Machine Ultime, published by J'ai Lu in October, 1983, thus pre-dating the English language publication by a month. The translation work was done by France-Marie Watkins, who has translated quite a few van Vogt novels over the years. It was first published in English in November of the same year by DAW Books.

  • After the first U.S. edition was published the American magazine Computerworld asked DAW Books to change the novel's title since they claimed it might be confused with their own publication. Therefore DAW subsequently reprinted the novel with the title Computer Eye. This purely American dispute had no effect on the British editions.

Foreign Editions
Language Title & Year Translator
French

La Machine Ultime     (1983)

France-Marie Watkins
English
1983 November DAW Books
paperback 0-87997-879-1 203 pages $2.50

cover art by
Michael Mariano

First DAW printing.

First English-language publication.

DAW Collector #554

UE1879

Cover image: ISFDB Data: Walwyn
1983 November DAW Books
paperback 0-87997-879-1 203 pages C$2.50

cover art by
Michael Mariano

Second DAW printing.

Canadian printing.

DAW Collector #554

UE1879

Cover image: Walwyn Data: Walwyn
1984 August New English Library
paperback 0-450-97879-1 203 pages £1.50

cover artist: unknown

First British edition.

First NEL printing.

  Data: Master of Null-A
Computer Eye (alternate title)
1985 July DAW Books
paperback 0-88677-063-7 203 pages $2.95

cover art by
Michael Mariano

Back Cover

Third DAW printing.

DAW Collector #554

UE2063

This retitled edition is quite a bit harder to find than the original.

Cover & other images: Walwyn Data: Walwyn
1986 January New English Library
paperback 0-450-05904-9 203 pages £2.25

cover artist: unknown

Wraparound

Second NEL printing.

This edition states the first NEL printing as February 1986, which contradicts some of my other sources.

Interestingly, this British edition was printed from the plates of the original DAW edition so the pagination of the text is identical in both countries.

The cover price is £2.25, though this cannot be seen on this scan since one of those irritating stickers is covering it up. A nice trick in this situation is to open the back cover and hold it up to the light — the printing underneath then becomes visible.

Cover & other images: Walwyn Data: Walwyn
French
La Machine Ultime
1983 October J'ai Lu
paperback 2-277-21548-1 253 pages price: ?

cover art by
Michael Whelan

First edition

First J'ai Lu printing.

Translated by
France-Marie Watkins

Cover image: ISFDB Data: ISFDB
La Machine Ultime
1996 August J'ai Lu
paperback 2-290-01548-2 253 pages price: ?

cover art by
Michael Whelan

Translated by
France-Marie Watkins

Cover image: ISFDB Data: ISFDB
La Machine Ultime
1999 January J'ai Lu
paperback 2-290-01548-2 253 pages price: ?

cover art by
Michael Whelan

Translated by
France-Marie Watkins

Cover image: Amazon Data: ISFDB