To Conquer Kiber
Novel 1985 60,000 words

Description

An alcoholic is unexpectedly propelled into the middle of a complex web of interstellar intrigue and power-plays.

  • After van Vogt's first wife, Edna Mayne Hull, died in 1975 he contracted to do several books for various publishers to distract himself from his grief. One of these was a novel entitled To Conquer Khyber, which he agreed to do for DAW Books in 1975. However, he had difficulty in meeting these many commitments. When the deadline passed for the delivery of Khyber, Donald Wollheim at DAW asked van Vogt where the manuscript was — in fact, he had not even started it. In an attempt to placate Wollheim he cobbled together a couple of books — Supermind and Pendulum. Each book held off Wollheim for a short while before he again insisted that Khyber be delivered. The book was never delivered to DAW — perhaps, after a few years, they simply lost interest and let him off the hook. Whatever the reason, the novel — now known as To Conquer Kiber — was eventually published by J'ai Lu as a French translation under the title A la conquête de Kiber. To this day it has never appeared in English, only in French and Romanian. (For a list of the other works to appear first — or only — in a foreign language, see under Computerworld.)

Foreign Editions
Language Title & Year Translator
French

A la conquête de Kiber     (1985)

France-Marie Watkins
Romanian

Cucerirea Kiberului     (1998)

French
A la conquête de Kiber
1985 April J'ai Lu
paperback 2-227-21813-8 189 pages price: ?

cover art by
Barclay Shaw

Back Cover & Spine

First edition

First J'ai Lu printing.

Translated by
France-Marie Watkins

Cover & other images: Walwyn Data: Walwyn
A la conquête de Kiber
1985 November J'ai Lu
paperback 2-227-21813-8 189 pages price: ?

cover art by
Barclay Shaw

Translated by
France-Marie Watkins

Cover image: ISFDB Data: ISFDB
A la conquête de Kiber
1990 March J'ai Lu
paperback 2-227-21813-8 189 pages price: ?

cover art by
Barclay Shaw

Translated by
France-Marie Watkins

Cover image: ISFDB Data: ISFDB
Romanian
Cucerirea Kiberului
1998 Editura Vremea
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cover artist: unknown

Translator:unknown

Cover image: Axelsson Data: Axelsson