"Final Command"
Short Fiction 1949 8,500 words
  • A letter by Richard A. Hoen published in the November 1948 issue of Astounding Science Fiction jokingly reviewed several named stories by various leading authors from the not-yet-published November 1949 issue (which was one year into the future). Campbell liked the idea so much that he commissioned stories by those titles from those authors to appear in the "predicted" issue. Van Vogt's story "Final Command" was one of those mentioned by Hoen.

Included In
The Blal 1976
Monsters 1965
Science Fiction Monsters 1967
Transfinite: The Essential A.E. van Vogt 2003
Astounding Science Fiction magazine
1949 November Street & Smith
digest Vol 44, No 3 164 pages $0.25

cover art by
Hubert Rogers

First appearance

This is the famous "future" issue of Astounding (see note above for more details).

2 illustrations by

Cover image: Showcase
Illustration images: other
Data: Walwyn
The Robot and the Man anthology
edited by Martin H. Greenberg 1953, etc.