"Hand of the Gods"
Short Fiction 1946 11,468 words
  • The working title for this story may have been "Whom the Gods Love" — it is listed under this title in van Vogt's own bibliography that appeared in Reflections of A.E. van Vogt.

Part of the
Clane Series
1 —     Empire of the Atom 1957
2 —     The Wizard of Linn 1950

Empire of the Atom is a novel based on the five original Clane stories (see below for full list).

The Wizard of Linn is a book-length sequel to the original stories.

The original magazine versions of all of the Clane tales were reprinted in the collection Transgalactic (2006).

Original Stories:
"A Son is Born" 1946
"Child of the Gods" 1946
"Hand of the Gods" 1946
"Home of the Gods" 1947
"The Barbarian" 1947


original version


adapted for fix-up novel
Included In
The Best of A.E. van Vogt: Volume 1 1979
The Best of A.E. van Vogt    [British] 1974
Empire of the Atom 1957
Transgalactic 2006
Astounding Science Fiction magazine
1946 December Street & Smith
digest Vol 38, No 4 180 pages $0.25

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First appearance

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4 illustrations by
H. Swenson

Cover image: Showcase Data: Walwyn