"The Human Operators"
written with Harlan Ellison
Short Fiction 1971 7,700 words
  • This is the famous collaboration done with Ellison for the unique Partners in Wonder collection which consists of works that Ellison wrote with others, including many of the other leading writers in the SF field.

  • The story was adapted by Naren Shankar as an episode of the new Outer Limits which aired on Showtime on March 12th, 1999.

Versions

1971

original version

1999

TV adaptation
Included In
Pendulum 1978
English
The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction magazine
1971 January Fantasy House
digest Vol 40, No 1 — Issue #236 132 pages $0.60

cover art by
Vaughn Bodé

First appearance

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Partners in Wonder anthology
edited by Harlan Ellison 1971, etc.

Some printings of this anthology are abridged. As far as I can tell, van Vogt's story was included in all of them.

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Best Science Fiction Stories of the Year anthology
edited by Lester del Rey 1972, etc.
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Alpha 8 anthology
edited by Robert Silverberg
1977 November Berkley Medallion
paperback 0-425-03561-1 242 pages $1.50

cover artist: unknown

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The Arbor House Treasury of Modern Science Fiction anthology
edited by Robert Silverberg & Martin H. Greenberg 1980, etc.

Also published under the title Great Science Fiction of the 20th Century (1987).

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Great Science Fiction of the 20th Century anthology
edited by Robert Silverberg & Martin H. Greenberg
1987 November Avenel
hardback 0-517-64124-0 726 pages $8.98

cover art by
Romas Kukalis

Originally published under the title The Arbor House Treasury of Modern Science Fiction (1980).

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The Outer Limits television
1999 March Showtime
TV Season 5, Ep. # 7 44 minutes

Adapted by Naren Shankar.

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