Lost: Fifty Suns
Collection 1972 65,000 words
Alternate Titles

The Book of van Vogt     (1972, etc.)

  • Not to be confused with the shorter work using the same title. (That short work is an excerpt from Mission to the Stars, and appeared by itself for the first time here in this collection.)

  • This was one of the first books published by DAW Books, established by the brilliant Donald A. Wollheim. It quickly became one of the leading SF & fantasy publishers of the '70s and early '80s, and was van Vogt's main publisher during his second period of active writing.

  • The version of "The Barbarian" included in this collection is actually an excerpt of Chapters 19-24 of Empire of the Atom. As such it contains many differences from the original magazine version of the story.

Contents
"The Timed Clock" 1972

first appearance

"The Confession" 1972

first appearance

"The Rat and the Snake" 1970
"The Barbarian" 1947

1972 version

"Ersatz Eternal" 1972

first appearance

"The Sound of Wild Laughter" 1972

first appearance

"Lost: Fifty Suns" 1972

excerpt from Mission to the Stars

English
The Book of van Vogt (alternate title)
1972 April DAW Books
paperback UQ1004 191 pages $0.95

cover art by
Karel Thole

First edition

First DAW printing.

Month from Master of Null-A.

DAW Collector #4

Some copies contain a cigarette ad between pages 96 & 97

Cover image: Walwyn Data: Walwyn
The Book of van Vogt (alternate title)
1972 April DAW Books
paperback UQ1004 191 pages C$0.95

cover art by
Karel Thole

Second DAW printing.

Canadian printing.

DAW Collector #4

Cover image: ISFDB Data: ISFDB
The Book of van Vogt (alternate title)
1972 DAW Books
paperback UQ1004 191 pages $0.95

cover art by
Karel Thole

Third DAW printing.

Date unknown; 1972 is my best guess.

DAW Collector #4

Cover image: ISFDB Data: ISFDB
1979 September DAW Books
paperback 0-87997-491-5 191 pages $1.75

cover art by
Jim Souder

Fourth DAW printing.

Month from Master of Null-A.

UE1419

Cover image: Walwyn Data: Walwyn
1979 September DAW Books
paperback 0-87997-491-5 191 pages C$1.95

cover art by
Jim Souder

Fifth DAW printing.

Canadian printing.

UE1419

Cover image: ISFDB Data: ISFDB
1980 December New English Library
paperback 0-450-04949-3 189 pages £1.25

cover art by
Gerald Grace

First British edition.

First (and only?) NEL printing.

Cover image: Ski-Ffy Data: ISFDB