Out of the Unknown
Collection 1948 52,000 / 61,000 words
Alternate Titles

The Sea Thing and Other Stories     (1970)

  • This book has a very confusing printing history:

  • Fantasy Publishing, who released the first edition, reprinted the book an indeterminate number of times. Sources conflict greatly on the dates and details of these reprints.

  • The 1969 Powell edition added an Introduction by van Vogt discussing the history of Unknown Worlds (in which these stories originally appeared, or were scheduled to), along with a previously unpublished short story credited to E. Mayne Hull, "The Wellwisher." The contents of the Powell edition were published in the UK as The Sea Thing and Other Stories (1970).

Versions

1948

original version

1969

1 story & introduction added

1970

2 stories cut, 1 added
Contents
Introduction by A.E. van Vogt 1969

only in some editions

"The Sea Thing" 1940
"The Wishes We Make" 1943
"The Witch" 1943

not in NEL edition

"The Patient" 1943

not in NEL edition

"The Ultimate Wish" 1943
"The Ghost" 1942
"The Wellwisher" 1943

only in Powell and NEL editions

English
1948 April Fantasy Publishing Co.
hardback 48-2355 141 pages $2.50

cover art by
Roy Hunt

Wallpaper

Back Cover

Spine

Dust Jacket Flap 1

Dust Jacket Flap 2

Board

Title Page

Copyright Page

Table of Contents

Illustrations List

First edition

First Fantasy Publishing Co. printing.

Month from ISFDB.

Text version: 1948

1,000 copies.

Serial number from Master of Null-A.

Master of Null-A lists possible reprints of this edition in 1949, 1952, 1959, and 1970. Details on these printings remain elusive.

Also, some printings of this edition may have been cloth-bound rather than hardback.

Internal illustrations (one illustration per story):

  • Charles McNutt — "The Sea Thing," "The Wishes We Make," & "The Patient"
  • Neil Austin — "The Witch"
  • Roy Hunt — "The Ultimate Wish" & "The Ghost"

Charles McNutt also did all of the text initial decorations at the beginning of each story.

The Sea Thing by A.E. van Vogt, initial decoration by Charles McNutt (1948)The Sea Thing by A.E. van Vogt, illustrated by Charles McNutt (1948)The Wishes We Make by E. Mayne Hull, initial decoration by Charles McNutt (1948)The Wishes We Make by E. Mayne Hull, illustrated by Charles McNutt (1948)The Witch by A.E. van Vogt, initial decoration by Charles McNutt (1948)The Witch by A.E. van Vogt, illustrated by Neil Austin (1948)The Patient by E. Mayne Hull, initial decoration by Charles McNutt (1948)The Patient by E. Mayne Hull, illustrated by Charles McNutt (1948)The Ultimate Wish by E. Mayne Hull, initial decoration by Charles McNutt (1948)The Ultimate Wish by E. Mayne Hull, illustrated by Roy Hunt (1948)The Ghost by A.E. van Vogt, initial decoration by Charles McNutt (1948)The Ghost by A.E. van Vogt, illustrated by Roy Hunt (1948)

artist: various

illustrations: 12

Cover & other images: Walwyn
Illustration images: Walwyn
Data: Walwyn
1949 Fantasy Publishing Co.
format: ? code: ? 141 pages price: ?

cover art by
Roy Hunt

Text version: 1948

Date not certain.

Reprint, possibly cloth-bound. Further details unknown, but interior likely identical to first edition.

Notice the change of layout of the authors' names compared to first edition, and lack of green ink.

Cover image: Axelsson Data: other
1952 Readers' Service Book Club
hardback code: ? pagecount: ? $2.19

cover artist: unknown

Text version: 1948

  Data: Master of Null-A
1969 Powell
paperback PP 128 222 pages $0.95

cover art by
Albert Nuetzell

Text version: 1969

Includes an additional story, Hull's "The Wellwisher" (1943) and adds an introduction by van Vogt.

Albert Nuetzell, brother to the writer and editor Charles Nuetzell, also did the cover for the 1965 edition of Planets for Sale. Charles was the founder of the Book Company of America.

Cover image: Walwyn Data: Master of Null-A
The Sea Thing and Other Stories (alternate title)
1970 June Sidgwick & Jackson
hardback 0-283-98095-8 222 pages 27/-

(no cover art)

Text version: 1969

Contents identical to the Powell edition.

Cover image: ISFDB Data: Master of Null-A
1970 October New English Library
paperback 0-450-00615-8 126 pages 5/-

cover artist: unknown

Text version: 1970

Leaves out "The Witch" and "The Patient," while adding "The Wellwisher." Yes, that makes no sense, but they went ahead and did it anyway! :-P

Cover image: Morita Data: Master of Null-A