The People of the Wide Sands
written with Renato Pestriniero
Novel 1982 86,000 words
  • In 1982 the Italian author Renato Pestriniero wrote a novel entitled Il Villaggio Incantato, based on van Vogt's 1950 story "Enchanted Village." It was done with van Vogt's approval and was first published in Italy in 1982.

  • In 1983, Pestriniero sent van Vogt his English translation of the book to look over and invited him to revise it if he liked. Van Vogt worked on it slowly but steadily, and in May of 1986 he finished his revisions. At Pestriniero's suggestion the new work was entitled The People of the Wide Sands. However, since the book has never been published in English it has never actually seen print under that title. This title is often misread and erroneously referred to as The People of the White Sands (quite understandably reading "White" instead of "Wide," mainly due to the famous White Sands of New Mexico).

  • For a list of van Vogt's works to appear first (or only) in a foreign language, see under Computerworld.

Versions

1982

original version

1987

expanded version
Foreign Editions
Language Title & Year Translator
French

Au-Delá Du Village Enchanté     (1987)

France-Marie Watkins
German

Metamorphosen     (1987)

Heinz-Wilhelm Fabry
Italian

Il Villaggio Incantato     (1982)

Renato Pestriniero
Based On
"Enchanted Village" 1950
Contents
Section Source
Prologue, Chapters 1-9 new material
Chapters 10 "Enchanted Village"
Chapters 11-18 new material

Introduction by A.E. van Vogt

(translated from the French by Isaac Walwyn)

In 1981 I gave permission to Renato Pestriniero, a resident of Lido near Venice and a writer well-known in his country, to adapt my short story "Enchanted Village" into a novel. It was quickly completed. It was written in Italian, naturally, and it was published there under the title Il Villagio incantato.

In 1983 Renato, who speaks English fluently, began the job of translating the novel into English, and sent me the finished result. I did some minor rewriting and touch-ups at the rate of two pages a day, whenever I had a spare moment (which was seldom). My work was finished in May 1986.

It was Renato who suggested The People of the Wide Sands for the American title, which seemed a good title at the time (and still does today).

And I think it's a marvellous story.

— A.E. van Vogt

Italian
Il Villaggio Incantato
1982 March Libra Editrice
format: ? code: ? 262 pages price: ?

cover art by
Allison

First edition

Text version: 1982

Original shorter text.

Month from unknown source.

Cover image: other Data: Master of Null-A
French
Au-Delá Du Village Enchanté
1987 February J'ai Lu
paperback 2-277-22150-3 313 pages price: ?

cover art by
James Gurney

Wallpaper

Back Cover & Spine

Introduction

Translated by
France-Marie Watkins

Text version: 1987

First appearance of the expanded co-authored text.

First French edition.

Cover & other images: Walwyn, José Data: Walwyn
Au-Delá Du Village Enchanté
1992 J'ai Lu
paperback code: ? 313 pages price: ?

cover art by
James Gurney

Wallpaper

Translated by
France-Marie Watkins

Text version: 1987

Date not certain.

Cover & other images: Axelsson, José Data: other
German
Metamorphosen
1987 November Ullstein Taschenbuch Verlag
paperback 3-548-31157-1 224 pages DM 9.80

cover art by
B. Barnard

Back Cover

Spine

Translated by
Heinz-Wilhelm Fabry

Text version: 1987

First German edition.

Cover & other images: Walwyn Data: Walwyn