The Players of Null-A
Novel 1948 88,700 words
Alternate Titles

The Players of Ā     (1948, etc.)

The Pawns of Null-A     (1956, etc.)

  • This novel follows from the version of events presented in the 1948 version of The World of Null-A rather than the original 1945 serial. (For those who are interested, I have written a comprehensive study entitled The Three Worlds of Null-A which details the differences between the three versions of the first Null-A novel.)

  • Starting with the first paperback publication, the special character "Ā̂" was removed from the title and text and replaced with the word "Null-A" to reduce printing costs.

Part of the
Null-A Series
1 —     The World of Null-A 1945
2 —     The Players of Null-A 1948
3 —     Null-A Three 1984
4 —     Null-A Continuum 2008
English
Part 1 of 4 (serial)
The Players of Ā (alternate title)
Astounding Science Fiction magazine
1948 October Street & Smith
digest Vol 42, No 2 164 pages $0.25

cover art by
Hubert Rogers

First appearance

This installment contains Chapters 1-6 (roughly 21,500 words).

5 illustrations by
Hubert Rogers

Cover image: Walwyn
Illustration images: Walwyn
Data: Walwyn
Part 2 of 4 (serial)
The Players of Ā (alternate title)
Astounding Science Fiction magazine
1948 November Street & Smith
digest Vol 42, No 3 164 pages $0.25

cover art by
Hubert Rogers

First appearance

This installment contains Chapters 7-12 (roughly 22,600 words).

5 illustrations by
Hubert Rogers

Cover image: Walwyn
Illustration images: Walwyn
Data: Walwyn
Part 3 of 4 (serial)
The Players of Ā (alternate title)
Astounding Science Fiction magazine
1948 December Street & Smith
digest Vol 42, No 4 164 pages $0.25

cover art by
Paul Orban

First appearance

This installment contains Chapters 13-16 (roughly 22,000 words).

4 illustrations by
Hubert Rogers

Cover image: Walwyn
Illustration images: Walwyn
Data: Walwyn
Part 4 of 4 (serial)
The Players of Ā (alternate title)
Astounding Science Fiction magazine
1949 January Street & Smith
digest Vol 42, No 5 164 pages $0.25

cover art by
Hubert Rogers

First appearance

This installment contains Chapters 17-22 (roughly 22,600 words).

6 illustrations by
Hubert Rogers

Cover image: Walwyn
Illustration images: Walwyn
Data: Walwyn
The Pawns of Null-A (alternate title)
1956 Ace
paperback D-187 254 pages $0.35

cover art by
Ed Valigursky

First edition

First book publication.

Cover image: Walwyn Data: Walwyn
The Pawns of Null-A (alternate title)
1960 August Digit
paperback R377 191 pages 2/6

cover art by
Ed Emshwiller

First British edition.

Date from Master of Null-A.

This art originally appeared on the cover of the 1959 Ace Double edition of Rocket to Limbo by Alan E. Nourse.

(Image courtesty of Ace Image Library.)

Cover image: ISFDB Data: ISFDB
1966 March Berkley Medallion
paperback F1195 192 pages $0.50

cover art by
Jerome Podwil

Wallpaper

First Berkley printing.

Cover & other images: Walwyn, Lledó Data: Walwyn
1970 September Dobson
hardback 0-234-77584-X 192 pages 25/-

cover art by
Richard Weaver

Front Cover & Spine

Month from Master of Null-A.

Cover & other images: Morita Data: ISFDB
The Pawns of Null-A (alternate title)
1972 February Sphere
paperback 87717 224 pages £0.30

cover art by
Eddie Jones

First Sphere printing.

Month from Master of Null-A.

Some Sphere printings include an introduction by van Vogt. This is largely based on the introduction he wrote for the 1970 Berkley edition of The World of Null-A.

Cover image: Axelsson Data: ISFDB
The Pawns of Null-A (alternate title)
1972 July Sphere
paperback 87718 224 pages £0.30

cover art by
Eddie Jones

Second Sphere printing.

Cover image: ISFDB Data: Master of Null-A
1974 April Berkley Medallion
paperback 0-425-02559-4 192 pages $0.95

cover art by
Paul Lehr

Second Berkley printing.

Cover image: Walwyn Data: Walwyn
1974 April Berkley Medallion
paperback 0-425-02559-4 192 pages C$0.95

cover art by
Paul Lehr

Third Berkley printing.

Canadian printing.

Cover image: ISFDB Data: ISFDB
The Pawns of Null-A (alternate title)
1974 November Sphere
paperback 0-7221-8772-6 224 pages £0.45

cover art by
Bruce Pennington

Third Sphere printing.

(Stated second printing; for some reason the publisher does not count the July 1972 printing.)

Cover image: ISFDB Data: ISFDB
1975 Berkley Medallion
paperback 0-425-02559-4 192 pages $0.95

cover art by
Paul Lehr

Fourth Berkley printing.

(Stated third printing; publisher does not count the Canadian printing.)

Date unknown. 1975 is my best guess.

Cover image: ISFDB Data: ISFDB
The Pawns of Null-A (alternate title)
1976 August Sphere
paperback 0-7221-8747-5 224 pages £0.65

cover art by
Bruce Pennington

Fourth Sphere printing.

Month from Master of Null-A.

(Stated third printing; for some reason the publisher does not count the July 1972 printing.)

Cover image: ISFDB Data: ISFDB
1977 February Berkley Medallion
paperback 0-425-03368-6 192 pages $1.50

cover art by
Paul Lehr

Fifth Berkley printing.

(Stated fourth printing; publisher does not count the Canadian printing.)

Cover image: ISFDB Data: ISFDB
1977 June Gregg
hardback 0-8398-2352-5 192 pages $10.00

(no cover art)

Spine

Frontispiece artwork by Richard Powers.

Introduction by Charles Platt.

Facsimile reprint of the 1966 Berkley Medallion edition.

Cover & other images: ISFDB Data: ISFDB
1978 July Berkley Medallion
paperback 0-425-03368-6 192 pages $1.75

cover art by
Paul Lehr

Sixth Berkley printing.

(Stated fifth printing; publisher does not count the Canadian printing.)

Cover image: ISFDB Data: ISFDB
1982 August Berkley
paperback 0-425-05480-2 192 pages $2.25

cover art by
Vincent Di Fate

Seventh Berkley printing.

Incidentally, this is the copy that was autographed and given to me by van Vogt when I met him in 1994.

This cover art was later used as the frontispiece for the Easton Press edition of The World of Null-A.

Cover image: Walwyn Data: Walwyn
The Pawns of Null-A (alternate title)
1985 Sphere
paperback 0-7221-8773-4 224 pages £1.95

cover art by
Bruce Pennington

Fifth Sphere printing.

Year from Master of Null-A.

Cover image: Walwyn Data: Walwyn
1991 Ariel
trade 0-89804-154-6 231 pages $8.95

cover art by
Mark Peyton

Cover image: ISFDB Data: Master of Null-A