"The Purpose"
Short Fiction 1945 15,700 words
Included In
The Far-Out Worlds of A.E. van Vogt 1968
The Worlds of A.E. van Vogt 1974
English
Astounding Science Fiction magazine
1945 May Street & Smith
digest Vol 35, No 3 180 pages $0.25

cover art by
William Timmins

First appearance

4 illustrations by
Paul Orban

Cover image: Walwyn
Illustration images: Walwyn
Data: Walwyn
Analog Anthology #5: Writers' Choice anthology
edited by Stanley Schmidt
1983 Davis
digest code: ? 288 pages $2.95

cover artist: unknown

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Analog: Writers' Choice anthology
edited by Stanley Schmidt
1983 The Dial Press
hardback 0-385-27913-2 288 pages $12.95

cover art by
Peter Goodfellow

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