Supermind
Novel   (Fix-Up) 1977 62,500 words
  • This is a fix-up novel created from three stories. "Asylum" and "The Proxy Intelligence" were two stories that were already part of the Dreegh series. A remarkably small amount of linking material was written to bridge these two and the unrelated one, "Research Alpha." As a result the third story feels disconnected from the main storyline.

  • Throughout the '70s van Vogt mentioned in various places that he was planning a third story to follow "Asylum" and "The Proxy Intelligence" that was to be called "I.Q. 10,000." He never wrote it; instead he used his collaboration with James H. Schmitz, "Research Alpha," as the final part of this "trilogy." Schmitz received no credit for his contribution to Supermind, however indirect it may have been. His name does not even appear on the copyright page.

  • After van Vogt's first wife, Edna Mayne Hull, died in 1975 he contracted to do several books for various publishers to distract himself from his grief. One of these was a novel entitled To Conquer Khyber, which he agreed to do for DAW Books in 1975. However, he had difficulty in meeting these many commitments. When the deadline passed for the delivery of Khyber, Donald Wollheim at DAW asked van Vogt where the manuscript was — in fact, he had not even started it. In an attempt to placate Wollheim he cobbled together a couple of books — Supermind and Pendulum. Each book held off Wollheim for a short while before he again insisted that Khyber be delivered. Ultimately, the novel was never delivered to DAW — perhaps, after a few years, they simply lost interest and let him off the hook. Whatever the reason, the novel — now as To Conquer Kiber — was eventually published by J'ai Lu as a French translation under the title A la conquête de Kiber. To this day it has never appeared in English. (You can learn more about this, and other books written during this period, by reading Grant Thiessen's 1979 interview with van Vogt.)

  • The phrase "Intelligence Quotient Ten Thousand!" often appears on the front cover.

Based On
"Asylum" 1942
"The Proxy Intelligence" 1968
"Research Alpha" 1965
Contents
Section Source Notes
Prologue "The Proxy Intelligence" (first 5 paragraphs)
Chapters 1-11 "Asylum"
Chapters 12-22 "The Proxy Intelligence" (main bulk of story)
Chapters 23-36 "Research Alpha"
Epilogue "The Proxy Intelligence" (last 7 paragraphs)
English
1977 January DAW Books
paperback 0-87997-275-0 176 pages $1.25

cover art by
Vincent Di Fate

First edition

First DAW printing.

DAW Collector #224

UY1275

Cover image: Walwyn Data: Walwyn
1977 January DAW Books
paperback 0-87997-275-0 176 pages C$1.25

cover art by
Vincent Di Fate

Second DAW printing.

Canadian printing.

DAW Collector #224

UY1275

  Data: ISFDB
1978 March Sidgwick & Jackson
hardback 0-283-98423-6 176 pages £4.50

cover artist: unknown

Wraparound

First British edition.

Month from Master of Null-A.

Wraparound cover image from Magnus Axelsson.

Cover & other images: ISFDB, Axelsson Data: ISFDB
1979 February DAW Books
paperback 0-87997-445-1 176 pages $1.75

cover art by
Attila Hejja

Third DAW printing.

Date from Master of Null-A.

UE1445

Cover image: Walwyn Data: Walwyn
1979 February DAW Books
paperback 0-87997-445-1 176 pages C$1.95

cover art by
Attila Hejja

Fourth DAW printing.

Canadian printing.

UE1445

Cover image: ISFDB Data: ISFDB
1979 March New English Library
paperback 0-450-03712-6 173 pages £0.80

cover art by
Tim White

Wallpaper

First NEL printing.

Cover & other images: Axelsson, Lledó Data: Walwyn