"Vault of the Beast"
Short Fiction 1940 10,500 words
  • This was the first SF story van Vogt ever started, though it was not the first to be completed or published. It was inspired by John W. Campbell's 1938 story "Who Goes There?" which also featured a shape-shifter. Van Vogt submitted a brief outline for this story to Campbell in late 1938. Campbell returned it but asked van Vogt to try again. He set it aside while he wrote another story, "Black Destroyer," which was accepted and published in July 1939. He later went back and wrote a story based on this earlier outline, "Vault of the Beast," and it was accepted.

Part of the
Morton Series
1 —     "The Gryb" 1940
2 —     "Vault of the Beast" 1940

These two tales feature Command Morton. "The Gryb" was incorporated into the fix-up novel The War Against the Rull, where it was rewritten to feature Professor Jamieson instead of Morton. "Vault of the Beast" only ever appeared in its original short-story form, never being re-used in a fix-up novel.

Included In
Away and Beyond 1952
The Best of A.E. van Vogt: Volume 1 1979
The Best of A.E. van Vogt    [British] 1974
The Blal 1976
Futures Past 1999
Monsters 1965
Science Fiction Monsters 1967
Transfinite: The Essential A.E. van Vogt 2003
English
Astounding Science Fiction magazine
1940 August Street & Smith
pulp Vol 25, No 6 164 pages $0.20

cover art by
Hubert Rogers

First appearance

2 illustrations by
Edd Cartier

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The Other Side of the Moon anthology
edited by August Derleth 1949, etc.

Some editions of this anthology were abridged. Van Vogt's story was left out of the 1956 Grayson & Grayson, 1959 Berkley, and 1966 Mayflower/Dell editions.

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The Astounding Science Fiction Anthology anthology
edited by John W. Campbell, Jr. 1952, etc.

Some editions of this anthology are abridged. Van Vogt's story was included in all of them.

This anthology was later split into two volumes, The First Astounding Science Fiction Anthology and The Second Astounding Science Fiction Anthology (both 1954). Oddly enough, these two volumes had some overlapping contents. Van Vogt's story was included in both of them.

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The First Astounding Science Fiction Anthology anthology
edited by John W. Campbell, Jr. 1954, etc.

The first volume of selections from The Astounding Science Fiction Anthology (1952). Oddly enough, these two volumes had some overlapping contents. Van Vogt's story was included in both of them.

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The Second Astounding Science Fiction Anthology anthology
edited by John W. Campbell, Jr. 1954, etc.

The second volume of selections from The Astounding Science Fiction Anthology (1952). Oddly enough, these two volumes had some overlapping contents. Van Vogt's story was included in both of them.

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Classic Science Fiction: The First Golden Age anthology
edited by Terry Carr 1978, etc.
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The Great Science Fiction Stories: Volume 2: 1940 anthology
edited by Isaac Asimov & Martin H. Greenberg 1979, etc.

This anthology was later reprinted in the omnibus Isaac Asimov Presents the Golden Years of Science Fiction (1983).

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Isaac Asimov Presents the Golden Years of Science Fiction omnibus
edited by Isaac Asimov & Martin H. Greenberg
1983 Bonanza / Crown
hardback 0-517-40147-9 782 pages price: ?

cover art by
Romas

Omnibus containing the 1939 and 1940 volumes of Asimov & Greenberg's anthologies covering the "Golden Years" of SF.

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Space Odyssey anthology
edited by unknown 1983, etc.
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The Monster Book of Monsters anthology
edited by Michael O'Shaughnessy 1988, etc.
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The SFWA Grand Masters: Volume 3 anthology
edited by Frederik Pohl 2001, etc.
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2008 November Wildside Press
ebook - - $1.49

cover artist: unknown

Formats:

First solo publication.

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