The Voyage of the Space Beagle
Novel   (Fix-Up) 1950 70,000 words
Alternate Titles

Mission: Interplanetary     (1952)

  • This was the first of van Vogt's "fix-up" novels created from previously-published short stories.

  • The vast majority of scenes involving Grosvenor and Nexialism were newly added for the novel. As a result, each story was revised to feature Grosvenor in a more central role.

  • A comic book adaptation of the "Discord in Scarlet" section of this novel was published as "The Voyage of the Space Beagle" in Eerie #139 in February 1983, scripted by Rich Margopoulos and with art by Luis Bermejo. [Thanks to Tim Stroup for this information.]

  • A 29-word excerpt containing the last two sentences of this novel was published in an anthology in 1992 as "Through a Night."

Versions

1950

full novel

1992

novel excerpt
Based On
"Black Destroyer" 1939
"Discord in Scarlet" 1939
"War of Nerves" 1950
"M33 in Andromeda" 1943
Contents
Section Source
Chapters 1-6 "Black Destroyer"
Chapter 7 linking material
Chapters 8-12 "War of Nerves"
Chapters 13-21 "Discord in Scarlet"
Chapters 25-28 "M33 in Andromeda"
Included In
Triad 1959
English
1950 Simon & Schuster
hardback 50-14253 240 pages $2.50

cover art by
Lew Glansman

First edition

Cover image: Axelsson Data: ISFDB
1951 June Grayson & Grayson
hardback B51-08382 255 pages 8/6

cover artist: unknown

First British edition.

Cover image: ISFDB Data: Master of Null-A
Mission: Interplanetary (alternate title)
1952 January Signet
paperback 914 175 pages $0.25

cover art by
Stanley Meltzoff

Wallpaper

Cover & other images: Walwyn, Lledó Data: Walwyn
1954 May UK SF Book Club
hardback 8 224 pages 6/-

cover art by
C.W. Bacon

  Data: ISFDB
1959 November Panther
paperback 990 192 pages 2/6

cover art by
John Richards

First Panther printing.

Month from Master of Null-A.

Cover image: ISFDB Data: ISFDB
1963 Macfadden
paperback 60-146 192 pages $0.60

cover art by
Richard Powers

Back Cover & Spine

First Macfadden printing.

Cover & other images: Walwyn Data: Walwyn
1963 October Panther
paperback code: ? 191 pages 3/6

cover artist: unknown

Wallpaper

Second Panther printing.

Cover & other images: Lledó Data: Master of Null-A
1968 Panther
paperback 24395 191 pages 5/-

cover artist: unknown

Third Panther printing.

Cover image: Axelsson Data: ISFDB
1968 March Macfadden
paperback 60-318 192 pages $0.60

cover artist: unknown

Second Macfadden printing.

Cover image: Axelsson Data: ISFDB
1970 Panther
paperback 24395 191 pages 5/-

cover artist: unknown

Fourth Panther printing.

Cover image: ISFDB Data: ISFDB
1973 November Panther
paperback 0-586-02439-5 191 pages £0.35

cover art by
Chris Foss

Fifth Panther printing.

Month from Master of Null-A.

  Data: ISFDB
1974 February Manor
paperback 95318 192 pages $0.95

cover artist: unknown

First Manor printing.

(Third printing, if you include Macfadden editions.)

Part of Manor's rather striking set of "bichromatic" editions:

Cover image: Axelsson Data: ISFDB
1975 September Panther
paperback 0-586-02439-5 191 pages £0.50

cover art by
Chris Foss

Sixth Panther printing.

Month from Master of Null-A.

  Data: ISFDB
1976 Manor
paperback 12345 192 pages $1.25

cover art by
Bruce Pennington

Back Cover

Wallpaper

Second Manor printing.

(Fourth printing, if you include Macfadden editions.)

Wallpaper image courtesy of ImageNETion.

Some copies contain a cigarette ad between pages 96 & 97.

This cover art originally appeared on the 1973 NEL edition of Brian Aldiss' book Equator. Oddly enough, it was also used as the cover of another book published by Manor in 1976, their reprint of the anthology 4 Futures.

(Images courtesy of ISFDB.)

Cover & other images: Walwyn, ImageNETion Data: Walwyn
1977 February Panther
paperback 0-586-02439-5 191 pages £0.50

cover art by
Chris Foss

Wallpaper

Seventh Panther printing.

Month from Master of Null-A.

Cover & other images: Axelsson, other Data: ISFDB
1977 Manor
paperback 0-532-12518-5 192 pages $1.25

cover art by
Bruce Pennington

Wallpaper

Third Manor printing.

(Fifth printing, if you include Macfadden editions.)

Date unknown. 1977 is my best guess.

Wallpaper image courtesy of ImageNETion.

This cover art originally appeared on the 1973 NEL edition of Brian Aldiss' book Equator. Oddly enough, it was also used as the cover of another book published by Manor in 1976, their reprint of the anthology 4 Futures.

(Images courtesy of ISFDB.)

Cover & other images: Walwyn, ImageNETion Data: Walwyn
1979 Panther
paperback 0-586-02439-5 191 pages £0.75

cover art by
Chris Foss

Wallpaper

Eighth Panther printing.

Cover & other images: ISFDB, other Data: ISFDB
1981 July Timescape / Pocket
paperback 0-671-48993-3 205 pages $2.50

cover art by
Gerry Daly

First Pocket printing.

My interview with Gerry Daly can be read here.

Cover image: Walwyn Data: Walwyn
1981 July Timescape / Pocket
paperback 0-671-48993-3 205 pages C$2.95

cover art by
Gerry Daly

Second Pocket printing.

Canadian printing.

My interview with Gerry Daly can be read here.

Cover image: ISFDB Data: ISFDB
1982 May SF Book Club
hardback 1945 215 pages $2.98

cover art by
Clyde Caldwell

Wallpaper

Lledó sent me a rather curious image, which seems to be an early draft of Caldwell's cover.

Cover & other images: Walwyn, Lledó Data: Master of Null-A
1986 November Grafton
paperback code: ? pagecount: ? £2.50

cover artist: unknown

  Data: Master of Null-A
1992 June Collier Nucleus
trade 0-02-025990-5 240 pages $8.00

cover art by
Michael Herring

Cover image: Lledó Data: Master of Null-A
Three in Space: Classic Novels of Space Travel omnibus
1998 January White Wolf
trade 1-56504-866-0 563 pages $14.99

cover art by
Lawrence Snelly &
Kathleen Ryan

This omnibus contains:

  • The Voyage of the Space Beagle by A.E. van Vogt
  • Galaxies by Barry N. Malzberg
  • The Enemy Stars by Poul Anderson
Cover image: ISFDB Data: ISFDB
2002 May Rosetta
ebook - - price: ?

cover artist: unknown

Formats:

  • PDF(No longer for sale.)
Cover image: Lledó Data: Fantastic Fiction
2008 July Orb
trade 0-765-32077-0 215 pages $14.95

cover art by
Bruce Jensen

Cover image: Amazon Data: ISFDB
2008 SF Book Club
hardback 0-7394-9946-7 215 pages $13.99

cover art by
Bruce Jensen

SFBC catalog #05-2335

  Data: ISFDB