The Weapon Makers
Novel 1943 70,000 words
Alternate Titles

One Against Eternity     (1955)

  • This novel is the second novel in the Weapon Shops series. It follows the events told in The Weapon Shops of Isher (1951), even though the serial was written before most of the other Isher stories that make up that volume. Presumably (although I cannot confirm this at the moment) when he revised The Weapon Makers in 1952 he focused mainly on making it more consistent with the first novel.

  • Italian author and translator Roberta Rambelli wrote a lengthy sequel to this series in 1982, entitled Le armi di Isher, Parte seconda (The Weapons of Isher, Part Two).

Part of the
Isher Series
1 —     The Weapon Shops of Isher 1951
2 —     The Weapon Makers 1943
3 —     The Weapons of Isher, Part Two 1982

The Weapon Shops of Isher is a novel created from the three original Weapon Shop stories (see below for full list).

The Weapon Makers is a book-length sequel to the original stories.

Both books were later included in an omnibus volume.

Italian author and translator Roberta Rambelli wrote a lengthy sequel to the series in 1982, entitled Le armi di Isher, Parte seconda (The Weapons of Isher, Part Two).

Original Stories:
"The Seesaw" 1941
"The Weapon Shop" 1942
The Weapon Shops of Isher 1949
Versions

1943

original magazine serial

1952

revised
Included In
The Empire of Isher 2000
The Weapon Shops of Isher & The Weapon Makers 1980
English
Part 1 of 3 (serial)
Astounding Science Fiction magazine
1943 February Street & Smith
bedsheet Vol 30, No 6 132 pages $0.25

cover art by
William Timmins

First appearance

3 illustrations by
F. Kramer

Cover image: Showcase
Illustration images: other
Data: Walwyn
Part 2 of 3 (serial)
Astounding Science Fiction magazine
1943 March Street & Smith
bedsheet Vol 31, No 1 132 pages $0.25

cover art by
William Timmins

First appearance

4 illustrations by
F. Kramer

Cover image: Showcase
Illustration images: other
Data: Walwyn
Part 3 of 3 (serial)
Astounding Science Fiction magazine
1943 April Street & Smith
bedsheet Vol 31, No 2 132 pages $0.25

cover art by
William Timmins

First appearance

4 illustrations by
F. Kramer

Cover image: Showcase
Illustration images: other
Data: Walwyn
1947 Hadley
hardback code: ? 224 pages $3.00

cover art by
Allan Halladay

First edition

1,000 copies printed.

Facsimile reprint issued in 1975 by the First Edition Library.

Cover image: Axelsson Data: Master of Null-A
1952 Greenberg
hardback 52-5626 220 pages $2.75

cover art by
Nettie Weber

First appearance of the revised text.

Cover image: ISFDB Data: ISFDB
1954 January Weidenfeld & Nicolson
hardback B54-01487 224 pages 9/6

cover art by
Pagram

First British edition.

Cover image: ISFDB Data: Master of Null-A
One Against Eternity (alternate title)
1955 February Ace Double
paperback D-94 186 pages $0.35

cover art by
Ed Valigursky

First Ace printing.

Month from Master of Null-A.

Published with The Other Side of Here by Murray Leinster. (Perhaps it should have been entitled The Other Side of an Ace Double?)

Cover image: Walwyn Data: Walwyn
1961 March Digit
paperback R454 156 pages 2/6

cover art by
Ed Valigursky

Month from Master of Null-A.

This cover art originally appeared on John Brunner's The Skynappers (Ace Double D-457).

(Image courtesy of ISFDB.)

Cover image: ISFDB Data: ISFDB
1966 Ace
paperback M-153 186 pages $0.45

cover art by
Jack Gaughan

Second Ace printing.

Year from Master of Null-A.

Cover image: Walwyn Data: Walwyn
1970 February New English Library
paperback 2536 141 pages 5/-

cover art by
Bruce Pennington

First NEL printing.

  Data: ISFDB
1970 June New English Library
paperback 2536 141 pages 5/-

cover art by
Bruce Pennington

Second NEL printing.

This cover by Pennington later appeared on the mid-70s Manor printings of The Changeling.

Cover image: Walwyn Data: Walwyn
1970 November Tempo
paperback 5359 214 pages $0.75

cover art by
Paul Lehr

First Tempo printing.

Cover image: Walwyn Data: Walwyn
1973 April New English Library
paperback 0-450-01527-0 141 pages £0.30

cover art by
Bruce Pennington

Third NEL printing.

This cover by Pennington later appeared on the mid-70s Manor printings of The Changeling.

Cover image: ISFDB Data: ISFDB
1974 April New English Library
paperback 0-450-01527-0 141 pages £0.30

cover art by
Bruce Pennington

Fourth NEL printing.

This cover by Pennington later appeared on the mid-70s Manor printings of The Changeling.

Cover image: ISFDB Data: ISFDB
1975 First Edition Library
hardback code: ? 224 pages price: ?

cover art by
Allan Halladay

This is a facsimile reprint of the 1947 Hadley edition, including identical cover art. It came in a decorated slipcase.

  Data: Walwyn
1975 June Tempo
paperback code: ? 214 pages $1.25

cover art by
Paul Lehr

Second Tempo printing.

Cover image: ISFDB Data: Master of Null-A
1979 February Pocket
paperback 0-671-82267-5 190 pages $1.75

cover art by
Jerome Podwil

First Pocket printing.

Cover image: Walwyn Data: Walwyn
1979 February Pocket
paperback 0-671-82267-5 190 pages C$1.95

cover art by
Jerome Podwil

Second Pocket printing.

Canadian printing.

Cover image: ISFDB Data: ISFDB
1979 August New English Library
paperback 0-450-04515-3 141 pages £0.80

cover art by
Paul Monteagle

Fifth NEL printing.

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