Category: A. E. Van Vogt

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Van Vogt Manuscript To Auction

A.E. Van Vogt’s original revised typescript for Slan goes under the hammer at Heritage Auctions Rare Book Signature Auction on October 17.

The author’s note with the manuscript indicates Van Vogt edited it himself from the magazine version, then sent it to August Derleth at Arkham House for further editorial input. The novel was finally published in 1946.

Yes, this is your chance to own a little piece of history from the novel that gave us the battle-cry “Fans are Slans!”

[Thanks to Michael J. Walsh for the story.]

2013 Van Vogt Award Submissions Sought

The Winnepeg Science Fiction Association is accepting submissions for the 2013 A. E. van Vogt Book Award through August 31.

The Award is given to for a first-edition science fiction novel or full-length science fiction short story anthology, written by an author linked to Western Canada by birth or residency. The nominated work must have been published during the period 2007 to 2012.

The complete rules and detailed submission requirements are here.

This is the award’s second year — Alphanauts by Brian J. Clarke (Edge) won the inaugural A.E. Van Vogt Award in 2012. It consists of a $1200 cash prize and a presentation piece.

A. E. Van Vogt was born in Manitoba, Canada. He wrote a major story, “Slan,” while still living in Winnipeg. The pinnacle of his career was being designated a SFWA Grandmaster. He is the only Canadian to have won the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award.

The stated goals of the van Vogt Award are:

Draw attention to Canadian Science Fiction
Demonstrate that Canada has been producing World class writers for some time.
Cause more people to talk about Science Fiction .
Promote better writing.
Discover more writers.

[Thanks to John Mansfield for the story.]

Jacques Sadoul (1934-2013)

Jacques Sadoul

French author and editor Jacques Sadoul died January 18 at the age of 78.

He was a well-known fan and magazine collector who published an album of American SF illustrations, Hier, l’an 2000, in 1973. His work on SF anthologies, Histoire de la science fiction moderne  (“History of Modern Science Fiction”), published the same year, also achieved fame.

Sadoul became one of the first successful SF paperback editors in France, working with Editions Opta and laterwith J’ai lu. Late in his career Sadoul championed the work of A. E. Van Vogt, some of whose novels only appeared in France.

Robert Silverberg recalls, “Jacques was the guiding spirit of the J’ai Lu paperback series, attended many conventions, and was much liked by the writers of his era.”

He was also a founder of the Prix Apollo award.

Sadoul wrote SF and mysteries. He won the Grand Prix for police procedurals for Trois morts au soleil in 1986. And he authored a series of novels about CIA agent Carol Evans, one of the genre’s first lesbian heroines.

His 2006 memoir, “C’est dans la poche ! Souvenirs science-fictifs et autresm,” delivers, in addition to anecdotes about Ellison, Clarke and Van Vogt, a frank defense of commercial publishing against those who favor belles lettres.

[Thanks to Andrew Porter for the story.]

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