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The World of Null-A par [van Vogt, A. E.]
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The classic novel of non-Aristotelian logic and the coming race of supermen

Grandmaster A. E. van Vogt was one of the giants of the 1940s, the Golden Age of classic SF. Of his masterpieces, The World of Null-A is his most famous and most influential. It was the first major trade SF hardcover ever, in 1949, and has been in print in various editions ever since. The entire careers of Philip K. Dick, Keith Laumer, Alfred Bester, Charles Harness, and Philip Jose Farmer were created or influenced by The World of Null-A, and so it is required reading for anyone who wishes to know the canon of SF classics.

It is the year 2650 and Earth has become a world of non-Aristotelianism, or Null-A. This is the story of Gilbert Gosseyn, who lives in that future world where the Games Machine, made up of twenty-five thousand electronic brains, sets the course of people's lives. Gosseyn isn't even sure of his own identity, but realizes he has some remarkable abilities and sets out to use them to discover who has made him a pawn in an interstellar plot.

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"A. E. Van Vogt's early stories broke like claps of thunder through the science fiction field. Such novels as Slan, The Weapon Shops of Isher, and The World of Null-A, all were written with invention, dramatic impact, and a sense of breathless wonder that won him instant popularity" -- Jack Williamson

"After more than half a century I can still recall the impact of his early stories". --Arthur C. Clarke

"Interplanetary skullduggery in the year 2650. Gilbert Gosseyn has a pretty startling time of it before he gets to the root of things. Fine for addicts of science-fiction" --The New Yorker

"One of those once-in-a-decade classics" --John W. Campbell

"A. E. van Vogt was one of the first genre writers ever to publish an actual science fiction book, at a time when science fiction as a commercial publishing category did not yet exist, and almost all SF writers--even later giants such as Robert A. Heinlein--were able to publish novels only as serials in science fiction magazines. It's indicative of the prestige and popularity that van Vogt could claim at the time that he was one of the first authors to whom publishers would turn when taking the first tentative steps toward establishing science fiction as a viable publishing category. . . . Nobody, possibly with the exception of the Bester of The Stars My Destination, ever claim close to matching van Vogt for headlong, breakneck pacing, or for the electric, crackling paranoid tension with which he was capable of suffusing his work." --Gardner Dozois

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 278 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0765300974
  • Editeur : Orb Books (24 février 2010)
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Un classique de la science-fiction qui a servi de modèle à de nombreux romans ultérieurs. Il raconte l'histoire d'un homme sans mémoire qui part à la recherche de sa personnalité et tente de maîtriser des pouvoirs surnaturels, tout cela sur fond de guerre civile. Captivant.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A New Way of Thinking 9 octobre 2010
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Okay, so I stole my title from another critic's comment. But that's what all the Null-A books are about, and I will be grateful all my life that I read the Null-A books when I was young enough to grok them, not just understand them. The word is not the thing. The map is not the world. If anybody can remember these two things, the thalamic pause, which I never did understand, isn't necessary to hold onto sanity with both hands as the world collapses around one. The sooner Kindle gets all the Null-A books and all the Weapon Makers books, the happier I will be. Van Vogt is a seriously underrated writer now, and too many people know nothing of the age in which he was writing except for Heinlein's deservedly remembered books. But this book is great, although its being published by Kindle before the earlier books handicaps the reader, who should be able to read this series in order--a problem hard to solve, as Van Vogt repeatedly rewrote the same material and republished it. He was very fond of revision. But his work is worth the extra work on the part of both the writer and the reader.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Null-A Thinking 21 avril 2009
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In 1933 Polish mathematician Alfred Korzybski published a remarkable book,"Science and Sanity", available in this country through the Institute of General Semantics, Lakeville Connecticut. In it Korzybski advanced a number of controversial ideas. The most striking of which was that the Aristotelian method of understanding the world is wrong and the way to scientific advancement and a correct understanding of the universe must rely on non-Aristotelian methods (null `A'). Korzybski also maintained that human cognition was a function of balance between the cortex and thalamus sections of the human brain.

Clearly Van Vogt was familiar with Korzybski's ideas and incorporated them very entertainingly in his "null-A" themed science fiction. This book was originally published as a three part serial in John Campbell's wonderful SiFi magazine "Astounding Science Fiction" (now "Analog"). Its protagonist is Gilbert Gosseyn (the man with `two brains') is a dedicated non-Aristotelian who is central to protecting the Earth, its null-A paradise, Venus and its null-A world view from a ruthless inter Galactic Empire bent on incorporating the solar system into its empire and destroying the null-A mindset. In the end the Aristotelian way of doing business is defeated by the logic and sanity of the null-A forces.

Now this book was written in the 1940s so much of its terminology will undoubtedly appear quaint to 21st Century readers ("atomic torpedoes"). However underlying this is a very serious and very interesting argument in favor of Korzybski's ideas on both science and sanity. In a very real sense Van Vogt was concerned with ideas much more than gadgets in most of his work and certainly this was the case in this book. It is still a fun read that might even precipitate some serious thought.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 woo-hoo! classic? yes, great! 23 juin 2016
Par jfd - Publié sur
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sci-fi as psycho spiritual thriller... funny conceit contrasting "A"- aristotelian logic with a radical counter movement, "non-A". Lots of war, betrayals, clandestine agent surprises and some very provocative, yet to be discovered, physics. Ah, sci-fi! Great read! 😎
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 "The World of Null-A" gets a C. 22 novembre 2013
Par Kirk Colvin - Publié sur
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I first read this book over fifty years ago. I instantly became a van Vogt fan and read as many of his books as I could find in my local library (which wasn't very many back in those days). I remember my friends and I having long "intellectual" debates about General Semantics and Null-A and man's potential to develop into a "super-man."

That was then: what was cool to a twelve year old is not necessarily what appeals to that decidedly unsuper-man half a century later. Let's face it--van Vogt might have been cutting edge for his time (though that's debatable), but he was a pedestrian writer with little flair and a stiff style. Reading "The World of Null-A" in the Twenty-first Century was a struggle. The plot is hokey; the "hero" is about as compelling as a bowl of Cheerios (without sugar); there is very little action and tons and tons of talk--especially about General Semantics and A vs. Null-A. I can deal with the anachronisms (tubes in the electronic gadgets, for instance), but the plodding story telling was just a chore to read.

And then you get to the last sentence, and it becomes clear that van Vogt thought he could salvage the book by ending with a "surprise." Not so. You can paint a pig's tail blue, but a pretty end doesn't make the rest of the pig pretty.

I suppose "The World of Null-A" is an interesting example of what the so-called "pulp Sci-Fi" of the fifties was like. If you want a taste of that, then this book will do just fine. If you want a satisfying read with an interesting story, then I recommend Arthur C. Clarke or Alfred Bester.

Bottom line: "The World of Null-A" gets a C in my opinion.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Classic SI FI with enough to think about to make it rereadable 26 août 2013
Par J. Schmitz - Publié sur
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Beginning of the Null A series - two books ending with players of null a - unique story with thought provoking ideas though some will feel the story is contrived and not well finished, it maintains its unique utopian structure and provides additional matyerials to make you think about what could possibly be if we ever really grow a culture
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