A. E. van Vogt

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(April 26, 1912 – January 26, 2000)

Alfred Elton van Vogt, aka V2 (né Alfred Vogt, last name pronounced "VOTE"), known as "Van" to his friends, was a Canadian-born SF writer who was one of John W. Campbell's discoveries which ushered in the Golden Age of Astounding. He moved to LA in the mid-40s and lived there the rest of his life. A major writer, he was considered one of the Big Three.

He was active fannishly in LASFS in the early days. His novel Slan had an enormous impact on fandom, with many fans seeing themselves as slans.

He was married to E. Mayne Hull, also a writer of SF and fantasy, who wrote the "Artur Blord" series for Unknown. They collaborated on Out of the Unknown (1948) and Planets for Sale (1954).

He always had a taste for the scientifically dubious (he was heavily influenced by Alfred Korzybski), but his career went into eclipse when he turned to Dianetics in the early ’50s, and did not really recover when he again took up writing in the ’60s. On the other hand, his story "Far Centaurus" is still cited today in scientific work.

Van Vogt's agent was Forrest J Ackerman. The Canadian A. E. van Vogt Award was created in his honor, while the Aurora Award was first named The Coeurl after the monster in one of van Vogt's early stories.

He was born on his grandparents' farm in Edenburg, Manitoba. Until he was 4, van Vogt and his family spoke only Plautdietsch, a German dialect, at home.

After Hull’s death in 1975, van Vogt married Lydia Bereginsky in 1979. They were together till his death from Alzheimer’s Disease in 2000. His papers are at the Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

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