The House That Stood Still is a novel by American author A.E. Van Vogt. It was first published in 1950. Alfred Elton van Vogt (April 26, 1912 - January 26, 2000) was a Canadian-born science fiction author. ...
Through various intrigues and investigations, a California estate lawyer learns that the pre-Toltec stone building upon which his retainer's ancestor,(or is he an ancestor?), a conquistador, built a mansion four centuries earlier, confers immortality to those who know its secret, and that a cult of immortals operates secretly from the house and even has spaceships capable of travel to Mars where it has a base. The lawyer falls for a beautiful cult member who tells him an atomic war is imminent and that most of the cultists want to remove the building's stones to Mars to keep their power safe from radioactive fallout. He makes it his mission to prevent the war, provide humanity with the secret of the ancient house for the benefit of all mankind, and get the girl.
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