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Encyclopedia > The Voyage of the Space Beagle
Cover of The Voyage of the Space Beagle (Granada Publishing 1977)
Cover of The Voyage of the Space Beagle (Granada Publishing 1977)

The Voyage of the Space Beagle (1950, Canada) is a classic novel of science fiction by A. E. van Vogt in the space opera subgenre. Image File history File links Spacebeagle_01. ... Image File history File links Spacebeagle_01. ... 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... Alfred Elton van Vogt (April 26, 1912 – January 26, 2000) was a Canadian-born science fiction author who was one of the most prolific, yet complex, writers of the mid-twentieth century Golden Age of the genre. ... Space opera is a subgenre of speculative fiction or science fiction that emphasizes romantic adventure, exotic settings, and larger than life characters. ...


The novel is a compilation of four previously published SF stories:

  • "Black Destroyer" (appeared in the July, 1939, issue of Astounding magazine—the first published SF by A. E. Van Vogt) (chapters 1 to 6)
  • "War of Nerves" (May, 1950, Other Worlds magazine) (chapters 9 to 12)
  • "Discord in Scarlet" (December, 1939, Astounding magazine—the second published SF by A. E. Van Vogt) (chapters 13 to 21)
  • "M33 in Andromeda" (August, 1943, Astounding magazine, later published as a story in the book M33 in Andromeda (1971)) (chapters 22 to 28)

The book was republished in 1952 under the title Mission: Interplanetary. Astounding Stories was a seminal science fiction magazine founded in 1930. ... Astounding Stories was a seminal science fiction magazine founded in 1930. ... Astounding Stories was a seminal science fiction magazine founded in 1930. ...


An exploratory space journey on a scientific mission encounters several, largely hostile, aliens and alien civilisations. Meanwhile on board, revolutions, both political and scientific, take place. The Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, currently used by the SETI project in the search for extraterrestrial life Extraterrestrial life is life that may exist and originate outside the planet Earth, the only place in the universe known to support life. ...


The book was translated in several languages and, as is the case for most of van Vogt's work, was very popular in France. In Japan it is noted that Korita, the character who explains the demise of the first monster, is Japanese, and presented without racist slights.


A sentient panther-like species named Coeurl (or Zorl in French editions), with psi capabilities and tentacles coming out of its shoulders, was adapted as the character Mughi (or Mugi) in the anime Dirty Pair. It also appears in several versions of the Final Fantasy video game, and as the Displacer beast in the RPG, Dungeons and Dragons. There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ... // The following is a list of creatures from the Final Fantasy series and the titles in which they appear. ... Psi has multiple meanings: Psi (letter) (Ψ, ψ) of the Greek alphabet Psi (Cyrillic) (Ѱ, ѱ), letter of the early Cyrillic alphabet, adopted from Greek Psi (instant messenger), the popular Jabber client program J/ψ particle, a subatomic particle Schrödinger equation in quantum mechanics, ψ Ψ in mathematics is the angle between the tangent and the... A scene from the anime Cowboy Bebop (1998) Anime ) is an abbreviation of the Japanese word アニメーション (animēshon), which is based on the English word animation. ... Dirty Pair (ダーティペア) is a humorous science fiction anime and manga franchise based on the light novel series by Haruka Takachiho. ... // The following is a list of non-sentient creatures from the Final Fantasy series and the titles in which they appear. ... A displacer beast is a fictional species from the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game. ... A role-playing game (RPG, often roleplaying game) is a type of game in which the participants assume the roles of characters and collaboratively create stories. ... The original Dungeons & Dragons set Dungeons & Dragons (abbreviated as D&D or DnD) is a fantasy role-playing game (RPG) published by Gary Gygax and David Arneson in January 1974. ...


It is reasonable to assume that the book was an influence on both Star Trek and Alien (for the latter, one section of the book is particularly resonant—indeed, Van Vogt initiated a lawsuit against 20th Century Fox for plagiarism. Fox settled out of court[1]). Star Trek is an American science-fiction franchise spanning six television series, ten feature films, hundreds of novels, computer and video games, and other fan stories. ... Alien (1979), directed by Ridley Scott, is an extremely popular and influential science fiction/horror film that spawned several sequels and imitators. ... Fox Plaza, the company headquarters. ...


The title of the book is a reference to Charles Darwin's five year voyage around the world on The Voyage of the Beagle. Charles Robert Darwin (12 February 1809 – 19 April 1882) was an English naturalist who achieved lasting fame by producing considerable evidence that species originated through evolutionary change, at the same time proposing the scientific theory that natural selection is the mechanism by which such change occurs. ... A watercolour by ships artist Conrad Martens painted during the survey of Tierra del Fuego shows the Beagle being hailed by native Fuegians. ...


Plot details

The book can be roughly divided into four sections.


In the first section, the Space Beagle lands on a largely deserted desolate planet. Small scattered herds of deer-like creatures are seen, and the ancient ruins of cities litter the landscape. Coeurl, an intelligent and vicious cat-like carnivore (with tentacles!) approaches the ship, pretending to be a dumb animal, and quickly infiltrates the ship. The creature kills several crewmen before being tricked into leaving the now spaceborne ship in a lifeboat, and is then killed.


In the second part, the ship is almost destroyed by telepathic contact with a race of bird-like aliens, called Riim. The benign signals they send are incompatible with the human mind. Only the knowledge of telepathic phenomena of two of the crewmen save the ship from madness.


In the third section, the ship comes across the Ixtl, a devil-like being floating in deep space. It is the vicious sole-survivor of a race that ruled over and destroyed an entire galaxy. It takes over the ship, kidnapping several crew members in order to implant parasitic eggs, before being eventually defeated, at the cost of great casualties among the crew, both in lives lost and morale lost.


In the last section, Anabis, a galaxy-spanning consciousness, is encountered. Once again, it is both malevolent and aggressive, and under all circumstances must be prevented from following the ship back to any other galaxy. The crew of the Space Beagle is brainwashed into spending several years luring the intelligence to starve on a wild goose chase into deep space.


Running concurrently to this, the book also concerns a power struggle in the ship among the leaders of individual scientific groups.


The main character of the novel is Dr. Elliott Grosvenor, the only Nexialist on board (a new discipline depicted as taking an actively generalist approach towards science). He is eventually forced to take control of the ship using a combination of hypnotism, psychology, brainwashing and persuasion, in order to develop an effective strategy for defeating Anabis. Hypnotic Seance, by Richard Bergh Hypnosis is a psychological condition in which some people may be induced to show various differences in behavior and thinking. ... Psychology is an academic and applied field involving the study of the human mind, brain and behaviour. ... Brainwashing or thought reform is the application of coercive techniques to change the beliefs or behavior of one or more people usually for political or religious purposes. ...


External links

  • Excerpt from Chapter 1 at ereader.com
  • Covers of The Voyage of the Space Beagle from around the world

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