The Players of Ā

The Players of ĀThese books have a lot of issues, but in the end I find them very enjoyable A.E van Vogt has a very strange, almost arrogant style, but aside from that, and understanding that these books are a product of the times and an interesting look at early scifi, its forgivable I really wish Goodreads had half stars, and I went back and forth on the rating. Second in a series Dammit I did it again At least it wasn t 19th in a series, like last time.It doesn t suffer as much as A Life for Kriegen did, partly because it is only the 2nd in a series, and partly because, being put together in 1948, the expectation was that new readers might pop in the middle of the story It s also fairly self contained.Nonetheless, if you read it, start with 1 There are a couple of pivotal points which assuredly have weight if you ve read the books in order There s an order Steven Univese Null A is essentially a fantasy story about the application of General Semantics that suggests that the human nervous system is capable of using its ability to identify actual reality as opposed to its symbolic representations to alter said reality This takes the form of the hero, Gilbert Gosseyn, being able to teleport short distances if he s thoroughly memorized the location he wants to teleport to and subject to the limitation of time, such that his memory doesn t match the location to 20 digits of precision.His powers come from training, and the World of Null A the first book must be about Venus, where all the people who have learned to apply General Semantics live In this book, Venus is under peril by a galactic emperor who has started to a war to conquer the half of the galaxy he doesn t already control.His secret weapon is people who innately, not through training have similar skills as the Null Aers, except that they can see through time It s a limited ability but extensive enough to guarantee victory in various space battles.Adding to the mixture is a mysterious shadow creature, The Follower, who is trying to stop Gosseyn, and an unknown force that is able to actually locate Gosseyn into a different body in this case, to that of an ineffectual Prince who is under the thumb of the warmongering galactic tyrant This body does not have Gosseyn s second brain and so Gosseyn does not, for most of the book, have his most special powers.Van Vogt ties is own hands as a writer in a kind of interesting way Null Aers are not unemotional, exactly, but they are integrated emotionally This gives them the ability to experience emotions without being ruled by them As a result, the author must describe the stakes in very realistic terms without resorting to any melodramatic swooning.He does an admirable job, and the plotting is fast and tight I really wanted to knock this book out in 3 4 days but I was just so tired I couldn t get through it because like all the best of the SF of the time, every sentence is crammed with plot points and characterizations that will come back later. Gilbert Gosseyn, The Null A Genius Of The Earth Venus War, Never Realized That This Interplanetary War Was But A Borrowed Incident In A Greater Conflict Until He Was Thrust Onto The Galactic Battlefield As A Mere Pawn But In Picking Gosseyn As Expendable, Those Cosmic Opponents Unleashed Forces They Had Never Dreamed Existed One Was The Entrance Of A Powerful Third Party In The War The Second Was The Ability Of Certain Other Pawns To Foresee The Future Finally, There Was The Secret Of Gosseyn S Original Purpose A Secret Which Could Decide The Fate Of The Entire Galaxy Storyline 3 5Characters 1 5Writing Style 2 5World 2 5Vogt s Null series just cannot get all the positive components in place at the same time The first in the series, The World of Null A, had some really creative ideas and a fascinating world It suffered, in contrast, from awful writing and incoherent development In this sequel, The Players of Null A, the writing has improved by orders of magnitude and the developments and plot largely and in comparison with the original proceed with order and clarity Most of the big, neat, science fiction ideas are gone, however view spoiler The Machine from the first is gone and never revisited, the Games and the society the uses them is never referred to again hide spoiler Gosseyn spends most of the book in a tricky stalemate with his adversary, the mysterious Follower, and it is an uncharacteristically sluggish story where the interesting events millions of spaceships destroying hundreds or thousands of planets seem to take place offstage Gosseyn spends the book as the pawn in a game whose rules he doesn t understand, tossed around by players who hide their identities The reader only sees the long game at the end.The big reveal itself who is the Player, and who is the Follower is interesting, as is the background information about galactic civilization and development, but this comes only in time for the big showdown and conclusion It isn t the game changing news that it wants to be.You can see van Vogt s philosophical influences laced throughout the story The Null A techniques that he so lovingly details, of a person whose mental states are so purged of bad habits and so in control over every part of his faculties that he has perfect bodily control and awareness, rings familiar to the Dianetics that van Vogt became involved with. Excellent continuation of the golden age sci fi pulp classic The World of Null A in what is barely van Vogt s longest published novel I found this generally better developed and consistent, with fewer holes than the previous book.The story follows our protagonist, Gilbert Gosseyn, with his Null A abilities, including an extra brain and the ability to teleport himself, as he attempts to thwart the takeover of the galaxy by a malign despot, both through direct opposition and much behind the scenes subterfuge We get a much better description of the source of these Null A abilities, which boil down to a sort of self mind control and logical thinking patterns, obtained through specialized training, as opposed to the purely emotional based responses innate to humans All the while Gosseyn seeks to discover the galactic chess player who is subtlety manipulating him from behind the scenes.The story reminds me to some extent of the Foundation s struggle against the Mule in Asimov s 2nd and 3rd Foundation books published several years later However, where Asmiov s style is paced and steady, van Vogt takes a Jackson Pollack like approach, throwing armfuls at you and setting the blender to maximum The result is a very creative, pulp action adventure that keeps you on your toes and is a ton of fun. I didn t like it as much as the first book which I had rated 3 stars I almost gave it up a couple of times The general semantics stuff was way to intrusive and didn t seem to carry over into the protagonist s actions that much The story was disjointed and I couldn t really identify with any of the characters I m probably not going to read the 3rd novel. I had trouble starting this I dunno why I like van Vogt a lot, I really enjoyed the first bookyet I just had to force myself to pick this up I m glad I did, I couldn t put it down I think I enjoyed this book than the first The first book was interesting but I didn t feel like I related to the characters and the plot was jumpy and confusing This book had a easily comprehensible story line and I liked the characters a little Gosseyn was likeable, I felt In the last book, he just did stuff and let him self be maneuvered around This time around, he seemed to try to take control of the situations he is thrust into, instead of just being agreeable The same goes for the plot really, and I guess it circles back to Gosseyn taking of an active roll From the body jumping to his extra brain, the story felt evenly paced and easier to follow I really enjoyed the way this book felt like a mystery Who IS the Follower What s his game And I especially liked the ending view spoiler Gosseyn just mentally breaks the Follower That s brutal hide spoiler magnum opus . 41 snall88 that that180 glaxy, possesses processes I ll point out one hypocrisy there s texts about how one should not identify things, ie, speaking out against tribalism Meanwhile Gosseyn would never have a sexual relationship with a non null A

Alfred Elton van Vogt was a Canadian born science fiction author regarded by some as one of the most popular and complex science fiction writers of the mid twentieth century the Golden Age of the genre.van Vogt was born to Russian Mennonite family Until he was four years old, van Vogt and his family spoke only a dialect of Low German in the home He began his writing career with true story ro

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