Non-A

Non A Chi Gilbert Gosseyn Un uomo cui morta la moglie Un agente segreto Un grande capo Una semplice pedina in una gigantesca partita a scacchi Lui stesso non lo sa e la sua lunga drammatica ricerca il fil

  • Title: Non-A
  • Author: A.E. van Vogt Riccardo Valla
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  • Page: 297
  • Format: Paperback
  • Non-A

    Chi Gilbert Gosseyn Un uomo cui morta la moglie Un agente segreto Un grande capo Una semplice pedina in una gigantesca partita a scacchi Lui stesso non lo sa, e la sua lunga, drammatica ricerca il filo che lega gli episodi di questo romanzo, tra i grandi classici della fantascienza Come in una scatola cinese, l enigma che pesa sul protagonista si apre su altriChi Gilbert Gosseyn Un uomo cui morta la moglie Un agente segreto Un grande capo Una semplice pedina in una gigantesca partita a scacchi Lui stesso non lo sa, e la sua lunga, drammatica ricerca il filo che lega gli episodi di questo romanzo, tra i grandi classici della fantascienza Come in una scatola cinese, l enigma che pesa sul protagonista si apre su altri enigmi sempre pi stupefacenti, in un complesso, perfetto congegno narrativo dove si fondono magistralmente suspense e filosofia.Copertina di Franco Brambilla

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    1. Manny

      An extremely strange occurrence. Many years ago, when I was in my early teens, I read A.E. van Vogt's World of Null-A, which is about as good as most of A.E. van Vogt's oeuvre - that is to say, not very good at all. I was however struck by his preface, where he boasted that this novel, all by itself, had more or less established the French SF market. Even at age 14, I was puzzled. Why?Much later, I discovered that van Vogt's unimpressive book had in fact been translated by Boris Vian, author of [...]

    2. Stephen

      4.0 stars. One of the better novels by A. E. Van Vogt and certainly one of his most famous. Big ideas, cool concepts and a fast paced plot. Above average science fiction from the Golden Age. Nominee: Retro Hugo Award for Best Science Fiction novel.

    3. Charles Dee Mitchell

      Science fiction writer A. E. van Vogt liked big ideas. In the 1950's he became head of fellow sf writer L. Ron Hubbard's Dianetics Institute, the secular precursor to the Church of Scientology. When Hubbard's institute failed within a year, van Vogt and his wife formed their own institute and kept it going for the entire decade.Earlier, the big idea that captivated van Vogt was the Gerneral Semantics program of the Polish count Alfred Korzybski, a program defined in the count's 800 page self - p [...]

    4. Manny

      An extremely strange occurrence. Many years ago, when I was in my early teens, I read A.E. van Vogt's World of Null-A, which is about as good as most of A.E. van Vogt's oeuvre - that is to say, not very good at all. I was however struck by his preface, where he boasted that this novel, all by itself, had more or less established the French SF market. Even at age 14, I was puzzled. Why?Much later, I discovered that van Vogt's unimpressive book had in fact been translated by Boris Vian, author of [...]

    5. Denis

      I've read this three times now. Every time I do, it feels like I'm reading it for the first time. So weird, yet I really like it. It is such a strange book; like reading a standard classic from a parallel universe. "Is this what a great novel is like in your world?" In mine it's all wrong; sloppy disjointed, illogical, but if you put yourself in that other world (van's world), it is a master piece of scifi literature.It is inspired by the pseudoscience work "Science and Sanity: An Introduction t [...]

    6. Sue Burke

      This novel, written in 1945, shows its age. This goes beyond imagining Venus as a damp forest of huge trees, or that people in the year 2650 will still be placing personal ads in paper newspapers. The world itself is smaller, pretty much all white men, in a conformist society. The science itself, such as what can be done with atomic power or plastics, gets stretched beyond all possibility.Still, A.E. van Vogt is famous for ideas, and he has one that powers this novel: What if a highly rational n [...]

    7. Buck Ward

      This is a very strange book. I had read that it influenced some of the great science fiction writers of the golden age, including Philip K Dick. I guess I can believe it. It's very dickian. At times it is disjointed, confusing, even incomprehensible. I attribute that to the authorship of van Vogt. It could have been much better written. There is virtually no character development, and the motivations and loyalties of the characters is confusing.The World of Null-A. Null-A means non-Aristotelian, [...]

    8. Drew Perron

      Tell me if this sounds like a modern-day young adult novel:In the City of the Machine, the Games take place. For a month, there are no laws and no police, as the participants in the Games make their way through dozens of tests of their mental abilities. Success in the Games unlocks a good life. Those who make it through the first week are guaranteed well-paying jobs, and the further you go, the better it gets. But only the winners get the ultimate prize - going to the mysterious planet Venus.Per [...]

    9. Christy

      The World of Null-A is a mixed bag. All too frequently I found myself having to stop and re-read sections to figure out basic plot points (and this was generally because of a basic lack of clarity in key scenes, not because of a particularly advanced concept) and found it difficult to integrate the two major drives of the book, one toward political thriller regarding interplanetary and galactic war and one toward speculation about human and social evolution. These two drives are definitely relat [...]

    10. Jim

      The book brings back to me the 1950s. Names like Eldred Crang and Hari Seldon (this from Isaac Asimov's Foundation series), Intergalactic wars. Highly advanced devices with tubes like an old Emerson TV set. Planets in our solar system that could sustain life. Take, for instance, this description of Venus:Gosseyn said, "Doctor, what is Venus like -- the cities, I mean?"The doctor rolled his head sideways to look at Gosseyn, but did not move his body."Oh, much like earth cities, but suited to the [...]

    11. Jason

      Continuing this year in my exploration of classic SF I thought I would take a look at a famous novel by van Vogt. It turns out that van Vogt was a Canadian from a Mennonite community in Manitoba. He was an amazingly prolific author who moved to LA right after the war. There he became quite interested in the concepts of General Semantics or non-Aristotelian logic (Null-A). I'm no logician but from what I understand Aristotelian logic assumes binary states for a statement (e.g. The dog is a collie [...]

    12. Иван Величков

      Много любим автор и един от най-добрите от старата генерация в личната ми ранг листа. Книгата разгръща една космическа опера в която разликите между планетните общества се базират изцяло на етични различия, преминали в цялостни социални структури и правещи разбирателство [...]

    13. R.

      He began to think of the necessity of making a determined effort to escape. But not yet. Funny, to feel that so strongly. To know that learning about himself was more important than anything else. (pgs. 45-46)Picked this book up at the local library because PKD kept namedropping it throughout The Last Interview and Other Conversations. It's easy to see why he gave nods to it - it has got the shifting realities, shifting bodies, shifting body-realities and the requisite femme fatale. ButroughoutI [...]

    14. Sean

      This book really seems to polarise peoples opinions of it. I found it after seeing it discussed online as one of the most important 20th century scifi books. This book and its author inspired some of the greatest scifi writers of the 2nd half of last century, notably Philip K. Dick. Although the technology ideas in the book are now extremely dated, the overall story is fascinating and I found myself glued to it. The writing style can be confusing and the author doesn't bother to explain every de [...]

    15. Peter Kazmaier

      I had a hard time deciding between two stars and three stars for this novel. In the end, I decided on two stars. I found the definition of non-Aristotelian (Null-A) thought an ill-defined and incoherent concept. From my perspective Null-A seemed to imbue the adherents with super-human mental acuity completely disconnected from "integrating animal (thalamus) and human (cortex) parts of the brain.In the Foreword the author tried to shed some light on Null-A. He says: "In World, we have the Null-A [...]

    16. Aaron Bellamy

      The World of Null-a is a fascinating and strange book. The style is somewhat matter of fact, very much in line with its many contemporary pulp bretheren. The main character, Gosseyn, doesn't really drive the story so much as the story just happens to him. He almost comes across as a kind of Mr. Magoo character, stumbling around in a world that he believes to understand, but doens't. But there is a delightful quality to the dangers and adventures he happens through. I found myself feeling a sense [...]

    17. Derek

      Oddly, there's a cover quote from The New Yorker on this edition--"Fine for addicts of science fiction". This is not actually an endorsement or compliment.At some point of this rocket-powered sled ride I started wondering: would a background in (van Vogt's version of) General Semantics make this novel more comprehensible? The characters, and indeed most of the story, doesn't seem to make conventional sense, and things sort of happen because they need to push Gosseyn into the events of the next c [...]

    18. prcardi

      Storyline: 3/5Characters: 2/5Writing Style: 1/5World: 5/5This was my first A.E. van Vogt experience. I can see why Philip K. Dick was inspired by the mysterious, incoherent ideas of Null-A. I can also see why Damon Knight named it "one of the worst allegedly adult science fiction stories ever published." The two are not mutually exclusive. I was initially enchanted by what Null-A meant and the world crafted by Vogt. I was thereafter continually frustrated and pained by the writing and developmen [...]

    19. Scott

      I read this one for an SF reading group I'm in, and didn't particularly enjoy it and will probably not read van Vogt again. Sure, it's a fun, crazy ride - but I don't take much away from it. The writing is unremarkable. The misogyny is tired. The unknowable characters are just ridiculous by the end. I recommend this one for true SF nerds only.I've seen a lot of complaints about the incomprehensible plot: but in some ways I feel that's intensional (and maybe the one thing I enjoy about this book) [...]

    20. Bruce

      A whirlwind of a read. I read this on the recommendation of a friend, and because of a superb short story by van Vogt called "The Weapons Shop." It illustrates very well the price an author pays for writing a true page-turner. The action never lets up in The World of Null-A, but Van Vogt's penchant for cliffhangers at the end of each chapter obstruct the achievement of a cohesive structure with which to effectively dramatize the very interesting ideas he's exploring.

    21. Ike Oglesby

      This is the book that hooked me on Sci-Fi. I was enthralled and fascinated by the cover (Ace paperbacks), the characters, the plot and, most importantly, by the ideas of science fiction. I have been reading them ever since. Thanks Mr Van vogt.

    22. David

      I can tell how this guy was a big influence on Philip K. Dick, but the bizareness of his ideas is upstaged by the lack of his skill in storytelling.

    23. Alexander

      A snippet of van Vogtian prose poetry: “The crowd was a soulless woman; it reared up on its toes and stared mindlessly at those who were feasting on the destroyed symbol of a world’s sanity” (197).No, that isn’t Google Translate rendering some swatch of Serbo-Croat pulp fiction into the mother tongue. It is in fact canonical Golden Age SF that would’ve made a young, pre-Scientology L-Ron Hubbard’s ballsack tense up in envy.Van Vogt’s half-baked avatars converse like malware’d cha [...]

    24. Dominick

      Well, this is a pretty crazy book. Its plot is amazingly disjointed, with Van Vogt introducing and abandoning enough plot threads for at least a trilogy. Our protagonist, Gosseyn ("Go sane"--yes, that is deliberate), discovers that he is not who he thinks he is, and that his memories have been altered; that he is somehow caught up in a plot to overthrow the Null-A (that is, anti-Aristotelean) philosophical principles that govern his world; that an intergalactic empire (folk from which appear in [...]

    25. Rafael Ontivero

      No está nada mal para ser una obra de los años treinta, de hecho apenas se nota que haya envejecido si no es por algún detalle suelto. Siempre me había mostrado reticente a leerla no sé bien por qué sentimiento irracional

    26. Jim Davis

      I'm surprised it took me so long to getting around to reading much by A. E. Van Vogt (I was born in 1947). I've read bits and pieces over the years and never felt very stongly about his writing one way or the other. But now being retired with more time on my hands I've trying to read the classic SF authors in more depth. The van Vogt novels that I remember enjoying in the past where the Weapon Shops novels which is surprising in retrospect since they are very libertarian and I tend towards a mil [...]

    27. Simon

      Right from the outset this is a mind-bending, roller coaster ride of twists and turns. Don't expect detailed world building and character development, that is not what Van Vogt is all about. He is instead concerned with exploring his crazy ideas and plot twists.In the opening chapter we discover that the protagonist, Gilbert Gosseyn, is not who he thinks he is as his memories are proven false. Gosseyn (and the reader) are then thrown into a state of confusion which lasts throughout the book. A l [...]

    28. Jeff

      [from my book lover's journal; review probably written a month or two after reading]I thought, "Maybe it was just Slan that sucked; it was his first book after all." But it wasn't—in my opinion Van Vogt sucks. Some dude at an online SF site claimed that VeeVee's "stories don't seem to have any logic, but somehow they work"—i give that reviewer half credit because not only do the stories seem to have no logic, they actually don't have any logic. Unless you think that the need for action is a [...]

    29. Rachael

      The quality of the ideas far exceeds the plot--a world in the far future governed non-Aristotelian logic (not really explained, but hinted at with phrases like "the word is not the thing, the map is not the territory") and a Games Machine. But these ideas are not developed, instead some fellow who doesn't know who he is has to battle an intergalactic gang trying to destroy this null-A paradise. I was given little reason to care, and only gave the book the second star because the germ at the begi [...]

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