"The Beast"
Short Fiction 1943 25,000 words
  • Not to be confused with The Beast (1963), a fix-up novel which includes this shorter work.

  • This is one of three known instances where A.E. van Vog'ts (admittedly difficult!) name was misspelt in the byline. Here, he was credited as "A.B. van Vogt" despite the fact that Astounding Science Fiction had by that time printed over two dozen of his stories. On the cover of the April 1947 issue of Astounding, "Home of the Gods" was credited to "E.A. van Vogt," and in 1937 his pre-SF story "To Be His Keeper" credited to "Alfred Alton Bogt."

Part of the
Pendrake Series
1 —     "The Great Engine" 1943
2 —     "The Beast" 1943

These two stories formed the basis of the novel The Beast (1963) [aka Moonbeast], along with a non-series work The Changeling (1944)



original version


adapted for fix-up novel
Included In
The Beast 1963
Moonbeast 1969
Astounding Science Fiction magazine
1943 November Street & Smith
digest Vol 32, No 3 180 pages $0.25

cover art by
William Timmins

First appearance

5 illustrations by
Paul Orban

Cover image: Showcase
Illustration images: Walwyn
Data: Walwyn