The Changeling
Novel 1944 32,000 words
  • The working title for this short novel was The Wonderful Man, by which it is still sometimes known. An early version was submitted to Campbell under this title in mid-1943 and was rejected for a rewrite because he felt that it lacked purpose and needed more drive and motivation to keep the reader interested. By October of that year another draft was written which was again sent back, this time with a request from Campbell to revise some of the more improbable political and gender aspects of the story. He commented "I think you've been straining for something new and strange and different in this 'Wonderful Man' yarn. But my gut reaction is that while you've achieved that in part, you'll do better without these particular strangeness." [The John W. Campbell Letters, Vol. 2]

  • This short novel has a total of 10 Chapters. Chapters 1-6 were adapted to create Chapters 5-11 of the 1963 fix-up novel The Beast.

  • After its original magazine publication, this tale's first appearance in book form was in the rare 1950 omnibus volume Masters of Time put out by Fantasy Press. It was first published by itself in 1967.

Versions

1944

original magazine version

1963

adapted for fix-up novel
Included In
The Beast 1963
Masters of Time 1950
Moonbeast 1969
English
Astounding Science Fiction magazine
1944 April Street & Smith
digest Vol 33, No 2 180 pages $0.25

cover art by
William Timmins

First appearance

(no illustration images available)

6 illustrations by
Paul Orban

Cover image: Showcase Data: Walwyn
1967 February Macfadden
paperback 50-335 96 pages $0.50

cover art by
Jack Faragasso

First Macfadden printing.

First solo publication.

Cover image: Walwyn Data: Master of Null-A
1969 August Macfadden
paperback 60-416 96 pages $0.60

cover art by
Jack Faragasso

Wallpaper

Second Macfadden printing.

Cover & other images: Walwyn, Lledó Data: Master of Null-A
1974 February Manor
paperback 0-532-75521-9 96 pages $0.75

cover artist: unknown

First Manor printing.

(Third printing, if you include Macfadden editions.)

Manor Books was previously known as Macfadden (see above). Some of my sources indicate that Macfadden was an imprint of Manor; other sources state that Manor merged with Macfadden to become a single publisher.

Part of Manor's rather striking set of "bichromatic" editions:

Cover image: ISFDB Data: Walwyn
1976 Manor
paperback 0-532-95421-1 128 pages $0.95

cover art by
Bruce Pennington

Second Manor printing.

(Fourth printing, if you include Macfadden editions.)

New edition — larger print size (ergo, now 128 pages instead of 96).

This edition has the same cover art as the 1970 British edition of The Weapon Makers.

Cover image: Walwyn Data: Walwyn
1978 Manor
paperback 0-532-12589-4 128 pages $1.25

cover art by
Bruce Pennington

Third Manor printing.

(Fifth printing, if you include Macfadden editions.)

Date not certain.

This edition has the same cover art as the 1970 British edition of The Weapon Makers.

Cover image: ISFDB Data: ISFDB
1979 February Manor
paperback 0-532-12589-4 128 pages $1.50

cover art by
Bruce Pennington

Fourth Manor printing.

(Sixth printing, if you include Macfadden editions.)

ISBN not certain.

This edition has the same cover art as the 1970 British edition of The Weapon Makers.

  Data: Master of Null-A
Astounding Stories: The 60th Anniversary Collection: Volume 1 anthology
edited by James Gunn
1990 Easton
hardback code: ? 397 pages $65.00

cover art by
Howard V. Brown

The cover inset is a reproduction of the December 1937 issue of Astounding.

The illustrations are a reproduction of Orban's original drawings that accompanied van Vogt's novel in the April 1944 issue.

(no illustration images available)

6 illustrations by
Paul Orban

Cover image: ISFDB Data: ISFDB