Children of Tomorrow
Novel 1970 73,000 words
  • After the publication of 1950's The House That Stood Still, all but one (1962's The Violent Man) of van Vogt's novels from 1951 to 1970 were based to some extent on previously published material. The appearance of Children of Tomorrow marked his first entirely-new science fiction novel in almost 20 years.

English
1970 Ace
paperback 10410 254 pages $0.95

cover art by
John Schoenherr

First edition

First Ace printing.

Cover image: Walwyn Data: Walwyn
1972 January Sidgwick & Jackson
hardback 0-283-97819-8 254 pages £1.75

cover art by
Simon Stern

First British edition.

Month from Master of Null-A.

Cover image: ISFDB Data: ISFDB
Science Fiction Special #6 omnibus
1973 May Sidgwick & Jackson
hardback 0-283-97830-9 254 / 160 pages £1.75

cover art by
Simon Stern

Like many British omnibuses, this volume was created from the unsold leftovers of separate books. Because of this, each book inside has a separate pagecount.

This omnibus contains:

  • Quest for the Future by A.E. van Vogt
  • Now Comes Tomorrow by Robert Moore Williams
  Data: ISFDB
1973 May New English Library
paperback 0-450-01446-0 192 pages £0.35

cover art by
Bruce Pennington

Wallpaper

First NEL printing.

Wallpaper image courtesy of ImageNETion.

Cover & other images: ISFDB, ImageNETion Data: ISFDB
1973 July New English Library
paperback 0-450-01446-0 192 pages £0.35

cover art by
Bruce Pennington

Wallpaper

Second NEL printing.

Wallpaper image courtesy of ImageNETion.

Cover & other images: ISFDB, ImageNETion Data: ISFDB
1975 February Ace
paperback 10411 254 pages $1.25

cover art by
John Schoenherr

Second Ace printing.

Cover image: Walwyn Data: Master of Null-A
1975 Ace
paperback 10412 254 pages $1.50

cover art by
John Schoenherr

Year and month uncertain. The 1975 date is from the Ace Image Library.

There's an amusing story to this edition. For years, the cover scan for the $1.50 Ace edition on the Ace Image Library site featured a small silver butterfly in the top right corner. It was thought by many, myself included, that this sticker was the publisher's way of specially marking this edition for some inexplicable reason. Further research by Ben uncovered the truth: this sticker is in fact unique to the copy owned by the site's creator (put there by a previous owner) and is not present on other copies of this $1.50 edition. And thus ends the mystery of the Bewildering Butterfly.

(Image courtesty of Ace Image Library.)

Cover image: ISFDB Data: ISFDB
1980 April New English Library
paperback 0-450-04598-6 192 pages £0.90

cover art by
Bruce Pennington

Wallpaper

Third NEL printing.

Wallpaper image courtesy of ImageNETion.

Cover & other images: Walwyn, ImageNETion Data: Walwyn