"Lost: Fifty Suns"
Short Fiction 1972 18,200 words
  • Not to be confused with the collection of the same name, which contains this story.

  • This story was originally material written to fill the gap between two of the stories incorporated in the 1952 fix-up novel Mission to the Stars [aka The Mixed Men]. This new section of the book, constituting Chapters 1-7, was later published on its own as this story in 1972.

Part of the
Mixed Men Series
1 —     "Concealment" 1943
2 —     "Lost: Fifty Suns" 1972
3 —     "The Storm" 1943
4 —     "The Mixed Men" 1945

The short stories formed the basis for the novel Mission to the Stars in 1952 [aka The Mixed Men].

"Lost: Fifty Suns" was originally linking material written for the novel, and was first published as a story in its own right twenty years later in 1972.

The original versions of the early stories were reprinted in the collection Transgalactic.



full novel


novel excerpt
Included In
The Book of van Vogt 1972
Lost: Fifty Suns 1979
Mission to the Stars 1955
The Mixed Men 1952