"My Life Was My Best Science Fiction Story"
Article 1981


This lengthy article takes up where his 1975 autobiography Reflections of A.E. van Vogt left off. It includes an account of his trip to Canada in the early '70s as well as the death of his first wife Edna Mayne Hull in January of 1975 and how he dealt with the loss.

  • The title of this piece is a reference to his short story "The Weapon Shop" (1942), which was voted by the SFWA to be his best. He said his life was like that story, in that it meandered from place to place and never actually headed anywhere specific, just like that story, but that it was nonetheless quite interesting and enjoyable.

Fantastic Lives: Autobiographical Essays by Notable Science Fiction Writers anthology
edited by Martin H. Greenberg
1981 Southern Illinois University Press
hardback 0-8093-0987-4 215 pages $15.00

cover design by
Quentin Fiore

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