Null-A Three
Novel 1984 70,000 words
Alternate Titles

Null A3     (1985)

  • Like many of van Vogt's works in the 1980s, this novel's first publication was not in English. Its first appearance was as a French translation entitled La fin du  in 1984. Its first appearance in English was the British edition in February 1985. The American edition came out several months later. (For a list of the other works to appear first in a foreign language, see under Computerworld).

  • A working title for this novel was The Return of Null-A. [Mentioned in the Thiessen interview.]

  • The English editions include a lengthy Introduction by van Vogt discussing the history of the Null-A series, and provides a plot summary of the first two books. Interestingly enough, he used the recap summaries from the serial versions of both The World of Null-A and The Players of Null-A. This had the unintended consequence that the summary of World refers to the version of events told in the original 1945 text instead of the rewrite done for book publication. This is especially ironic since very few people have read the serial when compared with how many have read the book, and that Players follows the events of the book version rather than the serial.

Part of the
Null-A Series
1 —     The World of Null-A 1945
2 —     The Players of Null-A 1948
3 —     Null-A Three 1984
4 —     Null-A Continuum 2008
Foreign Editions
Language Title & Year Translator
French

La fin du Ā     (1984)

Monique Lebailly
English
1985 February Sphere
paperback 0-7221-8841-2 215 pages £1.95

cover art by
Bruce Pennington

Back Cover

First British edition.

First Sphere printing.

Month from Master of Null-A.

First English-language edition.

Cover & other images: Walwyn Data: Walwyn
1985 Sphere
paperback 0-7221-8841-2 215 pages £1.95

cover art by
Bruce Pennington

Second Sphere printing.

Cover image: ISFDB Data: ISFDB
1985 July DAW Books
paperback 0-88677-056-4 254 pages $3.50

cover art by
Tim Jacobus

First DAW printing.

First American edition.

DAW Collector #634

UE2056

Cover image: Walwyn Data: Walwyn
1985 July DAW Books
paperback 0-88677-056-4 254 pages C$3.95

cover art by
Tim Jacobus

Second DAW printing.

Canadian printing.

DAW Collector #634

UE2056

Cover image: ISFDB Data: ISFDB
Null A3 (alternate title)
1985 September Morrison, Raven-Hill
hardback code: ? 213 pages $29.95

cover art by
Martin G. Cameron

750 signed and numbered copies.

Each copy contains a half-page of the original manuscript.

Cover image: Axelsson Data: ISFDB
French
La fin du Ā
1984 February J'ai Lu
paperback 2-277-21601-1 252 pages price: ?

cover art by
Tibor Csernus

First edition

First J'ai Lu printing.

Translated by
Monique Lebailly

Cover image: Axelsson Data: ISFDB
La fin du Ā
1986 October J'ai Lu
paperback 2-277-21601-1 252 pages price: ?

cover art by
Tibor Csernus

Translated by
Monique Lebailly

Cover image: ISFDB Data: ISFDB
La fin du Ā
1988 October J'ai Lu
paperback 2-277-21601-1 252 pages price: ?

cover art by
Tibor Csernus

Translated by
Monique Lebailly

Cover image: ISFDB Data: ISFDB
La fin du Ā
1992 September J'ai Lu
paperback 2-277-21601-1 252 pages price: ?

cover art by
Tibor Csernus

Translated by
Monique Lebailly

Cover image: ISFDB Data: ISFDB
La fin du Ā
1993 July J'ai Lu
paperback 2-277-21601-1 252 pages price: ?

cover art by
Hubert De Lartigue

Translated by
Monique Lebailly

Cover image: ISFDB Data: ISFDB
La fin du Ā
1995 January J'ai Lu
paperback 2-277-21601-1 252 pages price: ?

cover art by
Hubert De Lartigue

Translated by
Monique Lebailly

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