The World of Null-A
Novel 1945 63,835 / 63,203 words
Alternate Titles

The World of Ā     (1945, etc.)

  • When it was serialized, the novel's title appeared as World of Ā (without "The"). Starting with the first paperback, the special character "Ā̂" was removed from the title and text and replaced with the word "Null-A" to reduce printing costs.

  • The Easton Press edition adds an Introduction by James Gunn and has interior illustrations by Vincent Di Fate.

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
Versions

1945

original magazine serial

1948

major re-write

1970

minor revisions
Included In
Triad 1959
English
Part 1 of 3 (serial)
The World of Ā (alternate title)
Astounding Science Fiction magazine
1945 August Street & Smith
digest Vol 35, No 6 180 pages $0.25

cover art by
William Timmins

First appearance

Text version: 1945

This installment contains Chapters 1-8 (27,884 words). (Equivalent to Chapters 1-10 of the revised text.)

5 illustrations by
Paul Orban

Cover image: Walwyn
Illustration images: Walwyn
Data: Walwyn
Part 2 of 3 (serial)
The World of Ā (alternate title)
Astounding Science Fiction magazine
1945 September Street & Smith
digest Vol 36, No 1 180 pages $0.25

cover art by
William Timmins

First appearance

Text version: 1945

This installment contains Chapters 9-15 (22,918 words). (Equivalent to Chapters 11-22 of the revised text.)

6 illustrations by
Paul Orban

Cover image: Walwyn
Illustration images: Walwyn
Data: Walwyn
Part 3 of 3 (serial)
The World of Ā (alternate title)
Astounding Science Fiction magazine
1945 October Street & Smith
digest Vol 36, No 2 180 pages $0.25

cover art by
William Timmins

First appearance

Text version: 1945

This installment contains Chapters 16-22 (27,568 words). (Equivalent to Chapters 23-35 of the revised text.)

5 illustrations by
Paul Orban

Cover image: Walwyn
Illustration images: Walwyn
Data: Walwyn
The World of Ā (alternate title)
1948 Simon & Schuster
hardback 48-1232 246 pages $2.50

cover art by
Leo Manso

First edition

Text version: 1948

Reprinted at least twice, dates unknown.

This was the first appearance of the rewritten version of the novel. This is the only version that was reprinted until 1970, when a further minor revision to the novel was made. This 1970 version remains the standard text. After 1970, this 1948 version was only published a handful of times.

Cover image: ISFDB Data: Walwyn
The World of Ā (alternate title)
1950 Grosset & Dunlap
hardback 100100 246 pages $1.00

cover artist: unknown

Front Cover & Spine

Dust Jacket Flap 1

Text version: 1948

Foreword by Groff Conklin.

Price from Master of Null-A.

Cover & other images: Walwyn Data: Walwyn
1953 October Ace Double
paperback D-31 182 pages $0.35

cover art by
Robert Schulz

Wallpaper

Spine

Flyleaf

First Ace printing.

Text version: 1948

Published with van Vogt's The Universe Maker.

Cover & other images: Walwyn, Lledó Data: Master of Null-A
1964 Ace
paperback F-295 190 pages $0.40

cover art by
Ed Emshwiller

Wallpaper

Second Ace printing.

Text version: 1948

Cover & other images: Walwyn, Lledó Data: Walwyn
1970 January Dobson
hardback 0-234-77472-X 246 pages 30/-

cover artist: unknown

First British edition.

Text version: 1948

Cover image: Morita Data: Master of Null-A
1970 February Berkley Medallion
paperback S1802 190 pages $0.75

cover art by
Richard Powers

First Berkley printing.

Text version: 1970

This 1970 edition was the first to contain the slightly revised version of the 1948 text, and included a new introduction by van Vogt.

ISBN 0-425-01802-4

  Data: ISFDB
1970 November Berkley Medallion
paperback S1802 190 pages $0.75

cover art by
Richard Powers

Back Cover

Spine

Title Page

Second Berkley printing.

Text version: 1970

ISBN 0-425-01802-4

Cover & other images: Walwyn Data: Walwyn
1971 July Sphere
paperback 0-7221-8763-7 221 pages £0.30

cover art by
Eddie Jones

First Sphere printing.

Month from Master of Null-A.

Text version: 1970

Information from various sources about these early Sphere printings is vague and conflicting. First-hand information about them would be appreciated.

Cover image: ISFDB Data: ISFDB
1972 February Sphere
paperback 0-7221-8765-3 221 pages £0.30

cover art by
Eddie Jones

Wallpaper

Second Sphere printing.

Text version: 1970

Date from Master of Null-A.

Information from various sources about these early Sphere printings is vague and conflicting. First-hand information about them would be appreciated.

Cover & other images: ISFDB, Lledó Data: ISFDB
1972 July Sphere
paperback 0-7221-8763-7 221 pages £0.30

cover art by
Eddie Jones

Third Sphere printing.

Text version: 1970

Information from various sources about these early Sphere printings is vague and conflicting. First-hand information about them would be appreciated.

Cover image: ISFDB Data: ISFDB
1974 March Berkley Medallion
paperback 0-425-02558-6 190 pages $0.95

cover art by
Paul Lehr

Third Berkley printing.

Text version: 1970

Cover image: Walwyn Data: Walwyn
1974 November Sphere
paperback 0-7221-8757-2 221 pages £0.45

cover art by
Bruce Pennington

Third Sphere printing.

Text version: 1970

Artist credit: Walwyn

Cover image: ISFDB Data: ISFDB
1976 August Sphere
paperback 0-7221-8746-7 221 pages £0.65

cover art by
Bruce Pennington

Fourth Sphere printing.

Month from Master of Null-A.

Text version: 1970

Artist credit: Walwyn

Cover image: ISFDB Data: ISFDB
1977 January Berkley Medallion
paperback 0-425-03322-8 190 pages $1.50

cover art by
Paul Lehr

Fourth Berkley printing.

Text version: 1970

Some copies contain an ad between pages 64 & 65, and one between 96 & 97.

Cover image: Walwyn Data: Walwyn
1978 Berkley Medallion
paperback 0-425-03322-8 190 pages $1.50

cover art by
Paul Lehr

Fifth Berkley printing.

Text version: 1970

Date not certain.

  Data: ISFDB
1978 Berkley
paperback code: ? 190 pages price: ?

cover artist: unknown

Sixth Berkley printing.

Text version: 1970

Date unknown. Some time in 1978 is my best guess.

  Data: other
1979 Berkley
paperback code: ? 190 pages price: ?

cover artist: unknown

Seventh Berkley printing.

Text version: 1970

Date unknown. Some time in 1979 is my best guess.

  Data: other
1980 Sphere
paperback 0-7221-8769-0 221 pages £0.95

cover art by
Bruce Pennington

Fifth Sphere printing.

Text version: 1970

Artist credit: Walwyn

Cover image: ISFDB Data: ISFDB
1981 September Sphere
paperback 0-7221-8816-1 221 pages £1.35

cover art by
Bruce Pennington

Sixth Sphere printing.

Text version: 1970

Artist credit: Walwyn

Cover image: ISFDB Data: ISFDB
1982 March Berkley
paperback 0-425-05454-3 190 pages $2.25

cover art by
Vincent Di Fate

Eighth Berkley printing.

Text version: 1970

Cover image: Walwyn Data: Walwyn
1984 April John Goodchild
hardback 0-86391-022-X 246 pages £8.95

cover design by
David Harrop

Month from Master of Null-A.

Text version: 1970

Cover image: ISFDB Data: ISFDB
1985 Sphere
paperback 0-7221-8816-1 221 pages £1.95

cover art by
Bruce Pennington

Seventh Sphere printing.

Text version: 1970

Artist credit: Walwyn

Cover image: ISFDB Data: ISFDB
The World of Ā (alternate title)
1988 October Easton Press
hardback code: ? 246 pages $32.00

cover art by
Vincent Di Fate

Title Page

Frontispiece

Chapter Heading Art

Bookplate

Spine

Edge

Text version: 1948

Date from Master of Null-A.

Introduction by James Gunn.

Interior illustrations by Vincent Di Fate.

This special edition was limited in number and a few were signed. Has been reprinted irregularly since 1988.

This is the ultra-deluxe leather-bound gold-edged edition published intermittently by Easton Press since 1988. It's an exquisitely beautiful volume and these scans don't do it justice — for the full effect, you really do need to hold a copy in your hands, run your fingers over the rivulets in the cover, whiff the leather, open it up and flip the smooth, gilded pages while relishing the amazing craftsmanship that went into every aspect of its production. It even has its own built-in satin bookmark! You know it's a really fancy book when it has one of those...

The stunning frontispiece is a reproduction of Di Fate's painting for the 1982 Berkley edition of The Players of Null-A.

Cover & other images: Walwyn Data: Walwyn
1990 February Ariel
trade 0-89804-153-8 196 pages $8.95

cover art by
Mark Peyton

Text version: 1970

Date from Master of Null-A.

Cover image: ISFDB Data: ISFDB
The World of Ā (alternate title)
1995 Easton Press
hardback code: ? 246 pages $45.00

cover art by
Vincent Di Fate

Text version: 1948

Reprint of the 1988 Easton edition.

Introduction by James Gunn.

(no illustration images available)

? illustration by
Vincent Di Fate

Cover image: ISFDB Data: ISFDB
2002 October Orb / Tor
trade 0-765-30097-4 272 pages $14.95

cover art by
Hubert Rogers

Text version: 1948

The cover art for this edition originally appeared on the front of Astounding for the second installment of The Players of Null-A in November 1948. Also, Tor's 1999 edition of The War Against the Rull has the artwork from the first installment of Players in October 1948. Both Tor books, strangely enough, erroneously credit the cover art to "Mark Rogers."

Cover image: Walwyn Data: Walwyn
2010 February Orb
ebook - - $7.99

cover art by
Hubert Rogers

Formats:

Text version: 1948

Cover image: Amazon Data: Walwyn