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Secret Galactics (Sphere science fiction) Paperback – 23 Jun 1977


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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; New edition edition (23 Jun. 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0722187351
  • ISBN-13: 978-0722187357
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 10.6 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 928,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Essef - Earth against the alien unknown... a.k.a. Earth Factor X. Reality twisted... slightly. Earth shivered in a momentary absence of vibration. For a split second the solar system wasn't. And then was again. Less than a billionth of a second... but a time shift occurred for connected persons. As the shadow ship started to emerge from the time jump, men and aliens were locked in a secret, undeclared war to rule Earth.

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Format: Paperback
Three alien races, the Deeans, the Luinds and the Sleeles, have been living on Earth disguised as human males. Now it appears, the Deeans have plans to take over the Earth. A year previously, Dr Carl Hazzard was killed in a hit and run accident, but his brain was saved and housed in a robotic mobile body with six wheels and extensor arms. He also has a van which he can operate and drive around in.
One should point out from the outset that the plot makes absolutely no sense whatsoever, or rather, it does in a convoluted van Vogtian way which is vaguely entertaining but ultimately irritating.
The majority of the book is taken up with the alienoids (as they are termed) and Carl's obsession with the nature of the female psyche.
Women always seemed to baffle van Vogt, despite the fact that he was married to fellow writer E Mayne Hull for a goodly length of time. His female characters tend to be cold femme-fatales or wishy-washy women who scream or faint. They crave good strong men and have to be protected from terrible news in case they can't cope with it and have a funny turn.
This seems to be van Vogt's attempt to pin down the bare bones of the evolved male and female brains.
Dr Carl Hazzard, before he was nearly killed, was writing a book entitled `Women are Doomed'.
The alienoids, having taken on male human bodies and all that that entails, are just as baffled and enthralled by Earth women as Earth men are.
The novel begins when Carl gets a call from an ex-mistress (who is unaware that he is now just a brain on wheels).
She gives him an address and tells him there is a body there that he must examine. Carl duly drives his brain-van to the location and manages to get in. He discovers the body, along with a letter in the dead man's jacket.
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