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The Weapon Shops of Isher

The Weapon Shops of Isher [Kindle Edition]

A. E. van Vogt
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With the publication, in the July 1941 issue of Astounding Science Fiction magazine, of the story Seesaw, van Vogt began unfolding the complex tale of the oppressive Empire of Isher and the mysterious Weapon Shops. This volume, The Weapon Shops of Isher, includes the first three parts of the saga and introduces perhaps the most famous political slogan of science fiction: The Right to Buy Weapons is the Right to Be Free. Born at the height of Nazi conquest, the Isher stories suggested that an oppressive government could never completely subjugate its own citizens if they were well armed. The audience appeal was immediate and has endured long beyond other stories of alien invasion, global conflict and post war nuclear angst.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 404 KB
  • Print Length: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Agency Editions, Inc. (19 Nov 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GSZU26S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #108,518 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A glorious edition of a Sci Fi classic 26 Jan 2014
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This, and its companion book, the Weapon Makers, were my first introduction to Sci-Fi and are a glorious example of the genre. They are one of a very few series of books I keep on re-reading. I was very pleased to see that they had been issued on Kindle and having downloaded them, I was glad to find they are a true reflection of the original books (although the covers are a bit basic)and relieved to see the full series issued (unlike Asimov's Foundation series where only the last book is available on Kindle - why?). A worthy read and the Kindle version is good. Now lets have the Wizard of Linn and Null A series released on Kindle please.
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By T. D. Welsh TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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If you haven't read any of A E van Vogt's work before, "The Weapon Shops of Isher" is likely to affect you in several pronounced ways. Perhaps the best description would be "extreme geek SF". The language is terse, the plotting almost cinematic in its sudden twists and changes of scene, and the scientific ideas are bold and striking (if not always very plausible). You have to remember that this book first appeared (in serial form) before WW2, and make allowances. It can be unintentionally hilarious when van Vogt takes us to the 48th century and shows us men and women wearing 1940s clothing, and stores called things like "Universal Haberdashery". (Does anyone younger than 50 know what "haberdashery" is, even in 2014?) Yet, naive as some of his technology may seem in terms of machinery, it usually hangs together logically and fits in with (what passes for) the plot.

Van Vogt's writing was highly controversial half a century ago, when the critic (and SF author) Damon Knight famously called him a "cosmic jerry-builder". But his books have a definite charm, and many of us find them strangely addictive. If you enjoyed "The Weapon Shops of Isher", you could do worse than try some of his somewhat better known (and possibly rather better) work such as THE Voyage of the Space Beagle, The World of Null-A, or The Pawns of Null-A (all personal favourites of mine, I must admit). Philip K Dick was a great admirer of van Vogt, whom he credited with getting him interested in SF - for which we should be grateful, even if he had never accomplished anything else!

Oh, and if you liked this book, try its sequel The Weapon Makers (Isher Book 2).
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Van Vogt is a ideas man -if you crave nuanced relationships or careful character development you need to look elsewhere. But if you want to follow a Magnificent, Soaring and Astounding story, there is simply no one to match him. I read and loved his work as a boy and am now returning to it - having genuinely forgotten the story lines. All I can say is... WOW! I'm blown away - all over again!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic 7 Jan 2014
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Excellent classic sci-fi. A.E.Van Vogt is a true master of the genre. Definitely suggest all should read Weapon Makers also.
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Read it several times as a teenager in the 70s...Surprised at how terrible it is when I read it again now. Maybe I've been spoiled by reading writers such as Iain M Banks and Ian MacDonald; I expect a lot more from my science fiction. It's not that it's dated - it's just very bad writing. A nice concept let down by its execution.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Very dated 20 Oct 2014
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I enjoyed reading the book but it is very dated. Amazon should pay taxes based on where they do business and not utilize a shabby tax haven.
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