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Cover of Astounding, one of A.E. Van Vogt's many novels.

Alfred Elton Van Vogt: science fiction writer; born on 26 April 1912 in Edenburg, Manitoba, Canada. He was the third child of six born to Heinrich Vogt (9 Mary 1886, Edenthal, West Reserve, Manitoba - 24 February 1968, Winnipeg, Manitoba) and Aganetha (Buhr) Vogt (30 September 1887, Edenthal, West Reserve, Manitoba - 6 September 1976, Winnipeg, Manitoba) who were members of the Bergthaler Mennonite Church of Manitoba. His grandparents and great-grandparents had come as pioneers to Canada from Russia in the 1870s. In 1939 Alfred married Edna Mayne Hull (1 Mary 1905, Brandon, Manitoba - 20 January 1975) of Brandon, Manitoba. They had no children. Alfred's second wife was Lydia Bereginsky Brayman. Alfred died on 26 January 2000 in Los Angeles, California.

Though born on the West Reserve in Manitoba, Alfred grew up in Neville, Saskatchewan where his father practiced law. For financial reasons Alfred was unable to attend university. During the depression years of the 1930s he wrote romance stories and other articles for publication while doing odd jobs. Alfred was unable to serve during World War II because of poor eyesight. After living for a short time in Ontario, Alfred and his wife moved to Los Angeles, California where he found success as a writer. Alfred Elton Van Vogt became internationally famous during the 1930s and 1950s for his series of novels which included The World of Null-A, and The Pawns of Null-A.

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Dyck, John. "Alfred van Vogt: Science Fiction Master." Preservings No. 10 Part II (June 1997): 66.

Author(s) Sharon H. H Brown
Date Published March 2006

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