Van Vogt, Alfred Elton (1912-2000)

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

Alfred Elton Van Vogt, science fiction writer, was born on 27 April 1912 in Edenburg, Manitoba, Canada. He was the third child of six born to Heinrich Vogt (1886-1968) and Aganetha Buhr (1887-1976) 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 (1905-1975) of Brandon, Manitoba. They had no children. 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 eye sight. 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.


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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