Philosophy, Fantasy, and Science Fiction: A.E. Van Vogt's World of Null-A (lecture 3)
This is the third session in a new series of monthly lectures and discussions, spanning the year 2016 and hosted by the Brookfield Public Library. This year the series focuses on philosophical themes in the works and world of selected classic and contemporary fantasy and science fiction authors.
We continue the series by focusing in this session on A.E. Van Vogt's works, in particular the Null-A trilogy: The World of Null-A, Players/Pawns of Null-A, and Null-A Three.
- My personal motives for discussing Van Vogt
- Two critical evaluations of Van Vogt
- Van Vogt's biography
- Brief synopsis of the plots of the Null-A books
- Philosophical Theme #1: Van Vogt's approach to writing
- - Philosophical Theme #2: "Science" in Van Vogt's perspective
52: 58 - Philosophical Theme #3: General Semantics and Null-A
- Philosophical Theme #4: Supermen, absolute rulers, and the problematics of power
Upcoming lectures in the series will focus on the works and worlds of Frank Herbert, Roger Zelazny, Ursula K. Leguin, Michael Moorcock, Phillip K. Dick, Mervyn Peake, and George R.R. Martin.
Previous lectures - on J.R.R. Tolkien, A.E. Van Vogt, and C.S. Lewis have been recorded and are available in this playlist:
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