The Winged Man

The Winged Man IT WASN T A BIRD BUT IT COULDN T BE A MAN Lt William Kenlon had watched the incredible creature circling the submarine Sea Serpent in the darkness of the night and he could barely believe what he saw

  • Title: The Winged Man
  • Author: A.E. van Vogt E. Mayne Hull
  • ISBN: 9780722187647
  • Page: 169
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • IT WASN T A BIRD BUT IT COULDN T BE A MAN Lt.William Kenlon had watched the incredible creature circling the submarine Sea Serpent in the darkness of the night, and he could barely believe what he saw.The giant winged monster was human and it was intent on some purpose that involved the sub and its crew Then the creature landed and suddenly, impossibly, the Sea SerpentIT WASN T A BIRD BUT IT COULDN T BE A MAN Lt.William Kenlon had watched the incredible creature circling the submarine Sea Serpent in the darkness of the night, and he could barely believe what he saw.The giant winged monster was human and it was intent on some purpose that involved the sub and its crew Then the creature landed and suddenly, impossibly, the Sea Serpent was in another world A world of the far future where the land was uninhabitable and humanity as Kenlon knew it had died out A world in which the strange bird men of the air warred with the even stranger denizens of the sea for domination And in that bizarre battle for survival, the men from the 20th century were the vital factor This book is an expanded version of E Mayne Hull s short story The Winged Man which originally appeared in Astounding Science Fiction in 1944 Apparently it was expanded and revised by van Vogt, who added 25.000 words, altogether, inserted a new villain, and made better use of some of the characters , to quote a quote from Galactic Central bibliography.

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    1. A 20th century submarine is mysteriously transported into the far future, where it plays a vital role in the ongoing war between the Winged Men and their loathsome marine enemies. I do hope that the doughty submariners joined the right side; as Harry Harrison's Star Smashers Of The Galaxy Rangers wittily points out, identifying the good guys is not always as straightforward as you first think.One memorable peculiarity of the Winged Men is that their counting system is oriented towards the number [...]

    2. This book is credited to both A.E. van Vogt and his first wife, E. Mayne Hull. There are two copyright dated (1944 and 1966). This leaves me to assume that the 1944 date represents Hull's work and the 1966 date represents A. E. van Vogt's novelization.Note: the 1944 version appears in two parts: Astounding May '44 Vol.33 No.3 and June '44 Vol.33 No.4 - Found in the excellent Icshi site.I felt while reading the 1966 version, that it was a simple story told in a complicated fashion (this being typ [...]

    3. Nuclear hybrid sub (has a diesel engine as well) and its crew is shanghaied into the 320th century (30 thousand years from now) by some flying humans that want them to destroy an enemy race of humans who live under water. They're not alone. A number of other vessels from other Earth eras are floating around the home of the winged humans, which floats in the air above the ocean.There's a lot more to this, but I don't want to give away the whole plot or you won't have fun reading it.Yes, I enjoyed [...]

    4. ‘IT WASN’T A BIRD – BUT IT COULDN’T BE A MANLt William Kenlon had watched the incredible creature circling the submarine Sea Serpent in the darkness of the night, and he could barely believe what he saw. The giant winged monster was human – and it was intent on some purpose that involved the sub and its crew.Then the creature landed – and suddenly, impossibly, the Sea Serpent was in another world. A world of the far future, where the land was uninhabitable and humanity as Kenlon knew [...]

    5. searchtheskyblog.wordpressThe Winged Man is an expanded version of Edna Mayne Hull’s short story of the same name, published back in ‘Astounding Science Fiction’ during 1944. The book begins with Lieutenant Kenlon of the nuclear submarine USS Sea Serpent spotting a giant bird miles from the land out in the pacific. It soon turns out not to be a bird, but a winged man who affixes a device to the hull that catapults the submarine and its crew 25,000 years into the future. The continents have [...]

    6. This was first published in 1967 - when I was a lot younger than I now am! - and it shows. Not so much in the story, as in the attitudes and assumptions of the writer(s) (A.E. van Vogt, from an original short story by E Mayne Hull). The attitude towards women for example seems almost medieval, which shows how much things have changed in my lifetime. But you could argue that it was entirely in keeping for the characters!Strangely, while speculating on the possibilities of science thousands of yea [...]

    7. The bizarre situation this submarine crew finds itself in had me interested for a while, but that didn't last. The end battle became too much magic and not enough science. It was also very disappointing that the elephant in the room was never even addressed: (view spoiler)[All the vessels came from the past. The easiest solution to all the problems was to just send them back with the information they needed to prevent the problem. Easy peasy, nobody gets hurt. (hide spoiler)]

    8. Το πρώτο βιβλίο του Α. Ε. Βαν Βογκτ που περνάει στη λίστα με τα διαβασμένα, και μπορώ να πω ότι σε γενικές γραμμές μου άρεσε. Σίγουρα έχει μια πρωτότυπη ιδέα, αν και θα μπορούσε να εκτελεστεί λίγο καλύτερα. Ένα αμερικάνικο ατομικό υποβρύχιο του 20ου αιώνα, μεταφέρεται στο 24.999 μ. [...]

    9. I read the first couple chapters of this, and wasn't really impressed with where it was going. It wasn't that it was bad, it wasn't. But it wasn't particularly good either. Definitely not one of Vogt's better works.

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