Agent of Vega

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name = Agent of Vega
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image_caption = First Edition cover
author = James H. Schmitz
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cover_artist = W.I. van der Poel
country = United States
language = English
series =
genre = Science fiction short stories
publisher = Gnome Press
release_date = 1960
media_type = Print (Hardcover)
pages = 191 pp
isbn = NA
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"Agent of Vega" is a science fiction novel by James H. Schmitz, 1960. Like the "Foundation" series, it is a collection of stories that originally appeared separately in magazines. It was republished in 2001 as "Agent of Vega & Other Stories".

The tale began in 1949 as a longish short story published in the SF magazine "Astounding". In 1960 it appeared as a book, along with three loosely related stories set in the same time and context: "The Illusionists; The Truth About Cushgar; The Second Night of Summer".

In the far future, humans are building a 'Confederacy of Vega' to replace the original fallen Empire of Earth. The new empire includes some mutated humans and also some non-humans. Enemies are also a mix of humans and aliens and it is very much 'space opera', featuring Vega's 'zone agents'. Combat involves both physical weapons and telepathic attacks. It clearly owes a lot to E. E. Smith's "Lensman" series.

Unlike the six Lensman books, the four stories are only loosely connected. Each features a completely different set of enemies. The non-human telepath Pagadan is the main connecting link, appearing a secondary character in the first story, the main character in "The Illusionists" and makes a brief appearance in "The Truth About Cushgar".

The book is currently available as "Agent of Vega & Other Stories". This consists of the original four stories plus "The Custodians; Gone Fishing; The Beacon to Elsewhere; The End of the Line; Watch the Sky; Greenface; Rogue Psi". None of these are set in the same universe as the Vega tales.


*cite book | last=Chalker | first=Jack L. | authorlink=Jack L. Chalker | coauthors=Mark Owings | title=The Science-Fantasy Publishers: A Bibliographic History, 1923-1998 | location=Westminster, MD and Baltimore | publisher=Mirage Press, Ltd.| pages=308 | date=1998

External links

* [ Prologue] by Mercedes Lackey to the 2001 edition.
* [ Book review] .
* [ Another book review] .

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