Agent of Vega
infobox Book |
name = Agent of Vega
image_caption = First Edition cover
James H. Schmitz
cover_artist = W.I. van der Poel
language = English
Science fiction short stories
release_date = 1960
media_type = Print (
pages = 191 pp
isbn = NA
"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
Pagadanis 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
* [http://www.baen.com/library/0671318470/0671318470.htm Prologue] by
Mercedes Lackeyto the 2001 edition.
* [http://www.webscription.net/pc-9-1-agent-of-vega.aspx Book review] .
* [http://www.troynovant.com/Franson/Schmitz/Agent-Vega-Other-Stories.html Another book review] .
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