Null-A Three

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Null-A Three
Cover of the first edition
Author A. E. van Vogt
Cover artist Bruce Pennington
Country United States
Language English
Genre Science fiction
Publisher Sphere Books
Media type Print
Pages 215
ISBN 0-7221-8841-2
Preceded by The Pawns of Null-A

Null-A Three, usually written Ā Three, is a 1985 science fiction novel by A. E. van Vogt. It incorporates concepts from the General semantics of Alfred Korzybski and refers to non-Aristotelian logic.

The novel is a continuation of the adventures of Gilbert Gosseyn from The World of Null-A (1945) and The Pawns of Null-A (1948).


Gilbert Gosseyn wakes to find he is Gosseyn Three, in telepathic contract with Gosseyn Two. One of the spare bodies used in his reincarnation machinery was found and forced to life by the approach of an immense space fleet from another galaxy, manned by the primordial ancestors of man, gripped in an eon-long war with mutants equally old. The space-fleet is ruled by an unstable youngster who seems to possess many of the same powers, including a double-brain, as Gosseyn.

Gosseyn must school the youth in Null-A sanity, save the Earth from a cabal of gangsters and businessmen who oppose the return of the Games Machine, discover the secret reasons behind the endless horrifying war, and stop the intrigues of Enro the Red to return to power.


Many critics regard Null-A Three as the weakest of the Null-A books,[citation needed] and the estate-authorized Null-A sequel Null-A Continuum ignores its events.[citation needed]

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