The Book of Ptath

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The Book of Ptath
Book of ptah.jpg
Dust-jacket from the first edition
Author A. E. van Vogt
Illustrator A. J. Donnell
Cover artist A. J. Donnell
Country United States
Language English
Genre Science fiction
Publisher Fantasy Press
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback)
Pages 221 pp
OCLC 1289935

The Book of Ptath is a science fiction novel by Canadian-American writer A. E. van Vogt. It was first published in book form in 1947 by Fantasy Press in an edition of 3,021 copies. The novel was originally serialized in the magazine Unknown in October 1943. The book has also appeared under the titles Two Hundred Million A.D. and Ptath.

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The novel concerns a tank-battle casualty reincarnated as a dispossessed god-figure who struggles against one of his two consorts to re-establish his dominion in the far future Gonwonlane.


Lin Carter ranked The Book of Ptath as van Vogt's "single best novel"[1] and tried to convince him to write a sequel.[2] R. D. Mullen, however, dismissed the novel, saying he saw no reason to include it in an SF library.[3]


  1. ^ Lin Carter, Imaginary Worlds, Ballantine Books, 1973, pp.85-86
  2. ^ A. E. van Vogt, Reflections of A. E. van Vogt, Fictioneer Books, 1975, p.67
  3. ^ "Reviews: November 1975", Science Fiction Studies, November 1975

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