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Recruiting Station was a story that came as the result of many anxious awakenings during many nights. ---->>>

It's difficult for me to feel that a solid page without the breakups of paragraphs can be interesting. I break mine up perhaps sooner than I should in terms of the usage of the English language. ---->>>

The encouragement I got from Campbell was a quick check and praise. Once the Space Beagle was launched on its mission, it seemed natural for it to breed additional thoughts. ---->>>

You have to remember that I was a bright but simple fellow from Canada who seldom, if ever, met another writer, and then only a so-called literary type that occasionally sold a story and meanwhile worked in an office for a living. ---->>>

It came about as follows: over the years when I was involved in dianetics, I wrote the beginnings of many stories. I would get an idea, and then write the beginning, and then never touch it again. ---->>>

My theory was that what I had to do was make a study of human behavior. ---->>>

Chum was a British boy's weekly which, at the end of the year was bound into a single huge book; and the following Christmas parents bought it as Christmas presents for male children. ---->>>

In a sense, there's a great truth to that, but, also I was a great reader. ---->>>

I don't recall having any self-awareness about the intricacy of my stories. ---->>>

I had casually rented an apartment that cost $75 a month because I expected my writing to pay my way. ---->>>

Well, first of all, going off with dianetics was based upon a thought of mine. ---->>>

I figure that that has a ten year cycle. At the end of that ten years, I began to get worried that I would run into what is known as the writer's block, the feeling of not being able to do these things. ---->>>

In those days I was new to covers; merely felt pleased that a story of mine had been honored. I later met Rogers who did some of my early covers and I was impressed with him. ---->>>

But, somewhere in there, I did have the thought that this really fits in with my thinking about what I wanted to do; with what has to be done by a writer in order to stay alive as a writer. ---->>>

I first read science fiction in the old British Chum annual when I was about 12 years old. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: Canadian
Born: 04-26, 1912
Birthplace:
Die: 01-26, 2000
Occupation: Author
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Alfred Elton van Vogt (; April 26, 1912 – January 26, 2000) was a Canadian-born science fiction author regarded as one of the most popular, influential and complex practitioners of the mid-twentieth century, the genre's so-called Golden Age.(wikipedia)