“The man with a Thousand Names” by A E Van Vogt

When I was 15 and 16, I read a lot of science fiction; Clifford D Simak, Robert Silverberg, Isaac Asimov etc… I don’t remember if I read A E Van Vogt but the name is certainly familiar. These days I rarely read science fiction, I found this book cheap in a book stall outside one of the metro stations in Tbilisi. It is a first edition (1974) but I’ve never been particularly interested in such matters (obviously I’d be happy to find a first edition of the first Harry Potter book or one of the Tolkien books, but purely for the financial potential). The  story is about a rich young man, Steven Masters Jr, who is filled with ennui and joins a space expedition for a bit of excitement. He visits a habitable planet called Mittend, but goes wandering off from the rest of the crew. He finds some strange human like people, who upon seeing Steven, chase after him and when they catch him and touch him, his mind gets traded into the body of his ex butler, Mark Broehm, a 38-year-old bar waiter back on earth.

Man with a Thousand names

The Man with a Thousand Names

Steven Masters is not a nice person (Steven was ego incarnate) and has wronged many people in the past. The collective “Mother” mind of the alien planet is able to change him from one person’s body to another person’s, the people are connected by Steven having wronged them in the past. Steven is a womaniser and the book feels dated and misogynistic. I won’t be seeking out any more by this author.

My rating : 2.5 out of 5


About jimholroyd365

Hi, my name is Jim, I am an Englishman living in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi. I started this blog to share my interests, my photos and to make sense of my world. I take a lot of photographs of various subjects, some of which I intend to share here. I collect diecast cars and get the same thrill at 50 as I did when I was 8, when I find a car I'm searching for, Don't worry, I have a separate blog for this hobby. Please feel free to comment and ask questions on what I blog. I am quite new to this blogging, I was inspired by reading a book, which began as a blog of a London Ambulance Driver: "Blood, Sweat and Tea". I hope my blog will be entertaining and amusing, I did try stand up comedy in the UK and had seven gigs before I left to teach English in Georgia. I love reading and so the blog will include book reviews of books as I finish them.I don't know about which direction this blog will go, I am a great believer in serendipity...let the journey begin...
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