The Weird Worlds of A.E. van Vogt is the world’s oldest and most prominent website dealing with this author from the Golden Age of science fiction. Created in the late ’90s by Magnus Axelsson in Iceland, it has provided superb resources and a central gathering place for fans, and can be credited with bringing van Vogt back to the attention of the general public after he unjustly languished in obscurity for many years.
In March 2008, after moving on to other fields of interest, Magnus ceased updating his site apart from adding a few news items. Since October 2009, it has seen no updates of any kind, and now it will soon be removed altogether from its current home on MMedia at vanvogt.www4.mmedia.is. Fortunately, over the last few months Magnus and I have been working together to move his entire site to my Icshi.net domain, where it is now accessible at www.icshi.net/worlds/.
Although his site now has a new home, its appearance on Icshi.net is for archival purposes only. Minor alterations have been made to various pages to better reflect this. However, there will be no updates per se, and many of the links to external sites are outdated and don’t work. In addition, by Magnus’ request, all inquiries regarding his site should be directed to me instead of him. And if you want to submit new book covers, etc., I’m currently accepting such material for my own van Vogt site, Sevagram. Also, the book covers which appear on Magnus’ site will eventually be re-appearing on the Sevagram site when my new illustrated bibliography is finished, alongside a slew of other scans which Magnus never added to his own site.
This is the first section to appear on Icshi.net that was created by someone other than myself, and I hope it will be the first of many to come. Right now I’m still hammering out all the details for my new — and free! — site-hosting program. A full announcement should be made within the next couple of months.
On a more personal note, during my freshman year at college way back in 1999, I discovered Magnus’ site and through it I was able to learn more about my favorite author. And thanks to the A.E. van Vogt Yahoo Group (started by Magnus with Tim and Mike Gray), I had my first opportunity to connect with fellow fans. Indeed, it’s no exaggeration to say that it was his website and the discussion group which inspired me to create my own website over ten years ago. So, all in all, it is a tremendous honor and a wonderful privilege to be able to preserve such an important site, and I’d like to publicly thank Magnus for his massive contributions over the years to all things vanvogtian.