A.E. van Vogt was one of the leading figures of Golden Age SF during the 1940s. His strange, visionary tales — gathered in The Voyage of the Space Beagle (1950) and many other books — mixed equal measures of hyper-rationalism and emotional wish-fulfillment. Dynamic dreamer.
“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.”