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The Space Beagle. The Space Beagle was created by A.E. van Vogt (Artur Blord, Dellian Robots, Jim Pendrake, Rull, Weapon Shop) and appeared in four stories in Astounding and Other Worlds between 1939 and 1950, beginning with “Black Destroyer” (Astounding, July 1939); the stories were collected in The Voyage of the Space Beagle (1950).
The Space Beagle is a spaceship whose mission is to explore various solar systems in the galaxy. While carrying out their mission they continually discover hostile life forms, from the savage, id-devouring panther-like Coeurl to the telepathic bird-like Riim to the Ixtl, which tries to implant its eggs into the crew of the Space Beagle, to a nameless alien capable of rearranging planets. The crew of the Space Beagle includes Elliott Grosvenor, the ship’s “Nexialist” (generalist); Gregory Kent, the head of the ship’s chemistry department; Siedel, the ship’s psychologist; and Hal Morton, the ship’s Director.
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