a list compiled by Alex Kasman (College of Charleston)
"William E. Emba"|
"A creature of vast powers is locked up inside a vault made up of
ultimate metal. The key to freeing it turns out to be 'factoring
the ultimate prime number', which procedure is given an extended
pseudomathematical explanation. (Of course, this is all deliberate
1940 goshwow gibberish.)"
Originally published in Astounding (1940), it has since been
reproduced in several van Vogt collections.
I enjoyed Vault of the Beast very much. It was probably the best SF read of my otherwise misspent youth.
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