''The Voyage of the Space Beagle'' is a Science Fiction novel by Creator/AEVanVogt. To be more precise, it is actually the compilation of several short stories that van Vogt had written for a magazine years before (including the first two he ever wrote). All the stories had in common the involvement of the ''Space Beagle'', an Earth starship sent to explore new areas of space, encountering ever more fantastic -and dangerous- alien lifeforms along the way.

Although obscure today, the stories were enormously influential; to the point that some of the creatures Vogt invented have been openly imitated, most notably the telepathic, cat-like Coeurl (which became a recurring monster in the ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series) and even the xenomorphs from ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' might have been based on Vogt's work (he certainly believed so.)

A recurrent theme of the stories was that one of the ship's science officers gave a warning of danger, but was ignored and always ended up having to save the crew by himself.

!!Tropes in the stories:
* AndIMustScream: Ixtl's human victims are paralyzed with its eggs inside them, waiting for the hatchlings to eat their way out. [[spoiler:The doctor extracts the eggs in time and the paralysis wears off.]]
* BrainwashingForTheGreaterGood - for some background, everyone on the ship was a scientist, all from different schools of thought. Grosvenor, the main POV character, studies "nexialism," which is a vague generalist overview of all the sciences (as opposed to specializing in one). His view s presented as the superior, and only way to study science (i.e. specialists are always wrong and narrow-minded, generlaist views are best). Nobody listens to his warnings of danger, and nobody signs on to Nexialism, so eventually he hypnotizes the entire crew through the ship's PA system to force them to turn to Nexialism. It works, and by the end of the book, all the ship's scientists become Nexialists and learn from him.
* CatFolk: The Coeurl.
* EldritchAbomination: Ixtl and Anabis.
* FirstContactTeam: The crew of the Beagle.
* IgnoredExpert: The lone nexialist (a scientist whose specialty is nonspecialization) in the crew.
* IntelligentGerbil: The Coeurl
* MeaningfulName: The title is an obvious reference to the HMS ''Beagle'', the ship whose voyage of exploration included UsefulNotes/CharlesDarwin (and the story has a similar discovery-of-new-species theme.)
* PatchworkStory
* ProtagonistCenteredMorality - When people do not listen to, agree with, or vote in favor of the nexialist scientist, he brainwashes and hypnotizes or imprisons them to get what he wants. This is viewed as a good thing because he is "right."
* TimeAbyss: The crew theorize that Ixtl is a creature from a previous incarnation of the universe, and had been drifting in space since before the Big Bang until it encountered the ''Beagle''.
* TrappedWithMonsterPlot: The encounter with Ixtl was one of the prototypes for this kind of plot in science-fiction media.
* VillainProtagonist: The encounter with Coeurl is told from its POV.