''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 ''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 the ship's science officer 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.]]
* CatFolk: The Coeurl.
* EldritchAbomination: Ixtl.
* 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 S.S. ''Beagle'', the ship whose voyage of exploration included CharlesDarwin (and the story has a similar discovery-of-new-species theme.)
* PatchworkStory
* 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''.
* VillainProtagonist: The encounter with Coeurl is told from its POV.
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