"Who owns the Rights?" is a new regular feature we're running covering the issue of who owns the rights to famous literary estates and authors' works, and allowing board members to investigate. Given how hard it can be to track owners, we make no guarantee we will find them. A.E. Van Vogt was an influential Canadian science-fiction author. His works are credited with being the forerunners of many modern franchises, such as Slan which is often cited as an influence on the X-men and the short story Black Destroyer which lead to a settlement from Fox over Alien. He often combined several short stories into one novel, leading to sudden changes in tone in his books, and some odd character conflicts in the same character, but his innovative and creative ideas carried the works. He published his final story in 1986, and died in 2000. So who owns the rights?