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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Slan by A. Slan Slan 1 by A. In the s, the Golden Age of science fiction flowered in the magazine Astounding.
Editor John W. Campbell, Jr. Slan is the story of Jommy Cross, the orphan mutant outcast from a future society prejudiced against mutants, or slans.
Throughout the forties and In the s, the Golden Age of science fiction flowered in the magazine Astounding. Throughout the forties and into the fifties, Slan was considered the single most important SF novel, the one great book that everyone had to read.
Today it remains a monument to pulp SF adventure, filled with constant action and a cornucopia of ideas. This edition has a new introduction by Kevin J. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published February 15th by Orb Books first published September More Details Original Title. Jommy Cross.
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Why do people complain about this being dated? Do they not realize it was written as of like This was written 5 years before my grandmother was BORN!! This is a decade older than my grandfather lived to be!! Jamie Flower So? There are plenty of books much older than this one even in the science fiction genre that aren't as dated. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Slan Slan, 1.
Sep 19, Bradley rated it really liked it Shelves: sci-fi , shelf. How do I properly describe a novel that uses incorrectly atomic energy, but also addressing the fact that it was published in ? Well, it's been 76 years since it came out, and its and integral part of the Campbellian SF revolution that said that we can have great Science in Science Fiction, but of course our understanding of these things change as we learn more, so I'm perfectly willing to let a lot of that slide.
The fact that it's when it was published, and he was talking abou How do I properly describe a novel that uses incorrectly atomic energy, but also addressing the fact that it was published in ?
The plot proceeds very quickly, which is an amazingly cool feature and expectation for this era's SF adventure books, moving at a nice pace for an Oliver Twist beginning all the way to find a macguffin that would save the benighted alien race of Slans, to learn the slightly surprising reveals about the Slan's origins, while putting us firmly in the hands of a few Slan MCs. Telepathy, strength, speed, and intelligence is all enhanced in these individuals. That's no big surprise, of course.
Nietzsche's insanely popular across the world in every continent at this time. Superman comic just came out. A war has just popped up over the ocean that bears a lot of identification with it.
So much of our literature, and especially SF, has truly heroic super men. It's part of our zeitgeist. What's most interesting is how these supermen are the most downtrodden in the novel, despite all their advantages. But wait, you say, hasn't this been done a million times? Well, yeah, but few before this time have done something quite as intelligently as Vogt. He's trying to send a global message and doing it across so many subjects with so much world building It's a really short novel.
The only other novels that I know of that could pull this off only came later. I'm not going to judge this book by today's standards of SF, although it is superior in pacing and plot, if not characterization. It was also a phenomenon for about 15 years after it came out, being considered the best of the best. Popularity doesn't always mean quality, but this does have a lot of quality. Unfortunately, it's also been copied a million times since then, diluting the effect and the enjoyment that we might have in it now.
At least we can point to it as one of the major supermen mythos stories with pride, and hopefully it won't be utterly forgotten in time. Golden Age Science Fiction goodness. I can see from other reviews that not everybody enjoyed this, but I really enjoy Van Vogt, his stories tend to twist and turn and venture off into unexpected territory. The logical next step is almost never what happens. Slan has had a massive influence on the genre, as seen in Marvel Comics' X-men and the writings of Philip K.
Slan actually deals with a rather complicated theme, but in an almost simplistic fashion Golden Age Science Fiction goodness. Slan actually deals with a rather complicated theme, but in an almost simplistic fashion, the quick pace of the novel is testament to this.
Latter authors, like Dick, instilled a much greater emotional impact into the same kind of thing. This, however, is fun.
Of course! I'd expect no less of a Science Fiction novel published in the s. There is a feverish quality to much of the Van Vogt stuff I've read, and perhaps that's why he's not everybody's cup of tea. Me, I'd recommend this any day of the week. Some of it appears silly now, but Slan has certainly made its mark! View all 9 comments. Oct 06, Carlex rated it liked it.
Three and half stars. Slan is poorly written but I enjoyed the reading well, my reviews are also poorly written ;- As a lot of classics this novel could seem a bit silly to the current reader: the female characters, some aspects of the plot, and of course the state of the art of science knowledge However Slan has good ideas, for example when the author imagines a society in which some humans have superpowers telepathy, intelligence, strength, etc but at the same time they must hide and prote Three and half stars.
However Slan has good ideas, for example when the author imagines a society in which some humans have superpowers telepathy, intelligence, strength, etc but at the same time they must hide and protect themselves from different superhumans, so I understand that this novel was acclaimed in its time.
I suppose that then in A. View all 6 comments. I've heard this held up to be one of his better books, but never got around to it. This wasn't. The biggest problem was that he tried to cover too much territory in too short a time. It started out pretty well, but there was just so much going on by the end that none of it worked well.
This was an audio book in 6 files. By the end of the third one, I was getting close to my limits. Halfway through the 5th, I almost quit. Luckily, the 6th was shorter, so I managed to finish it. View all 16 comments. View all 3 comments.
Slan by Van Vogt, First Edition
Reviewed by Ted Gioia Here's a synopsis of the first eight pages of A. Slans have telepathic powers, which allow them to detect enemies at a distance. Despite this skill, a Slan female cannot escape her pursuers when she is identified during a visit to the capital city. Before she is killed, she tells her nine- year-old son Jommy, that he must go into seclusion, complete his dead father's unfinished project, and then assassinate Kier Gray, dictator of the planet. The police capture and kill Jommy's mother.
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Jul 10, Minutes Buy. At the time of his death in , van Vogt left a partial draft and an outline for the sequel to his most famous novel, Slan. Now the story is completed by Anderson and is sure to be one of the most popular SF novels of the year. Slans are a race of superior mutants, smarter and stronger than homo sapiens and able to read minds.