Slan

Slan

In the 1940s, the Golden Age of science fiction flowered in the magazine Astounding. Editor John W. Campbell, Jr., discovered and promoted great new writers such as A.E. van Vogt, whose novel Slan was one of the works of the era.

Slan is the story of Jommy Cross, the orphan mutant outcast from a future society prejudiced against mutants, or slans. 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. Anderson.

Title:Slan
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780312852368
Format Type:

    Slan Reviews

  • Bradley

    How do I properly describe a novel that uses (incorrectly) atomic energy, but also addressing the fact that it was published in 1940?Well, it's been 76 years since it came out, and its and integral pa...

  • Dirk Grobbelaar

    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 terri...

  • Carlex

    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 fem...

  • Jim

    I really liked van Vogt when I was younger & it's only been a few years since I read The Voyage of the Space Beagle which I gave 3 stars. I've heard this held up to be one of his better books, but nev...

  • Michael

    281218 later addition: just read interesting lit crit work on intersections of surrealist and sf work/theory mostly in france in early 20th to midcentury, of which van vogt was greatly admired. he tra...

  • Stephen

    1.5 to 2.0 stars. While certainly an important "classic" science fiction story and worth while for gaining an understanding of the evolution of the science ficiton novel featuring the "superhuman" I d...

  • J.G. Keely

    In Slan, Van Vogt (say: 'vote') combines a number of popular sci fi themes, some intriguing, others silly, to create a work that is interesting and influential, if sometimes ill-conceived.The politica...

  • Matt Tandy

    The golden age of science fiction produced many works that have stood the test of time. Fahrenheit 451, I Robot, the Foundation trilogy, Ring Around The Sun, the Lensman series, the Skylark series and...

  • Jared Millet

    I've read lots of classic SF, but now, at last, I've found the missing link between Isaac Asimov and E.E. Smith, the transition stage between thoughtful, character driven science fiction and the Atomi...

  • Jim C

    Actual rating is 3.5 stars.This book is a science fiction novel that was written well over seventy years ago. In this one, mutants have developed telepathic powers and these mutants, also known as sla...