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by A. E. Van Vogt


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Van Vogt's "Ship of Darkness" was the cover story in the second issue of Fantasy Book in 1948. Van Vogt's first completed novel, and one of his most famous, is Slan (Arkham House, 1946), which Campbell serialized in Astounding September to December 1940.

Van Vogt's "Ship of Darkness" was the cover story in the second issue of Fantasy Book in 1948. Van Vogt's first SF publication was inspired by The Voyage of the Beagle by Charles Darwin. The Black Destroyer" was published in July 1939 by John W. Campbell in Astounding Science Fiction, the centennial year of Darwin's journal.

His name was Sam Enders, and he was the chauffeur and bodyguard of the man beside him – John Petty, chief of the secret police of the all-powerful Kier Gray. The police chiefs identity penetrated through Jommy like an electric shock.

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.

Recommended by Paul Cook as one of the most important SF novels. Jommy Cross is a slan, a genetically bred superhuman whose race was created to aid humanity but is now despised by "normal" humans. But on their latest trip to Centropolis, the two slans are discovered, and Jommy's mother is killed

Slan is legendary science fiction author A. E. Van Vogt's first and best-known novel, back in print from Tor Books's . Vogt wrote appropriately to standards of our society of the '40s and '50s. Then, some people who lacked values and morals ridiculed such standards as prudish or Victorian.

Slan is legendary science fiction author A. Van Vogt's first and best-known novel, back in print from Tor Books's Orb imprint. The story is classic golden age science fiction: Jommy Cross is a slan, a genetically bred superhuman whose race was created to aid humanity but is now despised by "normal" humans. If we had been foresighted perhaps we could have been more agressive in protecting our culture of respect and dignity.

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But only his mother's thoughts were clear and coherent – and afraid

Recommended by Paul Cook as one of the most important SF novels.

Recommended by Paul Cook as one of the most important SF novels. But on their latest trip to Centropolis, the two slans are discovered, and Jommy's mother is killed.

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Chapter One. His mother's hand felt cold, clutching his. Her fear as they walked hurriedly along the street was a quiet, swift pulsation that throbbed from her mind to his. A hundred other thoughts beat against his mind, from the crowds that swarmed by on either side, and from inside the buildings they passed. But only his mother's thoughts were clear and coherent - and afraid. They're following us, Jommy,' her brain telegraphed. They're not sure, but they suspect.


Comments: (7)

Minnai
I really enjoyed this book. I've been reading Sci-fi for 63 years, believe it or not and I've read Van Vogt before. But never "Slan". The difference in character development compared to modern writing was the first thing I noticed. We've progressed. But Vogt lacked nothing in imagination or twists in the plot.

There's another progression I noticed. I don't read crude or vile books. In the past year I've submitted Kindle reviews that Amazon rejected - because I quoted the vulgar language. In "Slan" I can see the beginnings if such changes that 'progressed' to what we read today - that I could not quote for you to know.

Vogt wrote appropriately to standards of our society of the '40s and '50s. Then, some people who lacked values and morals ridiculed such standards as prudish or Victorian. If we had been foresighted perhaps we could have been more agressive in protecting our culture of respect and dignity. We weren't. In 2017, from Hollywood to Congress you see what was allowed to happen.

Vogt gave us a classic I'm glad to have read.
Pooker
I remember reading and enjoying this novel in my early teens. Back then the stilted dialog, handwaving "science" explanations, & "Guess what?, I own a Thesaurus" prose didn't bother me.

Not to mention the "Tom Swift & his wonderful phallic car/plane/spaceship" plot point. Made of unobtainium no less.

Today the story seems trite, but at the time it was written it was breaking new ground in speculation of the capabilities of the mind.

This was about the time L Ron Hubbard started down the road that led to Dianetics.

The novel was originally serialized in Astounding magazine during the John W. Campbell years. JWC was fascinated by "psi" and other pseudo science and encouraged his stable of writers, including Van Vogt, Asimov, Heinlein, Sturgeon, Arthur C. Clarke, etc. to write speculative fiction about it.

I suspect this tale was born from that encouragement. The juvenile motivations and actions of the characters is probably due to the fact that the primary audience for "pulps" like Astounding was males in their teens and early 20s, the geeks & nerds of the time.

So I give it three stars from the point of view of someone who has been reading and enjoying Science Fiction since age 11, around 1960 or so.
Ielonere
Canadian author A.E. van Vogt was, with Isaac Asimov and Robert Heinlein, one of the stalwarts of John Campbell's Astounding Science Fiction in the "Golden Age" of the late 1930s-early 1940s. Slan was his first novel, serialized in Astounding in the Fall of 1940 and published in book form in 1946. (This Kindle edition is of the the slightly-revised version van Vogt published in 1951.)

Like most of van Vogt's fiction, Slan is characterized by madcap energy and a non-stop flow of ideas, unimpeded by lesser (to him) literary values such as coherence, characterization, stylish prose or scientific plausibility. Slan is not as wild and woolly as some of van Vogt's later novels, like the genuinely surreal The World of Null-A, but it does keep introducing new plot complications every few chapters.

The novel begins as a story of a young boy slan (a group of mutant humans with telepathic powers), living in a brutal dictatorship in which all slans are hunted down and killed. (I wonder how many readers of Astounding in 1940 saw the parallels to Hitler's Germany.) As the story goes on, van Vogt gradually turns this into a space opera, complete with an invasion of the Earth from Mars, and some of the emotional power of the early chapters is dissipated. When we are expecting a paroxysm of violence at the conclusion, van Vogt surprises us again with a talky final chapter in which all of the plot elements are explained and all conflicts resolved.

The science fiction field has matured quite a bit since Slan was written, but the novel is still worth reading for fans of the genre.
Shazel
I first read "Slan" over 40 years ago and wanted to reread it. I was very happy to discover that "Slan" was now available as a Kindle book, and at a very reasonable price. However, by chance, I decided to look at the end of Chapter 8 in my 1975 paperback and was surprised to see a much different ending to that chapter.
After further investigation, I've decided that the Kindle book is the original version of the book (pure space opera). This is not such a terrible thing, however, I must recommend reading the 1968 version over reading the Kindle version because IMHO it's a much better book. There are only a few changes in the newer version, mainly to the characters of Davy Dinsmore & Jem Lorry, but they definitely make the book a much better read!
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Classics
Author: A. E. Van Vogt
ISBN: 042503352X
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: Classics
Language: English
Publisher: Berkley (October 15, 1976)


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