Slan A Novel

A. E. van Vogt

Orb Books



Trade Paperback

272 Pages



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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 science fiction novel, the one great book that everyone had to read. Today it remains a monument to pulp science adventure, filled with constant action and a cornucopia of ideas. This edition includes a new introduction by Kevin J. Anderson.


Praise for Slan

"Over fifty years on from when it first saw print, van Vogt's Slan is still one of the quintessential classics of the field that other SF novels will inevitably be measured against."—Charles de Lint

"Van Vogt was creating the mythology of science, writing stories of science as magic or magic as science."—James Gunn

"Along with Isaac Asimov and Robert A. Heinlein—and to a lesser extent L. Sprague de Camp and L. Ron Hubbard—he seemed nearly to create, by writing what Campbell wanted to publish, the first genuinely successful period of U.S. SF; only in this 'Golden Age' did it begin to achieve [success], in literary terms."—The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction

“One of the landmark novels of the genre, van Vogt's 1940 tale follows the 'Slan,' a new breed of telepathic humans and their search for a society free from persecution. Essential for all libraries.”—Library Journal

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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. We've risked once too often coming into the capital, though I did hope that this time I could show you the old
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  • A. E. van Vogt

  • A. E. van Vogt was a SFWA Grand Master. He was born in Canada and moved to the U.S. in 1944, by which time he was well-established as one of John W. Campbell's stable of writers for Astounding Science-Fiction. He lived in Los Angeles, California and died in 2000.