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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.
"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