Slan (Slan #1)
The political tone of the work, focused on dictators, secret police, and shadowy struggles for power mark this as one of the earlier Dystopian works. Slan is a decade before 1984, though Brave New World and It Can't Happen Here are earlier.
Van Vogt's Dystopia is much more fantastical than most of the genre, rel ...more
The biggest problem was that he tried to cover too much territory in too short a time. From evolution to revolution, racism, mob psychology, fantas ...more
This book is an expansion of an earlier short story/novella that Van Vogt published in one of the famous sci-fi mags of the early 20th century. I don't know how much revision there was or how much time elapsed between each version but to me it felt apparent at about the half-way point, where there's a break of several years. I'd enjoyed the first half, with the young protagonist on the run and discoveri ...more
The main thing I dislike about the book is the dialogue. Too often even some of the humans sound all too much like Star Trek's Data imitating Spock. I suppose this is meant, especially for the Slan, ...more
Aghast that people acclaim Van Vogt at all, in any way, even a little bit. "Jommy"?! for fvck's sake "Vee Vee," think of something that actually smacks of a futurity -- the 1950s in 2100 and to write an entire book as if not ONE of the true Slans would vary from all others and not ONE human would, that implies that they can NOT. This opinion of sentient beings annoys me more than any other i can think of presently.
It's considered one of the classics of science fiction, originally published in 1940, thought to be an inspiration for The X-Men, but even if I try to set my modernity aside it sucks. It has cardboard characters I took no interest in or liking to, a truly useless ingenue, mutants who aren't all that dif ...more
I was struck, reading this, how one of my favorite books, Moran's The Long Run, is largely an homage (if not an actual retelling) of this novel. Slan doesn't have the time travel, but a lot of the other details are strikingly similar. (view spoiler ...more
The science in the book, given it was written in 1940, may now be dated. The storytelling isn't. When I first read it, I enjoyed that so much of the action had already taken place. We, the readers are - as were the main characters - left struggling with the aftermath. Even in my teens I believed this was a worthy way to tell a story. The reader is, along with ...more
Finishing reading this book was the biggest disappointment because ...more
My father was an avid reader of Science Fiction in his teens and twenties and our house had a whole bookcase full of editions of Astounding (later Analog) Science Fiction. And so, in 1967, I read this in a 27 year old edition of ...more
AE Van Vogt, partly due to the quality of his later work and his involvement with Dianetics and the Scientology movement was, to a certain extent discredited by the SF community. Thus he was never really given the c ...more
That said, it's a great novel about mind reading, racism (or specism), and conspiracy theory. An excellent twist at the end, as well.
Recommended as a fun, entertaining read.
Una donna cammina svelta per le strade affollate di una metropoli terrestre del futuro, tenendo per mano il figlio. A un tratto avverte telepaticamente il ragazzo che per lei non c'è più scampo, e lo incita a fuggire. Mentre il figlio scappa, sente che la madre viene uccisa da coloro che li stavano inseguendo... Così iniziano le avventure di Jommy Cross, uno Slan con le antenne che si trova improvvisamente a dover sopravvivere in un mondo che ha decretato la morte per tutti quelli della sua razz...more
I was fortunate enough to read this book forty years ago. it was one of my favorites and have not read our since. I purchased a new kindle fire HDX and looked it up on Amazon. and just like forty years ago it it's still a great book.
SLAN, for all its weaknesses, is the closest Van Vogt came to writing an actual novel (and yes, this o ...more
While the writing and story feel a bit dated now it does through up a couple of major plot surprises, including the aforementioned tendrilless Slans and a significant ...more
The story is set in the future, with Jommy Cross being one of the last of the super race known as Slans. Slans are persecuted and killed on sight by humans, who are threatened by the Slans, who they believe to be manufactured by machines and which have telepathic abilities. Also in the mix are a subrace of the Slans, that don't ...more
van Vogt was born to Russian Mennonite family. Until he was four years old, van Vogt and his family spoke only a dialect of Low German in the home.
He began his writing career with 'true story' ro ...more