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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,414 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: A. E. van Vogt Narrator: Oliver Wyman Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Jommy Cross is a slan, a genetically bred superhuman whose race was created to aid humanity but is now despised by normal humans. Slans are usually shot on sight, but that doesn’t stop Jommy’s mother from bringing him to see the world capital of Centropolis, the seat of power for Earth’s dictator, Kier Gray. But on their latest trip to Centropolis, the two slans are discovered, and Jommy’s mother is killed. Jommy, only nine years old, unwittingly becomes caught up in a plot to undermine Gray, who may be more sympathetic to slans than the public suspects. The nonstop action and root-for-the-underdog plot has made Slan a science fiction favorite.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Benn | 2/14/2014

    " Absolutely freaking timeless (the novel was written in the 40's). If not for a throw off line near the end of the book where, what essentially is a cell phone is used, this book will never be out of style. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sean Arthur | 2/8/2014

    " Aged fairly well for Golden Age scifi. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jessnuss | 2/3/2014

    " fortunately, i read this without knowing when it was published (Don't Look!) a quick read, it is a very interesting look into classic sci-fi. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Todd | 1/30/2014

    " My father recommended this one to me as a predecessor to the Marvel Universe. This is pop scifi from about 80 years ago featuring a suppressed superior race. Always fun to see how scifi reflects the time in which it was written. "

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About the Author

A. E. van Vogt (1912–2000) was a SFWA Grand Master. Part of John W. Campbell’s stable of writers for Astounding Science-Fiction magazine, van Vogt was one of the most prolific, yet complex, writers of the genre’s mid-twentieth century golden age. He is often named, along with Isaac Asimov and Robert A. Heinlein, one of the top science fiction writers of all time.