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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: July 2007 ISBN: 9781482977059
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 1/27/2014

    " Classic 1940s "Golden Age" science fiction, as written by Canadian A.E. Van Vogt. It's the future and the human race is at war with the slans. The slans are "supermen," more intelligent, stronger, faster, just better. And best of all, they are telepathic. This is the story of Jommy, who is on the run and looking to make contact with oher slans... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anrei | 1/18/2014

    " It's a good book.It failed to stand the test of time,though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 1/18/2014

    " Gale suggested this to me "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rick | 12/13/2013

    " Fans are SLANS. Classic from the 1930's. Interesting story, but a little dated now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert Verde | 11/8/2013

    " Slan is one of the greats of science fiction. Reading it now it seems somewhat trite, an overly familiar plot, but that's because so many other authors copied this novel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rose Ann | 6/28/2013

    " I thought I had read this when I was 12 years old or thereabouts, but nothing was familiar to me when I read it today. It has not aged well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roddy Williams | 1/10/2013

    " A classic of the 'homo superior' genre from the Golden Age of Science Fiction. One of my all time favourites "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shawn | 11/30/2012

    " Classic sci fi, read it in High School first time, I wonder if I'd enjoy it as much now? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doug | 6/5/2012

    " One of the great sci-fi books from the 70s. If you only read one book from A. E. Van Vogt, this would be the one to read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Markus Widmer | 5/14/2012

    " I know this is very old, but I can't see how Slan ever received the status of an SF classic. The cookie-cutter characters only exist to try and explain the sorry excuse for a plot in unbelievably stilted fashion. Don't get me started on the ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 10/5/2011

    " You can't tell who your friends are until the chips are down. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chris | 9/9/2011

    " This science fiction oldie is supposed to be a seminal classic, but I didn't think it was such a big deal. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 7/5/2011

    " This is a fast and exciting read, with a strong pulp feel. Possibly Van Vogt's best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debi | 12/28/2010

    " I really liked this. It makes one wonder why our differences are so threatening and why we allow racial and cultural bias to overtake us. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 12/14/2010

    " This is a fast and exciting read, with a strong pulp feel. Possibly Van Vogt's best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eugene | 9/18/2010

    " Great book about a war with tender slans and humans and only to find out its a broader war with tendeless slan and slans! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 5/7/2010

    " You can't tell who your friends are until the chips are down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bria | 3/30/2010

    " An optimistic little book that's relatively free of the usual painful artifacts of the time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessnuss | 2/20/2010

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin | 2/11/2010

    " This book has stuck in my mind for any years. It was first published in 1940. I think it has all of the qualities of a good novel, character, plot, and it flows. "

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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.

About the Narrator

Oliver Wyman is an actor and award-winning audiobook narrator. His first full-length audiobook, It’s Not about the Bike, won an Audie Award. Quickly renowned for his versatility, he went on to win several Audie Awards and eighteen AudioFile Earphones Awards in genres ranging from drama and humor to nonfiction and children’s stories.