A.E. van Vogt Augusta Mattioli
Slan
July 24, 2019 Comments.. 129
Slan La creazione di Jommy Cross il giovane Slan che deve sfuggire a una caccia spietata futuro che definire anti umanistico un semplice eufemismo uno dei pi bei risultati di van Vogt scrittore con un gus

  • Title: Slan
  • Author: A.E. van Vogt Augusta Mattioli
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 468
  • Format: Paperback
  • La creazione di Jommy Cross il giovane Slan che deve sfuggire a una caccia spietata futuro che definire anti umanistico un semplice eufemismo uno dei pi bei risultati di van Vogt, scrittore con un gusto spiccato per le storie di paradossi e superuomini In realt gli Slan non sono banali supermen, ma creature dotate di una intelligenza e una sensibilit eccezionalLa creazione di Jommy Cross il giovane Slan che deve sfuggire a una caccia spietata futuro che definire anti umanistico un semplice eufemismo uno dei pi bei risultati di van Vogt, scrittore con un gusto spiccato per le storie di paradossi e superuomini In realt gli Slan non sono banali supermen, ma creature dotate di una intelligenza e una sensibilit eccezionali e con la facolt di leggere nel pensiero questo che l umanit normale non tollera, ed per ci che i telepati sono braccati come bestie nelle citt degli uomini Delicati come elfi, con due minuscole antenne che spuntano fra i capelli, gli Slan sono creature di domani il cui stesso nome diventato sinonimo di diverso , e quindi di perseguitato.Copertina di Franco Brambilla

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    1. Bradley says:

      How do I properly describe a novel that uses (incorrectly) atomic energy, but also addressing the fact that it was published in 1940?Well, it's been 76 years since it came out, and its and integral part of the Campbellian SF revolution that said that we can have great Science in Science Fiction, but of course our understanding of these things change as we learn more, so I'm perfectly willing to let a lot of that slide. Still. The fact that it's 1940 when it was published, and he was talking abou [...]

    2. Jim says:

      I really liked van Vogt when I was younger & it's only been a few years since I read The Voyage of the Space Beagle which I gave 3 stars. I've heard this held up to be one of his better books, but never got around to it. He writes space opera, which has some almost magical fixing & plenty of convenience to the plot, but it's fun. This wasn't. 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 [...]

    3. Stephen says:

      1.5 to 2.0 stars. While certainly an important "classic" science fiction story and worth while for gaining an understanding of the evolution of the science ficiton novel featuring the "superhuman" I did not really enjoy the novel. I am glad I read it and it was in the neighborhood of okay, but can not recommend it.

    4. J.G. Keely says:

      In Slan, Van Vogt (say: 'vote') combines a number of popular sci fi themes, some intriguing, others silly, to create a work that is interesting and influential, if sometimes ill-conceived.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 [...]

    5. Jared Millet says:

      I've read lots of classic SF, but now, at last, I've found the missing link between Isaac Asimov and E.E. Smith, the transition stage between thoughtful, character driven science fiction and the Atomic! Age! of Super! Science! Van Vogt's prose is just far enough on the clunky side of pulp to make it jarring to modern ears, but the main thing that might hold a modern reader back from this book is that so many of the ideas Vogt introduces have since passed into the realm of cliche. If you put the [...]

    6. Dirk Grobbelaar says:

      Golden Age Science Fiction goodness. I can see from other reviews that not everybody enjoyed this, but I really enjoy Van Vogt, his stories tend to twist and turn and venture off into unexpected territory. The logical next step is almost never what happens. Slan has had a massive influence on the genre, as seen in Marvel Comics' X-men and the writings of Philip K. Dick (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?). Slan actually deals with a rather complicated theme, but in an almost simplistic fashion [...]

    7. Ben Babcock says:

      Unless I’m mistaken, I haven’t read anything by A.E. van Vogt, so this is me rectifying that. Reading so-called Golden Age is always interesting. Some of it holds up to the test of time; some of it does not. Slan, while it has its moments, falls into the latter camp in my opinion. Nevertheless, for contemporary readers, Golden Age SF never fails to provide an invaluable view not of our future but of our own past. Slan was first published in 1940, pre-dating electronic computers as we know th [...]

    8. Scott says:

      (Going on memory here but I just wanted to put my thoughts down before I gave this book away.)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 [...]

    9. Иван Величков says:

      Поредният емблематичен роман от ван Вогт, който е надскочил съвремието си. Макар да не блести със стил, Слен е положил темелите на цял поджанр във фантастиката, чиито плодове, като X-Men и цялото творчество на Сандърсън, берем и днес.Писана преди повече от 75 години, книгата се о [...]

    10. Rob says:

      The concept of this book is 'old hat,' but, of course, that's now, nearly seventy years later. I see the legacy of Slan in many books and films I've read, and the main fear of the humans, being superseded by a genetically engineered race, the Slan, is one that lurches ever closer to our reality, now.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, [...]

    11. Simon says:

      I love these old SF classics that are jammed full of ideas, action and vision. This is no exception. Paper thin characters and light on world building it may be but one can't help forgiving it because of it's fast pace and brevity. This is full of Van Vogt's far fetched notions and mind bending plot developments that one will have come to expect if one has read any of his other works.My main disappointment was the suddenness of the ending which left the story feeling unfinished. There being no p [...]

    12. Jeff says:

      [written in my book lover's journal; possibly a couple months after reading it]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.[10 [...]

    13. Luke Devenish says:

      Huzzah! Let's toss our tendrils with glee - I've just read my first ever mutant/super-race novel. This is also my first sampling of Mr Von Vogt. (It won't be my last.) Do you know, if you squint your eyes ever-so-slightly while reading this story, you could almost believe it was the X-Men? Me thinks that little franchise owes a big debt of gratitude to Slan - something I've not yet bothered to confirm, but who knows, perhaps I'm right? In my current born-again-newbie's excursion through the worl [...]

    14. Viridian5 says:

      Today I finished Slan by A.En Vogt and hated it. I just finished it as a personal pride thing. I think there were maybe 10 fiction books in my entire life I absolutely couldn't stand to finish.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 differ [...]

    15. Gregory says:

      As I say in my "about me" section, this was one of the first Sci-Fi novels I ever read. It made a strong impact on me as I was in high school and hadn't read an adult novel before. I still recall the emotional intensity that follows the main character and there was a theme of prejudice and subjugation running through it as humanity breaks down into humans and genetically created Slans (some with tendrils and some without). I intend on acquiring a copy one of these days and re-reading it to see [...]

    16. Kenneth says:

      I wanted to like this more given its status in the pantheon of classic science fiction, but I could barely managed to apply "2 stars". There are flashes or moments of sci-fi nerdery that save this from just being confused mess of pulp hackery. Plot threads and characters are lost carelessly and the timeline jumps without warning to the detriment of both.Read it for the history, appreciating its contribution to the genre, but don't expect too much from the story.

    17. Roddy Williams says:

      Classic Pulp Fiction from one of the masters of the Golden Age of Science Fiction. I have to confess that ‘Slan’ has to be my all-time favourite Science Fiction novel if only for the fact that it is probably the one book which got me hooked on SF back in the early Nineteen Seventies. 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 t [...]

    18. Harold Ogle says:

      Slan is classic space opera, with many of the trappings of Smith's Lensman series: atomic energy, disintegrator weapons, laconically logical protagonists, fast action, nearly effortless interplanetary travel, creatures with domineering psychic powersI 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)[ [...]

    19. Dave says:

      "Slan" is A. E. van Vogt's first novel. It was published in book form in 1946 by Arkham House, but the story originally appeared in the pages of Astounding Magazine in 1940. It was a highly rated classic of Science Fiction for more than 25 years after it originally appeared, but today it is often forgotten along with many of the early classics. In 1949 it was tied for 4th on the Arkham Survey of 'Basic SF Titles'. It ranked 2nd on the Astounding/Analog All-Time Poll in 1952, 5th, in 1956, and 3r [...]

    20. DNF with Jack Mack says:

      Ever wonder what the term forced means? "They're following us Jommy," her brain telegraphed, "they're not sure, but they suspect, we've risked once too often coming into the capitol. Though I did hope that this time I could show you the old Slan way of getting into the catacombs where your Father's secret is hidden." People just don't speak this way, but apparently Slan live only to make it from one plot point to another, info-dumping things everyone in their culture already knows, like some [...]

    21. Steven says:

      “I don't like human beings. I don't like you.” There's a reason why this author is considered legendary. I had the opportunity to read his other SF classic, The World of Null-A, last year, and found the same misleading plot, underdog characters, and massive scope. Of course, something isn't adding up if a far-future society still feels like the mid-40's, but prognostication to the last detail isn't the sole goal of speculative fiction. I can't help but feeling that if more present-day writer [...]

    22. Soorya says:

      Van Vogt liked plot twists so much that he followed a rule of 1 twist every 800 words (I’m not kidding) in everything he wrote. As a result, Slan is a frenetic, jam-packed read that moves at a breakneck pace. Written in 1940, it’s about a race of telepathic mutants called slans who are relentlessly persecuted by humans. It clearly inspired the X-Men and many others.Alas, it’s very dated in some ways. The dialogue is really unnatural - it feels like every character has a teleprompter attach [...]

    23. Kevin J Mackey says:

      I have a few books in my "must-read classic Science Fiction" groupings - this is the #1. It may well be my favorite science fiction book. 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 [...]

    24. Neil Sato says:

      Each chapter was different than the pre-ceeding. The character development was visceral, real, it was as if it wasn't third person; like I could see from the eyes of the character. This is one of the few books I have ever read that creates a sense of emotional connection with the events occurring where there is an urgency of reading everything. The plot twists are hard to see coming and seems completely random yet the story flows.Finishing reading this book was the biggest disappointment because [...]

    25. Bookwatcher says:

      A.E. van Vogt is a genius. 1940 This book was published in 1940 and couldn't be more actuala lone man fighting for peace No, not a man, a Slan. In a world were humans kill Slans for their powers (or should I say super powers? It's really look like a super hero story), Jommy, a true Slan, will fight for survive. From 9 years old to the age a Slan became adult Jommy will discover a lot, and also suffer a lot.Peace and acceptance of differences The only goals of Jommy Cross.And again I say 1940 But [...]

    26. Michael says:

      This book is supposed to be one of A.E. van Vogt's best works. Unfortunately i didn't find it so. I have read many of his books and enjoyed them very much. The Null A books and the Weapon Shop books are very good. One of my all time favorite books,"Quest For The Future", is by him. That being said I just didn't enjoy this book. I knew going in it would be dated and I actually enjoy reading older science fiction from time to time. This one however just wasn't very good to me. I only finished it b [...]

    27. Jon says:

      3 starsSome of the tech doesn't hold up well (obviously) after 75 plus years. Well, the lack of advancement of the technology is disappointing. But the story itself moves along quite well. The ending is full of exposition and an eye-rolling Hollywood ending, but it was a fast and fun read. Slan is nominated for Best Novel (1941 Retro Hugo Awards).

    28. Carolyn says:

      I checked Slan out of the library as a teenager. I loved it and bought my own copy a few years later and reread it several times while in my twenties. I read hundreds of books since - most I don't remember at all. But I can still easily bring back the world of Slan and feel the terror of the young protagonist. That makes it a classic, as far as I'm concerned.

    29. Peter Tieryas says:

      Very interesting, especially given when it was written. Fast paced entertaining read. Wanted more by the end.

    30. prcardi says:

      Storyline: 2/5Characters: 2/5Writing Style: 3/5World: 2/5This was a fairly good story - for 1940s science fiction. There's continuity between most of the scenes, the action is relevant to the story, the characters generally make reasonable decisions off of plausible conclusions, and it avoids the completely outrageous qualities of the pulp era and the likes of Edgar Rice Burroughs and E.E. Doc Smith. It was definitely ahead of its time, coming before the more carefully constructed and serious ep [...]

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