A Novel. This startling SF adventure novel is a collaboration between the classic SF grand master A. E. Van Vogt and contemporary master Kevin J. Anderson. Welcome to the world of A.E. van Vogt, the madcap storyteller who goes through plots faster than an otolaryngologist uses up tongue depressers. His books are. First published in four instalments in the September-December issues of Astounding Science Fiction, this smoothly-written and ambitious.
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Lists with This Book. Mar 18, Jeffrey rated it did not like it. Slan is one of those golden age of Science Fiction books that is so frustrating to read these days. I re-read it several years ago while traveling with my family on Christmas day by pressing a button on my Kindle and while speeding down the highway it instantly popped up on my screen.
I finished it that day. It’s an early work in van Vogt’s canon. The main characters act in such nonsensical ways that it is hard to keep reading. There are many layers of deus ex machina at work here. The science fiction tag comes from technology solving every solvable problem, while coincidence solves every other problem. Main characters are all passive verbs, merely floating along the plot. Every opportunity for real sacrifice is destroyed.
There’s some good story telling here and there, some nice imagery, but that’s all destroyed by adverbial clauses and oddities of speech.
The Tendriless slan refer to their enemies as the True Slan without fail. If I had a narrative that included persecution by my enemies the last thing I would do is refer to them as “true” slan and by extension label myself as something lesser. There’s a whole character arc, that introduces a new character that ultimately morally bankrupts the whole system in the last few pages. The last few pages are worse than the rest of the book for destroying any hope of lasting enjoyment from this book.
Perhaps the problem is me. When I was a young teen reading Slan for the first time I would certainly have self-identified with the notion that “fans are slans” that somehow, because I read and enjoyed Speculative Fiction, I was actually better than other people.
It’s a powerful motivation to belong to a group that is intellectually superior and ultimately destined to win. Now that I’m older I have a bias against such self-inclusive superiority see also The Brights. I’m just a mundane, human normal. And that’s not so bad. I’m sorry if I let you down Mr. Because I want to still be a fan.
Aug 09, Nick rated it liked it Shelves: While I understand the author’s motivation in wanting to complete this “lost” work, I’m not sure it was a good idea. The original Slan novel by Van Vogt was at the beginning of his career, and felt a tiny bit incomplete, since it left most of the plot threads unresolved at the end of the short novel.
Unfortunately, because Van Vogt waited 50 years to begin work on the sequel, and left the book still unfinished at the time of his death, Kevin J. Anderson had a difficult task. He had to finish a bo While I understand the author’s motivation in wanting to complete this “lost” work, I’m not sure it was a good idea.
He had to finish a book that involved the main characters having been written into a bunch of corners. Repeatedly, the main characters make seemingly illogical decisions, in order for things to come out right in the end The final chapter had me questioning the moral implications Unfortunately, Anderson duplicated Van Vogt’s lack of development in Jommy’s character, and he remained slightly annoying and overconfident well after he should have learned better.
Still the story is a decent adventure, and it’s nice to have some resolution to the original story, even if I didn’t like how it came out. Aug 01, Oluwatoyin rated it it was ok. Unfortunately, it was a great disappointment, the literature was poorly written – almost like it vogh written for a slightly childish audience which i was about 25 years ago.
Aug 15, Kip rated it really liked it. I read the original as a kid, then after some discussion last summer decided to re-read that first on my way to reading the sequel. I must say, Kevin Anderson did a great job. I’m not sure how much material he had to start with from the Grand Master, but there were only a couple spots where the style was noticeably different from the original.
That only in a phrase or two, IMHO. It was nice to see some closure with Jommy and the crew, even if the science was a bit far-fetched. I’ve read the origi I read the original as a kid, then after some discussion last summer decided to re-read that first on my way to reading the sequel. I’ve read the original twice, this one once, and don’t plan to pick them up again.
Sep 23, Kat Hooper rated it liked it. Aug 18, Del rated it it was amazing. Great sequel to Slan. It felt like A. Van Vogt was still alive and writing great sci fi. Jun 09, Morgan Dhu rated it liked it. So I’ve finally read Slan Hunter, the sequel to A.
Van Vogt’s classic novel Slan, written by Kevin J. Anderson from a partial draft and outline by Van Vogt. Like the Various Dune sequels written by Anderson and Brian Herbert, it really doesn’t live up to the original – but then not much fan fic does. My identification with Jommy Cross and the true slans, back when I read Slan, was so strong and so pervasive that just reading more in that universe revived my attachment to the characters, and t So I’ve finally read Slan Hunter, the sequel to A.
My identification with Jommy Cross and the true slans, back when I read Slan, was so strong and so pervasive that just reading more in that universe revived my attachment to the characters, and that carried me through Slan Hunter, reading at a breathless pace.
“Slan” () – A. E. van Vogt’s first and most famous novel (the complete text) – Prospero’s Isle
Of course, the text lends itself to such reading, being little more than tense action sequences interrupted by expository dialogue between multiple f. The narrative covers the span of a few days immediately following the abrupt end of the events in Slan. President Kier Grey is exposed as a slan by W Petty, chief of the secret police, and he, Jommy and Kathleen are arrested. Out in the city, a tendrilled child is born to two apparently human parents, and the father gives his life to buy tome for the shocked mother to escape with r baby.
Suddenly, the first wave of the invasion fleet sent by the tendrilless slans living, unknown to humans, on Mars, appears in the skies, bombarding human cities around the globe into rubble. After much dashing here and there, and many bloody scenes of destruction, these characters, along with Joanna, a tendrilless slan who was converted by Jommy to the true dlan cause in the original book, converge on z deserted slan complex that was once the secret laboratory and living facility where Jommy’s father Peter Cross and other true slans had hidden away.
With only two days until the second invasion fleet carrying the ground troops arrives, Jommy and co.
Are desperate to find a way to save the world and bring about peace between human, tendrilled and tendrilless slan. Fortunately, one of the biggest deus ex machinas I’ve ever seen arrives right on time to save the day, and the future. A quick read, mostly enjoyable because anything that restores Jommy Cross and the true slans to their rightful place as peaceful participants in the glorious future of humanity, after seven decades of dangling on a cliff-hanger, is better than never finding a resolution.
Oct 29, JonSnow rated it really liked it. People dont grasp what this is. They seem to approach the book with unreasonable expectations, then rate it poorly when those arent met.
This is published in BUT it is written in a style thst reflect it as a sequel to the Slan novel. So of course the technology doewnt make sense by contemporary standards. It is also meant to be a kind of pulp science fiction style 40s novel, in Evidently this has pissed off It was 4 stars, for what it is. It was a fun read which continued the tale AE Van Vogt never got vott write. If you dlan what this books strives to be, you will enjoy it.
If you do not, you will hate it.
There are complaints about the writing style, it being childish, the silly technology Hating this book for what it is, is like complaining that a flower isnt a tree Jan 27, Richp rated it liked it. If one likes reading Slan now, one should like this sequel, which is largely a completion, also.
Kevin Anderson, who put his book together from van Vogt’s plot notes and drafts, accomplished what he set out to accomplish. This sequel finishes a pulp SF classic, in the universe and style of vvogt original.