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Jon
3 stars

Some 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).
Jen
Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018-laser
Meh
Harold Ogle
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 powers..

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
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Tom Britz
Apr 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This has long been considered a classic science fiction novel and it does fulfill that bill. This is my second reading of this novel, the first was so many years ago that this reading seemed fresh and surprising. A. E. Van Vogt liked to write of supermen. Those with abnormal powers, such as superior intelligence, mind reading and others. This novel is the pinnacle of his writing prowess. He'd go on to write many more novels, but arguably none would ever surpass this one.

The slan are a new breed
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Steve
Jan 08, 2009 rated it liked it
Decent but a little old school for my tastes.
Leesa
Aug 25, 2018 marked it as didn-t-finish-but-may-try-again
Francis      x
Sep 30, 2018 marked it as to-read
Beth
Jul 07, 2016 marked it as to-read
Deirdre
Jan 06, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lara
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Bruce
Aug 25, 2018 marked it as to-read
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Jan 15, 2019 marked it as to-read
Tom Merritt
Aug 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Christina
Aug 30, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2019-to-read
Donnie
Dec 07, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Alice
Jan 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: hnrp
Bill
Aug 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Aaron
Dec 17, 2012 marked it as to-read
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