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by A.E. Van Vogt

Cover artist: Richard Powers

Publisher: Ballantine

Pub year: 1961

Cover price: 35¢


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A.E. Van Vogt is one of the magic names of science fiction. For nearly two decades he has been one of the outstanding creators of tales of imagination and adventure.

SLAN brings back into print one of the classics of modern science-fiction literature. Since its first appearance in magazine form in 1940, it has become virtually a legend. Although written twenty years ago, its predictions of the uses of atomic energy and the ways of a police state remain amazingly accurate. Now it is once again available to the many fans who have sought after it

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He was a slan.

Human beings had killed his mother. Mankind hated and feared his entire race, regarding them as freaks artificially created by the monstrous application of a machine to human babies.

That much young Jommy Cross knew. He also knew that whether he was machine-made or a natural development of a new species, he was a superior being — and he was not alone.

Hunted, hated, feared by millions, he set out to find his fellow beings and to solve the mystery of his existence.