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First edition by Arkham House. Cover by Robert Hubbell
First edition by Arkham House. Cover by Robert Hubbell

Slan is the name of a type of fictional race of superbeings in the 1946 novel of the same name by A. E. van Vogt. They are named after their alleged creator, Samuel Lann. The protagonist of the novel is Jommy Cross, who is a Slan. Image File history File links Slan. ... Image File history File links Slan. ... Arkham House is a weird fiction specialty publishing house founded by August Derleth and Donald Wandrei. ... Daniel Defoes Robinson Crusoe; title page of 1719 newspaper edition A novel (from French nouvelle, new) is an extended fictional narrative in prose. ... Alfred Elton van Vogt (Winnipeg, Canada, April 26, 1912 - Los Angeles, USA, January 26, 2000) was a renowned Canadian-born science fiction author widely regarded as one of the most prolific, yet complex, writers from the mid-twentieth century Golden Age of the genre. ...

Slans are the product of human evolution and have the psychic abilities to read minds and are super-intelligent. They possess near limitless stamina, "nerves of steel", & superior strength and speed. When they are ill or seriously injured, they go into a healing trance automatically. Human evolution is the part of the theory of evolution by which human beings emerged as a distinct species. ... Psychic or psychical is a term referring to psi or extra-sensory abilities. ...

There are two kinds of Slans. One has tendrils and can read the minds of ordinary humans and telepathically communicate with other Slans. The tendrils are hidden but rise when the Slan is engaged in telephathic activity. The Slans are hunted to near extinction. The other type of Slan is tendrilless. They are still super intelligent but do not have psychic capabilities, only the ability to hide their thoughts from the first type of Slan. Kier Gray is the leader of the human society and promises to exterminate the Slans. The novel opens when Jommy Cross, who is a telepathic Slan of the first type, is brought with his mother to the capital, Centropolis. They are both discovered, and Jommy's mother is killed before his eyes. Jommy is only 9 years old and manages to escape. Jommy Cross is not only the heir to the brilliant inventions of his father, but he represents the last hope of his race to save it from genocide. Because of the importance of his mission, he is deterred by various enemies. Jommy seeks to destroy Kier and in confronting him discovers a terrible secret. Genocide is defined by the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (CPPCG) article 2 as any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group, as such: Killing members of the group; Causing...

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Slan - A. E. van Vogt (727 words)
Slan is the story of a mutant variety of humanity, the slans: higher men, physical and mental supermen.
The other slan whose fortunes we follow is young Kathleen Layton, a girl being raised for observation in the palace of the planetary dictator.
Slans of course are vividly and proudly aware of the advantages they have over and beyond their human cousins.
AtariAge - Atari 5200 Manuals (HTML) - Ballblazer (Atari) (2968 words)
I'm Slan Sterling, the Voice of the Void, and ethercasting with me today is Arboster Kipling, one of the great Masterblazers of recent times, now Governor of the Omega Colonies.
Slan: Arboster, this is the first time an Earthling has made the final round of the Interstellar.
Slan: Face-off, the Rotofoils in front of their goals, the orb blasts in--600 meters per second--the Terran rushes and...
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