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Slan: A Novel

Slan - A.E. van Vogt Another science fiction classic from the 30's or 40's. Today's audiences have a lot more choices, and are probably more sophisticated, so this has a simple feel to it, and a kind of naive "Flash Gordon" sense of heroism to it, but it's not bad. You have to give Vogt credit for a fantastic imagination, imagining not only space travel before the first lunar program, but genetic engineering before the discovery of DNA! The world Vogt was writing from occasionally comes across in jarring word choices, like refering to video monitors as "visual screens", and let's face it: "Jommy" is a pretty unimaginative "futurization" of the very 1940's-feeling "Johnny", isn't it?