by A.E. Van Vogt & Kevin J. Anderson
Review by Sam Lubell
Tor Books Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765316752
Date: 10 July 2007 List Price $24.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Having exhausted the supply of unfinished Frank Herbert manuscripts and notes, Kevin Anderson has turned his attention to A.E. van Vogt's unfinished sequel to his classic novel Slan. Published in 1940, Slan was the first novel about good super-powered mutants and had a huge impact on fandom. The book remains in print today (see review). By contrast, Anderson's novel does not have the same enthusiastic innocence that propelled Slan. Though he labors mightily to produce a golden age feel, even to the extent of developing a plausible reason why technology has regressed so much, ultimately this sequel fails to capture the flavor of the original. From official release/information:
Book Description: This startling SF adventure novel is a collaboration between the classic SF Grand Master, A.E. van Vogt, and contemporary master Kevin J. Anderson. At the time of his death in 2000, van Vogt left a partial draft and an outline for the sequel to his most famous novel, Slan. van Vogt's jam-packed, one-damn-thing-after-another story technique makes his active plots compulsively readable. Now the story is completed by Anderson, and is sure to be one of the most popular SF novels of the year.
Slans are a race of superior mutants in the far future, smarter and stronger than Homo sapiens and able to read minds. Yet they are a persecuted minority, survivors of terrible genocidal wars, who live in hiding from the mass of humanity. Slan Hunter tells of this towering conflict in the far future, when a new war among the races of mankind bursts out, and humanity -- all types of humanity -- struggles to survive, and of course of the heroic Jommy Cross, mutant hero of Slan.
(Source: Tor Books)