Slan Slan Hunter - Slan, Bks 1 & 2 Author:Kevin J. Anderson, A. E. Van Vogt An omnibus edition containing both complete novels: Slanand Slan Hunter. — Slan — Jommy Cross is a slan, a genetically bred superhuman whose race was created to aid humanity but is now despised by "normal" humans. Slans are usually shot on sight, but that doesn... more »'t stop Jommy's mother from bringing him to see the world capital of Centropolis, the seat of power for Earth's dictator, Kier Gray. But on their latest trip to Centropolis, the two slans are discovered, and Jommy's mother is killed. Jommy, only 9 years old, unwittingly becomes caught up in a plot to undermine Gray, who may be more sympathetic to slans than the public suspects.
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.« less
2 1/2 stars is the most I can give this attempt, although it was better than the "sequel" to the Null-A books (written by a different author), which I could not even finish (rare for me). I loved Slan in my teens but the sequel does at least as good a job of capturing the deficiencies of the original (which I re-read, since its in the same volume) as in capturing its strengths. It is a faithful stylistic recreation, and does wrap up the story, but Anderson wrote better books in the "Dune" series.