Slan
Novel 1940 70,000 words

Description

On a far future Earth, the telepathic race of slans has been hunted to near extinction. It falls to a young slan named Jommy Cross to solve the puzzle of his race's existence.

  • The novel was altered many times over the years — no fewer than five distinct versions of the text exist. See here for more details.

Part of the
Slan Series
1 —     Slan 1940
2 —     Slan Hunter 2006

Both novels were reprinted together as Slan & Slan Hunter (2007).

Versions

1940

original magazine serial

1946

slightly revised 1940 text

1951

further revisions to 1946 text

1952

abridgement of the 1940 text

1968

further revisions to 1951 text
Included In
Slan & Slan Hunter 2007
Triad 1959
Van Vogt Omnibus 2 1971
English
Part 1 of 4 (serial)
Astounding Science Fiction magazine
1940 September Street & Smith
pulp Vol 26, No 1 164 pages $0.20

cover art by
Hubert Rogers

First appearance

Text version: 1940

This installment contains Chapters 1-5 (middle) (roughly 16,000 words). (Equivalent to Chapters 1-5 of the revised text.)

3 illustrations by
Charles Schneeman

Cover image: Walwyn
Illustration images: Walwyn
Data: Walwyn
Part 2 of 4 (serial)
Astounding Science Fiction magazine
1940 October Street & Smith
pulp Vol 26, No 2 164 pages $0.20

cover art by
Hubert Rogers

First appearance

Text version: 1940

This installment contains Chapters 5 (middle) - 8 (roughly 18,000 words). (Equivalent to Chapters 6-9 of the revised text.)

2 illustrations by
Charles Schneeman

Cover image: Walwyn
Illustration images: Walwyn
Data: Walwyn
Part 3 of 4 (serial)
Astounding Science Fiction magazine
1940 November Street & Smith
pulp Vol 26, No 3 164 pages $0.20

cover art by
Hubert Rogers

First appearance

Text version: 1940

This installment contains Chapters 9-13 (middle) (roughly 18,000 words). (Equivalent to Chapters 10-14 of the revised text.)

2 illustrations by
Charles Schneeman

Cover image: Walwyn
Illustration images: Walwyn
Data: Walwyn
Part 4 of 4 (serial)
Astounding Science Fiction magazine
1940 December Street & Smith
pulp Vol 26, No 4 164 pages $0.20

cover art by
Hubert Rogers

First appearance

Text version: 1940

This installment contains Chapters 13 (middle) - 16 (roughly 17,000 words). (Equivalent to Chapters 15-18 of the revised text.)

2 illustrations by
Charles Schneeman

Cover image: Walwyn
Illustration images: Walwyn
Data: Walwyn
1946 Arkham House
hardback code: ? 216 pages $2.50

cover art by
Robert Hubbell

First edition

Text version: 1946

4,051 copies printed

Contains minor revisions to the original magazine serial. (You can learn more about these differences here.)

This version of the novel was reprinted once, in 1978.

Cover image: ISFDB Data: Master of Null-A
1951 Simon & Schuster
hardback 51-14040 247 pages $2.50

cover design by
Edward R. Collins

Back Cover

Spine

Dust Jacket Flap 1

Dust Jacket Flap 2

Feedback Card — Front

Feedback Card — Back

Text version: 1951

Serial code from Master of Null-A.

This was the first readily available edition of Slan ever published, being preceded in 1946 by the rare volume published by Arkham Press. This Simon & Schuster edition contained a number of significant revisions from previous versions of the novel. (You can learn more about these differences here.)

This copy that I recently acquired had a nice surprise inside: the original feedback card that came with it, which readers would use to tell the publisher how satisfied they were with the novel.

Cover & other images: Walwyn Data: Walwyn
Fantastic Story magazine
1952 Summer Best Books, Inc.
pulp Vol 4, No 1 148 pages $0.25

cover art by
Alex Schomburg

Text version: 1952

This issue of Fantastic Story contained an abridged reprint of the original 1940 serial. For this reason, and the fact that this version only appeared once, the only item of real interest is Virgil Finlay's excellent artwork that accompanied the story.

Finaly was an artist famous for his breathtaking ability to capture the essence of female beauty, and it's fitting that his two-page title illustration features a superbly glamorous interpretation of Joanna, the young tendrilless slan woman who Jommy first meets on the hijacked ship. He's also effectively portrayed the opposite end of the female spectrum in the repulsive form of Granny, which makes for a startling contrast when the two are present in the same picture. Ironically, although their physical traits are extreme opposites, the two women in the story have a lot in common — both are ruthless, strong-willed, and are very competent when dealing with impossible situations.

3 illustrations by
Virgil Finlay

Cover image: Walwyn
Illustration images: Walwyn
Data: Walwyn
1953 Dell
paperback 696 223 pages $0.25

cover artist: unknown

Year from Master of Null-A.

Text version: 1951

This cover art is often erroneously attributed to Richard Powers.

Cover image: Walwyn Data: Walwyn
1953 Dell
paperback 696 223 pages $0.35

cover artist: unknown

Text version: 1951

Canadian printing???

This cover art is often erroneously attributed to Richard Powers.

Cover image: ISFDB Data: ISFDB
1953 June Weidenfeld & Nicolson
hardback B53-07943 247 pages 8/6

cover art by
Pagram

Front Cover & Spine

First British edition.

First Weidenfeld & Nicolson printing.

Text version: 1951

Cover & other images: Morita Data: Master of Null-A
1955 Weidenfeld & Nicolson
hardback code: ? 247 pages 5/-

cover art by
Pagram

Second Weidenfeld & Nicolson printing.

Text version: 1951

  Data: Master of Null-A
1960 November Panther
paperback 1132 156 pages 2/6

cover artist: unknown

First Panther printing.

Text version: 1951

Cover image: ISFDB Data: ISFDB
1961 May Ballantine
paperback 511K 159 pages $0.35

cover art by
Richard Powers

Back Cover

Title Page

Text version: 1951

This edition has an interesting illustration on the title page, presumably also by Powers.

Cover & other images: Walwyn Data: Walwyn
1962 October Panther
paperback 1132 156 pages 2/6

cover artist: unknown

Second Panther printing.

Text version: 1951

  Data: ISFDB
1968 April Berkley Medallion
paperback X1543 191 pages $0.60

cover artist: unknown

First Berkley printing.

Text version: 1968

First appearance of the 1968 version of the text.

Cover image: Walwyn Data: Walwyn
1968 April Panther
paperback 24387 156 pages 5/-

cover artist: unknown

Third Panther printing.

Text version: unknown

Cover image: ISFDB Data: Master of Null-A
1970 August Berkley Medallion
paperback S1930 191 pages $0.75

cover artist: unknown

Second Berkley printing.

Text version: 1968

Master of Null-A offers a date of November 1970 for this printing, not August.

  Data: ISFDB
1971 January Berkley Medallion
paperback 0-425-01930-6 191 pages $0.75

cover artist: unknown

Third Berkley printing.

Text version: 1968

  Data: ISFDB
1971 July Panther
paperback code: ? 126 pages £0.25

cover artist: unknown

Fourth Panther printing.

Text version: unknown

  Data: Master of Null-A
1972 August Berkley Medallion
paperback 0-425-01930-6 191 pages $0.75

cover artist: unknown

Fourth Berkley printing.

Text version: 1968

Cover image: ISFDB Data: ISFDB
1973 Berkley Medallion
paperback 0-425-01930-6 191 pages $0.75

cover artist: unknown

Fifth Berkley printing.

Text version: 1968

Cover image: ISFDB Data: ISFDB
1974 January Panther
paperback code: ? 126 pages £0.30

cover art by
Chris Foss

Wallpaper

Fifth Panther printing.

Text version: unknown

Cover & other images: ISFDB, other Data: Master of Null-A
1975 July Berkley Medallion
paperback 0-425-02900-X 190 pages $0.95

cover art by
Paul Lehr

Sixth Berkley printing.

Text version: 1968

Cover image: Walwyn Data: Walwyn
1975 Berkley Medallion
paperback 0-425-02900-X 190 pages $0.95

cover art by
Paul Lehr

Seventh Berkley printing.

Text version: 1968

Date unknown. Likely some time in 1975; the ISFDB entry suggests August.

Cover image: ISFDB Data: ISFDB
1975 September Panther
paperback 0-586-02438-7 126 pages £0.40

cover art by
Chris Foss

Wallpaper

Sixth Panther printing.

Month from Master of Null-A.

Text version: unknown

(Stated as fifth printing on copyright page.)

Cover & other images: ISFDB, other Data: ISFDB
1975 Aeonian Press
hardback code: ? 191 pages $24.00

(no cover art)

Text version: 1968

300 copies printed

This is a facsimile reprint of the 1968 Berkley edition.

The ISFDB entry for this edition states 1968 as the publication year, probably assuming the copyright notice reflects this edition's publication date. However, I believe 1975 is a far more likely date, owing to the $24 price (which would have been impossibly steep for 1968) and since the mid-1970s seems to have been the peak of this mysterious publisher's activity.

Cover image: ISFDB Data: ISFDB
1975 October Garland
hardback 0-8240-1441-3 247 pages $11.00

(no cover art)

Spine

Text version: 1951

Facsimile reprint of the 1951 Simon & Schuster edition.

According to Master of Null-A, was sold for £5.50 in the U.K. starting in December 1975, distributed by G. Prior.

Cover & other images: ISFDB Data: Master of Null-A
1976 Berkley Medallion
paperback code: ? 191 pages price: ?

cover art by
Paul Lehr

Eighth Berkley printing.

Text version: 1968

Date unknown. 1976 is my best guess, inferred from the dates of the 7th and 9th printings.

  Data: Walwyn
1977 March Berkley Medallion
paperback 0-425-03352-X 191 pages $1.25

cover art by
Paul Lehr

Ninth Berkley printing.

Text version: 1968

Cover image: ISFDB Data: ISFDB
1978 March SF Book Club
hardback 2145 176 pages $1.98

cover art by
Gary Viskupic

Wallpaper

Text version: 1946

This edition reprints the text of the 1946 Arkham first edition.

According to the ISFDB entry, this edition was reprinted numerous times.

This is a very striking painting, and the full-scale scan came out so well — with the texture being unusually rich — that I decided to create a wallpaper out of it. The dimensions are wrong for a desktop background so you can trim to fit your screen, or just enjoy it as is. It makes a nice companion piece to Jensen's Slan Hunter wallpaper.

(Image courtesy of Bruce Jensen.)

Cover & other images: Walwyn Data: Walwyn
1978 Berkley Medallion
paperback 0-425-03851-3 191 pages $1.50

cover art by
Paul Lehr

Tenth Berkley printing.

Text version: 1968

Date unknown; 1978 is my best guess.

Cover image: ISFDB Data: ISFDB
1978 September Panther
paperback 0-586-02438-7 126 pages £0.75

cover art by
Chris Foss

Wallpaper

Seventh Panther printing.

Text version: unknown

Cover & other images: Axelsson, other Data: Master of Null-A
1979 Berkley Medallion
paperback 0-425-04404-1 191 pages $1.75

cover art by
Paul Lehr

Eleventh Berkley printing.

Text version: 1968

Date unknown; 1979 is my best guess.

Cover image: ISFDB Data: ISFDB
1980 Berkley Medallion
paperback code: ? 191 pages price: ?

cover artist: unknown

Twelfth Berkley printing.

Text version: 1968

Date unknown; 1980 is my best guess.

  Data: Walwyn
1982 November Berkley
paperback 0-425-05474-8 190 pages $2.25

cover art by
Vincent Di Fate

Back Cover

Thirteenth Berkley printing.

Text version: 1968

Cover & other images: Walwyn Data: Walwyn
1985 Panther
paperback 0-586-02438-7 126 pages £1.95

cover art by
Chris Foss

Wallpaper

Eighth Panther printing.

Text version: unknown

(Stated as seventh printing.)

Cover & other images: ISFDB, other Data: ISFDB
1994 Easton
hardback code: ? 216 pages price: ?

cover art by
Richard Powers

Text version: unknown

Special limited edition, reprinted an unknown number of times (dates unknown). All numbered, some signed.

Introduction by Alexei Panshin.

Cover image: ISFDB Data: ISFDB
1998 March Tor
trade 0-312-85236-3 255 pages $12.95

cover art by
Hubert Rogers

First Tor printing.

Text version: 1951

This edition features the cover art of the October 1940 issue of Astounding, which contained Part 2 of the serial.

Cover image: ISFDB Data: ISFDB
2007 July Tor / Orb
trade 0-312-85236-3 255 pages $13.95

cover art by
Hubert Rogers

Second Tor printing.

Text version: 1951

Reprinted to coincide with the release of Slan Hunter.

Introduction by Kevin J. Anderson

This edition features the cover art of the October 1940 issue of Astounding, which contained Part 2 of the serial.

Cover image: ISFDB Data: ISFDB
2012 April Agency Editions
ebook - - $3.99

cover designer: unknown

Formats:

Text version: 1951

The iPad / iPhone edition was released in April 2012, the Kindle and Nook editions in October 2012.

According to a note inside the book, the photograph on the cover comes from Lydia van Vogt's collection and is tentatively dated to 1945.

Cover image: Amazon Data: Walwyn