Talk:Slan

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Spoiler[edit]

Untitled[edit]

131.227.202.252 added a change on December 10th that gave away the surprise ending to the book. Should this spoiler be left in or deleted? Please discuss. William Alan Ritch (talk) 22:00, 12 December 2007 (UTC)

Edits[edit]

"and Jommy's mother is killed before his eyes" This is incorrect, so I've changed it. He hears it on the radio after they split up. Removed note about Kier's secret because it ruined for me and anyone else not completely done reading the book! —Preceding unsigned comment added by Jakethebordercollie (talkcontribs) 05:09, 8 February 2010 (UTC)

It is not acceptable to delete information from an article because you think it spoils the plot. We don't shelter people in articles; see WP:SPOILER. --Orange Mike | Talk 20:52, 10 February 2010 (UTC)

Plot[edit]

I read Slan many years ago and don't remember much detail about it. But I did do a bit of search on the web and what I found indicates that the Slan are products of genetic manipulation rather than random mutation. I will have to go back and take a look at the book itself. Does anyone have other input on this? - User:Fritz freiheit.

I remember a bit for example, when Jommy follows the tendrilless, he is excited then their mind shields go up when he reveals himself, however a word escapes their minds : Snakes! From their office , a rocket regularly leaves for Mars. Jommy is taken care of by a drunkard old lady. He is made to steal. At a certain age, due to post hypnotic sugggestion by his dad, he goes to cave which reveals weapons. I remember also that he would read an engineer's mind. I wish they made a movie out of it.--Jondel 14:22, 4 Oct 2004 (UTC)


There is no reference I can recall to the Slan's tendrills rising when their telepathic powers are active. Also, agree with the comment above, Slans are created by Samuel Lann's experiments on his wife's unborn children - Andy Mulhearn.

It's explained in the book that this is what most people believe, but that it's not actually true—it really is from random genetic mutation. —pfahlstrom 07:47, 19 January 2007 (UTC)

I changed "terrible secret" to "astonishing secret" for obvious reasons. -- Atticusattor


Future sequel[edit]

I sure look forward to the future sequel. That book should be made into a movie and should be popular even know. Stand aside X-men, Slans are the original mutants!--Jondel 12:26, 27 May 2006 (UTC)

The sequel, Slan Hunter (New York: Tom Doherty Associates, 2007), by van Vogt and Kevin J. Anderson, has been published. It is based on an outline developed in collaboration with van Voght and supplemented by a partial early page drafts prepared by van Vogt before he developed Alzheimer's disease and was unable to continue the project. -- Atticusattor

Symbolism in Slan[edit]

I have added a "Symbolism in Slan" section because van Vogt's New Testament gospel story allusions are perhaps the most interesting aspect of Slan yet, because of their esoteric nature, have been overlooked. -- Atticusattor

But it's pure speculation on your part, and thus has no part here. --Orange Mike | Talk 17:38, 30 May 2011 (UTC)

Possible removal[edit]

Should "Slann, a sub-species of the Lizardmen in the game Warhammer Fantasy Battle" be removed? 50.54.224.72 (talk) 22:34, 6 May 2014 (UTC)