In the 1940s, the Golden Age of science fiction flowered in the magazine "Astounding". Editor John W. Campbell, Jr., discovered and promoted great new writers such as A. E. van Vogt, whose novel "SLAN" was one of the basic works of the era. "SLAN" is the story of Jommy Cross, the orphan boy mutant, outcast from a future society prejudiced against mutants, who grows up to be a superman and to represent the next stage in human evolution. Throughout the forties and into the fifties, "SLAN" was considered the single most important science fiction novel, the one great book that everyone had to read. Today, it remains a monument to pulp science fiction adventure, filled with constant action and a cornucopia of ideas.
A. E. Van Vogt was a SFWA Grand Master. He was born in Canada and moved to the U.S. in 1944, by which time he was well-established as one of John W. Campbell's stable of writers for "Astounding Science-Fiction." He lived in Los Angeles, California and died in 2000.