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In the original book, what do the superhuman Slan look like?
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g***@virginmedia.com
2018-11-19 12:11:27 UTC
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What's the skin colour of the Slan in the Van Vogt book? Is this ever defined?
Jaimie Vandenbergh
2018-11-19 13:27:49 UTC
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What's the skin colour of the Slan in the Van Vogt book? Is this ever defined?
Human colour. They're not distinctive. The first page has an
(telepathically) overheard conversation as scene setting:

"They say there are still slans alive in this city, in spite of all
precautions. And the order is to shoot them on sight."

"But isn't that dangerous?" came a second thought, obviously a question
asked aloud, though Jommy caught only the mental picture. "I mean a
perfectly innocent person might be killed by mistake."

"That's why they seldom shoot on sight. They try to capture them and
then examine them. Their internal organs are different from ours, you
know, and on their heads are—"

Cheers - Jaimie
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Peter Trei
2018-11-19 14:50:22 UTC
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What's the skin colour of the Slan in the Van Vogt book? Is this ever defined?
Slans are to first glance indistinguishable from normal humans. The only
external difference is, iirc, 'silvery tendrils' in their hair, but they are able
to disguise this against casual inspection by careful attention to hairstyling.

My own beard has a lot of 'silvery tendrils' at this point :-).

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Kevrob
2018-11-19 18:09:58 UTC
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What's the skin colour of the Slan in the Van Vogt book? Is this ever defined?
Slans are to first glance indistinguishable from normal humans. The only
external difference is, iirc, 'silvery tendrils' in their hair, but they are able
to disguise this against casual inspection by careful attention to hairstyling.
My own beard has a lot of 'silvery tendrils' at this point :-).
That's because "fans are slans," right? I like that excuse. :)

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Sea Wasp (Ryk E. Spoor)
2018-11-20 00:13:43 UTC
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What's the skin colour of the Slan in the Van Vogt book? Is this ever defined?
Slans are to first glance indistinguishable from normal humans. The only
external difference is, iirc, 'silvery tendrils'
Golden.

And then there were tendrilless Slans.
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p***@hotmail.com
2018-11-23 03:44:25 UTC
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What's the skin colour of the Slan in the Van Vogt book? Is this ever defined?
Slans are to first glance indistinguishable from normal humans. The only
external difference is, iirc, 'silvery tendrils' in their hair, but they are able
to disguise this against casual inspection by careful attention to hairstyling.
Later in the book, when Jomy Cross needs to go out covertly among
humans or tendrilless slans he develops a further refinement of
disguise. From the 1951 book version, referring to whether his
hair was a wig covering his tendrils or was real:

It was, of course. Long since, he had discovered a kind of answer to
that problem—a thick fluid that, worked over the roots of his hair,
gradually hardened into a thin layer of rubbery, fleshy-looking stuff,
sufficient to cover his betraying tendrils. By carefully twisting the hair
just before the hardening process was completed, tiny air holes were formed
through to the hair roots.

Frequent removal of the material, and long periods of leaving his hair
and head in the natural state, had in the past proved sufficient to keep
the health of his head unimpaired. Something similar, it seemed to him,
was what the true slans must have been doing these many years. The danger
lay in the periods of "rest."

Peter Wezeman
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David Johnston
2018-11-19 17:58:19 UTC
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What's the skin colour of the Slan in the Van Vogt book? Is this ever defined?
Same skin colour as their human ancestors, meaning there are presumably
black, white and asian Slan.
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