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Jack Vance - Author

About the Author

Jack Vance was born in 1916 and studied mining engineering and journalism at the University of California. During the Second World War he served in the merchant navy and was torpedoed twice. He started contributing stories to the pulp magazines in the mid 1940s and published his first book, The Dying Earth, in 1950. Among his many books are The Dragon Master, for which he won his first Hugo, Big Planet, The Anome and the Lyoness sequence.

 

Maxim Jakubowski's view on SONGS OF THE DYING EARTH...
The Technicolor world created by Vance in THE DYING EARTH  is as much a classic as Tolkien’s Middle-Earth. This anthology compiled by Gardner Dozois & George R.R. Martin invites some of the best modern talents to return to this fascinating setting. Features new stories by Martin, Neil Gaiman, Tad Williams, Tanith Lee and 18 others. <!-- /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-parent:""; margin:0pt; margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";} address {mso-style-parent:"z-Top of Form"; margin:0pt; margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt; font-family:Arial; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; font-style:normal;} @page Section1 {size:612.0pt 792.0pt; margin:72.0pt 90.0pt 72.0pt 90.0pt; mso-header-margin:36.0pt; mso-footer-margin:36.0pt; mso-paper-source:0;} div.Section1 {page:Section1;} -->

Books by Jack Vance

Ruimtepiraten!

Ruimtepiraten!

Author: Jack Vance Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/05/2021

Ruimtepiraten! by Jack Vance

The Blue World (in Russian)

The Blue World (in Russian)

Author: Jack Vance Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/04/2021

The Blue World (in Russian) by Jack Vance

Son of the Tree and The Houses of Iszm (in Russian)

Son of the Tree and The Houses of Iszm (in Russian)

Author: Jack Vance Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/04/2021

Son of the Tree and The Houses of Iszm (in Russian) by Jack Vance

Vandals of the Void (in Russian)

Vandals of the Void (in Russian)

Author: Jack Vance Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/04/2021

Vandals of the Void (in Russian) by Jack Vance

The Dragon Masters and other stories (in Russian)

The Dragon Masters and other stories (in Russian)

Author: Jack Vance Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/04/2021

The Dragon Masters and other stories (in Russian) by Jack Vance

Lyonesse

Lyonesse

Author: Jack Vance Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/09/2019

Lyonesse by Jack Vance

Ciao, sono Jack Vance! (e questa storia sono io)

Ciao, sono Jack Vance! (e questa storia sono io)

Author: Jack Vance Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/08/2019

Ciao, sono Jack Vance! (e questa storia sono io) by Jack Vance

Sjambak

Sjambak

Author: Jack Vance Format: Ebook Release Date: 14/10/2016

Wilbur Murphy sought romance, excitement, and an impossible Horseman of Space. With polite smiles, the planet frustrated him at every turn-until he found them all the hard way!

Planet of Adventure

Planet of Adventure

Author: Jack Vance Format: Ebook Release Date: 10/11/2015

Stranded on the distant planet Tschai, young Adam Reith is the sole survivor of a space mission who discovers the world is inhabited-not only by warring alien cultures but by human slaves as well, taken early in Earth's history. Reith must find a way off the planet to warn Earth of Tschai's deadly existence.Against a backdrop of baroque cities and haunted wastelands, sumptuous palaces and riotous inns, Reith will encounter deadly wastrels and murderous aliens, dastardly villains and conniving scoundrels-and always the random beauty in need of rescue.

To Live Forever

To Live Forever

Author: Jack Vance Format: Ebook Release Date: 01/09/2015

Waylock had been granted eternal life-but now he was killing on borrowed time.Gavin Waylock had waited seven years for the scandal surrounding his former immortal self to be forgotten and had kept his identity concealed so that he could once again join the ranks of those who lived forever. He had been exceedingly careful about hiding his past. Then he met the Jacynth. She was a beautiful nineteen-year-old, and Gavin wanted her. But he recognized that a wisdom far beyond her years marked her as one who knew too much about him to live. As far as she was concerned, death was a mere inconvenience. But once the Jacynth came back, Gavin Waylock's life would be an everlasting hell.

Servants of the Wankh

Servants of the Wankh

Author: Jack Vance Format: Ebook Release Date: 11/08/2015

Marooned on the strange planet Tschai, Adam Reith agreed to lead an expedition to return the princess Ylin Ylan, the Flower of Cath, to her homeland halfway around the globe.Monsters of land and sea lay before them, as well as beings both human and alien who might rob, kill, or enslave them. Tschai was a large planet, an ancient planet, where four powerful alien races struggled for mastery while humans were treated as pawns; nothing would be easy for Reith on this journey. But the girl's father was enormously wealthy and her homeland technologically sophisticated.If Reith was ever to obtain human aid in returning to Earth, where better than Cath? If only he could get there ...Servants of the Wankh, complete in itself, is the second volume of Jack Vance's masterwork interplanetary saga.

City of the Chasch

City of the Chasch

Author: Jack Vance Format: Ebook Release Date: 14/07/2015

When someone sent distress signals to outer space from the planet Tschai, it was Adam Reith's misfortune to be sent from Earth to investigate. Because when his ship came close to Tschai, it was torpedoed-and Adam escaped to the surface with his life and nothing else.On Tschai, a vast, previously unexplored planet, Adam is taken as a slave by humans and learns that there are four other intelligent but nonhuman races dominant on this strange world. To solve the mystery of the distress call and the vicious attack on his ship, he must first gain his freedom, then find safe passage by the city and the alien Chasch and their treacherous cousins, the Blue Chasch.Jack Vance's Tschai novels are considered his masterwork, a constantly changing epic canvas of weird peoples, exotic lands, and surprising extraterrestrial adventures.

Night Lamp

Night Lamp

Author: Jack Vance Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/05/2015

Against the backdrop of the Gaean Reach, the widely populated region of space where the full diversity of human development is revealed, the story of Jaro Fath unfolds: from wildling orphan to spaceship captain, a tale of adventure and discovery wittily told. Jaro's life is directed by an inner voice he cannot account for . . . until he returns to Kammerwelt, described in The Handbook of the Planets as the fourth world in the entourage of Robert Palmer's Star, drifting in a far-flung sector of the galaxy known as the Dragon's Maw. Jaro is haunted by memories of his dead mother's terror, and he is about to find out why . . .

Cugel: The Skybreak Spatterlight

Cugel: The Skybreak Spatterlight

Author: Jack Vance Format: Ebook Release Date: 25/02/2013

The fantastic quests and adventures of Cugel: the greatest rogue in the realms of fantasy. For the second time, Cugel the Clever has been carried north over the Ocean of Sighs and dumped half a world away from home, on Shanglestone Strand. Swearing revenge on the Laughing Magician, Cugel sets off through mud pits and bars, through villages, manor houses and across the seas. At last, after many an extraordinary adventure, he comes once more to the land of Almery and the chance to exact the vengeance he craves . . .

Star King

Star King

Author: Jack Vance Format: Ebook Release Date: 15/10/2012

The first book in the 5 volume Demon Princes saga. The protagonists parents were murdered by a posse of 5 galactic criminals, the "e;demon princes"e;. He vows revenge, and eliminates them one by one. In the process Vance does what he excels at: creating strange worlds, environments, customs, and adaptations that humans have made to live in these conditions.

Wyst: Alastor 1716

Wyst: Alastor 1716

Author: Jack Vance Format: Ebook Release Date: 16/04/2012

Arrabus on the planet Wyst is an "e;egalistic"e; nation, where everyone is supposedly equal to everyone else. Arrabins work only two hours per week ("e;drudge"e;), which is drawn at random each week. In return, they receive food in the form of gruff, deedle, and wobbly - all synthetically produced food - and are housed in gigantic block tenements. Natural food ("e;bonter"e;) is very rare, resulting in a flourishing black market trade with the "e;Weirdlands"e;, the lands beyond Arrabus. An executive committee of four, selected at random and known as the Whisperers, governs Arrabus.

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