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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

The Blue World (in Russian)

The Blue World (in Russian)

Author: Jack Vance Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/02/2021

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 / softback Release Date: 28/02/2021

Vandals of the Void (in Russian)

Vandals of the Void (in Russian)

Author: Jack Vance Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/02/2021

The Dragon Masters and other stories (in Russian)

The Dragon Masters and other stories (in Russian)

Author: Jack Vance Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/02/2021

Lyonesse

Lyonesse

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

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

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

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

Sjambak

Sjambak

Author: Jack Vance Format: eBook Release Date: 23/11/2016

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

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!

Tales of the Dying Earth

Tales of the Dying Earth

Author: Jack Vance Format: eBook Release Date: 01/03/2016

Jack Vance is one of the most remarkable talents to ever grace the world of science fiction. His unique, stylish voice has been beloved by generations of readers. One of his enduring classics is his 1964 novel, The Dying Earth, and its sequels--a fascinating, baroque tale set on a far-future Earth, under a giant red sun that is soon to go out forever.This omnibus volume comprised all four books in the series, The Dying Earth, The Eyes of the Overworld, Cugel's Saga and Rialto the Magnificent. It is a must-read for every Science Fiction fan.At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

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.

Pnume

Pnume

Author: Jack Vance Format: eBook Release Date: 13/10/2015

The Pnume were an ancient race of the planet Tschai, living underground in a vast network of caverns with their human slave-species, the Pnumekin. The Pnume were the historians of Tschai, collecting its past with ruthless and scholarly dedication. Surface dwellers never saw the Pnume-if they were lucky. Adam Reith was not so fortunate. The Pnume had heard rumors of a strange man claiming to have come from the planet Earth, and they wanted him for Foreverness, the museum of Tschai life. Adam Reith was about to become an alien exhibit.This, the fourth and final novel of Jack Vance's classic series of the Planet of Adventure, is complete in itself but presents a surprising and exciting climax to Vance's greatest creation.

Dirdir

Dirdir

Author: Jack Vance Format: eBook Release Date: 15/09/2015

Getting back to Earth from the planet Tschai involved either stealing a spaceship or having one built to order-for Tschai was home to several intelligent star-born races, and so they had spaceyards. But Adam Reith's problem was not so simple.He'd already been lucky to escape the Chasch and the Wankh and a dozen different types of humans, and now his course led directly to the Grand Sivishe Spaceyards in the domains of the Dirdir.But the Dirdir were quite different from the other aliens who competed for this world. They were quicker, more sinister, and had an unrelenting thirst for hunting victims like Adam Reith. The closer he came to his objective, the keener their hunting instincts would become.

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 / softback 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 . . .

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