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Jack Vance (1916–2013)

Autor(a) de Tales of the Dying Earth

312+ Works 31,307 Membros 588 Reviews 156 Favorited

About the Author

John Holbrook Vance (August 28, 1916 - May 26, 2013) was an American mystery, fantasy and science fiction writer. Most of his work was published under the name Jack Vance. He also wrote 11 mystery novels as John Holbrook Vance and three as Ellery Queen, and once each used pseudonyms Alan Wade, mostrar mais Peter Held, John van See, and Jay Kavanse. Vance won the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement in 1984. The Science Fiction Hall of Fame inducted him in 2001. Among his awards for particular works were: Hugo Awards, in 1963 for The Dragon Masters, in 1967 for The Last Castle, and in 2010 for his memoir This is Me, Jack Vance!; a Nebula Award in 1966, also for The Last Castle; the Jupiter Award in 1975; the World Fantasy Award in 1990 for Lyonesse: Madouc. He also won an Edgar (the mystery equivalent of the Nebula) for the best first mystery novel in 1961 for The Man in the Cage. He died at his home in Oakland, California, on May 26, 2013, aged 96. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras de Jack Vance

Tales of the Dying Earth (2000) 1,869 cópias
Lyonesse: Suldrun's Garden (1983) 1,565 cópias
The Dying Earth (1950) 1,444 cópias
Emphyrio (1969) — Autor — 846 cópias
The Green Pearl (1985) 843 cópias
The Eyes of the Overworld (1966) 814 cópias
Madouc (1989) 739 cópias
The Star King (1966) 670 cópias
Planet of Adventure (1980) 649 cópias
Araminta Station (1987) 643 cópias
The Languages of Pao (1958) 641 cópias
Cugel's Saga (1983) 593 cópias
City of the Chasch (1968) 592 cópias
Big Planet (1957) 562 cópias
The Dragon Masters (1962) 556 cópias
The Blue World (1966) 548 cópias
The Killing Machine (1964) 537 cópias
To Live Forever (1956) 510 cópias
Ecce and Old Earth (1991) 499 cópias
The Palace of Love (1967) 499 cópias
The Gray Prince (1975) 498 cópias
The Face (1979) 488 cópias
The Faceless Man (1971) 479 cópias
The Pnume (1970) 476 cópias
Servants of the Wankh (1969) 473 cópias
Rhialto the Marvellous (1984) 470 cópias
Night Lamp (1996) 466 cópias
Maske: Thaery (1976) — Autor — 461 cópias
The Dirdir (1969) 461 cópias
The Book of Dreams (1981) 448 cópias
Showboat World (1975) 437 cópias
Marune: Alastor 933 (1975) 406 cópias
The Brave Free Men (1972) 397 cópias
Trullion: Alastor 2262 (1973) 389 cópias
The Asutra (1973) 372 cópias
Wyst: Alastor 1716 (1978) 353 cópias
Throy (1992) 329 cópias
Space Opera (1965) 325 cópias
Ports of Call (1998) 313 cópias
Galactic Effectuator (1980) 272 cópias
The Five Gold Bands (1953) 264 cópias
Alastor (1978) 257 cópias
The Jack Vance Treasury (2007) — Autor — 240 cópias
The Demon Princes (1986) 237 cópias
Lurulu (1953) 231 cópias
The Complete Lyonesse (1985) 191 cópias
The Best of Jack Vance (1976) 176 cópias
The Houses of Iszm (1954) 160 cópias
Dust of Far Suns (1964) 152 cópias
The Narrow Land (1945) 146 cópias
Slaves of the Klau (1958) 141 cópias
Son of the Tree (1951) 124 cópias
Fantasms and Magic (1978) 110 cópias
Durdane (1975) 109 cópias
The Worlds of Jack Vance (1973) — Autor — 97 cópias
Nopalgarth [collection] (1966) 93 cópias
The Last Castle / Nightwings (1989) 90 cópias
This is Me, Jack Vance! (2009) 88 cópias
Vandals of the Void (1953) — Autor — 88 cópias
Bad Ronald (1973) 72 cópias
The Last Castle / World of the Sleeper (1966) — Autor — 68 cópias
The Augmented Agent (1986) 66 cópias
The Jack Vance Reader (2008) 61 cópias
The Kragen (2007) 56 cópias
The Brains of Earth (1966) 49 cópias
Eight Fantasms and Magics (1969) 48 cópias
Wild Thyme, Green Magic (2009) 48 cópias
Telek (1972) 47 cópias
A Short, Sharp Shock/The Dragon Masters (1990) — Contribuinte — 40 cópias
Ports of Call and Lurulu (2004) 38 cópias
La station d'Araminta (1987) 34 cópias
The Dark Side of the Moon (1986) 33 cópias
Sjambak (2010) 33 cópias
Araminta 2 (1987) 30 cópias
The Pleasant Grove Murders (1967) 29 cópias
Alambar (1981) 29 cópias
The Deadly Isles (1969) 29 cópias
Monsters in Orbit (1965) 27 cópias
Morreion (1978) 27 cópias
The Moon Moth [short story] (1961) 26 cópias
Sulwens planeet (1976) 26 cópias
The Man in the Cage (1983) 25 cópias
The Men Return (1957) 24 cópias
The Fox Valley Murders (1966) 24 cópias
Dangerous Ways (2011) 22 cópias
When the Five Moons Rise (1992) 20 cópias
Lost Moons (1982) 19 cópias
The Seventeen Virgins (1974) 18 cópias
Drachenbrut (1989) 16 cópias
Ihmisen paluu (1999) 16 cópias
De tempel van Han (1991) 16 cópias
Slaven van de Klau (1980) 16 cópias
Vancextasy (1994) 15 cópias
The Bagful of Dreams (1977) 14 cópias
Assault on a City [novella] (1998) 13 cópias
Light from a Lone Star (1985) 13 cópias
Take My Face (1957) 13 cópias
Croisades (1951) 12 cópias
The House on Lily Street (1982) 12 cópias
Liane the Wayfarer (1950) 11 cópias
Het groot drakenboek (2004) 10 cópias
Gadget stories 9 cópias
The Complete Magnus Ridolph (1984) 9 cópias
Sail 25 and Other Stories (2012) 9 cópias
De wereldbedenker (1997) 9 cópias
Rumfuddle [novella] (1973) 9 cópias
Morreion (1997) 9 cópias
Crimes et enchantements (1989) 8 cópias
Chateaux en espace (1993) 8 cópias
The Dark Ocean (2002) 8 cópias
The New Prime [novelette] (1951) 7 cópias
De man van Zodiac (1967) 7 cópias
Bird Isle (2012) 7 cópias
The Men Return and Others (2009) 6 cópias
Bird Isle and Take My Face (1988) 6 cópias
Das Gehirn der Galaxis (1973) 5 cópias
Green Magic [short story] (1963) 5 cópias
Guyal of Sfere (1950) 4 cópias
Baroudeur (2009) 4 cópias
Freitzke's Turn (1977) 4 cópias
Turjan Of Miir (1950) 4 cópias
The Ten Books [Novella] (1951) 4 cópias
Telek [Short story] (1952) 4 cópias
Flug der Zauberer (1973) — Autor — 3 cópias
The Sorcerer Pharesm (1966) 3 cópias
Nouvelles : Tome 1 (2019) 3 cópias
Miro Hetzel, Effectuator (2018) 3 cópias
L' opera dello spazio (1955) 3 cópias
Coup de Grace [novelette] (1958) 3 cópias
The Overworld (1965) 3 cópias
Noise [short story] (1952) 3 cópias
Where Hesperus Falls (1956) 3 cópias
The Narrow Land [novelette] (1967) 3 cópias
Chateau D’If [novella] (1950) 3 cópias
The King Of Thieves (1949) 3 cópias
Cil [novelette] (1966) 3 cópias
Planet Of The Black Dust (1946) 2 cópias
The Manse of Iucounu (1966) 2 cópias
The Cave in the Forest (1966) 2 cópias
The Secret 2 cópias
Sjambak : Et autres récits (2006) 2 cópias
Three-Legged Joe 2 cópias
De Dirdir ; De Pnume (1971) 2 cópias
The Pilgrims (1966) 2 cópias
The Mountains of Magnatz (1966) 2 cópias
Un plat qui se mange froid (1992) 2 cópias
De zeven uitgangen van Bocz (1952) 2 cópias
Cosmic Hotfoot 2 cópias
T'sais 2 cópias
Gugels's Saga 1 exemplar(es)
Nouvelles: TOME 4 (4) (2021) 1 exemplar(es)
Detective Galático 1 exemplar(es)
Terre mourante, intégrale (2021) 1 exemplar(es)
Detective galáctico 1 exemplar(es)
Madman theory 1 exemplar(es)
I padroni dei draghi 1 exemplar(es)
De beste verhalen van 1 exemplar(es)
Green magic [hb] 1 exemplar(es)
Lost moons [hb] 1 exemplar(es)
Estación Araminta 1 exemplar(es)
Professeur Poltron (1985) 1 exemplar(es)
The Columns 1 exemplar(es)
Kaleidoskop der Welten (1998) 1 exemplar(es)
The Mitr 1 exemplar(es)
Isle of peril 1 exemplar(es)
The Murthe 1 exemplar(es)
The Four Wizards 1 exemplar(es)
The Caravan 1 exemplar(es)
On the Docks 1 exemplar(es)
Faucelme 1 exemplar(es)
Nouvelles : Tome 2 (2021) 1 exemplar(es)
Flutic 1 exemplar(es)
Nouvelles : Tome 3 (2021) 1 exemplar(es)
HaldoklFd (1992) 1 exemplar(es)
Zeil 25 en andere verhalen (2020) 1 exemplar(es)
Dp! 1 exemplar(es)
I racconti inediti 1 exemplar(es)
The Ocean of Sighs 1 exemplar(es)
Wizard 1 exemplar(es)
Aboard the Galante 1 exemplar(es)
Lausicaa 1 exemplar(es)
Fader's Waft 1 exemplar(es)

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The Hugo Winners: Volumes One and Two (1972) — Contribuinte — 700 cópias
Songs of the Dying Earth (2009) — Prefácio — 638 cópias
The Science Fiction Century (1997) — Contribuinte — 536 cópias
Science Fiction Omnibus (1952) — Contribuinte — 340 cópias
Masterpieces of Fantasy and Wonder (1989) — Contribuinte — 329 cópias
Space Opera (1974) — Contribuinte — 266 cópias
The Hugo Winners: Volume Two, Book 1 (1962-1967) (1973) — Contribuinte — 258 cópias
Flashing Swords! #1 (1974) — Contribuinte — 247 cópias
Robert Silverberg's Worlds of Wonder (1987) — Autor — 246 cópias
Nebula Award Stories Number Two (1967) — Contribuinte — 242 cópias
Isaac Asimov's Magical Worlds of Fantasy, Volume 1: Wizards (1983) — Contribuinte — 234 cópias
The 13 Crimes of Science Fiction (1979) — Contribuinte — 228 cópias
The World Turned Upside Down (2005) — Contribuinte — 223 cópias
Flashing Swords! #4: Barbarians and Black Magicians (1977) — Contribuinte — 214 cópias
Epoch (1975) — Contribuinte — 211 cópias
The Seven Deadly Sins of Science Fiction (1980) — Contribuinte — 211 cópias
Modern Classics of Fantasy (1939) — Contribuinte — 209 cópias
Don't Open This Book! (1998) — Contribuinte — 206 cópias
Modern Classic Short Novels of Science Fiction (1994) — Contribuinte — 203 cópias
Modern Classics of Science Fiction (1991) — Contribuinte — 202 cópias
The Fantasy Hall of Fame (1998) — Contribuinte — 197 cópias
The Arbor House Treasury of Modern Science Fiction (1980) — Contribuinte — 196 cópias
The Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories (1994) — Contribuinte — 191 cópias
Strange Dreams (1993) — Contribuinte — 186 cópias
My Favorite Fantasy Story (2000) — Contribuinte — 168 cópias
Deep Space (1973) — Contribuinte — 162 cópias
Blood and Iron (1984) — Contribuinte — 149 cópias
The Mammoth Book of Fantasy (2001) — Contribuinte — 146 cópias
Time Probe: The Sciences in Science Fiction (1966) — Contribuinte — 145 cópias
Universe 4 (1974) — Contribuinte — 142 cópias
The Young Magicians (1969) — Contribuinte — 139 cópias
A Magic-Lover's Treasury of the Fantastic (1998) — Contribuinte — 134 cópias
A Treasury of Modern Fantasy (1981) — Contribuinte — 130 cópias
Isaac Asimov's Magical Worlds of Fantasy, Volume 4: Spells (1942) — Contribuinte — 130 cópias
The Best Science Fiction of the Year #3 (1974) — Contribuinte — 122 cópias
Great Stories of Space Travel (1963) — Contribuinte — 113 cópias
Science Fiction of the 50's (1971) — Contribuinte — 113 cópias
The Big Book of Modern Fantasy (2020) — Contribuinte — 111 cópias
The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction: 13th Series (1964) — Contribuinte — 100 cópias
Sorcerers! (1986) — Contribuinte — 99 cópias
The Spell of Seven (1965) — Contribuinte — 97 cópias
The Good Old Stuff (1998) — Contribuinte — 97 cópias
Star Science Fiction Stories No. 3 (1955) — Contribuinte — 92 cópias
Three Trips in Time and Space (1973) — Autor — 88 cópias
The Year's Best Fantasy Stories (1980) — Artista da capa — 86 cópias
SF: Authors' Choice 4 (1974) — Contribuinte — 84 cópias
The Mammoth Book of Fantasy All-Time Greats (1983) — Contribuinte — 81 cópias
Mammoth Book of Short Fantasy Novels (1986) — Contribuinte, algumas edições77 cópias
A Room to Die In (1965) — Ghostwriter — 76 cópias
Year's Finest Fantasy (1977) — Contribuinte — 75 cópias
The Madman Theory (1966) — Autor, algumas edições74 cópias
Great Short Novels of Science Fiction (1970) — Autor — 70 cópias
Masters of Fantasy (1992) — Contribuinte — 68 cópias
Alpha 1 (1970) — Contribuinte — 68 cópias
The Furthest Horizon: SF Adventures to the Far Future (2000) — Contribuinte — 68 cópias
Triax (1977) — Contribuinte — 68 cópias
Isaac Asimov Presents The Great SF Stories 23 (1961) (1991) — Contribuinte — 66 cópias
Tales from Super-Science Fiction (2012) — Contribuinte — 58 cópias
Isaac Asimov's Magical Worlds of Fantasy, Volume 10: Ghosts (1988) — Contribuinte — 56 cópias
Best SF Three (1958) — Contribuinte — 55 cópias
Immortals (1998) — Contribuinte — 55 cópias
Survival of Freedom (1981) — Contribuinte — 54 cópias
Alpha 2 (1971) — Contribuinte — 51 cópias
This Way to the End Times: Classic Tales of the Apocalypse (2016) — Contribuinte — 48 cópias
Alpha 3 (1972) — Contribuinte — 47 cópias
Ace Science Fiction Reader (1971) — Contribuinte — 44 cópias
The Ends of Time (1970) — Contribuinte — 42 cópias
Baker's Dozen: 13 Short Fantasy Novels (1984) — Contribuinte — 39 cópias
Shoredanin kellot (1992) — Autor — 35 cópias
Windows Into Tomorrow (1974) — Contribuinte — 35 cópias
The Four Johns / Blow Hot, Blow Cold (1978) — Autor, algumas edições34 cópias
Sense of Wonder: A Century of Science Fiction (2011) — Contribuinte — 32 cópias
The Complete Masters of Darkness (1991) — Contribuinte — 32 cópias
The Hugo Winners: Volume Two (1962-1970) (1971) — Contribuinte — 30 cópias
Analog Anthology #9: From Mind to Mind (1984) — Contribuinte — 29 cópias
Swords Against Darkness (2016) — Contribuinte — 27 cópias
Bootcamp 3000 (1992) — Contribuinte — 26 cópias
Histoires de planètes (1975) — Contribuinte — 24 cópias
Pimeyden linnake (1991) — Contribuinte — 24 cópias
The Best from Amazing Stories (1973) — Contribuinte — 23 cópias
The Mammoth Book of 20th Century Science Fiction: Volume Two (1997) — Contribuinte — 23 cópias
Strange Glory (1977) — Contribuinte — 22 cópias
Realms of wizardry (1976) — Contribuinte — 21 cópias
Le livre d'or de la Science-Fiction : Le manoir des roses (1978) — Contribuinte — 20 cópias
Exploring the Horizons (2000) — Contribuinte — 20 cópias
Spaceworlds: Stories of Life in the Void (2021) — Contribuinte — 18 cópias
Galactic Dreamers: Science Fiction as Visionary Literature (1977) — Contribuinte — 15 cópias
Science Fiction Jahrbuch 1983. (1982) — Contribuinte, algumas edições14 cópias
Political science fiction;: An introductory reader (1974) — Contribuinte — 13 cópias
Astounding Science Fiction 1955 09 (1955) — Contribuinte — 13 cópias
The Best Science Fiction Stories: 1954 (1954) — Contribuinte — 11 cópias
Galaxy Science Fiction 1966 October, Vol. 25, No. 1 (1966) — Contribuinte — 10 cópias
Galaxy Science Fiction 1966 April, Vol. 24, No. 4 (1966) — Contribuinte — 9 cópias
The Infinite Web (1977) — Contribuinte — 8 cópias
Astounding Science Fiction 1958 07 (1958) — Contribuinte — 8 cópias
Galaxy Science Fiction 1964 February, Vol. 22, No. 3 (1964) — Contribuinte — 8 cópias
Welten der Zukunft 11 (1987) — Contribuinte — 7 cópias
Startling Stories, September 1951 (1951) — Contribuinte — 7 cópias
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Startling Stories, March 1951 (2014) — Contribuinte — 7 cópias
Galerij der Giganten 6 (1979) — Contribuinte — 6 cópias
Amazing Stories Vol. 49, No. 2 [September 1975] (1975) — Autor — 6 cópias
Amazing Stories Vol. 49, No. 1 [July 1975] (1975) — Autor — 5 cópias
Amazing Stories Vol. 48, No. 2 [August 1974] (1974) — Autor — 5 cópias
Satellite Science Fiction December 1957 (1957) — Contribuinte — 5 cópias
Worlds of If Science Fiction 9, July 1953 (Vol. 2, No. 3) (1953) — Contribuinte — 4 cópias
Fantastic. No. 151 (June 1969) (1969) — Contribuinte — 4 cópias
Startling Stories, September 1950 (1950) — Contribuinte — 4 cópias
Galaxy Science Fiction 1966 December, Vol. 25, No. 2 (1966) — Contribuinte — 4 cópias
Gefangen im Jenseits. Neue Fantasy-Storys. (1979) — Autor — 3 cópias
Super-Science Fiction : 1958-02 : Vol 2 No 2 (1958) — Contribuinte — 3 cópias
Fantastic. No. 140 (July 1967) (1967) — Contribuinte — 3 cópias
Die Zaubergärten (1969) — Contribuinte — 2 cópias
Astounding Science Fiction 1952 May (British Edition) (1952) — Contribuinte — 2 cópias
Trilogy of the Future (1972) — Contribuinte — 2 cópias
Startling Stories, June 1952 (1952) — Contribuinte — 2 cópias
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Conhecimento Comum

Nome de batismo
Vance, John Holbrook
Outros nomes
Wade, Alan
Held, Peter
See, John van
Kavanse, Jay
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Local de nascimento
San Francisco, Californië, Amerika
Local de falecimento
Oakland, Californië, Amerika
Locais de residência
Oakland, Californië, Amerika
San Francisco, Californië, Amerika
Universiteit van Californië (Mijnbouw | Natuurkunde | Journalistiek)
Zeeman (Internationale koopvaardij)
Alexander, David M. (friend)
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America
Swordsmen and Sorcerers' Guild of America
SFWA Grand Master (1996)
SF Hall Of Fame ( [2001])
Edgar Allan Poe Award ( [1961])
Hugo ( [1963])
Author Guest of Honor, World Science Fiction Convention (MagiCon ∙ 1992)
John Vance
Pequena biografia
Amerikaanse sciencefiction- en fantasyauteur met een zeer omvangrijk oeuvre dat meer dan 50 boeken en ongeveer 100 korte verhalen omvat. Hij studeerde mijnbouw en natuurkunde, en tijdens de Tweede Wereldoorlog werkte hij in de internationale koopvaardij. Ook na de oorlog bleef hij veel reizen. Zijn hobby's waren o.a. zeilen, muziek maken (hij bespeelde de kornet) en pottenbakken. Zowel het reizen als de genoemde hobby's zijn terugkerende elementen in zijn werk. Zijn vroegere werken missen echte diepgang, maar in de rijpere elementen van zijn oeuvre toont hij zich een literair meester. (Wikipedia)

SF-auteur Jack Vance overleden, Publicatiedatum: 30-05-2013, Literatuurplein:
‘Het uiterlijk der dingen lijkt hem minder te intrigeren dan hun structuur. Dientengevolge hebben zijn beschrijvingen een diepte en complexiteit die in de geest van de lezer beelden scheppen die in feite poëtisch zijn. De fascinatie voor structuren is overduidelijk in elk aspect van zijn fictie, of het nu de structuur van talen is in De talen van Pao dan wel een systeem van magie in De stervende aarde. En in alle lange en kortere verhalen die hij heeft geschreven, wekken de buitenaardse beschavingen of de menselijke samenlevingen uit de verre toekomst de nadrukkelijke impressie van echtheid, omdat Jack Vance voor ons het fundament, de muren, de dwarsbalken en het dak heeft getekend van de bouwsels die hij beschrijft.’

Dat noteert Dean Koontz in de proloog van De Stervende Aarde : ode aan Jack Vance, waarin 22 auteurs, onder wie Robert Silverberg, Tad Williams, Tanith Lee, Dan Simmons, George R. Martin en Neil Gaiman, een eerbetoon brengen aan de SF-auteur in de vorm van een verhaal dat is geïnspireerd op zijn cyclus De stervende aarde. Deze hommage van meer dan 700 pagina’s werd hem gebracht in 2009 toen hij 93 was. Zondag is hij in zijn huis in Oakland in Californië overleden. Hij is 96 geworden.

In 1998 verschenen niet minder dan elf boeken van Jack Vance in Nederlandse vertaling. Op één na waren het allemaal herdrukken, zij het merendeels in nieuwe edities. Het geeft aan hoe populair zijn werk in die dagen in Nederland was. ‘Je kunt dan wel de best verkopende SF-auteur van de wereld zijn, in Nederland ben ik niet te kloppen,’ kon hij in de jaren ’80 met gerust hart tegen Isaac Asimov zeggen. ‘Dan keek hij me altijd even bedenkelijk aan. Maar hij had een groot hart, hij gunde het me.’ Die populariteit is in de jaren daarna verbleekt, enerzijds omdat SF bij de lezers uit de gratie was geraakt, maar ook omdat er nauwelijks nog nieuw werk van hem verscheen.

In 1968 verscheen, bij Meulenhoff, het eerste boek van Vance in Nederlandse vertaling. Dat was Een stad vol chash, het eerste van de vier delen van zijn cyclus Tschai : de waanzinnige planeet. Die cyclus is een voorbeeld hoe het avontuur het bij hem niet altijd moet afleggen tegen zijn voorliefde zich uit te leven in het beschrijven van exotische werelden. Tschai is het verhaal van de tocht van een sterverkenner over een planeet die wordt beheerst door vier machtige sterrenvolkeren. Een vergelijkbare avontuurlijke odyssee is Grote Planeet, waarin een gestrande expeditie een tocht moet ondernemen over een reusachtige planeet, waarop talloze sekten en beschavingen in anarchie leven. Schepper van cycli
Wat meteen opvalt in het werk van Vance is het grote aantal trilogieën, tetralogieën en quintologieën. Zijn sterrencomplexen en planetenzwermen zijn vaak zo rijk aan mogelijkheden dat hij meerdere boeken nodig heeft om die uit te werken. Zo telt de serie De duivelsprinsen vijf romans en Durdane en De kronieken van Cadwal elk drie. Vance weet in al die werelden bijna tastbaar een sfeer van dreiging en van onbehagen op te roepen, maar evenzeer van beslotenheid en veiligheid, zelfs in verder volstrekt onherbergzame oorden. Smade's Herberg in De Sterrekoning, gelegen op een lang en smal heideplateau tussen de bergen en de oceaan op een verder niet bewoonde planeet in een tamelijk leeg gebied van de ruimte, is een van de vele bijzondere locaties in zijn werk. De afzondering, rust en soberheid ervan spreken tot de verbeelding.

Hugo en Nebula voor één boek
Vance die naast sciencefiction ook fantasy heeft geschreven (onder meer de driedelige serie Lyonesse), werd in 1916 geboren in San Francisco. Hij studeerde mijnbouw, natuurkunde en journalistiek. Vele jaren heeft hij gevaren op de internationale koopvaardij, ook tijdens de oorlog. In 1945 verkocht hij zijn eerste SF-verhaal aan een tijdschrift. Later werd het als ‘De wereldbedenker’ opgenomen in de bundel Morreion en in 1997 werd het (samen met enkele andere verhalen) in de bundel De wereldbedenker opnieuw uitgebracht. Hij won enkele belangrijke SF-prijzen, in 1966 zelfs de Nebula Award en de Hugo Award voor één boek: Het laatste kasteel. Een belangrijk ingrediënt in zijn werk is de humor, al is die, zoals Ursula LeGuin opmerkt, ‘zo rustig dat je er overheen leest als je even met je ogen knippert’. LeGuin typeert hem ook als een van de grootste stylisten van het genre. Afhankelijk van gebeuren en situatie is zijn stijl gedragen, flitsend of archaïsch.

Tekst en copyright: Jef van Gool



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An explorer from Earth gets stranded on an planet with several alien species living on it. There are also human beings who seem to be descended from people taken from Earth thousands of years in the past.

This is very much pulp fiction, with a lot of action and direct to the point. It's a collection of four rather short novels that are often published together as one book, since they are four parts of the same story.

It reminded me a lot of Edgar Rice Burroughs' work, only more science fictional and better written. Vance's ability to describe interesting alien cultures is clearly shown. Quite a good read, with the agile and entertaining nature of its pulp roots, but also with its limitations (do not expect deep characterization).… (mais)
jcm790 | outras 16 resenhas | May 26, 2024 |
This continues the story from Araminta Station. The first part deals with the unfinished plot from that book involving Glawen's father, and the second part follows Wayness in her investigations looking from Cadwal's chart.

Jack Vance has a witty way of writing dialogue, but the plot started to become too repetitive for me. Wayness gets information from someone and goes to a new place and tries to get information from someone else... Then, the writing is very old-fashioned, not just from today's perspective, but also from when it was written. I mean, it feels like it was written in the 60s, not in the early 90's. No computers, people writing letters on paper, no cellphones, no modern technology at all, except interstellar travel. Not that I mind, I like old SF, but it's strange given that it's relatively recent. Socially, it's also old-fashioned. This is a late work by Vance and it's not among his best.

On the plus side, Vance's writing is entertaining, and he imagines interesting new planets and societies, which makes it a pity that most of the book is set on Earth.
… (mais)
jcm790 | outras 6 resenhas | May 26, 2024 |
The conclusion of the trilogy, and I'm glad it's over. This is very late Vance and, to tell you the truth, it's not among his best. You see examples of his imagination for creating alien worlds, but this story is a bit too conventional and old-fashioned. It's not that old (this book was written in the early 90s) but it could have been written much earlier, and some of the values that the story takes for granted are a bit dubious for modern readers. Also, the bad guys are so dumb and incompetent that it's just too easy. I don't know. It entertained me and I read the whole thing, but I would not recommend this one unless you are a Vance completist. He has written better things.… (mais)
jcm790 | outras 6 resenhas | May 26, 2024 |
I enjoyed it, but it was not like I was expecting. I knew it was a coming of age story, and that part I got right. It's about a youngster named Glawen Clattuc who lives in Cadwal, a world that is set a a planet-wide natural reserve where immigration is heavily restricted. The Naturalist Society of Earth, the institution that set the reserve, has basically disbanded on Earth, but Cadwal continues operating according to its charter, although there are political pressures trying to change that. The planet is managed by a few families, dating back to the original conservators. According to dynastic considerations, on their 16th birthday young people from these families are given "agency status" meaning that they officially belong to the family and can live on Cadwal and have their future solved, or they become "collaterals", with limited rights, who basically have to fend for themselves and possibly migrate. Glawen is close to the cutoff, so it could go both ways for him, depending on who dies or is born before his 16th birthday.

Glawen is a serious, conscientious and hard-working young man. Some could say a bit boring and pompous (although his whole culture is a bit pompous, actually). However, he is very competent at his studies and his part-time job on Bureau B, Cadwal's police force, where his father also works. The Bureau has a lot of work, with the disappearance of a young woman and a possible plot by the Yips to take control of Cadwal.

The Yips are human but have formed a different subspecies, because they can't inter-breed with non-Yips. They are in Cadwal as illegal immigrants, doing menial jobs or otherwise confined to a small island. They are a strange, hermetic people, who are difficult to deal with and never intermingle with outsiders unless there's money in it for them. They aspire to be allowed to settle in Cadwal freely.

So this is the setup... It's a mystery/investigation story, with several plots and intrigues. The political point of view seemed Heinlein-like to me. Our sympathies are supposed to be with the conservators. That's made easier by the fact that the Yips are not natives, but arrived later, and by their being very strange and untrustworthy (yellow peril, anyone?). But still, it seemed debatable that the conservators should have the right to keep the Yips confined because of the planet being a natural reserve. To be fair, it is debated, and there are those in Cadwal who think the Charter needs to be reformed or abolished. But, the people who defend that are depicted unsympathetically, and I think that's a weakness of the book, because there could be a legitimate ethical argument there. It's perhaps, because the book is a product of its time. Also, it is worth mentioning the cavalier attitude of law enforcement towards executing criminals without a proper trial. It's all rather Far West.

The plot, although a bit rambling, is entertaining, and most of the loose ends are tied in the end, although the story is not self-contained, since there are a few plot threads that end in a cliffhanger. The settings are vivid and the dialog is sometimes stilted and sometimes ingenious. I enjoyed it enough to read the sequels. I want to know what happens next.
… (mais)
jcm790 | outras 11 resenhas | May 26, 2024 |



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