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Rhialto the Marvellous

Rhialto the Marvellous

  • Author: Jack Vance
  • Publisher: Hachette UK
  • ISBN: 0575109815
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 109
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Rhialto the Marvellous takes up the personal and political conflicts among a conclave of two dozen magicians of Ascolais and Almery in the 21st Aeon. The shocking appearance of the Llorio the Murtha, a powerful female force from an earlier aeon threatens to unbalance nature by "ensqualming" or feminizing the magicians. This triggers a tremendous struggle for power and the other mages turn against Rhialto. Hoping to reestablish his rightful place, Rhialto travels to other aeons to restore the missing Perciplex which projects the Mostrament, the constitution of the association. In his final adventure, Rhialto must, ultimately, travel to the very ends of time and space to confront an old adversary whom he had wronged and must commit further misdeeds to restore order.

Tales of the Dying Earth

Tales of the Dying Earth

Including 'The Dying Earth,' 'The Eyes of the Overworld,' 'Cugel's Saga,' and 'Rhialto the Marvellous'

  • Author: Jack Vance
  • Publisher: Orb Books
  • ISBN: 0765391899
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 1020
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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 Rialto the Marvellous 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.

The Wit and Wisdom of Jack Vance *

The Wit and Wisdom of Jack Vance *

  • Author: Miguel Lugo
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse
  • ISBN: 1452096309
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 80
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Jack Vance's stories have won the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy and Edgar awards, and he has been honored as a Grand Master of the genre. This book highlights some of his most famous quotes, passages and excerpts, all in his inimitable and distinctive style. The selections are organized into broad themes such as philosophy, love, religion, footnotes and prefaces, arguments and discussions, bargaining, advice, and even trivia questions! Relive your enjoyment of these wonderous works with the author as he recounts how and when he first encountered them during his Life in Science Fiction. "Is all this clear" "You speak with authority! I must accept your concepts." (Throy; VIII, 4)

Songs of the Dying Earth

Songs of the Dying Earth

Short Stories in Honor of Jack Vance

  • Author: George R. R. Martin,Gardner Dozois
  • Publisher: Tor Books
  • ISBN: 9781429928076
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 672
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To honor the magnificent career of Jack Vance, one unparalleled in achievement and impact, George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois, with the full cooperation of Vance, his family, and his agents, have created a Jack Vance tribute anthology: Songs of the Dying Earth. The best of today's fantasy writers to return to the unique and evocative milieu of The Dying Earth, from which they and so many others have drawn so much inspiration, to create their own brand-new adventures in the world of Jack Vance's greatest novel. Half a century ago, Jack Vance created the world of the Dying Earth, and fantasy has never been the same. Now, for the first time ever, Jack has agreed to open this bizarre and darkly beautiful world to other fantasists, to play in as their very own. To say that other fantasy writers are excited by this prospect is a gross understatement; one has told us that he'd crawl through broken glass for the chance to write for the anthology, another that he'd gladly give up his right arm for the privilege. That's the kind of regard in which Jack Vance and The Dying Earth are held by generations of his peers. This book contains original stories from George R. R. Martin, Neil Gaiman, Dan Simmons, Elizabeth Moon, Tanith Lee, Tad Williams, Kage Baker, and Robert Silverberg, along with fifteen others--as well as an introduction by Dean Koontz. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

The Complete Dying Earth

The Complete Dying Earth

  • Author: Jack Vance
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Cugel the clever (Fictitious character)
  • Page: 741
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A four book volume containing "The Dying Earth," "The Eyes of the Overworld," "Cugal's Saga," and "Rhialto the Marvellous."

Modern Fantasy: The 100 Best Novels

Modern Fantasy: The 100 Best Novels

  • Author: David Pringle
  • Publisher: Hachette UK
  • ISBN: 1473208068
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 224
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Pringle presents his selections in chronological order and includes a synopsis of the story, a discussion of the author's overall contribution to fantasy literature, critical commentary on the title's significance, and a brief publishing history. An introductory essay tackles the difficulty of defining fantasy, while a "Brief Bibliography" directs readers to other discussions of the genre. By no means a definitive subject guide, this entertaining volume should serve as a solid introduction to the elusive field of imaginative literature.

The Houses of Iszm and Other Stories

The Houses of Iszm and Other Stories

  • Author: Jack Vance
  • Publisher: Hachette UK
  • ISBN: 0575109912
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 172
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The inhabitants of a planet called Iszm, a species known as the Iszic, have evolved the native giant trees into living homes, with all needs and various luxuries supplied by the trees' own natural growth. The Iszic maintain a jealously-guarded monopoly, exporting only enough trees to keep prices high and make a great profit. The protagonist, Ailie Farr, is a human botanist who goes to Iszm (like many others before him, of many species) to steal a female tree, which might allow the propagation of the species off world and break the monopoly. This volume includes two short novels, previously published separately - the title story, and Nopalgarth (published as The Brains of Earth). The collection is rounded out by two of his best shorter works - "The Gift of Gab" and "The Narrow Land". "The Narrow Land" was the first of a proposed story sequence which was never completed. Contents: The Houses of Iszm, The Gift of Gab, Nopalgarth (The Brains of Earth), The Narrow Land All Jack Vance titles in the SFGateway use the author's preferred texts, as restored for the Vance Integral Edition (VIE), an extensive project masterminded by an international online community of Vance's admirers. In general, we also use the VIE titles, and have adopted the arrangement of short story collections to eliminate overlaps.

The Green Pearl

The Green Pearl

Lyonesse Book 2

  • Author: Jack Vance
  • Publisher: Hachette UK
  • ISBN: 0575113251
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 667
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The Lyonesse sequence evokes the Elder Isles, is a baroque land of pre-Arthurian myth now lost beneath the Atlantic, where powerful sorcerers, aloof faeries, stalwart champions, and nobles eccentric, magnanimous, and cruel pursue intrigue among their separate worlds . . . King Aillas of Troicinet defends the peace of the Elder Isles against both the Ska marauders who once enslaved him and the wicked King Casmir. While organizing the unruly barons in the frontiers of his land, Aillas goes out of his way to capture the lovely Ska noblewoman who once stung him with her disregard. When he gets separated from his men, his dream of forcing the lady's recognition becomes the toil of dragging a defiant captive across lands governed by Casmir's henchmen. Meanwhile, the world of magic has gone on the move. The concentrated malice of the witch Desmëi has manifested as a green pearl, breeding lust and envy and death; and a sorcerer in Casmir's employ abducts the princess Glyneth, in a bid to draw Aillas and friends on a hopeless rescue mission across a bizarre and deadly alternate world . . . (First published in 1985)

Space Opera

Space Opera

  • Author: Jack Vance
  • Publisher: Hachette UK
  • ISBN: 0575109580
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 88
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A space opera is what science fiction readers call an adventure in outer space and on alien planets. But a space opera could also be an opera, a musical work, that originated in outer space... Jack Vance's unique novel SPACE OPERA fits both definitions marvelously! Because it starts with the mysterious opera company from the equally mysterious planet Rlaru that arrives on Earth to astonish and infuriate music-lovers - and then disappears without trace! And when Roger Wool's wealthy aunt determined to reciprocate by bringing an Earthly operatic team into space and to the unknown world Rlaru, there unwinds a complex and surprising space opera of the first kind ...filled with enigmatic aliens, weird worlds, and all the special color and cunning that is the hallmark of the best Jack Vance.