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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 Moon Moth and Other Stories

The Moon Moth and Other Stories

  • Author: Jack Vance
  • Publisher: Hachette UK
  • ISBN: 0575109939
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 186
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When an out-worlder's body was found in the river, Thissel knew where the criminal was - behind one of the masks worn by the remaining out-worlders on Sirene. But how could he tell which one, on a world where everybody lived behind masks, where men never spoke but sang to instruments, and where any act of intervention with another man's business was punishable by death!

The House on Lily Street

The House on Lily Street

  • Author: Jack Vance
  • Publisher: Hachette UK
  • ISBN: 1473229340
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 172
  • View: 6502
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Welfare worker Paul Gunther is killed when he looks into the blackmailing of some of his cases. Lieutenant George Shaw leads the murder investigation, which touches on the jazz community and beatnik culture of Oakland in the early 1960's. The House on Lily Street is the story of a corrupt and narcissistic young man, born to privilege, who dallies among the poor-and gets in over his head.

Big Planet

Big Planet

  • Author: Jack Vance
  • Publisher: Hachette UK
  • ISBN: 0575109505
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 96
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Big Planet is Jack Vance's first major sf novel, and in the words of the Encyclopedia of SF, "provided an sf model for the planetary romance which has been of significant use for forty years". The huge world of the title is home to a range of colourfully detailed and imaginative human societies, which Vance explores with the zest and humour which are hallmarks of his work. 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. Big Planet was cut almost in half for its first publication, but sadly the excised pages are lost.

Suldrun's Garden

Suldrun's Garden

Lyonesse Book 1

  • Author: Jack Vance
  • Publisher: Hachette UK
  • ISBN: 0575113243
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 351
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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 . . . Prince Aillas of Troicinet is betrayed on his first diplomatic voyage and cast into the sea. Before he redeems his birthright, he must pass the breadth of Hybras Isle as prisoner, vagabond, and slave, an acquaintance of faeries, wizards, and errant knights, and lover to a sad and beautiful girl whose fate sets his bitter rivalry with the tyrant Casmir, King of Lyonesse. (First published in 1983)

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)

Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature: Indexes to the literature

Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature: Indexes to the literature

  • Author: R. Reginald
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Authors
  • Page: 1141
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Major 20th-century writers

Major 20th-century writers

a selection of sketches from Contemporary authors

  • Author: Bryan Ryan
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 3313
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Twentieth-century American Science-fiction Writers

Twentieth-century American Science-fiction Writers

  • Author: David Cowart,Thomas L. Wymer
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9780810309180
  • Category: Authors, American
  • Page: 346
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Profiles approximately one hundred American science fiction authors who began writing between 1900 and 1970, presenting primary and secondary bibliographies and illustrated biographical essays that chronicle each writer's career in detail; and includes eight essays on the genre and its fandom.