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The Magnificent Showboats

The Magnificent Showboats

  • Author: Jack Vance
  • Publisher: Hachette UK
  • ISBN: 0575109599
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 102
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The Magnificent Showboats follows the farcical adventures of Apollon Zamp, owner of the showboat Miraldra's Enchantment, and his troupe of acrobats, magicians and actors. Zamp is invited by the King of Soyvanesse to travel up the river Vissel to the distant city of Mornune, there to participate in a contest. A rich prize awaits the showboat captain who stages the most spectacular performance and succeeds in entertaining the king.

The Magnificent Showboats of the Lower Vissel River, Lune XXIII South, Big Planet

The Magnificent Showboats of the Lower Vissel River, Lune XXIII South, Big Planet

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  • Publisher: Spatterlight Press
  • ISBN: 1619470055
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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 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.

Vandals of the Void

Vandals of the Void

  • Author: Jack Vance
  • Publisher: Hachette UK
  • ISBN: 0575109513
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 90
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In the Foreword, writing fifty years ago, the author describes his vision of a new space age; he predicts that by 1985 the age of space piracy will begin and that a Space Navy will be established, speculating that some of his younger readers might participate: "I hope that none of you serve with the pirates. The pay might not be so good in the Space Navy, but you'll live longer."

Golden Girl and Other Stories

Golden Girl and Other Stories

  • Author: Jack Vance
  • Publisher: Hachette UK
  • ISBN: 0575109904
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 171
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A collection of some of Jack Vance's best short fiction, containing: Golden Girl Masquerade on Dicantropus Abercrombie Station Cholwell's Chickens The Mitr The World Between When the Five Moons Rise Meet Miss Universe The Insufferable Red-headed Daughter of Commander Tynnott, O.T.E.

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.

Ecce and Old Earth

Ecce and Old Earth

  • Author: Jack Vance
  • Publisher: Hachette UK
  • ISBN: 0575109858
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 245
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This sequel to "Araminta Station", features the character of Glawen Clattuc, who helped save the unique planet Cadwal. The charter that granted Cadwal conservation has disappeared - and Glawen and Wayness Tamm are sent across a variety of planets to try and retrieve it.