Dream Castles: The Early Jack Vance, Volume Two

Dream Castles: The Early Jack Vance, Volume Two

by Jack Vance
     
 

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Like the professional wizards and sorcerers he so often writes about, Jack Vance has long been a master magician when it comes to storytelling, turning out marvelous tricks with words, using his wonderful knack for names, detail and dialog, his fine eye for rendering the vagaries of the human condition to deliver high adventure set on fascinating worlds and in…  See more details below

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Like the professional wizards and sorcerers he so often writes about, Jack Vance has long been a master magician when it comes to storytelling, turning out marvelous tricks with words, using his wonderful knack for names, detail and dialog, his fine eye for rendering the vagaries of the human condition to deliver high adventure set on fascinating worlds and in fabulous realms that are second to none.

In a career spanning nearly sixty years, this peerless F&SF Grand Master has taken us from the Dying Earth to Lyonesse, from the Oikumene of the Demon Princes to the farthest corners of the Gaean Reach, Alastor Cluster and beyond, bringing alive on the page magical places we can only dream about.

Dream Castles presents a generous serving of this celebrated magician’s “performances,” ten fascinating tales from his long and influential career, among them his two Miro Hetzel adventures, “The Dogtown Tourist Agency” and “Freitzke’s Turn,” the intriguing “The Narrow Land,” a second outing for Jean Parlier in “Choldwell’s Chickens,” and the classic space opera of “Son of the Tree.”

Dream Castles shows a true magician storyteller perfecting his craft, one moment as journeyman finding a voice all his own, the next as fully-fledged maestro intent on exploring worlds and delivering adventure and wonder in equal parts, the very stuff that dreams are made of.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Dowling and Strahan follow 2010’s Hard-Luck Diggings with 10 more wide-ranging tales from the early career of lauded and much-awarded SF Grand Master Vance. “The Dogtown Tourist Agency” (1975) sets a mystery on a precariously balanced world jointly governed by three space empires. “Golden Girl” (1951) is the tragedy of a stranded alien spacefarer. The cryptic and frightening “The Narrow Land” (1967) is an alien point-of-view tale rare in the Vance canon. “A Practical Man’s Guide” (1957) is a short fable about an overeager publisher. The prescient “Cholwell’s Chickens” (1952) and disturbing “Freitzke’s Turn” (1977) warn of the dangers of biological science left in the hands of the unscrupulous. A highly capable hero unravels a web of interplanetary schemes in the space opera “Son of the Tree” (1951). The spare, concise, and clear writing of these adventurous classic science fiction stories is as enthralling today as when they were first published. (Mar.)
Library Journal
From his spoof on the future of architecture ("I'll Build Your Dream Castle"), published in 1947, to "Freitzke's Turn," the second adventure of the detective Miro Hetzel, published in 1977, this collection of Vance's early short fiction features some of the many worlds created by one of the genre's most beloved authors. A follow-up to the now out-of-print Hard-Luck Diggings, these pieces demonstrate Vance's evolution as a writer and storyteller. VERDICT Strong and varied tales from a wordsmith without peer, this volume is worth the expense for serious aficionados.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781596064515
Publisher:
Subterranean Press
Publication date:
02/28/2012
Series:
Early Jack Vance Series, #2
Edition description:
Deluxe
Pages:
365
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.60(d)

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