The "spun-silver" prose of fantasy grand master Vance (Lurulu) illuminates 12 delightful stories, some with intriguing afterwords by the author. Insightfully introduced by editors Terry Dowling and Jonathan Strahan, this showcase follows Vance's career from his very first publication, 1945's "The World-Thinker," through 1961's fast-paced novelette "The Augmented Agent" and 1974's Dying Earth story "The Seventeen Virgins" to "Wild Thyme and Violets," the outline for an Italy-inspired gothic romance that reads like a surreal flash fiction novel and was first published in 2005. Most of the focus is on Vance's work from the 1960s and 1970s, which ranges from dramatic fantasy ("Green Magic") to classic science fiction parables ("Ullward's Retreat"). Two charming biographical essays by Vance's late wife, Norma, round out the collection on a tender note. (June)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Wild Thyme, Green Magicby Jack Vance
When Jack Vance decided to become a writer, a “million words a year” man as he put it so pragmatically at the time, he also gave fantastic literature one of its most cherished and distinctive voices. Though primarily a novelist throughout his long and distinguished career, this Hugo, Nebula, Edgar and World Fantasy Award-winning Grand Master also produced many short and mid-length works.
Wild Thyme, Green Magic collects an alien’s handful of these wondrous tales, among them the author’s first-ever sale, “The World Thinker”, the unforgettable “Chateau d’If”, the stylish “Green Magic”, the no-punches-pulled “DP”, the macabre, almost Gothic “Seven Exits from Bocz”.
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