The Blue World

The Blue World

by Jack Vance


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Eleven generations ago, a ship carrying convicts to a prison planet crashed on a nameless ocean world. Survivors built an egalitarian culture on the pads of giant water plants, winning food, shelter, and the necessities of life from vegetation growing on the pads, and from the sea. But in the water swam the kragens, armored sea-beasts who raided the gardens at will. Early settlers fed one of the largest kragens deliberately, hoping it would chase the other beasts away. Over generations, the creature grew monstrous, while a caste of Intercessors evolved to feed and worship the beast.Now, the Intercessors seek to reign over the population, using King Kragen to manipulate and terrorize their fellow pad-dwellers. Sklar Hast defies the Intercessors, and vows to slay King Kragen. For that he will face ruin, exile and the loss of his true love. His rebellion brings war and death, even as it unleashes a surge of scientific advances which promise a new age of discovery; but first, King Kragen must die!- Matt Hughes

The Blue World is Volume 30 of the Spatterlight Press Signature Series.Released in the centenary of the author's birth, this handsome new collectionis based upon the prestigious Vance Integral Edition. Select volumes enjoyup-to-date maps, and many are graced with freshly-written forewords contributedby a distinguished group of authors. Each book bears a facsimile of theauthor's signature and a previously-unpublished photograph, chosen from family archives for the period the book was written. These uniquefeatures will be appreciated by all, from seasoned Vance collector to new reader sampling the spectrum of this author's influential work forthe first time. - John Vance II

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781619470972
Publisher: Spatterlight Press
Publication date: 04/15/2016
Pages: 178
Sales rank: 907,514
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.41(d)

About the Author

California native Jack Vance (1916-2013) was one of the greats of science fiction. He was the author of dozens of sci-fi books and fantasy novels, including the popular Lyonesse and Dying Earth series and the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning book The Last Castle. In 1997, he was honored as a Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America. He died in Oakland, California.

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