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Book Review: Tschai (Planet of Adventure)

Tschai is a science fiction series made up of 4 books written by Jack Vance in the late 1960s and early 1970s. These 4 books are: City of the Chasch (or the Chasch), the Dirdir, the Servants of the Wannek (or the Wannek), and the Pnume. 751 more words


Book Review: Triax, ed. Robert Silverberg (1977)

(Justin Todd’s cover for the 1979 edition)

3.75/5 (collated rating: Good)

Triax (1978) contains three original novellas written specifically for the volume.  I concur with Robert Silverberg’s defense of the novella form in the introduction, “it allows the leisurely development of an idea, the careful and elaborate exploration of the consequences of the fictional situation, while at the same time not requiring the intricate plot-and-counterplot scaffolding of a true novel” (vii).   830 more words

Science Fiction

A Review of The Demon Princes by Jack Vance

Note: This essay discusses physical and sexual assault and was written with a cavalier attitude toward spoilers.

Jack Vance’s Demon Princes series follows the far-future exploits of Kirth Gersen on a quest for revenge that spans a huge swath of our galaxy. 1,745 more words

Demon Prince

A Convention in the Dreamtime

Dreamcon 2015 Report

So — I’m dreaming. And in this dream, I’m at a science fiction convention.

And it’s not just any science fiction convention, it’s a science fiction convention in the Dreamtime. 525 more words

Science Fiction

2/17: Vance’s Dying Earth and When Magic Goes Too Far

#1: Read Vance’s The Dying Earth, a sword and sorcery affair with a few good ideas and a couple of hooks but not much else. A lot of suddenly named magic runes and kingdoms bears some resemblance to Dragon Age, but it juts up so suddenly and unpredictably that it feels almost like cheat, the the writer actually through the dice and made something up when he got to the exact moment. 230 more words

Tough Traveling — Evil Lairs

Every Thursday, Nathan at Fantasy Review Barn leads a group of fellow bloggers on “Tough Travels”, a trip through the tropes that populate the fantasy and sci-fi world, using Diane Wynne Jones’ hilarious… 499 more words

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Word of the Day: REALITY

Where is everyone? What is this place? Space. Am I here? What is here? I can’t move. Or am I moving? Through space. No. I don’t feel that I’m moving. 149 more words