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Jack Vance, The Languages of Pao (1957)

Härom veckan hissade jag Jack Vance till SF-skyarna efter att ha läst hans fantasy-stinna verk Den döende jorden. Ungefär samtidigt slumpade det sig så att jag fick hem en ny Vance-bok i en laddning böcker inhandlade på nätet i lyckoruset efter en bättre middag. 672 more words


Jack Vance, The Dying Earth (1950)

The Dying Earth is the first Jack Vance novel I have read, but it left me wanting for more. This is good stuff.

As title suggests, the Earth is really dying. 522 more words


Introducing... Captain Marmaduke J. Thobias-Simms, esq.

In writing my Savage setting, I am doing my best to create a book that will be fun to read, and fun to play.
Also, my ambition is to make everything the reader will find on the page, playable, straight away. 494 more words

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The Two Dimensional World Of Ace Doubles, Part Three

This is the third instalment of this article, the first part appears here and the second part can be found here.

The oldest active specialty publisher of science fiction and fantasy Ace Books originally developed the unique double volume, back-to-back format better known as tête-bêche binding to take further advantage of the public’s soaring thirst for science fiction from the mid 1950s and on throughout the 1960s. 335 more words


Book Review:  The Languages of Pao - Jack Vance (Mayflower Books 1974 - first published 1957)

I’ve never read anything by Jack Vance before and I didn’t find the title of this book too exciting, but what a good story this turned out to be. 484 more words

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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

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