Backstage with Jack Vance, Volume 1: Nightlamp, an Outline

Backstage with Jack Vance, Volume 1: Nightlamp, an Outline

by Jack Vance


Choose Expedited Shipping at checkout for guaranteed delivery by Thursday, October 24


The Vance Integral Edition made extensive use of the personal papers of Jack Vance, in particular his final manuscripts, as these contained Vance's last word regarding the work as he intended it.

However, in the years since the VIE concluded in 2006, initial and intermediate drafts have also been studied, to shed light on Vance's creative style and process. Vance was an unsentimental editor of his own work, and for the dedicated fan or scholar it is fascinating to see what he himself cut and altered exercising his craft as storyteller and wordsmith.

Nightlamp: an Outline is one revision short of being a finished work in its own right. In its present form, it is not free of blemishes, naming inconsistencies, occasional repetitions, and ideas not fully fleshed out, but is unmistakably the work of the Grandmaster - full of mordant observations on human nature and society, in characteristically graceful and ironic style.

Spatterlight is proud to present the first fruit from the Jack Vance archive. Nightlamp: an Outline is a behind-the-scenes snapshot of Vance's draft work, intended for the student, archivist, completist, or serious enthusiast.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781619473515
Publisher: Spatterlight Press
Publication date: 07/23/2018
Pages: 186
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.43(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.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews