Dream Castles: The Early Jack Vance, Volume Two

Dream Castles: The Early Jack Vance, Volume Two


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Like the professional wizards and sorcerers he so often writes about, Jack Vance has long been a master magician when it comes to storytelling, turning out marvelous tricks with words, using his wonderful knack for names, detail and dialog, his fine eye for rendering the vagaries of the human condition to deliver high adventure set on fascinating worlds and in fabulous realms that are second to none.

In a career spanning nearly sixty years, this peerless F&SF Grand Master has taken us from the Dying Earth to Lyonesse, from the Oikumene of the Demon Princes to the farthest corners of the Gaean Reach, Alastor Cluster and beyond, bringing alive on the page magical places we can only dream about.

Dream Castles presents a generous serving of this celebrated magician’s “performances,” ten fascinating tales from his long and influential career, among them his two Miro Hetzel adventures, “The Dogtown Tourist Agency” and “Freitzke’s Turn,” the intriguing “The Narrow Land,” a second outing for Jean Parlier in “Choldwell’s Chickens,” and the classic space opera of “Son of the Tree.”

Dream Castles shows a true magician storyteller perfecting his craft, one moment as journeyman finding a voice all his own, the next as fully-fledged maestro intent on exploring worlds and delivering adventure and wonder in equal parts, the very stuff that dreams are made of.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781596064515
Publisher: Subterranean Press
Publication date: 02/28/2012
Series: Early Jack Vance Series , #2
Edition description: Deluxe
Pages: 365
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.60(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.

Table of Contents

Introduction 11

The Dogtown Tourist Agency 17

Freitzke's Turn 115

I'll Build Your Dream Castle 161

Golden Girl 177

Sulwen's Planet 189

Cholwell's Chickens 203

A Practical Man's Guide 245

The Narrow Land 253

The Enchanted Princess 273

Son of the Tree 295

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Dream Castles: The Early Jack Vance, Volume Two 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great collection of stories, some better than others as is usual in such a collection.