by Jack Vance

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Halma is a planet forever shrouded by the mystical epic of Emphyrio. Governed by an antiquated feudal system, all but the powerful Lords are involved in the planet's arts and crafts handiwork, which is exported and highly regarded throughout the galaxy. Work on machines is punishable by death, and profits are small. From his father Amiante, Ghyl Tarvoke learns that the inequalities of life on Halma can be remedied, and that the answer lies in legend. When Amiante dies a cruel and unjustifiable death, Ghyl begins his quest - to know the true story of Emphyrio.

Cover art by Joe Bergeron

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BN ID: 2940014310482
Publisher: Spatterlight Press, LLC
Publication date: 03/15/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 1 MB

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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Emphyrio 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
SciFiAddict More than 1 year ago
A very entertaining story all the way through, tied together surprisingly at the end. Um, I dont know description lingo very well, the "sub" characters and stories were also engaging, and interesting. Vances creation of names for characters and places is AMAZING in this book, I would read it for the names almost! Excellent writing style as always, this book is a little treasure that I will keep in my library forever.
clong on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This offers less action than your standard Vance tale, but quite a bit more to think about. In many ways it reminds me of the novels of L.E. Modesitt, Jr.The setting is planet run by largely paternalistic and in many ways quite forgiving government. People who work hard and mind their own business are supported by a safety net which cares for their basic needs. People can freely leave the system, but then forego the safety net. There is, however, a quite stringent prohibition against mechanical duplication, whether of goods or the printed page. Sounds fairly innocuous, right?As our protagonist comes of age in this society he longs for greater opportunity, and finds himself and those around him facing difficult decisions. He and they then have to live with the consequences of those decisions. There is a hidden mystery running through the book which, once answered, both seems obvious, and validates the protagonist¿s actions in a very satisfying way.One of the best books by one of the best science fiction authors. Give it a try.