Emphyrio

Emphyrio

by Jack Vance

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Overview

Ruled by remote and powerful feudal Lords, Halma is a planet of craftsmen where any kind of machine-based manufacturing is punishable by death. Their exquisite handiworks are prized throughout the galaxy, but Halma's artisans eke out a bare living while the Lords take vast profits for themselves. Young Ghyl Tarvoke learns from his father that the world's injustices can be remedied, and the answer lies in the legend of Emphyrio. When a cruel and arbitrary judgment shatters the foundations of his life, Ghyl begins a desperate quest to discover and reveal the true story of Emphyrio. - Matt Hughes


Emphyrio is Volume 33 of the Spatterlight Press Signature Series.
Released in the centenary of the author's birth, this handsome new collection is based upon the prestigious Vance Integral Edition. Select volumes enjoy up-to-date maps, and many are graced with freshly-written forewords contributed by a distinguished group of authors. Each book bears a facsimile of the author's signature and a previously-unpublished photograph, chosen from family archives for the period the book was written. These unique features will be appreciated by all, from seasoned Vance collector to new reader sampling the spectrum of this author's influential work for the first time. - John Vance II

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780879975043
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 12/04/1979
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(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.

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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.