Planet of Adventure

Planet of Adventure

by Jack Vance


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Stranded on the distant planet Tschai, young Adam Reith is the sole survivor of a space mission who discovers the world is inhabited—not only by warring alien cultures, but human slaves as well, taken early in Earth's history. Reith must find a way off planet to warn the Earth of Tschai's deadly existence.

Against a backdrop of baroque cities and haunted wastelands, sumptuous palaces and riotous inns, Reith will encounter deadly wastrels and murderous aliens, dastardly villains and conniving scoundrels.

And always the random beauty in need of rescue...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312854881
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 08/15/1993
Series: Planet of Adventure Series
Edition description: Omnibus
Pages: 544
Product dimensions: 5.45(w) x 8.59(h) x 1.54(d)

About the Author

Jack Vance (1916-2013) was was a sailor, a writer, an adventurer, a music critic, and one of the greatest masters of fantasy and science fiction. Vance published more than 60 books in his long career, sometimes under pseudonyms. Tales of the Dying Earth (also known as Mazirian the Magician) was among the most influential fantasy books ever written, inspiring generations of writers and the creators of Dungeons and Dragons. His many awards included three Hugos and a Nebula, Edgar, and World Fantasy Award for best Novel, as well as a World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement.

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Planet of Adventure 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
santhony on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I purchased this, and several other science fiction novels following review of a list purporting to be ¿The Greatest Science Fiction Works of All Time¿. There were a number of works with which I was not familiar, and being a fan of science fiction, thought it best to upgrade my library. I became somewhat concerned after reading their #1 selection, Litany of the Long Sun, and finding it not to my taste.Luckily, I had better luck with this Jack Vance offering, which I found to be very well crafted and highly entertaining. The book is in the form of four novellas, and begins with the arrival of an earth vessel to a planet (Tschai) from which a radio beacon was received 212 light years previously. Immediately following dispatch of an advanced scout team, the mother ship is destroyed, the scout ship crashes and the lone survivor, Adam Reith, is captured by one of the local tribes. The world on which Reith finds himself is inhabited by a number of different alien species and classes of humanoid figures. Each alien species has an underclass of humanoid beings who are kept in thralldom, raising the question of ¿When and how did this `human Diaspora¿ occur?¿. The novel tracks our Earth born hero through contact with the various inhabitants of Tschai, as he searches for those with the technology to return him to Earth. The author does an outstanding job of creating and forming different cultures and mores among both the alien species and their human counterparts. He does so without resort to hackneyed or trite stereotypes. This work is very similar to the sociological/anthropological style of fantasy/science fiction that I¿ve enjoyed from Ursula LeGuin. In that respect, it is somewhat short on ¿hard¿ science fiction and perhaps more accurately classified as fantasy.My only quibble with the story lies in the virtual omnipotence and indestructibility of our intrepid hero. Who would guess that in addition to mixed martial arts training, astronauts of the future will be proficient in knife and sword fighting, to the extent that they will be able to best multitudes of attackers who have fought in those styles their entire lives? In instances too numerous to count, Reith overcomes insurmountable odds with barely a scratch.In any event, I can highly recommend this work and endorse its inclusion on the aforementioned list of science fiction/fantasy greats.
trollmoonchild on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really disliked this, but maybe it's for personal tastes :)I did never feel Tschai as a "real" world, but only as a cardboard background for the strokes of luck of the main character.
Randulf on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not as good as Deathworld (Harry Harrison) and perhaps lacks the sharper wit of Vance's other books, but I enjoyed this omnibus nonetheless. Each of the 4 stories is fundamentally,the same - the main protaganist sets out to destroy the 4 civilisations of planet Tschai in turn. The vindictive characters and romantic settings are what raise this above the usual space adventure.
Thracecius More than 1 year ago
Jack Vance is one of the old masters of adventure sci-fi and this collection of four of his classics is a great read for older children and adults. I discovered it when I was in my early teens and it has fueled my imagination ever since. I highly recommend it to anyone with a taste for adventure.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you love pulp Sci-Fi, this is the book for you. Vance does a great job in building the characters as well as the world in which the story takes place. These stories were originally released seperately and to have them in one volume is fantastic.