The Jack Vance Treasury

The Jack Vance Treasury

by Jack Vance

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Overview

Nebula and World Fantasy Grand Master Jack Vance is one of the most admired and cherished writers of science fiction and fantasy in the world, and is one of the truly important and influential storytellers of the 20th century. From his first published story "The World Thinker" in 1945 to his final novel Lurulu in 2004, Vance has shown an astonishing range of inventiveness, versatility and sheer storytelling power, as well as a gift for language and world-building second to none. Winner of the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy and Edgar awards, his acclaimed first book The Dying Earth and its sequels helped shape the face of modern heroic fantasy for generations of readers -- and writers! In more than sixty novels, he has done more than any other author to define science fantasy and its preeminent form: the planetary adventure. Born in San Francisco in 1916, Vance wrote much of what you'll find between these covers both abroad and at home in the hills above Oakland, either while serving in the merchant marine or traveling the world with his wife Norma, all the while pursuing his great love of fine cuisine and traditional jazz. Now, at last, the very best of Vance's mid-length and shorter work has been collected in a single landmark volume. With a Preface by Vance himself and a foreword by long-time Vance reader George R.R. Martin, it stands as the capstone to a splendid career and makes the perfect introduction to a very special writer.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940148963479
Publisher: Subterranean Press
Publication date: 12/06/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 633
Sales rank: 433,519
File size: 3 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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The Jack Vance Treasury 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
figre on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The majority of these stories are the sword & sorcery type and, in spite of the fact that the only magazine I subscribe to is Fantasy & Science Fiction, S&S stories are not my cup of tea. I have no desire to be swept up in the details of a story that seems to exist purely for the details rather than the story. So I approach any such story with trepidation. Let me quickly add that such a harsh assessment is not true of these stories. (Well, not most of them. There are a few¿) Jack Vance did not reach the heights he has by being a hackneyed purveyor of retread Dungeons and Dragons stories. But, when the collection is composed primarily of these, and you have a natural aversion to the sub-genre, it is difficult to approach the stories on their own merit. Accordingly, I got tired. There were only so many times I could slog my way into another story where I had to figure out whatever nomenclature was being used for this world ¿ a slogging that detracted from the enjoyment of the underlying story.And, in spite of my rant above, there are quality underlying stories. ¿The Dragon Masters¿ and ¿The Last Castle¿ are deserved award winners. And other classics reside herein also. However, there are (as can often happen in Best Of collection) some duds ¿ stories that were an endurance test rather than a joy. That Jack Vance can write is undisputed. Whether one wants to have a steady diet of Jack Vance falls much more to the individual taste. I found enjoyment in some of these stories in the past, but reading them all together this time only resulted in a distraction from that joy.
emontero More than 1 year ago
I´ve read fantasy all my life, but I never read Jack Vance until the day he died, and it was because of George R.R. Martins blog, were he mentions just what a great author he is. Intrigued I did some research, and this guy is up there, with the best of the best, Im halfway thru the treasury, and I can see why, If you are thinking about it, stop thinking and buy it, you won't regret it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago