"The Planet Pao, a world of the very far future colonized from Earth, has a stagnant sort of culture, and one language. The scientists of the neighboring world of Breakness launch a ruthless experiment, jarring Pao into new virility by installing three class-languages, one for a warrior class, one for technicians, and one for rulers and bureaucrats. But they build into the formula certain weaknesses of their own degenerate culture...
"Beran Panasper, heir to the throne of Pao, has been spirited away to Breakness to save his life--and to enable the Breakness wizards to train a tool for the later subjugation of Pao. But Beran's Paonian characteristics blend with Breakness science in an unsuspected way.
"A very good yarn."
--P. Schuyler Miller, Astounding Science Fiction
|Publisher:||Barnes & Noble Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.37(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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is classic Jack Vance, which we all love. But the fame attached to this book comes from its unique subject matter. This is perhaps the best SF book ever written concerning linguistics and constructed languages. It is a deep and penetrating study of the intersection of culture, politics, and language at the heart of civilization. A great read.
Should be required reading for all linguistics and political science majors.
Fascinating concept, superbly executed.