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The Best of Jack Vance

4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  118 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Contents:
Sail 25 (1962)
Ullward's Retreat (1958)
The Last Castle (1966)
Abercrombie Station (1952)
The Moon Moth (1961)
Rumfuddle (1973)
Paperback, 288 pages
Published July 2nd 1979 by Pocket (first published 1976)
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K. Axel
This is another of those books that has just been waiting for me to read them. I bought it before reading any of Vance's Dying Earth books... but now that I've read some of them, it is time to dive into his science fiction.

This is a review-in-progress and I will review the stories as I find time to read them.

Sail 25 is what I would call classic science fiction. It is set in the early stage of space exploration and propose a strange (yet familiar) way of travelling through space. I say strange be
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Gregory Rothbard
This is a collection of Jack Vance's short stories written between 1952 and 1973. Jack Vance illustrates that the great thing about Science Fiction is its ability to detach our minds from current reality, and allow us to examine the issues of the day, without creating the defensive arrogant pride that keeps us from truly seeing.

Here is what I thought of each story and the issues they propose-

(1962)Sail 25: (Technological Advances)
a short story about a voyage into deep outer space. The cadets a
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Brian
I loved it. I tried to read some Jack Vance stories a few years ago, and I think I just wasn't in the right frame of mind or something, because they really rubbed me the wrong way that time, and this time I couldn't get enough. There's something about the tone of the stories that makes it seem like he's not taking anything too seriously. I think I had been reading Gene Wolfe and the contrast was kind of jarring. But this time, I really appreciated the tone.

Vance's writing is great. His use of l
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Speedy
Libro regular, pero quizás lo que sucede es que ya no me llena el estilo. En ningún caso alcanza las cimas de "Planeta Azul", pues son cuentos bastante mas simplistas, en términos de las relaciones entre los personajes y sus reacciones. Iba a darle menos estrellas, pero el cuento "Mariposa Lunar" me devolvió el Vance que recordaba y elevó el promedio del libro.
Taylor
Vance's "The Moon Moth" was one of the two best short stories I read in the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. I don't know if I would like his longer stuff, but I really like the short stories. The focus is on the societies and the characters are used to show how the society really works.
Keith Davis
"The Moon Moth" is probably Vance's best story, containing several brilliant ideas that a lesser writer would have spread over multiple stories. "The Last Castle" is also a classic.
Richard
Short stories, some good some average.
Michael Pryor
Fey,spiky, inimitable.
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Aka John Holbrooke Vance, Peter Held, John Holbrook, Ellery Queen, John van See, Alan Wade.

The author was born in 1916 and educated at the University of California, first as a mining engineer, then majoring in physics and finally in journalism. During the 1940s and 1950s, he contributed widely to science fiction and fantasy magazines. His first novel, 'The Dying Earth', was published in 1950 to gr
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