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Vandals of the Void

3.43  ·  Rating Details  ·  46 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Hardcover, 213 pages
Published 1979 by Gregg Press (first published 1951)
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Jul 27, 2015 Karl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vance's first book, it's a bit too Juvenal, however the base needs to be builtl somewhere.
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Feb 01, 2016 Peter Greenwell rated it liked it
This is the first "new" Vance book I've read since Night Lamp about twenty years ago. So, I only need to get hold of Lurulu now and that will be soon. Then, I'd have read everything he's published.

Ok, this isn't a bad book, yet it's a product of its time and the genre. Typical juvenile SF - young, resourceful lad uses tenacity, bravery and logic to overcome the nefarious schemes of adults. Vance's imaginary future timeline at the beginning of the novel is off, and it's actually rather odd seeing

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Fourteen year old Dick Murdock leaves Venus to join his father at an observatory on Luna. But on the way, they find signs of dreaded space pirates, and Dick soon finds himself enmeshed in far more than he planned for.

Very unusually for Jack Vance, the book begins with a note from the author predicting the future (including space pirates). Sadly for all of us, Vance gets much of it wrong (though he's pretty close with the moon landing).

The book is also unusual in be
Edwin Kort
Nov 24, 2015 Edwin Kort rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Typisch sf verhaal uit de jaren 60. Gedateerd verhaal, waarin eigenlijk weinig gebeurt.

Dit verhaal volgt Kevin, een nieuwsgierige jongen van Venus.

Tijdens een reis naar de maan om samen met zijn vader, die als een astronoom werkt bij het Observatorium te gaan wonen, leert Kevin over een mysterieuze personage alleen bekend als "de Basilisk", en een schijnbaar samenhangende reeks van gebeurtenissen waar ruimtepiraten passagiersschepen aanvielen die tussen de planeten reisden.

Het plot ontvouwt zi
Vandals of the Void by Jack Vance

Vandals of the Void is an early Jack Vance SF novel that was written for the Winston Science Fiction series; which was a set of 35 juvenile novels written by a selection of popular SF authors of the time.

The book follows the adventures of Dick Murdock, a 15 year old inquisitive boy from Venus, as he investigates the strange disappearances of space crafts travelling through the solar system. The action takes place in the near future, where man has colonised the Mo
May 26, 2015 Lynda rated it really liked it
Love the character Dick Murdock.
Sep 21, 2008 Charles rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Pirates in outer space. I think of this primarily as a young adult book. Not bad. Some good adventure stuff.
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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 grea
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