Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Dust of Far Suns” as Want to Read:
Dust of Far Suns
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Dust of Far Suns

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  97 ratings  ·  10 reviews
A short story collection originally published as Future Tense by one of SF's greatest authors, Jack Vance.

Contents:

- Dust of Far Suns (1962)
- Dodkin's Job (1959)
- Ullward's Retreat (1958)
- The Gift of Gab (1955)
...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published 1981 by DAW Books (first published June 1964)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Dust of Far Suns, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Dust of Far Suns

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-52
Average rating 3.81  · 
Rating details
 ·  97 ratings  ·  10 reviews


More filters
 | 
Sort order
Start your review of Dust of Far Suns
mark monday
a good survey of some early novellas by one of my favorite authors.

3 stars for "Ullward's Retreat", which visits a crowded future Earth and an entire planet owned by only one person. turns out that the two places aren't that different from each other - at least as far as humans are concerned. as with most Vance, this cozy tale drips with irony as it illustrates the amusing hypocrisies of various tunnel-visioned men and women. the grass is always greener... no place like home...

2 stars for "Dust
...more
TJ
Dec 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
The collection "Dust of the Far Suns" (1981) has the same contents as the 1964 collection titled "Future Tense." They are comprised of three novelettes and one novella. I had not encountered any of these four stories in other collections and enjoyed all of them but especially "Dodkin's Job." Vance fans will want to read this collection, and other readers who like very creative, exceptionally well written fiction with irony, suspense and humor might want to give these a try. I rated the collectio ...more
John Grose
May 05, 2013 rated it liked it
When I picked up Dust of Far Suns, I didn't realize I'd be reading one of the author's books when he passed away. But sadly, he did pass away a few days ago. Which makes saying that I found the book to be just average a bit uncomfortable. I have read - and love - Vance's Dying Earth books. I thought I would enjoy this one more than I did. ...more
Bob Wolniak
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
a memorable organizational parable-like tale, a satire of what technology does to our appreciation of. the great outdoors, and then two fairly terrific science fiction novellas--one a training mission in space gone awry, and another a murder mystery on an alien ocean that requires communication with a seemingly unintelligent hostile species.
saradevil
Jun 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A delightfully subversive series of non-conforming adventures.
Derek
Dec 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A joy, of course, and it's hard to pick a favorite, if only because each has a component that Vance would later amalgamate into his trademark style and voice.

"Dodkin's Job" has a weird, monomaniacal, and myopic societal hierarchy where an iconoclast starts making purely self-interested probings, and discovers that the seat of power may not be in glittery halls and offices.

"Ullward's Retreat", within another myopic society, explores boundaries and the effect of limitations. A man may prefer a wal
...more
Michel Van Goethem
Staub ferner Sonnen
by Jack Vance

""Was die Hartnäckigkeit von Aberglauben betrifft: Nur ein armseliger Geist hält sich für das Behältnis absoluten Wissens. Hamlet sprach über dieses Thema zu Hortio, wenn ich mich recht erinnere, in dem wohlbekannten Werk William Shakespeares. Ich selbst sah Seltsames und Erschreckliches. Waren es Halluzinationen? Wares es Manipulationen des Kosmos durch meinen eigenen Geist oder den Geist eines anderen - oder von etwas anderem? Ich weiss es nicht. Delhalb rate i
...more
Rob Trump
Dec 26, 2013 rated it liked it
I think this is out of print but I found it at a used bookstore and picked it up because I had never read anything by Vance. Some of the four short stories are stronger than others ("The Gift of Gab" is the standout) but there's definitely enough good and interesting stuff here that I want to check out some of Vance's novel-length work. ...more
JJ
Dec 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is the first work I've read by Jack Vance and I really enjoyed it. A collection of short stories, each one had an interesting bit to them. Recommend! ...more
Muhammad Rasheed
rated it it was amazing
May 21, 2010
Chris
rated it really liked it
Sep 05, 2016
Keith
rated it really liked it
Jul 20, 2021
T
rated it liked it
Dec 21, 2019
Sabin Figaro III
rated it it was amazing
Dec 28, 2010
Holly Abbie
rated it really liked it
Aug 12, 2010
Twilightzone
rated it really liked it
Jan 25, 2021
John Downs
rated it it was amazing
Apr 20, 2020
Zuggaschnegsche
rated it liked it
Jun 24, 2017
David
rated it liked it
Mar 01, 2010
Aolus Umbra
rated it it was amazing
Oct 29, 2012
James
rated it liked it
Mar 14, 2014
Michael Thomas
rated it really liked it
Jun 03, 2017
Xi
rated it it was amazing
Jan 11, 2016
Lexxnet
rated it really liked it
Oct 25, 2012
Roger
rated it really liked it
Dec 30, 2018
Nick Galley
rated it liked it
May 06, 2018
Kim Huett
rated it did not like it
Dec 14, 2015
Christopher Spring
rated it liked it
Oct 06, 2011
Scott Walker
rated it really liked it
Sep 10, 2011
David
added it
Aug 27, 2008
Brandon
marked it as to-read
Apr 24, 2010
Dirty
marked it as to-read
May 05, 2010
Ric
added it
Mar 16, 2011
Cynebeald
marked it as to-read
Jun 20, 2011
Scott
added it
Jul 16, 2011
Thomas
added it
Aug 09, 2011
Jenna Katerin
marked it as to-read
Dec 29, 2011
Tom
added it
Mar 16, 2012
Artgal
added it
Mar 23, 2012
Sandro
added it
Apr 13, 2012
rachelish Slater
marked it as to-read
Aug 30, 2012
Jason
marked it as to-read
Aug 31, 2012
Glenn
added it
Sep 02, 2012
« previous 1 3 4 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Ringworld (Ringworld, #1)
  • Endymion (Hyperion Cantos, #3)
  • The Planet Buyer
  • When the Green Star Calls (Green Star, #2)
  • Greyfax Grimwald (Circle of Light, #1)
  • Faragon Fairingay (Circle of Light, #2)
  • Narwhal's Otter Friend (Narwhal and Jelly, #4)
  • As the Green Star Rises (Green Star, #4)
  • Babel-17
  • Squaring the Circle (Circle of Light, #4)
  • Calix Stay (Circle of Light, #3)
  • The Fellowship of the Talisman
  • Flesh
  • This Immortal
  • Night's Yawning Peal
  • Old Man's War (Old Man's War, #1)
  • The Second Book of Fritz Leiber
  • Land of the Dead
See similar books…
1,130 followers
Aka John Holbrook 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 g
...more

Related Articles

  It's time for our most out-of-this-world genre celebration! Join us as we explore speculative fiction's newest horizons.   ...
295 likes · 190 comments