Books by Jack Vance

LURULU by Jack Vance
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 1, 2004

"Languorous, occasionally repetitive—but this is quintessential Vance: rich, eccentric, nourished from roots deep in the human psyche."
Belated sequel or, better, the missing last section of Ports of Call (1998), a picaresque travel-adventure from the master storyteller and stylist. Read full book review >
PORTS OF CALL by Jack Vance
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 1998

"Time will tell."
 New galaxy-hopping, picaresque adventure from a master storyteller (Night Lamp, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >
THE DEMON PRINCES by Jack Vance
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Nonpareil."
 The final two Demon Prince novels (The Demon Princes, Vol. Read full book review >
THE DEMON PRINCES, VOL. I by Jack Vance
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 1997

"Sublime examples of the master storyteller's art."
 The first three books (originally published in 196467) of Vance's superb space opera series (the subject of an October 15, 1995, Kirkus editorial), presenting the related yet independent novels The Star King, The Killing Machine, and The Palace of Love. Read full book review >
NIGHT LAMP by Jack Vance
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Storyteller Vance is in top form here: the result is uneven in places, perhaps, but always astonishing and enthralling."
 Another adventure/drama set in Vance's inimitable far-future Gaean Reach (Throy, 1993, etc.), encompassing thousands of inhabited planets. Read full book review >
ALASTOR by Jack Vance
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"An accurate measure of Vance's towering contribution to the genre."
 First hardback publication of Vance's three novels, now out of print, set in Alastor Cluster, a vast star-swarm ruled by the mysterious Connatic, who likes to walk abroad incognito and participate in the lives of his subjects. Read full book review >
PLANET OF ADVENTURE by Jack Vance
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

 Four quintessential Vance adventures—(1968-75) City of the Chasch, Servants of the Wankh, The Dirdir, and The Pnume—now issued for the first time in a single volume and for the first time in hardcover. Read full book review >
THE FIVE GOLD BANDS by Jack Vance
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 1993

"Entertaining but by no means essential."
 The first hardback edition of Vance's 1950 short novel—a space opera wherein picaresque adventurer Paddy Blackthorne and his Earth cop-sidekick Fay Bursill team up to search for an important secret (how to manufacture a space drive) that, for safekeeping, has been divided into five parts and concealed at different locations. Read full book review >
THROY by Jack Vance
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 1993

"Otherwise, enjoyable but rather thin: Vance's tendency to invent brilliantly and prodigiously in the opening volume, and thereafter to lose interest, is particularly evident."
 Wrapping up the far-future trilogy begun with Araminta Station and continued in Ecce and Old Earth (1992), the struggle for control over the scenically spectacular and biologically diverse planet Cadwal. Read full book review >
WHEN THE FIVE MOONS RISE by Jack Vance
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 1992

"Dazzling inventiveness, barbed wit, the renowned prose style combining spareness of detail with extraordinary visual richness: that Vance does not top popularity polls and win critical acclaim is the most intractable and perplexing of all science-fiction mysteries."
 Twelve tales, most from the early/mid 1950's, previously uncollected in hardback, though all but two have appeared in paperback collections. Read full book review >
ECCE AND OLD EARTH by Jack Vance
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"The appearance of any Vance—for wit, inventiveness, and the inimitable prose style—is a welcome treat; and this, while not his finest work (he appears to be coasting rather than driving), is no exception."
 The second of Vance's far-future Cadwal Chronicles (Araminta Station—not reviewed) continues the struggle for control of Cadwal—a planet of great beauty and remarkable lifeforms—as hero Glawen Clattuc and his fellow Conservators attempt to foil the conspiracies of the venal Simonetta and her rapacious allies. Read full book review >