Dream Castles by Jack Vance
The Early Jack Vance, Volume Two

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Jack Vance, Magician
Like the professional wizards and sorcerers he so often writes about, Jack Vance has long been a master magician when it comes to storytelling, turning out marvelous tricks with words, using his wonderful knack for names, detail and dialog, his fine eye for rendering the vagaries of the human condition to deliver high adventure set on fascinating worlds and in fabulous realms that are second to none.

In a career spanning nearly sixty years, this peerless F&SF Grand Master has taken us from the Dying Earth to Lyonesse, from the Oikumene of the Demon Princes to the farthest corners of the Gaean Reach, Alastor Cluster and beyond, bringing alive on the page magical places we can only dream about.

Dream Castles presents a generous serving of this celebrated magician's 'performances,' ten fascinating tales from his long and influential career, among them his two Miro Hetzel adventures, 'The Dogtown Tourist Agency' and 'Freitzke s Turn', the intriguing 'The Narrow Land,' a second outing for Jean Parlier in 'Cholwell s Chickens,' and the classic space opera of 'Son of the Tree.'

Dream Castles shows a true magician storyteller perfecting his craft, one moment as journeyman finding a voice all his own, the next as fully-fledged maestro intent on exploring worlds and delivering adventure and wonder in equal parts, the very stuff that dreams are made of.

About Jack Vance

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John Holbrook Vance (August 28, 1916 - May 26, 2013) was an American mystery, fantasy and science fiction writer. Most of his work was published under the name Jack Vance. He also wrote 11 mystery novels as John Holbrook Vance and three as Ellery Queen, and once each used pseudonyms Alan Wade, Peter Held, John van See, and Jay Kavanse. Vance won the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement in 1984. The Science Fiction Hall of Fame inducted him in 2001. Among his awards for particular works were: Hugo Awards, in 1963 for The Dragon Masters, in 1967 for The Last Castle, and in 2010 for his memoir This is Me, Jack Vance!; a Nebula Award in 1966, also for The Last Castle; the Jupiter Award in 1975; the World Fantasy Award in 1990 for Lyonesse: Madouc. He also won an Edgar (the mystery equivalent of the Nebula) for the best first mystery novel in 1961 for The Man in the Cage. He died at his home in Oakland, California, on May 26, 2013, aged 96.
Published April 30, 2012 by Subterranean. 368 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Dowling and Strahan follow 2010’s Hard-Luck Diggings with 10 more wide-ranging tales from the early career of lauded and much-awarded SF Grand Master Vance.

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Yet these early stories offer a fine starting point to help understand the sixty-year career of one of science fiction’s most influential and least appreciated voices.

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Dream Castles is the second of Subterranean's Early Jack Vance collections, but it's not entirely clear what "early" Vance entails.

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