Lurulu by Jack Vance
(The Sequel to Ports of Call)

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Rejoin the adventures of Myron Tany, rebellious scion of a wealthy family, as he tours the Galaxy on a very questionable interstellar freighter, in a crew of actors, musicians, thieves and other ne'er-do-wells.

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Jack Vance, born John Holbrook Vance in 1916, was one of the greatest masters of fantasy and science fiction.  He was the winner of many awards for his work and career: the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement. Among his awards for particular works were the Hugo award in 1963 for The Dragon Masters,  in 1967 for The Last Castle, and in 2010 for his memoir This is Me, Jack Vance!  He won a Nebula Award in 1966 for The Last Castle.  He won the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel in 1990 for Lyonesse: Madouc. . He also won an Edgar for the best first mystery novel in 1961 for The Man in the Cage. Vance published more than 60 books in his long career, sometimes under pseudonyms.   Among them were 11 mystery novels, three of them as Ellery Queen. He wrote some of the first, and perhaps best, examples of "planetary adventures", including a novel called Big Planet.  His “Dying Earth” series were among the most influential fantasy novels ever written, inspiring both generations of writers, and the creators of Dungeons and Dragons.  Vance’s series from Tor include The Demon Princes, The Cadwal Chronicles, The Dying Earth, The Planet of Adventure, and Alastor.  Vance’s last novels were a series of two: Ports of Call and Lurulu.Jack Vance was a sailor, a writer, an adventurer, a music critic, and a raconteur. He died in May 2013.
Published February 6, 2007 by Tor Books. 208 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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We rejoin the battered old tramp cargo ship Glicca and its colorful crew: ex-policeman Captain Maloof, Chief Engineer Schwatzendale, Chief Steward Wingo, and supercargo Myron Tany, as they continue their erratic course from planet to planet, acquiring and discharging peculiar cargoes, dealing wit...

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They include the Edgar Award in 1960, the Hugo Award in 1963 and 1967, the Nebula Award in 1966, the Jupiter Award in 1975, the Achievement Award in 1984, the GilgamXs Award in 1988, the World Fantasy Award in 1990, and the Grand Master Award in 1997.

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As a youth growing up on peaceful Vermazan, Myron Tany dreamed of space exploration in the unknown regions of the Gaean Reach although his wealthy parents prefer he become a finance advisor.

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Of course, this can be hard to figure out for most people, and it isn’t a surprise that the book continues to chronicle the crew of the Glicca and their travels in a way that demonstrates how each is making their way towards their own personal lurulu.

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At times, the story would lapse from light-hearted gallantry to solemn, metaphysical conversation, and this made the characters more realistic than if the story had remained on the superficial level.

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It is redolent with nostalgia and it's hard not see Vance's own early life in the merchant navy, and subsequent itinerant lifestyle, in the wanderings of the young Myron Tany, and ruminations on the nature of lurulu as a reflection of his own lifelong love of travel and adventure.

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