The Moon Moth by Jack Vance

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A classic science fiction tale finds new life in this graphic novel adaptation.

A fascinating blend of murder mystery and high-concept science fiction, The Moon Moth has long been hailed as one of Jack Vance’s greatest works. And now this intricately crafted tale is available in glorious full color as a new graphic novel.

Edwer Thissell, the new consul from Earth to the planet Sirene, is having all kinds of trouble adjusting to the local culture. The Sirenese cover their faces with exquisitely crafted masks that indicate their social status. Thissell, a bumbling foreigner, wears a mask of very low status: the Moon Moth.

Shortly after Thissell arrives on Sirene, he finds himself embroiled in a an unsolved murder case made all the more mysterious by the fact that since everyone must always wear a mask, you can never be sure who you’re dealing with.

About Jack Vance

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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. Humayoun Ibrahim lives in Brooklyn, New York. The Moon Moth is his first graphic novel.
Published May 22, 2012 by First Second. 128 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Fantasy Literature

The two most interesting aspects of Vance’s story that one wishes most to see are the wide variety of musical instruments used to communicate on the planet of Sirene and the unique, highly individualistic masks worn by inhabitants of Sirene.

Mar 14 2014 | Read Full Review of The Moon Moth

Project MUSE

In this graphic-novel adaptation of the classic sci-fi short story first published in 1961, Edwer Thissell, the new human consular representative to the planet of Sirene, finds himself thrust unprepared into the intricacies of Sirene culture even as he is tasked with tracking down a human crimina...

Sep 04 2012 | Read Full Review of The Moon Moth

Graphic Novel Reporter

Not knowing how to act properly here can get you killed quickly, though, so Thissell must learn quickly.

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The Snipe News

For this fairweather SF fan, Jack Vance has always been a name on the covers of cheap-looking paperbacks from the golden age of science fiction.

Jun 09 2012 | Read Full Review of The Moon Moth

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