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The Best of Jack Vance

(1976)
A collection of stories by

 
 
Contents are: "Sail 25," "Ullward's Retreat," "The Last Castle," "Abercrombie Station," "The Moon Moth," and "Rumfuddle." "The Last Castle": The Mek was a manlike creature, native to a planet of Etamin. His tough rusty-bronze hide glistened metallically, the spines thrusting back from scalp and neck shone like gold. His sense organs were gathered in clusters at the site of a man's ears, his visage was corrugated muscle, not dissimilar to the look of an uncovered human brain. This was the Mek solitary, a creature intrisically as effective as man, but, working in the mass, by the teeming thousands, he seemed less admirable, less competent: a hybrid of subman and cockroach.. "The Moon Moth": The household had been built to the most exacting standards of Sirenese craftsmanship. The bow bulged like a swan's breast, the stem rising high, then crooking forward to support an iron lantern. The doors were carved from slabs of a mottled black-green wood; the windows were many-sectioned, paned with squares of mica stained rose, blue, pale green and violet. The bow was given to service facilities and quarters for the slaves; amidships were a pair of sleeping cabins, a dining saloon and a parlor saloon, opening upon an observation deck at the stern.



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May 1997 : USA Hardback

Title: The Best of Jack Vance
Author(s): Jack Vance
ISBN: 0-89968-379-7 / 978-0-89968-379-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Lightyear Pr
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October 1978 : USA Hardback
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Title: The best of Jack Vance
Author(s): Jack Vance
ISBN: 0-8008-0726-X / 978-0-8008-0726-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Taplinger Pub. Co
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April 1982 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Best of Jack Vance
Author(s): Jack Vance
ISBN: 0-671-44186-8 / 978-0-671-44186-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pocket
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July 1979 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Best of Jack Vance
Author(s): Jack vance
ISBN: 0-671-83070-8 / 978-0-671-83070-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pocket Books
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April 1976 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Best of Jack Vance
Author(s): Jack Vance
ISBN: 0-671-80510-X / 978-0-671-80510-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pocket Books
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