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Chateau D'If

(1990)
And Other Stories
A collection of stories by

 
 
Publisher's Weekly
The five novella-length stories in this collection amply indicate the range of SF subgenres at which Vance ( The Dragon Masters ), an accomplished story teller, excels. ''Abercrombie Station'' and ''Cholwell's Chickens'' together make up the space opera equivalent of a gothic: orphaned heroine Jean Parlier braves the dangers of an isolated space station--owned by an inbred family complete with demented relatives--to obtain the funds necessary to search for her own family. The title story extends H. G. Wells's ''The Story of the Late Mr. Elvesham,'' whose subject sought immortality by trading bodies with healthy young men; Vance's villain sells this service to the rich and the poor. ''The Gift of Gab'' is straight SF, its technical problem and resolution revolving around the question of what constitutes intelligence, while the allure of infinite power and the pitfalls of dealing with infinity as if it could be contained are described in ''Runfuddle.''



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Hardback Editions

June 1990 : USA Hardback
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Title: Chateau D'If
Author(s): Jack Vance
ISBN: 0-88733-099-1 / 978-0-88733-099-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Underwood Books
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August 1990 : USA Hardback
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Title: Chateau D'If: And Other Stories
Author(s): Jack Vance
ISBN: 0-88733-098-3 / 978-0-88733-098-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Underwood Books
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Paperback Editions

November 2017 : USA Paperback
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Title: Chateau d'If and Other Stories
Author(s): Jack Vance
ISBN: 1-61947-150-7 / 978-1-61947-150-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Spatterlight Press
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Kindle Editions

April 2012 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Chateau d'If and Other Stories
Author(s): Jack Vance
Publisher: Spatterlight Press LLC
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