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Minding the Stars

(2014)
The Early Jack Vance Volume 4
(The fourth book in the Early Jack Vance series)
A collection of stories by

 
 
Strange things happen...

Throughout his long and impressive career as a celebrated professional storyteller, Jack Vance showed a fascination not only with having characters solve mysteries in all sorts of dramatic and wondrous situations using their powers of observation, deduction and common sense, but also with the possibility of higher states of mind in play, other realms of existence, even spirit worlds.

Vance approached such things with a healthy, properly wary, scientific curiosity, even while embracing the liberties allowed any popular entertainer, and so made the exploration of such higher states part of his stock in trade.

Whether richly displayed in his Dying Earth stories with their wizardly spellcasting, eldritch beings and strange dimensions, or in his science fiction tales with the incredible mental powers afforded races like the Green Chasch, the Fwai-chi, the Meks of Etamin 9 besieging the final human strongholds in "The Last Castle," even given to divergent human peoples on Koryphon, Maske and countless other worlds, or to the likes of his most extraordinary Demon Prince, Howard Alan Treesong, Vance was forever drawn to what else might comprise human (and other) natures in all their myriad forms.

Minding the Stars: The Early Jack Vance Volume 4 reflects this beguiling blend of the practical and the otherworldly, combining tales that explore the workings of such mental powers with other stories selected from the earlier days of the Grandmaster's illustrious career.



Used availability for Jack Vance's Minding the Stars

Hardback Editions

March 2014 : USA Hardback
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Title: Minding the Stars: The Early Jack Vance Volume 4
Author(s): Terry Dowling, Jonathan Strahan
ISBN: 1-59606-645-8 / 978-1-59606-645-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Subterranean
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

March 2015 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Minding the Stars: The Early Jack Vance, Volume Four
Author(s): Jack Vance
Publisher: Subterranean Press
Availability: Amazon