Dust of Far Suns

Dust of Far Suns A short story collection originally published as Future Tense by one of SF s greatest authors Jack Vance Contents Dust of Far Suns Dodkin s Job Ullward s Retreat The Gift of Gab

  • Title: Dust of Far Suns
  • Author: Jack Vance
  • ISBN: 9780879975883
  • Page: 238
  • Format: Paperback
  • A short story collection originally published as Future Tense by one of SF s greatest authors, Jack Vance.Contents Dust of Far Suns 1962 Dodkin s Job 1959 Ullward s Retreat 1958 The Gift of Gab 1955

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    About "Jack Vance"

    1. Jack Vance

      Aka John Holbrooke Vance, Peter Held, John Holbrook, Ellery Queen, John van See, Alan Wade.The author was born in 1916 and educated at the University of California, first as a mining engineer, then majoring in physics and finally in journalism During the 1940s and 1950s, he contributed widely to science fiction and fantasy magazines His first novel, The Dying Earth, was published in 1950 to great acclaim He won both of science fiction s most coveted trophies, the Hugo and Nebula awards He also won an Edgar Award for his mystery novel The Man in the Cage He lived in Oakland, California in a house he designed.

    295 thoughts on “Dust of Far Suns”

    1. a good survey of some early novellas by one of my favorite authors.3 stars for "Ullward's Retreat", which visits a crowded future Earth and an entire planet owned by only one person. turns out that the two places aren't that different from each other - at least as far as humans are concerned. as with most Vance, this cozy tale drips with irony as it illustrates the amusing hypocrisies of various tunnel-visioned men and women. the grass is always greener no place like home 2 stars for "Dust of Fa [...]


    2. The collection "Dust of the Far Suns" (1981) has the same contents as the 1964 collection titled "Future Tense." They are comprised of three novelettes and one novella. I had not encountered any of these four stories in other collections and enjoyed all of them but especially "Dodkin's Job." Vance fans will want to read this collection, and other readers who like very creative, exceptionally well written fiction with irony, suspense and humor might want to give these a try. I rated the collectio [...]


    3. When I picked up Dust of Far Suns, I didn't realize I'd be reading one of the author's books when he passed away. But sadly, he did pass away a few days ago. Which makes saying that I found the book to be just average a bit uncomfortable. I have read - and love - Vance's Dying Earth books. I thought I would enjoy this one more than I did.


    4. a memorable organizational parable-like tale, a satire of what technology does to our appreciation of. the great outdoors, and then two fairly terrific science fiction novellas--one a training mission in space gone awry, and another a murder mystery on an alien ocean that requires communication with a seemingly unintelligent hostile species.


    5. A joy, of course, and it's hard to pick a favorite, if only because each has a component that Vance would later amalgamate into his trademark style and voice."Dodkin's Job" has a weird, monomaniacal, and myopic societal hierarchy where an iconoclast starts making purely self-interested probings, and discovers that the seat of power may not be in glittery halls and offices."Ullward's Retreat", within another myopic society, explores boundaries and the effect of limitations. A man may prefer a wal [...]


    6. Staub ferner Sonnen by Jack Vance""Was die Hartnäckigkeit von Aberglauben betrifft: Nur ein armseliger Geist hält sich für das Behältnis absoluten Wissens. Hamlet sprach über dieses Thema zu Hortio, wenn ich mich recht erinnere, in dem wohlbekannten Werk William Shakespeares. Ich selbst sah Seltsames und Erschreckliches. Waren es Halluzinationen? Wares es Manipulationen des Kosmos durch meinen eigenen Geist oder den Geist eines anderen - oder von etwas anderem? Ich weiss es nicht. Delhalb r [...]


    7. I think this is out of print but I found it at a used bookstore and picked it up because I had never read anything by Vance. Some of the four short stories are stronger than others ("The Gift of Gab" is the standout) but there's definitely enough good and interesting stuff here that I want to check out some of Vance's novel-length work.


    8. This is the first work I've read by Jack Vance and I really enjoyed it. A collection of short stories, each one had an interesting bit to them. Recommend!


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