Vance's Dying Earth takes place in the far-flung future where humanity knows the sun will burn out its last days soon. Humanity has forgotten most technology, partially thanks to the mania of living on this dying world. Per the Arthur C. Clarke quote, "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
This collection has it all. From tales of powerful wizards, to fair maidens, to exploration of lost civilizations, to high-flying sci-fi with amazing machines. As a classic work of sci-fi, it just doesn't get any better than this. Worth a read just for the prose and interesting magic system. Also worth a read for its historical influence on modern fiction and gaming.
This is a must-read. The Kugel books are one of the most November 6, - Published on Amazon. This is the famous Dying Earth book followed by three books taking place in this legendarium. It is witty and funny. The Kugel books are one of the most enjoyable picaresque novels that I have read. This Dying Earth legendarium has inspired many fantasy authors to write further in this legendarium. September 22, - Published on Amazon.
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Dying Earth. La Terre mourante.
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Rhialto the Marvellous
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Mune der Magier. Vance was an able seaman with the Merchant Marine, for a time, and doubtless his visits to far destinations—each culture blessed with its own exaggerated sense of self importance—were grist for the mill of his humor. In Rhialto the Marvellous a tribe of glib, self-justifying anthropophages feast for centuries on thousands of living humans plucked from their suspended animation in a nearby ruin. In another passage Vance describes an enormous battle, conveying it in a tone of sad resignation, and we come away with a sense of its tragic pointlessness, the waste of human potential, though also with a recognition of the courage of its combatants.
Not all wars in Vance are depicted as meaningless—his Lyonesse books recognize that some nations are worth fighting for—but here we see them from the perspective of a magician who lives century after century, who flits through time and sees, in the big picture, the dismal recurrence of carnage. The third part of Rhialto the Marvellous, centered on the fate of Morreion, a magician marooned on a world at the furthest edge of the universe, is shot through with melancholy but leavened with humor, however tart. Vance is a master of striking this balance. He had a gift for folding the dark in with the bright, for segueing seamlessly from the whimsical to the lugubrious.
Yet even the doleful, in Vance, is beautifully wrought, and raptly entertaining. And so I commend you to this glowing, darkly glimmering clutch of magical journeys with the vainglorious, sardonically amusing, sartorially splendid Rhialto. Keep your eyes open, savor this delicacy, and do not trust a sandestin. Tags: Jack Vance , Rhialto the Marvellous. This entry was posted on Wednesday, March 6th, at pm and is filed under Uncategorized. You can follow any comments to this entry through the RSS 2.