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Jack Vance - The ​Dirdir
Getting ​back to Earth from the planet Tschai involved only stealing a spaceship or having one built to order — for Tschai was the abode of several intelligent star-born races and, as such, had spaceyards. But Adam Reith's problem was not so simple. He'd already been lucky to escape the Chasch and the Wankh and a dozen different types of humans, and now his course led directyly to the Great Sivishe Spaceyards in the domains of the Dirdir. But the Dirdir were quite different from the other aliens who competed for this world. They were quicker, more sinister, and had an unrelenting thirst for hunting victims like Adam Reith. The closer he came to his objective, the keener their hunting instincts would become!

Jack Vance - The ​Face
Kirth ​Gersen tracks Lens Larque across several worlds, most notably Aloysius, the desert world Dar Sai and the more temperate Methel. He eventually learns that Larque is a Darsh, born Husse Bugold. He had been deprived of an earlobe and made a rachepol or outcast from his clan for a crime considered "repulsive but not superlatively heinous." He took the name Lens Larque, after the lanslarke, an indigenous creature and the fetish of the Bugold clan. (It was this slim clue that enabled Gersen to track him down.) He then became a notorious criminal renowned for his magnificent, if often grotesque and horrifying, jests.

Jack Vance - The ​Pnume
The ​Pnume are native to Tschai, living underground in a vast network of caverns with their human slave-species, the Pnumekin. Historians of Tschai, the Pnume collect its past with scholarly disinterest; they hear rumors of Adam Reith - a man who claims to come from another planet, named Earth - and they want him for permanent display in Foreverness, museum of Tschai life! Reith must survive the Pnume tunnels, if he is ever to return to Earth.

Jack Vance - Suldrun's ​Garden
The ​Elder Isles, located in what is now the Bay of Biscay off the the coast of Old Gaul, are made up of ten contending kingdoms, all vying with each other for control. At the centre of much of the intrigue is Casmir, the ruthless and ambitious king of Lyonnesse. His beautiful but otherworldly daughter, Suldrun, is part of his plans. He intends to cement an alliance or two by marrying her well. But Suldrun is as determined as he and defies him. Casmir coldly confines her to the overgrown garden that she loves to frequent, and it is here that meets her love and her tragedy unfolds. Political intrigue, magic, war, adventure and romance are interwoven in a rich and sweeping tale set in a brilliantly realized fabled land.

Jack Vance - Star ​King
The ​first book in the 5 volume Demon Princes saga. The protagonist's parents were murdered by a posse of 5 galactic criminals, the "demon princes". He vows revenge, and eliminates them one by one. In the process Vance does what he excels at: creating strange worlds, environments, customs, and adaptations that humans have made to live in these conditions.

Jack Vance - Trullion: ​Alastor 2262
Trullion ​- world 2262 of the Alastor Cluster - is a water-world of fens, mists, and idyllic islands set in clear oceans whose teeming richness provides food for the taking. The Trill are a carefree and easy-living people, but violence enters their lives during raids of the Starmenters, freebooting galactic pirates who live short, perilous lives in pursuit of adventure, rape and pillage. Then there's the planet-wide game of hussade - when the Trill's passion for gambling drives them to risk all - even life itself, on the hazardous water-chessboard gaming fields. Their prize? The beautiful sheirlmaiden..

Jack Vance - The ​Brave Free Men
Durdane ​is in the grip of the devilish Roguskhoi. Raping and pillaging in their lethal thrust to their heartland, they annihilate all who cross their path. With spirits sapped by years of silent tyranny, the men of Durdane stand impotent, their faceless leader a prisoner in his own palace. One man alone can save Durdane - the musician Gastel Etzwane. But even he is unaware that worming through the land is a corruption more deadly than anything the Roguskhoi can inflict.

Jack Vance - Throy
In ​the conclusion of the Cadwal Chronicles, the convoluted plots and politics that have swirled around the House of Clattuc and the Conservancy of Cadwal are beginning to unravel. But what remains for Glawen Clattuc to discover could bring down a dozen powerful families on as many worlds. Vance has won multiple Hugo and Nebula awards for his work.

Jack Vance - A ​Klau rabszolgái
Roy ​Barch, az ifjú tudós a Földön megtelepedő idegen lekthwaiak szolgálatába szegődik, hogy minél többet megtudjon a felsőbbrendű faj tudományáról. Barch nem szereti az aranybőrű, kecses lekthwaiakat, ám váratlanul megérkezik a csodaszép Komeitk Lelianr, akinek láttán Barch tudja, hogy élete legfőbb célja lesz megszerezni magának ezt a szépséget. Ám a lekthwai lány rideg és közönyös, udvariasan elutasítja a férfi közeledését. Azonban nem csak a lekthwaiak, de ellenségeik, a klauk is felfedezik a Földet, és váratlan rajtaütésükre senki sincs felkészülve. Barch és Lalianr fogságba esnek, és egy távoli iparvilágra, Magarakra viszik őket rabszolgának. A lekthwai lány belenyugodna sorsába, ám Barch nem adja fel ilyen könnyen. Megszöknek, és beleveszik magukat a rengetegbe. Arra a területre tévednek, melyet a klauk vadonnak hagynak, hogy sportból szökevény rabszolgákra vadászhassanak. Csakhogy Barchnak nem tetszik az űzött vad szerepe...

Jack Vance - Rhialto ​the Marvellous
Rhialto ​the Marvellous takes up the personal and political conflicts among a conclave of two dozen magicians of Ascolais and Almery in the 21st Aeon. The shocking appearance of the Llorio the Murtha, a powerful female force from an earlier aeon threatens to unbalance nature by “ensqualming” or feminizing the magicians. This triggers a tremendous struggle for power and the other mages turn against Rhialto. Hoping to reestablish his rightful place, Rhialto travels to other aeons to restore the missing Perciplex which projects the Mostrament, the constitution of the association. In his final adventure, Rhialto must, ultimately, travel to the very ends of time and space to confront an old adversary whom he had wronged and must commit further misdeeds to restore order. Out of this welter of exotic politics, values systems, personal eccentricity, and magic, the figure of Rhialto slowly comes into focus and takes on dimension. He is a vain, apparently superficial man, not ashamed to demonstrate his melancholy to enhance his reputation. But he is courteous, patient, and subtle, even kind. He is self-aware and introspective as Cugel never could be—the wisest and most sympathetic of all of Vance’s wizards.

Jack Vance - The ​Book of Dreams
Howard ​Alan Treesong gave a banquet to ten friends. All died in agony, save himself. Howard Alan Treesong went to his old school reunion to teach his former classmates the meaning of terror. Howard Alan Treesong was the most elusive of the five Demon Princes upon whom Kirth Gersen had sworn vengeance. A galaxy-wide guessing game proved his undoing. Howard Alan Treesong wrote his own holy book and called it The Book of Dreams.

Jack Vance - Tales ​of the Dying Earth
Jack ​Vance is one of the most remarkable talents to ever grace the world of science fiction. His unique, stylish voice has been beloved by generations of readers. One of his enduring classics is his 1964 novel, The Dying Earth, and its sequels--a fascinating, baroque tale set on a far-future Earth, under a giant red sun that is soon to go out forever. This omnibus volume comprised all four books in the series, The Dying Earth, The Eyes of the Overworld, Cugel's Saga and Rialto the Magnificent.

Jack Vance - Araminta ​Station
Essef ​- Travel out along the galaxy's Perseid Arm. Branch off to follow the ten thousand stars of Mircea's Wisp. Eventually you will come to the Purple Rose System - three stars, Lorca, Sing and Syrene, that seem about to drift away into the void. Three planets circle Syrene. On one, Cadwal, there is Life. Long ago the Naturalist Society of Earth had listed Cadwal as a natural preserve. An administration centre had been set up and staffed to protect the planet from all exploitation: Araminta Station. Now, centuries later, the young Glawen Clattuc is beginning to wonder what the future may hold for him in the hierarchic, carefully ordered hereditary society that is life on Cadwal

Jack Vance - The ​Killing Machine
Having ​brought arch-villain Malagate the Woe to justice, Gersen now sets his sights on Kokor Hekkus, another of the Demon Princes. The name Kokor Hekkus, which means "killing machine" in the language of the planet Thamber, does not refer to Hekkus's own predilection for homicide, but to his fondness for horrific and murderous devices, including the giant robotic executioner that first gained him his nickname. The Killing Machine is part 2 of 5 of The Demon Princes Series.

Jack Vance - The ​Big Planet
The ​objective of the mission from Earth: to stop the ruthless Barjarnum of Beaujolais from expanding his empire on the Big Planet...and prevent the world from falling under this tyrant's domination. Then sabotage forces the craft to crash land, and the survivors face an epic 40,000-mile trek across the dangerous landscape. A SF landmark. "One of the finest writers the science fiction field has ever known."--Poul Anderson. "Vividly compelling...Vance at the top of his form."--Damon Knight.

Jack Vance - Lyonesse ​2. - A zöld gyöngy
Írosrszágtól ​délre és Galliától nyugatra, a misztikus Elder-szigeteken tündérek, kóbor lovagok és rég elfeledett, hatalmas varázserejű mágusok élnek. E szigetcsoport sosem volt békés, ám most, hogy Troicinet királya, Aillas és Lyonesse királya, Casmir fortélyoktól és cselszövésektől sem mentes küzdelmüket vívják, e térség még inkább felbolydul. A Zöld Gyöngy titokzatos aurája behatol a lelkükbe, és bár céljai finomak, megvalósításuk óriási mozgósítást igényel. És amikor az Elder-szigetek királyai kivonják kardjukat, még a halhatatlanok világa is beleremeg...

Jack Vance - The ​Palace of Love
In ​the midpoint novel of the "Demon Princes" series, Kirth Gersen sets his sights upon the mysterious Viole Falushe. Vance describes this murderous creature as a "sybarite." "Sadistic pervert" would probably be a more apropos phrase.After several false leads, Gersen backtracks the villain to his point of origin --- Earth, of all places! Then the trail moves outward again, to the starworlds and a place back of beyond where there is actually a physical Palace of Love!

Jack Vance - Démonpikkelyek
Ravasz ​Cugel sokszor elátkozta már azt a napot, amikor betört Iucounu, a Nevető Mágus palotájába. A varázsló rajtakapta és büntetésül elröpítette a világ végére, hogy szerezze meg számára a Túlvilág Szemét. Cugel teljesítette a küldetést, számtalan vesződség árán visszatért, és a hatalma alá hajtotta Iucounut. Kegyetlen bosszúra készült, ám egy apró hiba folytán önmagát röpítette el a Sóhajok Óceánjának partjára, s kezdheti elölről hosszú vándorlását. Egy gyengébb lelkületű ember beleroppan... Ám hősünket nem hiába hívják Ravasz Cugelnek: fürge eszű, gyors lábú, gátlástalan, fortélyos, jól bánik a karddal, s ha kell, a fondorlattól sem riad vissza... Elindul, hogy ismételten megkerülje a Haldokló Földet – ezúttal az ellenkező irányból...

Jack Vance - Lyonesse ​3. - Madouc
Az ​Elder-szigetek. Ahol az ősi bölcsesség és erény próbál fennmaradni a jó halhatatlan ellenségeinek kegyetlen cselszövései közepette. Három félelmetes király szövi a vérontás sötét függőnyét a szigetek törékeny békéje köré. És háborújuk füstjében és izgalmában Madouc, egy eleven fiatal hercegnő tartja kezében a győzelem titkát. Lyonesse hercegnőjének a helyzete távolról sem irigylésre méltó. Casmir király ugyan tudja róla, hogy cseregyerek, akinek az erediben az ő véréből egy csepp sem csörgedezik, ennek ellenére reménykedik benne, ha a hercegnő eladó korba lép, talán még a hasznára lehet. Madouc különös teremtés, aki még kevés türelemmel viseltetik az udvari szokások és hagyományok iránt.

Jack Vance - The ​Five Gold Bands
Picaresque ​Irish adventurer Paddy Blackthorn is caught attempting to steal an interstellar space drive and is sentenced to death by the ruling council of mutant humans. The mutants' creator bequeathed them the secret of the drive, and with it a monopoly on space travel, which allows them to dominate normal humans. During his escape, Paddy discovers that the knowledge of how to manufacture the engines has been stored in five gold rings, one for each mutant race. The rings are hidden in five secret locations for safekeeping. With the help of a beautiful human secret agent, Fay Bursill, Paddy searches the home planets of each of the mutant species, in the hope that Earthfolk will be able to resume their rightful place in space.

Jack Vance - Wyst: ​Alastor 1716
On ​Wyst, world 1716 of the Alastor Cluster, millions of people live together in harmony, work only a few hours each week, and share the fruits of their labor equally. Wyst seems a utopia. But the Connatic, mysterious ruler of the Alastor Cluster, knowing better that to take utopia at face value, one day decides to investigate--a decision that may cost him his life.

Jack Vance - Haldokló ​Föld
"Most, ​ezekben az utolsó pillanatokban az emberiség fekélyes lesz, s rothadni kezd, mint egy túlérett gyümölcs..." A nap tompa fényű vörös korongként kúszik keresztül az égen. Bármelyik órában kihunyhat, megszüntetve ezzel az életet a Földön. A tudomány rég halott, s az emberiség e végső korszakában mágusok, boszorkányok, elfajzott szörnyek és még elfajzottabb emberek róják a bolygó felszínét. A jóság, a szépség, a hit örökre elveszett - fondorlat, ármány, gonoszság uralják a világot.

Jack Vance - The ​Blue World
This ​is classic Vance: a carefully thought-out world, a stratified society, and a man in conflict with its rules. During the space of twelve generations, the descendents of a crash on a water-covered planet have managed to adapt to the marine culture. But they are always at the mercy of the kragen, giant, squidlike monsters. The colonists can communicate with the biggest of these, King Kragen, and must appease him. But finally, one man has had enough of this life of slavery and sacrifice. Can he convince his fellow citizens that they must kill King Kragen? But...how can they do it in a world without weapons?

Jack Vance - A ​túlvilág szeme
Valahol ​messzi északon létezik a mágikus szem, mely bepillantást enged a Túlvilágba, s megmutatja mindazt, amire ember életében csak vágyhat.Ravasz Cugel, egy máról holnapra élő tolvaj elköveti azt a hibát, hogy betör egy nagy hatalmú varázsló palotájába. Iucounu, a Nevető Mágus rajta kapja a behatolót, s büntetésül elröpíti a világ végére, hogy szerezze meg számára a Túlvilág Szemét. Áldozatát azonban nem akármiért hívják Ravasz Cugelnek: fürge eszű, gyors lábú, gátlástalan, fortélyos, jól bánik a karddal, s ha kell, a fondorlattól sem riad vissza...S percről percre azon ábrándozik, miként áll bosszút Iucounun, az álnok máguson...

Jack Vance - City ​of the Chasch
Someone ​sent distress signals to outer space from the planet Tschai. It was Adam Reith's misfortune to be sent from Earth to investigate. Because when his ship came close to Tschai, it was torpedoed... and Adam escaped to the surface with his life and nothing else. Tschai was a vast planet and previously unexplored. Adam, taken as slave by humans, learned that there were four other intelligent but non-human races dominant on that strange world. And to find the mystery of the distress call and the vicious attack, he would have first to gain his freedom and then find a safe way to pass the city and the alien Chasch and their treacherous cousins, the Blue Chasch. Jack Vance's Tschai novels are considered his masterwork, a constantly changing epic canvas of weird peoples, exotic lands, and surprising extra-terrestrial adventures.

Jack Vance - Marune: ​Alastor 933
A ​mysterious amnesiac is found at a distant spaceport. The science of the Alastor Cluster is unable to do anything but determine his home planet and culture: he is a Rhune from the planet Marune - Alastor 933. When he returns home, he learns that he is a powerful landowner whose household is faced with an important alliance. But which of these scheming nobles destroyed his memory?

Jack Vance - The ​Dying Earth
The ​stories included in The Dying Earth introduce dozens of seekers of wisdom and beauty, lovely lost women, wizards of every shade of eccentricity with their runic amulets and spells. We meet the melancholy deodands, who feed on human flesh and the twk-men, who ride dragonflies and trade information for salt. There are monsters and demons. Each being is morally ambiguous: The evil are charming, the good are dangerous. All are at home in Vance’s lyrically described fantastic landscapes like Embelyon where, “The sky [was] a mesh of vast ripples and cross-ripples and these refracted a thousand shafts of colored light, rays which in mid-air wove wondrous laces, rainbow nets, in all the jewel hues....” The dying Earth itself is otherworldly: “A dark blue sky, an ancient sun.... Nothing of Earth was raw or harsh—the ground, the trees, the rock ledge protruding from the meadow; all these had been worked upon, smoothed, aged, mellowed. The light from the sun, though dim, was rich and invested every object of the land ... with a sense of lore and ancient recollection.” Welcome. “The Dying Earth and its sequels comprise one of the most powerful fantasy/science-fiction concepts in the history of the genre. They are packed with adventure but also with ideas, and the vision of uncounted human civilizations stacked one atop another like layers in a phyllo pastry thrills even as it induces a sense of awe [at] ... the fragility and transience of all things, the nobility of humanity’s struggle against the certainty of an entropic resolution.” — Dean Koontz, author of the Odd Thomas novels. “He gives you glimpses of entire worlds with just perfectly turned language. If he’d been born south of the border, he’d be up for a Nobel Prize.” — Dan Simmons author of The Hyperion Cantos.

Jack Vance - The ​Gray Prince
When ​Schaine Madduc returned to Koryphon after five years in space, her home planet was not as she left it. The several intelligent species that had lived so long in a sort of symbiotic harmony were at each other's throats. The humanoid Uldra were united in rebellion against the human land-holding community of which Schaine was part. The Uldra revolutionary leader and catalyst the Gray Prince Jorjol was actually an Uldra fostered in Schaine's own home, and upon whom Schaine had exerted a profound influence. An influence far more profound than Schaine would have thought possible. An influence possibly powerful enough to smash her home, her family, and her entire way of life!

Jack Vance - Showboat ​World
The ​amazing adventures of two wily rogues on a planet settled by Earth's misfits. Vast, beautiful, untamed, Big Planet lay beyond the frontier of terrestrial law. Its inhabitans were eccentric misfits, descended from the original refugees from Earth. Those that ran the showboats up and down the rivers knew that each port of call hid its own sinister threat. Apollon Zamp and Garth Ashgale were adept at dodging danger. Two of the wiliest rascals in the business, they were deadly rivals to boot. So when Zamp began his perilous journey to compete in the Grand Festival at Nornune, he knew only too well that Ashgale would try to sabotage his plans. And he had to added complication of a mysterious blonde beauty on board.

Jack Vance - Sárkányurak
Sárkányurak: Aerlith ​vadregényes világán két nemesi család vívja évszázadok óta tartó harcát. Joaz Banbeck és Ervis Carcolo mindketten Sárkányurak, akik genetikusan kifejlesztett sárkányokkal - Hosszúszarvú Gyilkosokkal, Nagylábú Gyilkosokal, Hárpiákkal, Tiprókkal, Kék Rémekkel és Démonokkal - hadakoznak egymás ellen. Ám az ősi viszályt váratlanul megzavarja, hogy a külső űrből visszatérnek a srákányformájú Alapisták, az emberek igazi ellenségei, akik genetikusan kifejlesztett "emberszolgákkal" próbálják Aerlith népét elpusztítani... Az utolsó várkastély: A mekek egy napon váratlanul fellázadnak a szolgaság ellen, s sorra ostromolják meg az utolsó emberek erődítményeit. A bevehetetlennek hitt Janeil elesik, s Hagedorn marad a Földön az utolsó várkastély, ám a hagedorni nemesurak még mindig azon tanácskoznak, nem lealalcsonyító-e számukra, ha fegyvert fognak ilyen aljanép ellen...

Jack Vance - The ​Anome
A ​world of strange ways and stranger people. A land where men and women are marked for life. Where they are bound to irrevocable destinies by the proclamations of the Faceless Man - an unseen power which terrorises and controls the world. Durdane is a place where defiance is punished with death. But this kingdom of myriad mystery and incalculable peril is now threatened by a menace from without - the dreaded Rogushkoi. And only one youth, Gastel Etzwane, dares to challenge the unchallengeable, the power of the Faceless Man, in an extraordinary struggle for mastery and for the survival of Durdane...

Jack Vance - Slaves ​of the Klau
Slaves ​of The Klau by Jack Vance is a short but very intense novel. A lowly, though rebellious human servant to an advanced alien is seized and taken into the most desperate slavery under utterly ruthless masters. His initial attempts at escape turn into an ongoing journey of personal development as his mental strength and power grow to enable him to take command of increasingly complex and hazardous situations.

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