I'm always interested in Vance I don't have. Of the fourteen stories here I only have seven which is an outrage considering I have at least seven Jack Vance short story collections, one a specialty item from Underwood Miller. What's so upsetting is the mass market paperback collections tend to reprint the same fistful of stories over and over, overlooking surefire gems like "The Masquerade Of Dicantropus", "When The Five Moons Rise", and the bizzare sounding "The Phantom Milkman." I have a bunch of uncatalogued sf mags from the fifties stacked in the garage. Maybe some are hiding their brilliant light of genius in them. I'll check sometime. As of now, I can't swing a new copy, but if I come across this book second hand I'll buy first and not worry about any silly questions later.
I have only two short story collections of his so these stories are brand new to me.
The stories have been descriped to me in Jack Vance message boards, i was sold when i heard a Wierd crime story by JV.
I buy his collections as new when they come out simply because he is worth much more than 40 bucks to me and the shipping as international reader plus the books cost as second hand would cost way more than 40 bucks.
Scored one, Connavar. Out of forty sf mags I found a Vance story I didn't know I had: "Where Hesperus Falls" (Fantastic Universe, Oct. 1956). When you find out which story is the weird crime story could you let me know. I'd be very interested. By the way, did you Vance wrote a semi-horror short novel, "Parapsyche", a life-after-death ghost story with a bizarre fight scene at the end. As far as I know it's never been reprinted outside of it's original appearance in Amazing Stories (August, 1958). Don't know why no one's done it yet. (Well, they could have and I just didn't hear about it.)
Yeah i know about Parapsyche, i have heard its theme wise close to stories like World-Thinker which is the only 40s Jack Vance story i have read. It was very cool seeing JV do a true pulpy sf and with his own spin. It did start like any 40s sf but end like a JV story.
[FONT=Arial, Helvetica][SIZE=-1]The Temple of Han (1951) - florid space adventure. Think C.L.Moore
[FONT=Arial, Helvetica][SIZE=-1]The Masquerade on Dicantropus (1951) - prospectors encounter an alien
[FONT=Arial, Helvetica][SIZE=-1]Abercrombie Station (1952) - aka Monsters in Orbit. Novel-length weird crime caper
[FONT=Arial, Helvetica][SIZE=-1]Three-Legged Joe (1953) - alien encounter (with prospectors)
[FONT=Arial, Helvetica][SIZE=-1]DP! (1953) - stands for Displaced Person. It's about troglodyte refugees
Thanks for the descriptions. You certainly got your money's worth. "Abercrombie Station"---okay, read it years ago, then reread it last year after I stumbled across the sf mag it first appeared in at an antique shop downtown. Really liked the creature (ape-like I think) with the poodle face. Rest of the mag was good too. Read a lot of it in Starbucks. Kind of cool, while others were reading the latest Oprah book of the month or playing with their laptops, I was absorbed in the Feb. 1952 issue of Thrilling Wonder Stories. Time well spent!
It's good to see that the stream of re-released Vance continues to flow, at whatever rate. Vance is one of my favourite SF authors, but something like 80% of the Vance books I own are the fruits of scouring used bookshops.