Something that I've wondered about pretty much since I discovered him, is why Jack Vance has never, as far as I'm aware, been adapted for movies or television. Not that I mind the lack for my own sake—his work is perfect as it is—but Phillip K. Dick was a second-tier writer until studios began adapting his stories, whereon he became a household name even among non-SF readers. I'd love to see that for Jack Vance, and a lot of Vance's stuff seems much more amenable to adaptation that Dick's.
With respect, if you have only read a single novel by Jack Vance, then the basis for your comparison with PKD is flimsy.The other week I discoverer someones Jack Vance collection in a charity shop . Jack Vance is not so well know in the UK. All the books I bought had the original Borders American price sticker on them . The first and only Vance I book I have read to-date is Planet Of Adventure . I enjoyed it . It is a old school boys adventure story . It did suffer from the old school short comings of being misogynistic and a bit racist . I don't believe it would make a good film.
PKD has written some poor books , but the body of his work is highly original , and overall has been a big influence to many science fiction film makers and writers .
I don't believe it is luck that PKD has had this influence , he is a better and more original writer than Vance .
Well now......Jack Vance is not so well know in the UK...
...The first and only Vance I book I have read to-date is Planet Of Adventure...
...I don't believe it is luck that PKD has had this influence , he is a better and more original writer than Vance...
What you say is sort of true . Planet of Adventure is actuly a series of four novels , but the point is I have read a lot of PKD and not much of Vance. It would be easy to read PKD at random and read some not very good books . However , Out of the small collection of Vance I have , The planet of adventure is considered to be one of his best .With respect, if you have only read a single novel by Jack Vance, then the basis for your comparison with PKD is flimsy.
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