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For questions relating to the science fiction or fantasy works of Jack Vance, an American writer who lived from 1916 to 2013. Some of his novels were written using his full name, John Holbrook Vance, and several novels used various pseudonyms: Ellery Queen, Alan Wade, Peter Held, John van See, and Jay Kavanse.

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How do you pronounce "Chasch" in Jack Vance's Planet of Adventure?

A long time after reading Jack Vance's "Planet of Adventure" series, recently I've started reading it again: and again, as a non-native English speaker, I'm wondering how you are supposed to ...
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Did Jack Vance write any stories or novels with the original Emphyrio as a protagonist?

In Jack Vance's excellent 1969 novel Emphyrio, the protagonist, Ghyl Tarvoke, adopts the name of a legendary hero, Emphyrio, as a sort of nom de guerre. Within the novel, we are told the story of ...
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Who first proposed the idea of citizens having to wear bombs?

Who was the first to propose in speculative fiction that citizens all wear bombs that could be remotely activated as a measure to keep people obedient to the law? The earliest I can think of was Jack ...
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What happened when Adam Reith reached Earth?

In Jack Vance’s Tschai Cycle (Planet of Adventure), Adam Reith, Traz Onmale, and Anacho spend four books running across the planet Tschai, searching for a spaceship to take Adam home to Earth, ...
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Which Jack Vance stories are in the first person?

Which Jack Vance stories are written in the first person? I can't personally recollect any, unless it was one or two of John Holbrook Vance's ‘straight’ mystery/adventure novels.
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Was the Tamarian language in "Darmok" inspired by Jack Vance's "The Asutra"?

In TNG: Darmok, Picard learns how to communicate with the Tamarians, who speak a unique language composed of snippets from their great epics. For example, "Shaka, when the walls fell" denotes failure. ...
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Was Jack Vance's fictional Cosmopolitan supposed to be a future version of the pre-1965 Cosmo?

In Jack Vance's Demon Princes novels, there are often epigraphs beginning the chapters. Frequently these are drawn from a general interest magazine that ultimately plays an important role in the ...
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Is Ryl Schermatz really the Connatic in Jack Vance's Alastor novels?

This is a niche question for Jack Vance fans, and specifically about his trio of Alastor * novels: Trullion: Alastor 2262, Marune: Alastor 933, and Wyst: Alastor 1716. The three novels all take ...
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Why did the Meks in Vance's 'Last Castle' not revolt from the inside?

In the novella The Last Castle by Vance, the Meks leave the human castles and proceed to revolt against their former masters from the outside and siege the castles. The revolt proved difficult to win ...
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Trying to find name of fantasy book, possibly Jack Vance

I read this one a few years ago and it's just annoying me that I can't find any trace of it anywhere. I don't believe I've misremembered the details, but if someone can enlighten me: The main ...
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Any plans to make a movie of one of Jack Vance's books?

I'm curious if there have been, or currently are, plans to make a movie from one of Jack Vance's stories, and what the status of such plans are?
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