Vance, Jack Ports of Call

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Ports of Call

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New galaxy-hopping, picaresque adventure from a master storyteller.

Sf grand master Vance’s latest is a tongue-in-cheek swashbuckler about a young man, Myron Tany, who has taken a degree in space studies but has much to learn when he first boards a ship. Myron is in thrall to his zany aunt, who has heard of a faraway fountain of youth and sets off in her space yacht to find it. Her captain flatters her agreeably, and when Myron points out that the man is a swindler, she won’t hear of it and maroons poor Myron on an inhospitable planet with barely his passage home.

Luckily, the tramp cargo vessel Glicca is just then in need of a supercargo, and Myron signs on with cool, competent Captain Maloof, Chief Engineer/gambler
Schwatzendale, and Chief Steward/photographer Wingo. The four enjoy a string of rare adventures on a spectacular series of planets.

They acquire as passengers a group of pilgrims (and their mysterious luggage), or rather, pirates masquerading as religious pilgrims, and engage in to-the-death struggles with the pirates’ pursuers; on Terce, Myron narrowly avoids being skinned (there is a flourishing trade in human skins) and eaten.

Finally, they encounter a Swiftian, legalistic planet on which one may be punished or betrothed for the slightest whimsical offense. Myron is bound to commit one…

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‘Grand yarn-spinning’
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‘Vance at his most effortless and pleasant: a romp’
American Library Association
On Night Lamp:

‘Buy it. It’s cheaper and at least as exotic as two weeks in the sun’
Financial Times

‘The quintessential Vance novel. Rush out and buy this glorious book’
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‘Night Lamp yields rich rewards in its humorous complexities’
Publishers Weekly

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Myron Tany has taken a degree in space studies…but he has much to learn when he first boards a ship. In thrall to his zany aunt Dame Hester Lajoie, Myron accompanies her when she sets off in her space yacht to find a faraway fountain of youth. Her captain flatters her agreeably, but when Myron points out that the man is a swindler, Hester maroons poor Myron on an inhospitable planet with barely his passage home. Thus Myron is given the perfect opportunity to live out his childhood fantasies of intergalactic adventure, alien encounters and exotic romance. Or starve to death. Luckily, the tramp cargo vessel Glicca is just then in need of a supercargo, and Myron is it.

"Jack Vance is a peerless creator of strange landscapes."
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"From a master storyteller…Grand yarn-spinning"
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"Vance at his most effortless and pleasant"
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