Jack Vance 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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Myron's family insisted that he set himself on a course of sober education, the study of economics, and Myron dutifully applied himself. But Myron had an aunt - his great-aunt Hester Lajoie, a woman of great wealth and even greater flamboyance of nature. And when Dame Hester came into possession of a spaceyacht, Myron suddenly saw his long-suppressed dreams of adventure bloom into new life. The adventure begins with Dame Hester's determination to find, and take treatment at, a clinic reputed to restore youth to its wealthy clients. But space travel with Dame Hester is a difficult proposition, and Myron's life becomes almost unbearably adventurous when he quarrels with his aunt and she puts him off the ship on a remote planet, leaving him to make his own way across the Gaean Reach.

Review:

‘Grand yarn-spinning’
Kirkus Reviews

‘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’
Interzone

‘Night Lamp yields rich rewards in its humorous complexities’
Publishers Weekly

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