Ruled by remote and powerful feudal Lords, Halma is a planet of craftsmen where any kind of machine-based manufacturing is punishable by death. Their exquisite handiworks are prized throughout the galaxy, but Halma's artisans eke out a bare living while the Lords take vast profits for themselves. Young Ghyl Tarvoke learns from his father that the world's injustices can be remedied, and the answer lies in the legend of Emphyrio. When a cruel and arbitrary judgment shatters the foundations of his life, Ghyl begins a desperate quest to discover and reveal the true story of Emphyrio. – Matt Hughes
Emphyrio is Volume 33 of the Spatterlight Press Signature Series. Released in the centenary of the author's birth, this handsome new collection is based upon the prestigious Vance Integral Edition. Select volumes enjoy up-to-date maps, and many are graced with freshly-written forewords contributed by a distinguished group of authors. Each book bears a facsimile of the author's signature and a previously-unpublished photograph, chosen from family archives for the period the book was written. These unique features will be appreciated by all, from seasoned Vance collector to new reader sampling the spectrum of this author's influential work for the first time. – John Vance II
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Jack Vance (1916-2013) John Holbrook Vance was born in 1916 and studied mining, engineering and journalism at the University of California. During the Second World War he served in the merchant navy and was torpedoed twice. He started contributing stories to the pulp magazines in the mid 1940s and published his first book, The Dying Earth, in 1950. Among his many books are The Dragon Masters, for which he won his first Hugo Award, Big Planet, The Anome, and the Lyonesse sequence. He has won the Hugo, Nebula and World Fantasy Awards, amongst others, and in 1997 was named a Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America.About the Author:
SALES POINTS * #19 in the Millennium SF Masterworks series, a library of the finest science fiction ever written * 'All Vance's novels have exotic locales and cultures, resourceful heroes and vigorous action, but in Emphyrio they are raised to the pitch of perfection, making the novel a tremendous pleasure to read, and giving it also a mysterious beauty' ' Kim Stanley Robinson * 'Jack Vance is our greatest living SF writer, and Emphyrio is one of his very best books, a magical tour de force of mystery, marvel, invention, incident, world-building and wordplay. But be warned: reading Vance is addictive' ' George R.R. Martin
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Book Description Charles F. Miller, publisher, 1995. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111885611072
Book Description Charles F. Miller, publisher, 1995. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M1885611072