From Publishers Weekly
The œspun-silver prose of fantasy grand master Vance (Lurulu
) illuminates 12 delightful stories, some with intriguing afterwords by the author. Insightfully introduced by editors Terry Dowling and Jonathan Strahan, this showcase follows Vance's career from his very first publication, 1945's œThe World-Thinker, through 1961's fast-paced novelette œThe Augmented Agent and 1974's Dying Earth story œThe Seventeen Virgins to œWild Thyme and Violets, the outline for an Italy-inspired gothic romance that reads like a surreal flash fiction novel and was first published in 2005. Most of the focus is on Vance's work from the 1960s and 1970s, which ranges from dramatic fantasy (œGreen Magic) to classic science fiction parables (œUllward's Retreat). Two charming biographical essays by Vance's late wife, Norma, round out the collection on a tender note. (June)
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