- Paperback: 218 pages
- Publisher: Gollancz; New edition edition (20 July 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0575071176
- ISBN-13: 978-0575071179
- Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 16.2 x 1.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,046,342 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Big Planet (GOLLANCZ S.F.) Paperback – 20 Jul 2000
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About the Author
Jack Vance was born in 1916 and educated at the University of California in mining engineering, physics and journalism. 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 late 1940s and published his first book, The Dying Earth, in 1950. Among his many books are To Live Forever, The Dragon Masters, for which he won his first Hugo, The Blue World, Emphyrio, The Anome and the Lyonesse sequence.
Top Customer Reviews
The plot is quite straight forward and primarily serves as a means for Vance to do what he does best--that is, take the reader on a grand tour of an exotic, alien world. This was Vance's typical brand of science fiction which he so fondly used throughout his career--the so called planetary romance--and whilst this book was quite unique in it's day and helped establish the genre, in retrospect it suffers from being a little uneven at times due to it being an early work, showing evidence of a young Jack Vance still perfecting his craft.
The book begins a little clumsily and descends into a 'whodunit', with the main protagonist Claude Glystra taking charge of the impossible mission and trying to establish who has betrayed the commission and crash landed the ship. But as the novel progresses and the quest goes on, Vance hits his stride and begins to paint an interesting travelogue which becomes very enjoyable.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Jack Vance always creates great world of imagination and great characters..excellent.Published 2 months ago by Brian Waugh
A mixed bag of spaceship crash survivors forced to trek across an anarchic backwards planet many times the size of Earth hunted by a tyrant. Read morePublished on 20 Jun. 2013 by Karl Gallagher