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by Vincent diFate,Jack Vance

  • Author: Vincent diFate,Jack Vance
  • ISBN: 0441061710
  • ISBN13: 978-0441061716
  • ePub: 1479 kb | FB2: 1753 kb
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Ace Books (May 1978)
  • Rating: 4.2/5
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Big Planet ePub download

Jack Vance (Author), Vincent Di Fate (Illustrator). During the space of twelve generations, the descendents of a crash on a water-covered planet have managed to adapt to the marine culture.

Jack Vance (Author), Vincent Di Fate (Illustrator). But they are always at the mercy of the kragen, giant, squidlike monsters. The colonists can communicate with the biggest of these, King Kragen, and must appease him. But finally, one man has had enough of this life of slavery and sacrifice. Can he convince his fellow citizens that they must kill King Kragen?

Big Planet is populated by an odd assortment of splinter societies, where beauty and evil dwell in uneasy proximity.

Big Planet is populated by an odd assortment of splinter societies, where beauty and evil dwell in uneasy proximity. The self-styled Bajarnum of Beaujolais seeks to rule the planet; Claude Glystra leads a commission from Earth to investigate.

Big Planet was settled by hordes of restless people looking for someplace other than the highly regulated home . Highly recommended for Vance fans and for anyone else who enjoys tales of other cultures, alien planets, and a bit of romance. Read and enjoy! -Arthur W. Jordin.

Big Planet was settled by hordes of restless people looking for someplace other than the highly regulated home planet. Over four hundred years, millions of people migrate to Big Planet and find a home. The planet is now filled with thousands of small societies, who perpetuate every crime outlawed on Earth. In this story, Pianza and Hidders are discussing the planet they are approaching. Hidders seems interested in the latest team sent to Big Planet.

Jack Vance is one of the most remarkable talents to ever grace the world of science fiction. Far in the future, the craftsmen of the distant planet Halma create goods which are the wonder of the galaxy. But they know little of this. His unique, stylish voice has been beloved by generations of readers. One of his enduring classics is his 1964 novel, The Dying Earth, and its sequels-a fascinating, baroque tale set on a far-future Earth, under a giant red sun that is soon to go out forever. Their society is harshly regimented, its religion austere and unforgiving, and primitive - to maintain standards, even the most basic use of automation is punishable by death.

Big Planet is a science fiction novel by American writer Jack Vance. It is the first novel (the other being Showboat World) sharing the same setting, an immense, but metal-poor and backward world called Big Planet. Big Planet was first published in Startling Stories (vol. 27 no. 2, September 1952), then cut and reissued in 1957 by Avalon Books. It was later issued as part of Ace double novel D-295, paired with Vance's Slaves of the Klau. It was further cut in 1958. The text was restored in 1978.

So, here’s what you want to know: you already know that Jack Vance is the granddaddy of several streams of science fiction and fantasy

The objective of the mission from Earth: to stop the ruthless Barjarnum. So, here’s what you want to know: you already know that Jack Vance is the granddaddy of several streams of science fiction and fantasy. You already know that Big Planet was the first genuine attempt in the genre to create a full-fledged society on an alien planet. You already know that Big Planet is the ancestor of masterpieces like Le Guin’s Left Hand of Darkness and Aldiss’ Helliconia. So you know it was influential, seminal.

This is a complete list of works by American science fiction and fantasy author Jack Vance. The Eyes of the Overworld (author's preferred title: Cugel the Clever, novel 1966). Cugel's Saga (author's preferred title: Cugel: The Skybreak Spatterlight, novel, 1983). The Laughing Magician (omnibus containing The Eyes of the Overworld and Cugel's Saga, 2007).

Annotation: Big Planet by Jack Vance 1 Sabotage Arthur Hidders, he called himself. He wore Earth-style clothes, and, except for the length of his hair and his mustache rings, he looked the complete Earthman- which, in a sense, he was. His age was indeterminate; the exact panel of races which had gone into his make-up was a secret six hundred years gone.

Jack Vance Big planet.

a small group of earthlings crash on Big Planet, a world overrun centuries before by dissidents who set up the Galaxy's oddest assortment of splinter societies. Their mission is to free the planet from a tyrant who threatens its independence.
MegaStar
This 1952 sci-fi novel takes place on the aptly named "Big Planet", a vast untamed world of high diameter and low density, where a lack of heavy metals impedes advanced technology. It has been settled by countless Earth colonies seeking the freedom to pursue their own particular way of life.

Earth authorities, concerned about the activities of a local warlord/slaver, send a team to investigate/intervene. However, their ship is sabotaged and crashlands on Big Planet. The survivors, led by Claude Glystra, set out on an impossibly ambitious trek to reach Earth Enclave, located on the other side of the planet, 40,000 miles away. Meanwhile, they continue to worry about the possibility of an enemy agent in their midst.

Although I like the idea of "Big Planet", I don't think Vance puts that idea to its best use here. The overarching warlord/sabotage plot tended to distract from the challenge of the planet itself, and tended to have the effect of making a big planet seem small again. Part of the problem, perhaps, is that Vance's original 1948 manuscript (now lost) was almost twice as long, but edited down after he was told it would not sell. But, for whatever reason, we are left with a rushed adventure story that could just as easily taken place on a small planet.

Vance's inventiveness is on display, but he has done better elsewhere. In particular, he has done better with his vastly superior 1975 novel SHOWBOAT WORLD (a/k/a THE MAGIFICENT SHOWBOATS OF THE LOWER VISSEL RIVER, LUNE XIII SOUTH, BIG PLANET), written 23 years later, which is also set on Big Planet. Read that one first - it stands on its own. Read this later, and only if determined to read all things Vance.

If you do seek out BIG PLANET, make sure you find an edition that reverts to the 1952 text that appeared in Startling Stories. The 1957 Ace edition, and later editions based on it (such as the 1977 coronet edition), massacred the 1952 text. The 2012 Kindle edition from Spatterlight Press, the Gollancz Kindle edition, 1978 Miller-Underwood edition (but not, as Wikipedia wrongly says, the 1978 Ace edition) and the unobtainable Vance Integral Edition revert to the 1952 text. I'm not sure about the Gollancz paperbacks. One test is whether the opening paragraph refers to Hidders' mixed-race origens and ends with a reference to "many brains". If so, then read on. If not, and if the second page refers to a "Sister of Succor" rather than a "nun", then hold off and wait for a better copy.
Ice_One_Guys
Jack Vance's baroque writing style comes-to-the-fore in this astonishing story. The preeminent world building sci/fi adventure writer in generations tantalizes his readers with an imagination of huge scope and originality and brings all of his genius to bare with "Big Planet." You will marvel at "the monoline" and heroic efforts of Glystra the earthman in this amazing action/adventure story...truly brilliant storytelling by a master in the genre....
Rollers from Abdun
One cannot but like Vance's simple and direct storytelling. However, like someone said before, "Showboat World" is really a better novel than this one.
Mmsa
Big Planet (1957) is a standalone SF novel. The Big Planet is much larger than Earth, but has virtually no metals. Thus the surface gravity is about the same as Earth.

Big Planet was settled by hordes of restless people looking for someplace other than the highly regulated home planet. Over four hundred years, millions of people migrate to Big Planet and find a home. The planet is now filled with thousands of small societies, who perpetuate every crime outlawed on Earth.

In this novel, Claude Glystra is the Executive Chairman of a commission sent to the Big Planet to investigate the Bajarnum of Beaujolais .

Pianza is a well-meaning, but dense old man. He is the team organizer and administrator.

Bishop is the team data specialist. He has memorized many records on the planet cultures and terrain.

Cloyville is the team mineralogist

Ketch runs the team video and sound equipment.

Darrot is the team ecologist.

Corbus is the Chief Engineer of the ship.

Vallusser is the Second Engineer of the ship.

Abbigens is the ship radio operator and purser.

Arthur Hidders says he is a trader in furs.

Charley Lysidder is the Bajarnum of Beaujolais. He has been taking over nearby territories.

In this story, Pianza and Hidders are discussing the planet they are approaching. Hidders seems interested in the latest team sent to Big Planet. He wonders what they can do that previous teams could not.

Claude comes to the observation lounge just in time for the dinner chime to ring. As they leave the lounge, the ship appears to sway. Claude asks Abbigens if anything is wrong.

Then the alarms sound. Clause learns that the lifeboats have been ejected without them. The Captain and First Mate are dead and the ship is out of control.

When Claude returns to consciousness, he learns that the ship crashed. Abbigens and Hidders are missing and Corbus and Vallusser are the only surviving crew. A nun passenger is presumed dead since her cabin is at the bottom of the ship.

All of his team have survived. Claude orders them to pack anything useful for a hike and tells them to get ready to leave. If Abbigens or Hidders survived, they are probably off to fetch soldiers to capture them.

His nurse Nancy wants to go with them. Claude refuses, but says she can go with them as far as the woods. As they leave the village, the residents are dancing around them.

In the woods, Clause leaves his team and Nancy to reconnoiter. He finds Beaujolais soldiers settling in for the night. One sets up a blaster and goes back for something.

Clause settles behind the blaster and tells the soldiers to freeze. The gunner rushes him and six soldiers die. Claude calls his team and has them set guards on the soldiers.

Clause pretends to sleep, but keeps an eye on the blaster. The far guards go into the woods one at a time to relief themselves. Vallusser sneaks around and attacks the two men on the blaster. Claude shoots him with his ion shine.

Vallusser and Darrot are dead. Corbus is wounded in the neck. During the excitement, three soldiers escape from the camp. Ketch uses the first aid kit to tend to Corbus.

The next day, the dead are buried. Nancy is sent back. The soldiers are tied together with ankle ropes and marched out of the camp.

This tale takes Claude and his group toward the Earth Enclave. They have forty thousand miles to travel to get there. Along the way, the people of the planet will try to kill them for their wealth and as food.

Claude is determined to let nothing stop him. This story is also available in the Jack Vance SF Gateway Omnibus.

Highly recommended for Vance fans and for anyone else who enjoys tales of human settled, but anarchical planets with many cultures. Read and enjoy!

-Arthur W. Jordin
Vudomuro
This was the first Jack Vance fiction I'd ever read. Nearly twenty years ago, my parents bought me a stack of "notched" sci-fi paperbacks, and this was one of them. It sat around for a while, but eventually one bored Saturday I sifted through the stack and pulled this one out to give it a chance. It was like finding a hidden gem. There's so much adventure, character and creativity packed into a mere 217 pages. Modern writers of fat 1000-page books and never-ending series could learn a lot from Jack Vance. His writing is brisk, clever and most of all colorful and lively. A LOT HAPPENS every few pages! Also, Vance's fiction holds up well over time because he does not rely so much on hard science and the theory of his day, but focuses instead on characters, invented cultures, humor, and the engaging interaction of many personalities. Check this book out, it's an enlightening contrast to just about everything else out there.
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