The Demon Princes, Vol. 1

The Star King * The Killing Machine * The Palace of Love

Demon Princes (Volume 1)

Jack Vance

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Kirth Gersen carries in his pocket a slip of paper with a list of five names written on it. Theses are the names of the five Demon Princes who led the historic Mount Pleasant Massacre, which destroyed not only Kirth's family but his entrire world as well. He roams the universe, searching the endless galaxies of space, hunting down the Demon Princes and exacting his revenge. Three princes will fall before Kirth's work is done, and two more await their doom...

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“What a paradox, what a fearful reproach, when the distinction of a few hundred miles—nay, as many feet or even inches!—can transform heinous crime to simple unqualified circumstance!”
…Hm. Balder Bashin, in the Ecclesiarchic Nunciamento of Year 1000 at Foresse, on the planet Krokinole.
 
 
“Law cannot reach where enforcement will not follow.”
…Popular aphorism.
 
 
Excerpts from “Smade of Smade’s Planet,” feature article in Cosmopolis, October, 1923:
 
 
Q: Do you ever get lonesome, Mr.

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"Jack Vance is one of the truly important science fiction writers of our day." --Los Angeles Times Book Review

"Vance's descriptive eye is sharp, and his ear for the language is close to infallible." --New York Newsday

"(Vance has) a velvety elegance that rivals John Gielgud reciting poetry... One of the treasures of science fiction." --Washington Post Book World

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Jack Vance

Jack Vance, born John Holbrook Vance in 1916, was one of the greatest masters of fantasy and science fiction.  He was the winner of many awards for his work and career: the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement. Among his awards for particular works were the Hugo award in 1963 for The Dragon Masters,  in 1967 for The Last Castle, and in 2010 for his memoir This is Me, Jack Vance!  He won a Nebula Award in 1966 for The Last Castle.  He won the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel in 1990 for Lyonesse: Madouc. . He also won an Edgar for the best first mystery novel in 1961 for The Man in the Cage. Vance published more than 60 books in his long career, sometimes under pseudonyms.   Among them were 11 mystery novels, three of them as Ellery Queen. He wrote some of the first, and perhaps best, examples of "planetary adventures", including a novel called Big Planet.  His “Dying Earth” series were among the most influential fantasy novels ever written, inspiring both generations of writers, and the creators of Dungeons and Dragons. 
Vance’s series from Tor include The Demon Princes, The Cadwal Chronicles, The Dying Earth, The Planet of Adventure, and Alastor.  Vance’s last novels were a series of two: Ports of Call and Lurulu.
Jack Vance was a sailor, a writer, an adventurer, a music critic, and a raconteur. He died in May 2013.

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The Demon Princes, Vol. 1
The Star King * The Killing Machine * The Palace of Love
Jack Vance

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Tom Doherty Associates
Orb Books
April 1997
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312853020
ISBN10: 0312853025
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 448 pages
$21.99
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