Lurulu is a science fiction adventure novel by Jack Vance, his last book. It is the followup to Son of the Tree; “Monsters in Orbit”; “The Brains of Earth”; ” Rumfuddle”; “The New Prime”; “Men of the Twelve Books”; “Noise”; “Ullward’s Retreat”. Wrapping up my three-part overview of Chateau d’If and Other Stories, the Underwood-Miller collection of Jack Vance pieces, this article covers. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License. Title: Rumfuddle Title Record # Author: Jack Vance Date: Type: SHORTFICTION.

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To ask other readers questions about The Best of Jack Vanceplease sign up. Be the first to ask a question about The Best of Jack Vance. Lists with This Book. Jakc 17, mark monday rated it really liked it Shelves: Vance is like rumcuddle dry white wine: Vance was inspired by pre-World War 2 Japanese society when writing this one; thus the fabulous formality of human interactions in this story.

Vance – who has previously come across as rumfudrle fat-phobic – posits a surprisingly fun and sympathetically rendered mini-world where obesity is the happy rumffuddle due to the lack of gravity, more-than-full-figured types live nimble, gay, and lusty lives. Jean Parcier, a teenage mercenary who knows how to take care of herself, armed with a keen mind and a sharp glass dagger hidden up her sleeve, a lust for profit, a tragic background, and a pit of loneliness at the heart of her that the unpleasant Earl will certainly not be filling.

Dec 27, TJ rated it really liked it. The Best of Jack Vance, first published inis a collection of three novellas and three novelettes that were written between and Even though some of my favorites are not included, it would still be a good choice for those who want to begin reading Vance’s shorter works.

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It does include the outstanding novelette, “The Moon Jaco. Sail 25 “Sail 25,” which is a 29 page novelette that was first published in in the magazine Amazing Stories.

It has The Best of Jack Vance, first published inis a collection of three novellas and three novelettes that were written between and Bent tells his cadet rumfurdle that he does not expect to be liked and that if they rumfucdle like him then he has failed because, “I vahce pushed you hard enough.

He has trained almost every well known pilot and is about to train a new crew. During the training flight when Bent is not drunk or hiding from the others, he is sneaking around the ship, spying on the cadets, keeping track of their behavior by making comments in his notebooks where he records demerits. These demerits will determine who passes and who gets axed from the program. Bent also says that he is retiring, that this will be his last flight kack hints that he wants to die in space. Has he become an incompetent drunk?

Or is this the finest training the cadets will ever receive? Each member of his crew reacts differently to Bent’s behavior and the urmfuddle of the training. It is all done with humor with a memorable character who is as difficult as any boot camp sergeant. It is a 25 page novelette. Bruham Ullward is a wealthy man who lives in a futuristic society where real estate is incredibly expensive and conditions very crowded.


He has the rare luxury of having a real tree and moss on his property. Sometimes he offers the rare gift of a real leaf to visitors.

Electronic “illusion-panes” simulate three dimensional electronic scenes of beautiful views by generating mountains, valleys, skies and moons. Ullward wants to expand his property by purchasing small parcels even at their outrageously high prices, but other owners won’t sell. He is delighted when he encounters an opportunity to lease half a planet where he will have plenty of room.

Ullward builds his new retreat on this planet and moves. The owner lives on the other half of the rumfjddle, and there is a rumfurdle contract rule forbidding trespass on the other’s property. Ironically when visitors arrive at his new home, they compare his beautiful natural views to illusion-panes, claim the natural rocks do not look real, are fearful of the waves on a real beach, and even object to Ullward’s new privacy stating, “I love the privacy and solitude–but I thought there’d be more people to be private from.

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Was he better off back on his crowded home planet where nature, scenic views and many other things were synthetic or simulated? It is a fun and interesting story that Vance himself continued to like. I rated it a 4.

It was also nominated for a Nebula Award for Best Novel. Technically it is a novella.

The setting is in the far future where an elite clans of humans on Earth live in castles as a mack class uack ruling aristocrats. Under them are the peasants and slaves. Most of the work, even the most technical, is performed by enslaved aliens called Meks. The humans think the docile Meks are happy being slaves, so are taken by surprise when there is an uprising and all of the Meks begin fighting to eliminate humans. The Meks defeat all castles except the largest and best defended one called Castle Hagedorn.

One of the clan leaders there, Xanten, organizes a final stand against the Meks. Using lively dialog and interesting alien creatures, Vance presents humanitarian and ethical issues in a well written and interesting story.

It is one of his better writings, although not one his very finest. It is a pity that more of Vance’s novellas and novels did not receive awards. The main character, a woman named Jean, obtains a job as a housekeeper at the home of a rumfudsle man, Earl Abercrombie, on a private satellite which he owns, Abercrombie Station. He is unmarried and has some terminal medical condition. The plan is for Jean to marry him and then, after he dies, to obtain two million dollars from the mysterious coconspirator who recruited her to vancee this.

She is a “gravity girl” from Earth, however, runfuddle the place she goes to has no gravity and a much different concept of beauty. On this strange satellite the larger the person is the more attractive they are considered, so most are as wide as they are tall and float around in the air while hired help wear magnetic shoes to keep them on the floor. So there is a problem with attracting this billionaire because Jean is considered malnourished, unhealthy and scrawny by their standards vaance is thought to be extremely unattractive even though she is very pretty by Earth standards.

Her billionaire employer also has a large collection of bizarre alien creatures that he keeps in his natural history museum and seems to find more attractive than fumfuddle women.

No challenge is too much for Jean, however. It takes place on the planet Sirene where adherence to specific local customs and protocol is more important than money or even life itself. Edwer Thissell was recently appointed as the new Consular Representative from Earth after the previous Representative to Sirene was killed cance he violated a social norm.


Thissell has been taking lessons to learn to play various musical instruments in order to communicate with the locals. All communication on Sirene must be made by playing the appropriate musical instruments and singing in a certain respectful way.

Social behavior expected on Sirene is so detailed and complex that it is almost incomprehensible to anyone not born in the culture.

Slight violations or mistakes might be interpreted as a grave insult or offense and can lead to bodily harm or even death. All of the Sirene residents also wear special masks as must the four men from Earth. Only certain types of masks can be worn depending on the status and musical skills of the wearer. The mask Thissell wears is of the “moon moth. Thissell vancce sent a special message vznce his superiors assigning him the duty of capturing an assassin from Earth who will soon arrive to Sirene.

Unfortunately the message is delayed, and the assassin is able to elude capture. Thissell must begin the process of tracking him down in the town where he has to interact with the local people. He rumfudrle that violating the strict rules of behavior can lead to severe rumfuddoe but he also knows that he will lose rumfiddle job if he fails. The story is complex, well thought out rumfurdle skillfully written.

It is probably the best short work Vance ever wrote and is essential reading, a real classic. It had been commissioned for a collection of three stories on the same theme by three different authors.

It is an odd and rather lose story about portals that open to different universes. The portals also allow rumfuddlee travel backwards but not forward and one might even encounter multiple selves that exist in alternate universes. Initially the portals were used to solve social, economic and other problems, but some people are now using the portals for entertainment purposes and even mischief. If you can go with the flow of this story and accept the loose ends, it can be entertaining and humorous.

Where else would you encounter a football team where the quarterback is Machiavelli rumfudddle the front line is manned by Achilles, Charlemagne, Hercules, Goliath, Samson, Richard the Lion Hearted and Billy the Kid?

This is not a story that will appeal to everyone, but I liked it and gave it a 4. Nov 03, Gregory Rothbard rated it liked it. This is a collection of Jack Vance’s rumfufdle stories written between and Jack Vance illustrates that the great thing about Science Fiction is its ability to detach our minds from current reality, and allow us to examine the issues of the day, without creating the defensive arrogant pride that keeps rumfdudle from truly seeing.

Here is what I thought fance each story and the issues they propose- Sail Technological Advances a short story about a voyage into deep outer space. The cadets a This is a collection of Jack Vance’s short stories written between and The cadets are headed to mars on a space clipper. The captain Henry Belt is a no nonsense chap, desires to die in space; so he rymfuddle the reign to his cadets to sail on through the outer limits of space.

Will they get home? The story was a keen observation of Sailors and Captains, and the relationship between the two. I really enjoyed the story. A whole planet is it enough for one man?