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The Illustrated Vance
Men of the Ten Books


The World~Thinker
Planet of the Black Dust
Phalid's Fate
I'll Build Your Dream Castle
Magnus Ridolph ~ 1
Magnus Ridolph ~ 2
Chateau d'If
The Five Gold Bands
The Loom of Darkness
Brain of the Galaxy
Overlords of Maxus
Men of the Ten Books
Son of the Tree
Masquerade on Dicantropus
The Plagian Siphon
Dover Spargill's . . .
Abercrombie Station
Sabotage on Sulfur Planet
Cholwell's Chickens
Big Planet
Planet Of The Damned
Three-Legged Joe
The Mitr
The World Between
Four Hundred Blackbirds
The Enchanted Princess
Meet Miss Universe
The Gift of Gab ~ 1
The Miracle Workers ~ 1
Ullward's Retreat
The Men Return
A Practical Man's Guide
Dodkin's Job
The Augmented Agent ~ 1
Fantastic Stories
The Dragon Masters ~ 1
The Last Castle
The Man From Zodiac
The Domains of Koryphon
Marune: Alastor 933

Startling Stories ~ March 1951

Title Page

Editorial Blurb

Ever since THE WORLD-THINKER appeared in
Summer, 1945, TWS, we have been asked, "Who
is Jack Vance?" His identity has been faultily
surmised to be everything from a house by-line
to another pseudonym for the redoubtable Henry
Kuttner. Actually he is a young (thirty-ish) alumnus
of the University of California and World War Two
Merchant Marine, where he was torpedoed twice.
By his own account he first thought about star travel
on his seventh birthday and has not stopped yet.
Hallmarks of a Vance story are a crisp polychromatic
imagination, swift, well-integrated action and a solid
bed of human idealism, often nurtured ingeniously
into flowerings of cynicism. His stories and the people
and other creatures in them have a way of springing
vividly to life - for proof, just read this story!