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!