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Wordy Wednesday – Sail 25 by Jack Vance

Sci-fi short stories can be really hit or miss for me, but that’s true of most short stories. There’s a limited amount of space to tell the story, and in sci-fi I really want to learn about the world and technologies involved as well as the characters.

Sail 25 by Jack Vance is very well done. I read it as part of a collection called ‘The Seven Deadly Sins of Science Fiction’ that brought together stories that focus on, well, the seven deadly sins. Sail 25 focuses on sloth.

A flute-playing space devil is not in Sail 25.

A flute-playing space devil is not in Sail 25.

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Wordy Wednesday – Emphyrio by Jack Vance

Well, I have mixed feelings about this book.

Worst cover ever? Google Image Search for Emphyrio and you’ll see that this book is somehow cursed to have awful covers.

It’s got a bunch of stuff I like – spaceships, heavy ideas, political wrangling, ancient mysteries. But it really drags at times.

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