Jack Vance:
Science Fiction Technology and Ideas
Jack Vance was born in California in 1916, published his first story in 1945, and is still writing. Vance's work defies easy description; his highly literate style is not what most science fiction readers expect. His work has won many awards, including two Hugos, a Nebula, the World Fantasy Award, an Edgar (for mystery) and the SFWA Grandmaster award for his lifetime of work.

In an unusual tribute to Vance, his entire output of stories and novels is being collected in the Vance Integral Edition, a volunteer effort by hundreds of fans.

Invention/Technology Source Work (Publication Date)


To Live Forever (1956)

Automated Wake-Up Call - the hotel wakes you up

The Kokod Warriors (1952)


The Houses of Iszm (1954)

Celestial Armamentarium - the mechanism of star movements

The Dragon Masters (1962)


The Houses of Iszm (1954)

Color Generator

The Killing Machine (1964)

Conductive Film - spray on wire

The Face (1979)

Dray-Fish - harness fish power

The Moon Moth (1976)


The Last Castle (1967)

Fake-Meter - counterfeit detector

The Killing Machine (1964)

Feeler-Planes - sensors for 3D models

The Houses of Iszm (1954)

Finger Jet Bath

The Houses of Iszm (1954)

Flexible Stem

The Killing Machine (1964)


The Howling Bounders (1949)

House Trees - ultimate tree houses

The Houses of Iszm (1954)

Identificator - holographic signage

The Star King (1964)

Jet-Powered Aquaplane

The Star King (1964)

Kite-Copter Car

The Kokod Warriors (1952)

Lift Chair

The Last Castle (1967)

Luminescent Vial - Galadriel gave these out in LOTR

The Dragon Masters (1962)

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