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)

Anti-Heptant

To Live Forever (1956)

Automated Wake-Up Call - the hotel wakes you up

The Kokod Warriors (1952)

Boat-Tree

The Houses of Iszm (1954)

Celestial Armamentarium - the mechanism of star movements

The Dragon Masters (1962)

Color Generator

The Killing Machine (1964)

Conductive Film - spray on wire

The Face (1979)

Dray-Fish - harness fish power

The Moon Moth (1976)

Energy-Cannon

The Last Castle (1967)

Fake-Meter - counterfeit detector

The Killing Machine (1964)

Feeler-Planes - sensors for 3D models

The Houses of Iszm (1954)

Flexible Stem

The Killing Machine (1964)

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)

Light Sail (or Solar Sail) - propulsion for spacecraft

Sail 25 (1962)

Luminescent Vial - Galadriel gave these out in LOTR

The Dragon Masters (1962)

Mnemiphot

The Kokod Warriors (1952)

Monoline - overland sailing

Big Planet (1952)

Moon Moth - a plain and timid mask

The Moon Moth (1976)

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