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The Dragon Masters txt The Dragon Masters , text ebook The Dragon Masters , adobe reader The Dragon Masters , chapter 2 The Dragon Masters , The Dragon Masters 720f50 Man Has Warred For Centuries With The Reptilian Race Called Basics The Winner Of Each Bloody Encounter Has Made Slaves Of The Loser But In This Far Future Conflict Each Side Improves Its Slaves With Genetic Engineering On Aerlith, Men Have Bred Basics Into Fearsome Troops On Coralyne, Basics Have Developed Grotesque Mutant Human Warriors The Mysterious Sacerdotes Watch And Wait For Aerlith And Coralyne S Final ContestHugo Award Winner,


About the Author: Jack Vance

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10 thoughts on “The Dragon Masters

  1. says:

    New introduction by Norman Spinrad.Frontispiece by Richard Powers.The Dragon Masters first appeared in Galaxy magazine in 1962.A curious race of people called sacerdotes inhabit caves in the tiny world of Aerlith Every adult, to become a full member of the group, must complete a tand Once the tand is completed, it is examined by a group of elders Every curve and angle has a relationship to every other It presages the ability of the young person to follow the Rationale, the strict code of conduct of the sacerdotes Tand A metal sculpture, made in contemplation, which has great meaning for the initiates.


  2. says:

    From the golden age of Science Fiction.Lizard men have captured all human planets except Aerlith by using genetically altered humans as specialized brainwashed slave warriors On Aerlith, humans have captured a party of invading Basic sauroids, and bred them into the same sort of specialized slave warriors.That is the basic plot Now look at how magnificently Jack Vance made it into a tale of grand science fiction and high fantasy The last stand of the last free humans.Recent history You know the legends as well as I, perhaps better Our people came to Aerlith as exiles during the War of the Ten Stars The Nightmare Coalition apparently had defeated the Old Rule, but how the war ended he threw up his hands, who can say There is a significant indication, said Joaz The Basics revisit Aerlith and ravage us at their pleasure We have seen no men, except those who serve the Basics Men Carcolo demanded scornfully I call them something else Nevertheless, this is no than a deduction, and we are ignorant as to the course of history Perhaps Basics rule the cluster, perhaps they plague us only because we are weak and weaponless Perhaps we are the last men perhaps the Old Rule is resurgent We know nothing of the outer worlds We are marooned on this miserable world of stone and wind while life passes us by You assume that Basics rule the cluster, but suppose you are wrong Suppose the Old Rule has returned Think of the rich cities, the gay resorts, the palaces, the pleasure islands Look up into the night sky, ponder the bounties which might be ours You ask how can we implement these desires The minstrel maiden offers her help in the war I will fight beside you, declared Phade, striking a brave attitude We will attack the great Basic spaceship, braving the heat rays, fending off the power bolts We will storm to the very portal, we will pull the nose of the first marauder who shows himself Alien invasion classic SF.And this time the humans have a cunning plan.Enjoy


  3. says:

    Wow, don t quite know what to make of this one It was enjoyable enough and certainly aspires to a level of profoundness, although I m not so sure I get it Aliens enslave humans, genetically altering and breeding them into steeds and super soldiers Humans do same to said aliens, creating the dragons of the title The question, I suppose, is whether this is any ethical than what the aliens are doing Riding around on dragons certainly seems less grotesque than lizard like grephs galloping around on humans There are a number of clashes, between the two main human factions, and, obviously, between humans and aliens In the end, though, it didn t make a heck of a lot of sense There is a nifty twist involving a third set of beings, the sacerdotes, which I thought was pretty satisfying Perhaps I m attempting to read to much into itThis novel did win the Hugo award, in 1963, for best novella short story and not best novel as the cover blurb will lead you to believe It s Jack Vance, so it s not bad by any means, but this isn t his best work by a long shot I much prefer the Planet of Adventure series and Tales of the Dying Earth to this.


  4. says:

    What s amazing to me about this book is how much Vance accomplishes in so little space In a mere 133 pages he establishes setting, character, multiple levels of conflict, and theme None of these are explored in quite the depth that they deserve, but frankly I did not miss them as the story went rocketing by.Vance explores the conflict between several mutually incompatable viewpoints, each convinced that it is completely correct and completely unable to negotiate The Basics grephs act to bring disorganized life into their fold that is to say, capture all humans or exterminate them The sacerdotes passively wait for humanity to vanish, and interaction or interference with the outsid world spiritually pains them Banbeck Vale and Happy Valley squabble between themselves in a completely human fashion.It was certainly a good read, and shows some but not many of Vance s idiosyncrasies The spiritualism of the sacerdotes revolving around the analysis of a complicated physical mathematical construction is interesting and diverting It is these little details that I enjoy most about his books.


  5. says:

    What is particularly astounding about this short novel is how much Vance manages to pack into a small number of pages and he does so without the result seeming cluttered or contrived.So we are given a galaxy where men once had an empire but no longer do a few scattered worlds where humans cling to life in unusual societies something Vance is very good at creating the power politics of those societies a religious cult unfathomable to ordinary men the conflict between these passive mystics and the active will of Joaz Banbeck, the main protagonist philosophy and the problems of inter species communication, and a dozen other themes Within just thirty pages Vance somehow manages to conjure up a hugely complete and satisfying vision And the remainder of the book develops this vision as an integral part of the exciting plot.There is a wonderful symmetry in the central conceit of men and their genetically engineered dragon slaves at war with dragons and their genetically engineered human slavesThis book is an extraordinary achievement in the fantasy genre and Vance was an amazing writer.


  6. says:

    As in many of Vance s lost colony tales, this is another society at the feudal level, descended from a planetary colony abandoned by the rest of Humanity The communities who breed dragons for sport and warfare are preyed upon every few decades by grephs, creatures who arrive in long black ships and take away humans as slaves Joaz Banbeck is the leader or lord of one of the local communities, Banbeck Vale, intermittently at war with his irascible neighbour, Ervis Carcolo One of Joaz s ancestors once captured the crew of the greph ship which came on one of its random raids to acquire human slaves Since then the humans have bred the grephs into what have become the dragons in a variety of breeds, for competition, warfare and transport.The grephs have not visited for so long that the humans begin to believe that they will not return Joaz however has come to the conclusion that their predations are cyclic, and that a raid is imminent He has trained his people to have escape routes and hideouts Another community living amongst them is the Sacerdotes, a sect who live naked and grow their hair long The competition between Joaz and Ervis escalates and continues even when the grephs eventually return as Joaz predicted The grephs, it appears, have also bred humans in the same way that the humans have bred the grephs It features a marvellous range of characters and a complex, fascinating setting all packed into a very brief narrative.One of Vance s best.


  7. says:

    Lo mejor de la novela es el argumento, la idea central de una humanidad casi exterminada y una sociedad de vuelta a un estadio preindustrial El desarrollo es simplemente una aventura entre aliens y hombres en un mundo primitivo Simplemente entretenida, para matar un par de horas.


  8. says:

    I ve been eager to read The Dragon Masters for a long, long time Back when I was a teenager, I spent a lot of time reading coffee table books about science fiction, and something about the description Men and reptiles wage war on one another using warriors genetically engineered from the captured enemy stuck with me for years after I d read the two sentence blurb underneath the cover photo In my mind, I built up a fairly comprehensive idea of what such a book would be like a thought provoking exploration of the contradictions inherent in being revolted at the debasement of ones own species for the purpose of warfare even as one set about transforming sentient creatures into mindless combat drones It seemed like a cool idea to me at time time, and a logical thematic thrust given the story s Cold War vintage It was also completely and utterly wrong.Instead, The Dragon Masters is yet another irritating example of something seemingly endemic to science fiction stories of a certain vintage it takes an absolutely brilliant central conceit and then proceeds to do absolutely nothing with it Yes, this is a story in which men and reptiles genetically engineer each other into hideous mutants bred for combat, but this thematically rich material is little than a background detail used to justify having the humans ride around on dragons and fight one another In a book where people could be spending their time warring with a race of space faring reptiles we instead get a land dispute between one arrogant human prick and another arrogant human, this one slightly less prickish Yes, Jack Vance has treated us to yet another story about how people need to put aside their differences and stop being bloodthirsty jerks so that they can band together against a common threat I suppose Vance has chosen this as the thematic thrust of his novel he compares man s violent nature to that of the reptiloid Basics, who are literally incapable of conceiving of anything being otherwise than destiny declares it but in the end he doesn t develop this idea beyond a half baked notion He tries a similar tact by creating a universe in which whole species are reduced to mindless killing machines, but it doesn t ever really come across as anything than a colorful backdrop, even though Vance obviously meant it to be the central thrust of his novel It pains me to say it, but a book like Shade s Children does the exact same thing far effectively.Putting aside reservations I have about the book, I should say that I actually enjoyed it quite a bit It s slight, having only the ghost of a plot, but it s readable and the central premise is certainly cool enough to carry such a short book although my copy is a stand alone one, this is actually just a novella I wish the battle scenes had been handled with a little detail, instead of bland passages describing how one of the types of dragon ran in one direction and attacked another type of dragon, but we can t have everything, and in any case I m going to give Vance the benefit of the doubt and assume that he s trying to play the suggestion over explicitness card Things pick up at the end, when the human conflict is eclipsed by an invasion of the reptiles, but we re unfortunately never given any sort of access to the thoughts of the alien creatures For that matter, the relationship between the humans and their dragon slaves is pretty poorly fleshed out too, despite the fact that there s a wealth of material there worth exploiting.In the end, this is a good book and an obviously influential one At the same time, however, it never feels like anything than a brief sketch for a much richer work that Vance never got around to writing.


  9. says:

    It s hard and arbitrary to pick one Jack Vance for a favorite, but I love this one All of his strengths, few if any of his weaknesses Due for a reread, I think.Here s Michael Chabon Jack Vance is the most painful case of all the writers I love who I feel don t get the credit they deserve If The Last Castle or The Dragon Masters had the name Italo Calvino on it, or just a foreign name, it would be received as a profound meditation, but because he s Jack Vance and published in Amazing Whatever, there s this insurmountable barrier New York Times, 2009 amazing story, one of Vance s best Not to be missed.Many rereads, over the years.


  10. says:

    DNF 3, not too proud to admit it No idea how this Hugo d, but it s getting downgraded a shelf.


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