|cover art by Edmund Emshwiller|
|by Baron Boddissey|
I wonder if Jack Vance read The Lani People and was dismayed by the shoddy science in it. It is fun to imagine that Vance was inspired to create Baron Boddissey, an imaginary biophilosopher who could react to the silly science that is contained in The Lani People.
|Vance's description of Dasce|
Shown to the left is how Vance described Hildemar Dasce. Dasce is described by a colleague as being able to paralyze dogs with a glance.
|Edmund Emshwiller's depiction of Smade's Tavern|
Smade's Tavern is the only building on Smade's Planet, a desolate world in the Beyond.
|Model 9b (left)|
|Vance's description of Smade's Tavern|
Gersen arrives on Smade's Planet in his Model 9b spaceship. In my mind, I don't picture the spacecraft of Vance's Oikumene as looking like 20th century chemical rockets.
|list of 5 Demon Princes|
Gersen wants to find and kill the five Demon Princes who attacked his home in the famous Mt. Pleasant raid.
|The Mt. Pleasant raid, illustration by Edmund Emshwiller.|
|cover art by Gino D'Achille|
|Jan Holberk Vaenz LXII|
|linker text in Galaxy|
Also, I imagine that the replicoid of the Vance analogue in that Reality "lived" into the future and witnessed the events that were eventually described by "our Vance" here in the Final Reality. Actual events in the Asimov Reality were transformed into science fiction stories in our Reality.
When published in Galaxy, The Star King was split in the middle, with some linker text apparently added by Fred Pohl to make a bridge between the two halves of the story. Pohl also added the following teaser on page 133 (image, below):
The Thrilling Conclusion
Galaxy was only being published once every other month, so readers had to wait two months for the second half of The Star King.
|Poor Pallis Atwrode is abducted by Dasce.|
In our universe, there was no cover illustration for The Star King in 1964, but in the Ekcolir Reality, the analogue of Jack Vance wrote a third part for the story about a later return of Pallis and Kirth to Tehalt's planet.
|Reconstructed by Zeta from the Ekcolir|
Reality. Original cover art by John Gaughan
Kirth eventually brings Grendel to justice. Along the way, Gersen defeats Grendel's henchmen. Tristano is beaten in hand-to-hand combat, Suthiro is killed and Dasce faces a fate worse than death, being imprisoned by a personal tormentor (Rampold) on Tehalt's planet.
|Suthiro's death (illustrated by Emshwiller)|
Rampold was held as Dasce's prisoner for 17 years until until Gersen arrives to liberate Pallis from Dasce's evil clutches.
Gersen learns that Grendel is an alien who can disguise himself so as to appear to be human: he is one of the so-called Star Kings.
I like to imagine that the secret of how Star Kings can change their appearance is due to their use of developmental control nanites.
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