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When Schaine Madduc returned to Koryphon after five years in space her home planet was not as she left it The several intelligent species that had lived so long in a sort of symbiotic harmony were at each other's throats T. The Gray Prince may be one of Jack Vance’s greatest storiesFirst of all Vance provides a prologue that explains the Gaean Reach storyline and how the events described in the novel fit into that extended world creation Like Robert A Heinlein and Poul Anderson’s future history timelines there is a continuity of shared world building in Vance’s Gaean Reach novels of which The Gray Prince is oneThe prologue begins “The space age is thirty thousand years old Men have moved from star to star in search of wealth and glory; the Gaean Reach encompasses a perceptible fraction of the galaxy Trade routes thread space like capillaries in living tissue; thousands of worlds have been colonized each different from every other each working its specific change upon men who live there Never has the human race been less homogenous”On the planet Koryphon men in two distinct groups have existed as nomads for centuries A third group of men arrived much later and keeping intact their space age technology have ousted the other two and set up patriarchal and aristocratic institutions Most interestingly there also exist two races of alien life and here in this group dynamic lies the crux and the narrative conflict of the novelVance demonstrating a ubiuitous theme in his writing shows how humanity can be at once altruistic and hypocritical deluding itself to an nth degreeThis novel can be seen as an allegory for slavery or for paternalistic welfare policy that in practical application actually negatively affects its erstwhile protected classes and emboldens condescension and even aristocratic disaffection The Uldras one of the earlier colonizing human groups could be seen as analogous to Native Americans or indigenous AfricansPublished in 1973 after the tumultuous 1960s this could also be a message from Vance about the ineffectiveness of protest or of government rhetoric that has no foothold in actuality but too far removed into abstraction and idealism loosing connection with harsh realitiesThe great thing about Vance in most or all of his works is that his narrative seems like a loose translation from another language an obscure dialect to which the translator must make freuent footnotes of explanation And really that’s what Vance is doing providing us a guided tour into the universe of his great imaginationThis is also very much like the writing of Robert Silverberg and not because it contains pages of vividly described alien orgies especially his 1971 novel A Time of ChangesFinally this also reveals an unusual and unfortunate trend in the naming of Vance’s books The novel’s original title The Domains of Koryphon – as a two part serialization in Amazing Science Fiction in 1974 was changed when it was published in hardback Fans of Vance will notice that many of his original titles or preferred titles were changed by publishersA very well written and thought provoking book and a MUST read for Vance fans

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The Gray PrinceHe humanoid Uldra were united in rebellion against the human land holding community of which Schaine was part The Uldra revolutionary leader and catalyst the Gray Prince Jorjol was actually an Uldra fostered in Schaine's o. This book is the weakest Vance novel i have read A bitter story about humans colonizing a world where intelligent alien species live it lacks the heartwit you expect from Vance Not to mention his prose isnt as strongcrisp as usualThe story was too slownot interesting enough for VanceIt is a decent book but cant compare to the other novels of his i have read I could have rated it 3 stars if i didnt expect from him such as better prose intellegent and emotional deeper story I cant rate it emotionally just because the author is a big favourite if you analyze it critially it has many flaws

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The Gray Prince Read Á 2 ¼ When Schaine Madduc returned to Koryphon after five years in space her home planet was not as she left it The several intelligent species that had lived so long in a sort of symbiotic harmony were at each other's throats The humanoid Uldra were united in rebellion against the human land holding community of which Schaine was partWn home and upon whom Schaine had exerted a profound influence An influence far profound than Schaine would have thought possible An influence possibly powerful enough to smash her home her family and her entire way of lif. You can only read this with American history in the background we have a planet in the faraway future mankind has colonised the stars and uickly split up into several sub species most of their inter species contact long forgotten though it's implied not too much has changed physicallyIt's mostly settled around one of the rich big houses colonists on the planets who've taken their land from the natives think Native Americans on horses not named horses carrying rifles Here's the first chance for Vance to play with American history and he just throws it away the new owners are really nice no one goes into slavery it's actually better for the natives etc pp you've heard it before More chances appear not even cross species sexuality happens except a little bit with the titular character what a nice coincidence that the native women look appalling to the new owners Similarly the end twist view spoilerof the natives not being the first one either makes everything just too easy why should we feel bad about taking their land if they're not the first ones hide spoiler