Showboat World
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Showboat World

by Jack Vance
Release date: 1975
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: science fiction

The Magnificent Showboats of the Lower Vissel River, Lune XXIII South, Big Planet.

The amazing adventures of two wily rogues on a planet settled by Earth's misfits

Vast, beautiful, untamed, Big Planet lay beyond the frontier of terrestrial law. Its inhabitants were eccentric misfits, descended from the original refugees from Earth.

Those that ran the showboats up and down the rivers knew that each port of call hid its own sinister threat. Apollon Zamp and Garth Ashgale were adept at dodging danger. Two of the wiliest rascals in the business, they were deadly rivals to boot.

So when Zamp began his perilous journey to compete in the Grand Festival at Nornune, he knew only too well that Ashgale would try to sabotage his plans. And he had the added complication of a mysterious blonde beauty on board.

(updated 2012-02-19)

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