Volumes 3 & 4 Are EnRoute

Volumes 3 & 4 are printed, and making their way to Afton, VA via ship and truck. I should have them in a few weeks, and then a week (roughly) to ship them all out to you.

I will get a schedule for the final two volumes for you shortly.

If you are a paid subscriber, and you haven’t yet received your books, let me know ASAP. If you are one of the two people who received damaged books, your replacements are on the way.

I have sets left, in case anyone needs one set at the office, and another at home. Or would like to donate a set to their library.

By the way, there are a few sets of the original VIE available to libraries and other public institutions for free. They are donated by the Paul Allen Family Foundation, and it’s not very hard to have such a set donated to your local library or university. Touch base with me if you are interested.


  1. Gary Morris said,

    August 3, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    That’s great news, Bob. Can’t believe things are moving along so nicely and I’ll soon have 3 & 4 in my hands.

    If I could put in a bid re: donating a set of the original VIE, please do consider the San Francisco Public Library. SF is a great reading town (with no doubt plenty of Vance fans) and right across the Bay from Jack, and I personally would love to be able to check out one of the original VIEs now and then, if only for nostalgic purposes and to revel in the gorgeousness of those little books. I did an interlibrary loan (from Utah of all places) of one of the VIEs a couple of years ago – the Durdane Trilogy – and what a pleasure it was.

    • rclacovara said,

      August 4, 2010 at 1:23 pm


      See if they have a set already. The problem is that you must find someone inside the library who actually wants the books. Otherwise, they are not only not shelved, but they are surplussed. That’s rather a waste.


  2. töff said,

    August 3, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    But I haven’t even finished the Demon Princes yet!

    I have petitioned an old prof of mine to petition for a VIE set for our uni. He did a class on “Literature Of Wonder” and I was gratified to see /Suldrun’s Garden/ in the course material: my introduction to Lyonesse! (though I was already a huge Vance fan at the time). It’s only fair that a VIE go to a uni where Vance is actually included in lit classes. The school in question is CSU Fresno. We’ll see whether said prof deigns to make the request.

  3. wrycur said,

    August 4, 2010 at 10:18 am

    In a weak moment I paid for special air shipment on Vols 3 & 4 too, and they arrived yesterday.
    They are perfect; Vol 3 has a lot of short stories about the paranormal, some of which I’d never heard of.

    The ribbons have been burnt at the ends to discourage unravelling, which is nice. Vol 3 is 969 pages and 4 is 956, and starts with the Durdane trilogy WITH MAP. Oh my God.

    • rclacovara said,

      August 4, 2010 at 1:28 pm

      “We aims to please.”

      • Captain Cudgel said,

        August 7, 2010 at 4:49 am

        My crew abandoned me because I neglected responsibilities to read the two books I did manage to get my hands on.

        The end of the ribbon for book marking is unraveling a bit on volume one. Can I just apply heat to it? If it is silk it will just burn, but if it is a synthetic, then it should melt and seal itself. What is the answer?

      • rclacovara said,

        August 9, 2010 at 9:09 pm

        um, try a bit of wax. I don’t know about the heat, since I don’t know what it is. The other volumes have this issue fixed.

      • töff said,

        August 9, 2010 at 9:40 pm

        I melted the ends of the ribbons on the first two. They melt fine. Don’t apply flame directly; just bring a lighter close from the side. If it chars black, snip it off close & try again. Mine didn’t char.

  4. wrycur said,

    August 6, 2010 at 9:05 am

    I guess I might mention the time factor in relation to shipping. Other people here in California received Vols 1 & 2 on July 2, 44 days after I received the special air shipment I paid extra for.

    If the same time scale applies to 3 & 4 as well, which I received by air Aug 2, American subscribers would be receiving their 3 & 4 Sept 15.

    Also Stefania says, and I quote exactly, “October/November” for 5 & 6. To be ready in Italy, that is.

    • töff said,

      August 6, 2010 at 2:53 pm

      Possibly, the project will culminate before the year is out! A neat and tidy package.

  5. carlos said,

    August 6, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    Great news!!

    But Bob, now I have a real insane curiosity; how many subscriptors (apart from me) have you got from Spain?

    Regarding the Library VIE sets, I think that it will be a great oportunity here, but franckly, I don’t think there are any librarian really interested, and it should be a nasty waste; may be what I need is to create my own Public Library… a VIE set is worth the work… 🙂

    • rclacovara said,

      August 9, 2010 at 9:11 pm

      Ah, I don’t think I have more than two… I have to check. But Jack has been published in Spanish, so there must be some readers there. I would check with your favorite library and see if they are interested.

      • carlos said,

        August 9, 2010 at 10:01 pm

        A really nice offering, but I think that these books will be better somewhere else; here (in Spain) are really few SF readers, less capable to read Jack in English, and even fewer to fully appreciate his language manners and games (I find sometimes difficult to follow him). A real hit here would be a full translation of VIE, but being so big the work, and so few the public for such effort, that is an impossible task (not to mention rights issues, because I think there are still some running editions of Jack in Spanish).

  6. August 25, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    Bob — I work in a public high school (Mahtomedi High School in Mahtomedi, MN) that would love to get a copy of the VIE. I’ve spoken to the media specialist/librarian and she is very excited by the prospect of having the books for the permanent collection.

    Can you contact me with more information?



    • rclacovara said,

      August 25, 2010 at 12:37 pm


      All that is needed is a request on letterhead from the library stating that they would like to be considered for a donation. Paul Allen Foundation’s librarian of many years has just changed jobs, and the new person may have other requirements. I will forward your e-mail address in a short note to her, and we’ll see what eventuates…

      • August 25, 2010 at 3:56 pm

        Great! Thank you!

      • Derek Anderson said,

        September 10, 2010 at 2:29 am

        I still haven’t heard anything from the foundation. Any ideas?



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