Xmas Episode 01: Lyonesse by Jack Vance

Xmas Episode 01: Lyonesse by Jack Vance

In this special holiday episode Dave, Tim and Ralph talk about Jack Vance’s exceptional fantasy trilogy Lyonesse.

Show Notes

The Lyonesse Trilogy by Jack Vance

Ralph Lovegrove with special guests Dave Morris and Tim Harford

Synopsis 00:45 // The RPG Bit 28:33 // Skulduggery and The Dying Earth 29:12 // Dragon Warriors 34:56 // Pendragon 56:53 // Whitehack 69:41

Music credits

β€œIs That You Or Are You You?” from Reappear by Chris Zabriskie

“But Enough About Me, Bill Paxton” from Direct To Video by Chris Zabriskie

chriszabriskie.com // bandcamp // free music archive

7 thoughts on “Xmas Episode 01: Lyonesse by Jack Vance

  1. Great show, guys. I really enjoyed your thoughtful meanderings. Vance is a writer I’ve loved for years for all the reasons you discussed and it’s good to see him get some extra visibility!
    My first time with you, I look forwards to the next one.
    Best wishes,

  2. What a wonderful listen, great episode guys! And if you’re serious about that Vance Cookbook, please be in touch. I’m sure Spatterlight will be keen on publishing such a volume πŸ™‚

  3. Excellent show, enjoyed it very much. I kind of wish you hadn’t given away quite so much of Suldrun’s Garden, but in case it put anyone off, I’ll just remind them that there are two more volumes, just as wonderful as the first.

    • Thanks Steve.

      Re: spoilers — it’s a difficult balancing act. We need to talk enough about the book to get to the heart of the plots, genre tropes and issues, but at the same time I personally hate spoilers. Yet at the end of the day this is a fiction and roleplaying podcast and while we always start with a specific work of fiction, we end with talking about what games that fiction can give us — and that means sometimes we’ll have to engage with material that would be something of a spoiler.

      I think Lyonesse is a book that provides joy on every new read so I hope others would agree that, even if they know the plot elements, Lyonesse is still worth reading (and more than once)


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