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Monday, June 27, 2016
The Many Words of Jack Vance
The first edition of the Jack Vance Lexicon came out in the early 90s and goes for a high price today, if you can find one. Luckily, Spatterlight Press has come out with an updated edition by Dan Temianka, now available in hardcopy and ebook. This covers all of Vance's neologism and generic names, and where possible, suggests possible etymologies. You'll find things like:
archveult: A species of tall, powerful magician with blue-scaled skin and a plumed headress.
cackshaw: A species of loud bird.
This makes a good companion to Weird Words: A Lovecraftian Lexicon by Dan Clore, which I've mentioned before. It covers both Lovecraft and Clark Ashton Smith and deals with obscure, real words, as well as neologisms.