1. So close, but check out the caption under the book photo: “With an emphasis on language instead of plot and spectacle, Vance’s stories seem to defy the hallmarks of science fiction and fantasy to fall into a genre of their own: the Jack Vance story.”

  2. Argh! Good catch — now I’m remembering that there’s a similar line in the article itself. Ah well. At least that’s a slightly different formulation of the transcending genre trope?

  3. Yeah, I’d say that “so good that it’s sui generis” is a slight improvement on “so good that it’s literary.”

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