Lurulu is a science fiction adventure novel by Jack Vance, his last book. It is the followup to Son of the Tree; “Monsters in Orbit”; “The Brains of Earth”; ” Rumfuddle”; “The New Prime”; “Men of the Twelve Books”; “Noise”; “Ullward’s Retreat”. Wrapping up my three-part overview of Chateau d’If and Other Stories, the Underwood-Miller collection of Jack Vance pieces, this article covers. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License. Title: Rumfuddle Title Record # Author: Jack Vance Date: Type: SHORTFICTION.

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Looking for free fictiongood storiesfunny rumcuddlerecent fictionor best of ? More options on side bar. Found a broken link? May be the story can still be found. Couple of caveats first, particularly for readers from the East: This is the first story of Vance where I found a para obnoxious for racist reasons – Orientals are dirt, filthy; the idiots need to have the superior western world view forced; etc. Mostly, but not jxck, to villains from history.

MPorcius Fiction Log: “Rumfuddle” by Jack Vance

A lot of them were unfamiliar to me; story may mean more to those better familiar with these figures. There is a sentence in the story that could cause riots in some Muslim countries. I won’t quote it. Key science fictional device in the story is a portal that can instantly convey you to: Either of the above in a parallel universe. Actually, if I understand correctly, travel to past is always to a parallel earth rather than ours.


The origins of Rumfuddlers are pious: Gilbert Duray works on earth but lives at Home, a whole world to himself, as many others do in this universe of infinite available worlds. His children go to school on earth too! Transport is easy – you step through the “passway”, as you would cross a door.

One fine day, Gilbert finds the portal back home “closed” when returning from work. Checks elsewhere show all portals to his Home are closed. Story is of his work on unraveling the mystery. Story uses the word “cognate” to designate “corresponding” in a parallel universe.

A parallel earth is a cognate earth.

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Gilbert from rimfuddle earth meets his wife Elizabeth’s cognate in a parallel earth. Evil-doers are removed as babies, presumably from a parallel earth, to our universe, at least in some cases. Means our own history is unaltered?

Only some parallel universes get a better history? Going to so much trouble changing history for betterment in a parallel world! Sounds too idealistic to me. How come time never comes in the way traveling instantly across worlds? Stories of Jack Vance. If you are so sensitive that even to hear a villain utter a sentiment disparaging to another race, perhaps science fiction is not your field.

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Monday, April 9, Jack Vance’s “Rumfuddle” novella, mystery: To rumfuddle human history, put would-be evildoer babies elsewhere. March 27, at Newer Post Older Post Home.

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