The Last Castle by Jack Vance:
Science Fiction Inventions, Technology and Ideas

The novel is about a group of expatriates who have created a set of castles on an otherwise uninhabited world; they pursue an effete aristocratic lifestyle supported by their servants, the Meks which are manlike creatures native to a planet of Etamin.


('The Last Castle' by Jack Vance)

Their servants inexplicably revolt; what will gentlemen do? This novel shows Vance's verbal style like no other; it won both the Nebula Award and the Hugo Award. Select an invention:

Energy-Cannon
Device projects destructive power.

Lift Chair
A single occupant lifted by great birds.

Power-Wagon - legless beast of burden
Wagon powered by muscular creature from Etamin 9; uses carbohydrate syrup for fuel.

Syrup Sac - kind of like those gravity flow beer hats
A device used to provide an efficient source of nutrition to Meks, servants of the aristocrats of Earth.

 

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