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THE FIVE GOLDEN RINGS by rodolforever THE FIVE GOLDEN RINGS by rodolforever
onThis is a cover I created for the novel The Five Gold Bands by Jack Vance , The great guys at ActusF Editions in France hire me for this cover.
The Five Gold Bands is an early science fiction novel by Jack Vance, first published in the November 1950 issue of Startling Stories magazine. It was published in 1953 as a separate book under the title The Space Pirate, and in 1963 it was paired with Vance's Hugo Award-winning novella The Dragon Masters in the form of an Ace Double.

You can purchase a copy here: [link]

Paddy Blackthorn is caught attempting to steal an interstellar space drive and is sentenced to death by the ruling council of mutant humans. The mutants' creator bequeathed them the secret of the drive, and with it a monopoly on space travel, which allows them to dominate normal humans.

During his escape, Paddy discovers that the knowledge of how to manufacture the engines has been stored in five gold rings, one for each mutant race. The rings are hidden in five secret locations for safekeeping. With the help of a beautiful human secret agent, Fay Bursill, Paddy searches the home planets of each of the mutant species, in the hope that Earthfolk will be able to resume their rightful place in space.
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Aplonis Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014
I have The Five Gold Bands as a signed, first-edition hardcover. And again as one book of the 44-volume VIE set. Maybe some day I'll get far enough down my list of JV favorites to translate this one into Esperanto for my esperanto.us website. Can't read French, though. I'm only just bilingual.

I met Jack once while serving on the VIE team. Spent a weekend at his house. One of the high points in my life. Before even then I had already purchased translation rights into Esperanto. Called his phone number from public listings and the maestro answered in person! We struck the deal just like that. John Vance continues, most graciously, to recognize that rather informal contract. So now I have a most wonderful lifetime hobby.
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MurderousAutomaton Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013
Classic sci-fi!  Love it! ^___^
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rodolforever Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanks man! :D
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MurderousAutomaton Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013
My pleasure! ^___^
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blurppy Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
This is completely amazing. I love EVERYTHING about it. GREAT job!
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Maitresinh Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
un trabajo estupendo Rodolfo ! Uno mas !
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rodolforever Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Muchas gracias :D
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wytherwing Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
very slick promo work! :thumbsup:
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3D-Fantasy-Art Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Stunning cover design!
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rodolforever Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :D
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