Who is Rhialto?
My name is Daniel and I’m born on July 24th of 1971. I live in the beautiful city of Québec City in Canada.
Why the nickname Rhialto?
Many use a nickname to surf the internet these days. Mine comes from a book I’ve read (one of the rare) which is entitled Rhialto the Marvellous written by Jack Vance.
I never liked mandatory readings while attending High School and College, but, after I received a very good grade on a test in High School, I was privileged to get a prize. I was given directions to go to the display cabinet to view all of the prizes. I forgot some of the items I saw there, but I remember there was several books on display. After a quick check at the book covers and reading some pages, for some reason, I stopped at this one particular book. But I asked myself, “why did I want to choose a book since I do not like to read”. I have always been fascinated by the imaginary world of the dungeons and dragons along with all of the magic with those types of stories. This book was about a magician, and since it was not mandatory to read it, I told myself “I should read this”. The result – I liked it.
This is the cover of the 1985 edition which I find fascinating, made by Philippe Caza.
2001 cover edition, again by Philippe Caza.
The french resume on the back read like this:
En ce vingt et unième éon, la Terre s’étiole et le Soleil pâlit chaque jour… Dans la verte vallée de l’Almery, cependant, il fait encore bon vivre et des magiciens y ont établi leur commun domaine. Alliés et rivaux à la fois, il y a là Rhialto le Merveilleux, Vermoulian, l’Arpenteur de Rêves, Tchamast l’ascète farouche, bien d’autres… Et soudain c’est l’alerte : dans les eaux, Rhialto a surpris le reflet d’un corps féminin, d’autant plus troublant qu’aucune femme ne se dressait sur la rive. Est-ce Llorio, la dangereuse sorcière qui jadis menaçait les magiciens dans leur identité, leur virilité même? Ils croyaient l’avoir vaincue… Tandis qu’ils hésitent et se querellent, Rhialto fait front de toute sa ruse, de tout son courage!
Jack Vance, who’s real name is John Holbrook Vance, was born in San Francisco August 28th, 1916, died May 26, 2013.
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