I agree with David's perspective. He did have a political message in Wyst and Koryphon; much more successfully conveyed in the former. But he wasn't otherwise especially political in his writing at all. On the other hand, his views about religion were pretty clear from his many send-ups in his works.

I never have had any politically-motivated critiques of his works!

It's not a matter of wanting his politics to conform to one's own as a favorite author. His politics were his politics, often stated outside his work, but seldom expressly conveyed within it. I think it can be more often a matter of wishing a favorite author had politics other that what he or she had or has. I agree that his politics don't matter to his writing.

The more fascinating "critiques" (of which I have read a couple) have involved worry about his "sexism", as well as other such isms, and, shall we say, "phobias". I am always amazed that such critics would even bother to read Vance, or could actually enjoy his stuff in the first place.

I visited more than one of those hard-currency stores in the Soviet Union in 1987. You couldn't buy there without Western currency. And no Russians had Western currency. Indeed, there were guards at the doors to see to it that only non-Soviet citizens entered. They had no trouble telling who they were. Wonderful system!


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