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RIP: Jack Vance

Sad news, folks…

Lawrence Person is reporting that science fiction and fantasy author and SFWA Grand Master Jack Vance has passed away at the age of 96.

Jack Vance is known for numerous works, including The Dying Earth, Emphyrio, Lurulu, Green Magic, Lyonesse, Ports of Call and many others.

Says the official Jack Vance website:

Jack Vance passed away at home on the evening of Sunday May 26, 2013, ending a long, rich and productive life. Recognized most widely as an author, family and friends also knew a generous, large-hearted, rugged, congenial, hard-working, optimistic and unpretentious individual whose curiosity, sense of wonder and sheer love of life were an inspiration in themselves. Author, friend, father and grandfather – there will never be another like Jack Vance.

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9 Comments on RIP: Jack Vance

  1. Damn. A seminal figure in my Science fiction life.

    Rest in Peace, Jack.

  2. I only got into his work over the last 5 or 6 years but I am so glad I did. Not only have I read some great stuff of his but it helped me to appreciate the impact he had on the SFF community and the writers who have built upon the foundation of what he had created. He will be missed.

  3. TheAdlerian // May 30, 2013 at 1:12 am //

    I have never read him, but have always meant to. I’ve read about him and his work on wiki and like the sound of it.

    What are some prime reading suggestions? I love the “Dying Earth” idea, but don’t know what to start with and what else to read.

    • Not sure what others would suggest, but the first book in The Dying Earth collection, aptly title “The Dying Earth”, is what I recommend. It is a set of short stories, three of which share some characters and have a bit of a story arc, that introduce the reader to this future Earth concept of Jack Vance. I remember being very impressed with all but one of the stories and that last one was marred slightly just because I felt the end wasn’t satisfying.

  4. Vance wrote with as much common sense authority and confidence in his story telling as any writer I’ve ever seen. On top of that he splashed on this oddball eccentricity that never crossed the line. What an amazing artist.

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