Jack Vance

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Jack Vance

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born
in San Francisco, California, The United States
August 28, 1916

died
May 26, 2013

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Aka John Holbrooke Vance, Peter Held, John Holbrook, Ellery Queen, John van See, Alan Wade.

The author was born in 1916 and educated at the University of California, first as a mining engineer, then majoring in physics and finally in journalism. During the 1940s and 1950s, he contributed widely to science fiction and fantasy magazines. His first novel, 'The Dying Earth', was published in 1950 to great acclaim. He won both of science fiction's most coveted trophies, the Hugo and Nebula awards. He also won an Edgar Award for his mystery novel 'The Man in the Cage'. He lived in Oakland, California in a house he designed.


Average rating: 3.98 · 40,360 ratings · 2,321 reviews · 350 distinct works · Similar authors
The Dying Earth
3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 3,669 ratings — published 1950 — 43 editions
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Tales of the Dying Earth: T...
4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 2,726 ratings — published 1964 — 5 editions
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Suldrun's Garden (Lyonesse,...
3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 2,641 ratings — published 1983 — 33 editions
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The Eyes of the Overworld
4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 1,752 ratings — published 1966 — 28 editions
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The Green Pearl (Lyonesse, #2)
4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 1,293 ratings — published 1985 — 23 editions
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Madouc (Lyonesse, #3)
4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 1,208 ratings — published 1989 — 29 editions
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Cugel's Saga
4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 1,098 ratings — published 1983 — 27 editions
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Emphyrio
3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 1,158 ratings — published 1969 — 21 editions
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Planet of Adventure (Planet...
4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 998 ratings — published 1968 — 21 editions
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The Demon Princes, Volume O...
4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 872 ratings — published 1997 — 4 editions
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The Dying Earth The Eyes of the Overworld Cugel's Saga Rhialto the Marvellous
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“Good music always defeats bad luck.”
Jack Vance

“What are your fees?" inquired Guyal cautiously. "I respond to three questions," stated the augur. "For twenty terces I phrase the answer in clear and actionable language; for ten I use the language of cant, which occasionally admits of ambiguity; for five, I speak a parable which you must interpret as you will; and for one terce, I babble in an unknown tongue.”
Jack Vance, Tales of the Dying Earth: The Dying Earth/The Eyes of the Overworld/Cugel's Saga/Rhialto the Marvellous

“Notice this rent in my garment; I am at a loss to explain its presence! I am even more puzzled by the existence of the universe.”
Jack Vance, Tales of the Dying Earth: The Dying Earth/The Eyes of the Overworld/Cugel's Saga/Rhialto the Marvellous

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Please vote for the July-August Group Read topic. As always, feel welcome to add to the list by "Writing-in" your own item. With the recent passing of Jack Vance and Andrew J. Offutt, it seemed appropriate to consider their works. Also, our collective To-Read piles only seem to grow; with Spring in full force, a cleaning may be in order. What do you think?

A late Spring-Cleaning: Let us read anything on our own To-Read shelves (let us clean up that pile...and share our lists).
 
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Any Andrew J. Offutt, for example: Shadowspawn
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

Any Jack Vance, for example: The Dying Earth
 
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