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.


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The Dying Earth (The Dying ...
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Tales of the Dying Earth
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The Eyes of the Overworld (...
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The Green Pearl (Lyonesse, #2)
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Madouc (Lyonesse, #3)
4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 1,432 ratings — published 1989 — 31 editions
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Cugel's Saga (The Dying Ear...
4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 1,315 ratings — published 1983 — 31 editions
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Emphyrio
3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 1,367 ratings — published 1969 — 24 editions
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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.”
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“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.”
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