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 · 40,971 ratings · 2,368 reviews · 350 distinct works · Similar authors
The Dying Earth
3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 3,740 ratings — published 1950 — 43 editions
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Tales of the Dying Earth: T...
4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 2,763 ratings — published 1964 — 5 editions
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Suldrun's Garden (Lyonesse,...
3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 2,685 ratings — published 1983 — 33 editions
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The Eyes of the Overworld
4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 1,782 ratings — published 1966 — 28 editions
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The Green Pearl (Lyonesse, #2)
4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 1,316 ratings — published 1985 — 23 editions
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Madouc (Lyonesse, #3)
4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 1,225 ratings — published 1989 — 29 editions
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Emphyrio
3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 1,181 ratings — published 1969 — 22 editions
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Cugel's Saga
4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 1,112 ratings — published 1983 — 27 editions
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Planet of Adventure (Planet...
4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 1,007 ratings — published 1968 — 21 editions
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The Demon Princes, Volume O...
4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 880 ratings — published 1997 — 4 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.”
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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