R.I.P. Jack Vance, 1916-2013

Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by Rincewiend, May 31, 2013.

  1. Rincewiend

    Rincewiend Vice Admiral Admiral

    Mar 7, 2001
    Just found out he died last weekend...


  2. stj

    stj Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Dec 27, 2006
    the real world
    One of the all time greats. I must second the mention of The Languages of Pao. I would add To Live Forever, The Blue World, Emphyrio and The Gray Prince as some of his best novels. He excelled at the novella, too, giving us classics like The Houses of Iszm, The Moon Moth, The Last Castle, The Dragon Masters and the Magnus Ridolph novellas fixed up as Monsters in Orbit.

    As seen above, his series were very popular, especially his fantasies. Mostly I don't find those up to the standards of his standalones. But second-tier Vance is exceeding high standard anyhow. I even like his Brains of Earth!
  3. Sir Rhosis

    Sir Rhosis Commodore Commodore

    Nov 17, 2001
    Cincinnati, OH
    ^^^What both of you said. RIP.

    Sir Rhosis
  4. Klaus

    Klaus Vice Admiral Admiral

    Sep 14, 2003
    Beach condo, Bay of Eldamar
    The Dying Earth series had a big influence on old-school AD&D as well... he'll be missed. :(
  5. Nagisa Furukawa

    Nagisa Furukawa Commander Red Shirt

    Dec 26, 2012
    R.I.P. Jack, the Dying Earth series is some of the best stuff I've ever read. Will continue to check out stuff he's done long ago long into the future.
  6. Out Of My Vulcan Mind

    Out Of My Vulcan Mind Vice Admiral Admiral

    Dec 27, 2002
    Wherever you go, there you are.
    He didn't have the name recognition of some of his peers, but he was a titan of the genre nonetheless. Rest in peace, Jack Vance.
  7. Candlelight

    Candlelight Admiral Admiral

    Apr 12, 2000
    New Zealand
    The TrekBBS needs to have a 'like' button dammit!


    RIP Mr Vance.
  8. Daddy Todd

    Daddy Todd Fleet Captain Premium Member

    Oct 13, 2004
    One of my proudest acquisitions is the VIE (Vance Integral Edition) set of Jack Vance's complete works (apart from his autobiography/memoir, that was written after the VIE was published.)

    Google "Vance Integral Edition" to see what I'm talking about, if you've never heard of it. It's awesome.
  9. The Lensman

    The Lensman Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Apr 27, 2001
    Milky Way Galaxy
    Loved the Dying Earth! Had multiple copies of "The Dying Earth" and "Eyes Of The Overworld". I remember about twenty six years ago, a co-worker saying that the landscape of (I think) the movie Willow reminded him of a book by Jack Vance...all he could recall was that it took place in the millionth century or something, had very exotic and strange lands and was awesome. He could recall Vance's name but he couldn't recall the name of the book. When I went to look for the book, I had forgotten Vance's name, only knew it was near the end of the alphabet and that it was in "the millionth century". Yeah, that's how I used to sometimes look for books...I discovered a lot of cool shit along the way.

    By an amazing coincidence the book I thought was "The Dying Earth" happened to be the book that inspired that whole genre...."Zothique" by Clark Ashton Smith....a book (and author) that went on to be one of my all time favorites.

    Thankfully in the intro to that book, it mentioned authors who were inspired by Ashton Smith's "Zothique" stories and it mentioned Vance and "The Dying Earth". I finally had the name of both author and book and finally found it and it's sequels. I read "The Dying Earth" on a trip to the middle of nowhere in New Mexico. This was sometime in the 90's....out in a million acres of National Forest where the nearest outpost of civilization was literally a small village with one general store. No power out there, and a full moon so bright it was a night time sun.

    Out there in those mountains, the imagery of "The Dying Earth" was really vivid. Wandering around hiking, sitting on top of hills taking in the grand vistas and listening to the wind....walking under a canopy of tree's, seeing a giant boulder....or being amazed at just how a bright a full moon can truly be....it was eerie and surreal and fit the whole vibe of the book. It wasn't hard to feel like I was there, as if I walked far enough I might come across the Museum Of Man or run into Chun the Unavoidable or spy a Twk-Man riding a dragonfly.

    A truly memorable experience for a wonderful book.

    Farewell Jack...thanks for taking us all into strange and wonderous lands at the end of the world.
  10. Silvercrest

    Silvercrest Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Oct 4, 2003

    I've never had the chance to read The Dying Earth, but one of these years.

    Planet of Adventure, however, is awesome!

    Vecna agrees with you.

    Wait a minute, he can't be dead. He's a lich!
  11. Mistral

    Mistral Vice Admiral Admiral

    Dec 5, 2007
    Between the candle and the flame
    A great author. RIP
  12. publiusr

    publiusr Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Mar 22, 2010
    Goodbye Jack--you were the real Star King.
  13. Valin

    Valin Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Feb 5, 2003
    Helium, Barsoom
    RIP. Besides his Dying Earth books, I also read his Ellery Queen novels.