Foreverness

Jack Vance

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, genial, 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.



~ ☆ Raise a Toast to Jack Vance ☆ ~



"At the last moments of the universe, with eternal darkness converging from all sides, surely someone will arise and cry out: ‘Hold back the end for a final moment, while I pay tribute to the gallant brewmasters who have provided us a pathway of golden glory down the fading corridors of time!’ And then, is it not possible that a bright gap will appear in the dark, through which the brewmasters are allowed to proceed, to build a finer universe?"

- Lurulu -



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Friday 28 August 2015 07:06
Thank You, Mr Vance, for all the hours of joy, wonder, and grandeur you gave to a young boy first discovering the joys of literature. Thank you for giving him entire worlds to explore. Thank you for giving him some of his first friends. Thank you for opening his eyes to magic & the joy of learning.

Thank you, Mr Vance, for without you, I would've been lesser- as a boy and as a man.
Rohit Patnaik

Friday 28 August 2015 07:06
Thank You, Mr Vance, for all the hours of joy, wonder, and grandeur you gave to a young boy first discovering the joys of literature. Thank you for giving him entire worlds to explore. Thank you for giving him some of his first friends. Thank you ... click to read more
Rohit Patnaik
Wednesday 15 July 2015 01:52
Thank you Jack for the countless hours spent and yet to be spent reading your books. My daughter is not yet 4, and while I'm sure I'll place many books before her as she grows, some of which she'll read and some not- I think I'll put Jack's books in unusual places like secret magical objects, and hope she comes upon them at odd times and won't be able to resist finding out what's inside.
Robert Ward

Wednesday 15 July 2015 01:52
Thank you Jack for the countless hours spent and yet to be spent reading your books. My daughter is not yet 4, and while I'm sure I'll place many books before her as she grows, some of which she'll read and some not- I think I'll put Jack's books in ... click to read more
Robert Ward
Friday 10 July 2015 01:09
It all started with the paperback Ace Double of Houses of Iszm backed with Son of the Tree bought on a whim in a drugstore in Cleveland Heights in 1974. Throughout a lifetime, Jack Vance's stories and writing style have remained an undiminished delight. His art was a window through which to view different worlds across an infinity of galaxies. I did my best over the decades to find his books, and ultimately subscribed to the VIE without hesitation. Jack's command of the language has always provided great pleasure, great joy in the reading. Many have tried, but none that I know of were able to employ such a rich, high style with such perfect natural ease. I owe Jack Vance a great debt of gratitude for the joy and edification that his art works have given to me.
Mark Straka

Friday 10 July 2015 01:09
It all started with the paperback Ace Double of Houses of Iszm backed with Son of the Tree bought on a whim in a drugstore in Cleveland Heights in 1974. Throughout a lifetime, Jack Vance's stories and writing style have remained an undiminished ... click to read more
Mark Straka
Sunday 28 June 2015 18:38
I wish I had the chance to meet Jack Vance.
My husband's family was related to him on the Gardner side.
Recently we buried my husband and at the grave site found Jack's grandmothers grave...Inez Case Vance.
What a surprise.
My mother-in-law was able to visit him when he was last in Seattle.
The family history is very interesting and how they came to California from the east coast and were part of the gold rush history.
It is a shame family gets disconnected.
If he had children or grandchildren, I would like to share this part of his history with them.
Janice Nunes

Sunday 28 June 2015 18:38
I wish I had the chance to meet Jack Vance.
My husband's family was related to him on the Gardner side.
Recently we buried my husband and at the grave site found Jack's grandmothers grave...Inez Case Vance.
What a surprise.
My mother-in-law was ... click to read more
Janice Nunes
Sunday 14 June 2015 18:17
My dear friend Jack Vance, I miss you, I think I must have last called you around the time you left the world, I did not know, did not want to find out. I found out only today. I remained so busy with life, I tried not to peak, to see the truth, I never knew.
It saddens me so much, the world is now bereft of it's greatest imagination, your work WILL spread wide, and be made solid. I hope to contribute; I hope others can experience the wonders of your stories, your worlds, your peoples. You are a wonderful man, I am so sad now, I miss you, I miss speaking with you. You will forever be in my heart. Above all, THANK YOU JOHN for your work, rest now, in peace.
Sean O'Sullivan

Sunday 14 June 2015 18:17
My dear friend Jack Vance, I miss you, I think I must have last called you around the time you left the world, I did not know, did not want to find out. I found out only today. I remained so busy with life, I tried not to peak, to see the truth, I ... click to read more
Sean O'Sullivan
Sunday 14 June 2015 08:48
I purchased a copy of Lyonesse in the 1980's at AAFES bookstore in Bitburg Germany. I was a teenager and it was my first time reading a book that was so funny, dark, whimsical and unpredictable.
I loved how his descriptions were almost lyrical but not taxingly so. As I grew older and read other fantasy novels, I realized nothing could scratch my itch like Lyonesse.
As I matured, I saw more and more in it than just a fantasy adventure. For some reason, reading it was almost cinematic; those characters and settings just popped!
I still have my very worn copy of Lyonesse, and bought an e-reader version.
Thank you Jack Vance!
You are hands down my favorite author; what a gift you gave me!
Michele Armstrong

Sunday 14 June 2015 08:48
I purchased a copy of Lyonesse in the 1980's at AAFES bookstore in Bitburg Germany. I was a teenager and it was my first time reading a book that was so funny, dark, whimsical and unpredictable.
I loved how his descriptions were almost lyrical but ... click to read more
Michele Armstrong
Tuesday 26 May 2015 16:36
Jack're always in my heart, thank you for the wonderful moments that your books always give me.
Gianni Farina
Gianni Farina

Tuesday 26 May 2015 16:36
Jack're always in my heart, thank you for the wonderful moments that your books always give me.
Gianni Farina
Gianni Farina
Thursday 14 May 2015 17:24
I first met Jack's works in my teens. I was reading sci-fi and fantasy as if there were to be no tomorrows. I went on to read much much more and have been fortunate to read some of the greatest works from the greatest authors. The story that calls me most, and the one whose call I will always answer is Lyonesse. Aillas; Shimrod, King Casimir and Madouc.
Characters that sit within me as real as any of my friends. I loved Jack; his humour, his hard work, his research and his love of the good things about which he wrote so eloquently. His magic was real magic, and anyone who shared in Jack's world came away shimmering and vibrant with the certain knowledge that here was craft of the very highest order.
Liam K Murphy

Thursday 14 May 2015 17:24
I first met Jack's works in my teens. I was reading sci-fi and fantasy as if there were to be no tomorrows. I went on to read much much more and have been fortunate to read some of the greatest works from the greatest authors. The story that calls ... click to read more
Liam K Murphy
Thursday 23 April 2015 17:08
I read my first jack Vance novel at 14 - The Star King. Captivating, absorbing, magnificent. Each work, a wonder. I was hooked, and remain so. He's gone now, and so I tip my hat, and thank him. I will miss the great Jack Vance
kenny hill

Thursday 23 April 2015 17:08
I read my first jack Vance novel at 14 - The Star King. Captivating, absorbing, magnificent. Each work, a wonder. I was hooked, and remain so. He's gone now, and so I tip my hat, and thank him. I will miss the great Jack Vance
kenny hill
Monday 13 April 2015 14:20
I don't remember what the first Jack Vance book was that I read. What I do know, is that I have all of them, and I read most of them at least twice.
Even in the dutch translations, the writing, the travels, the humor, the haggling, all the planets, the societies, and so much more. I thoroughly enjoyed them. And I it somehow influenced my own writing. No, I am not a writer, but even without being a writer, you can have a certain style.
Jack Vance's books have had a lasting influence.
I should go look up some of my favorite books in english; read them as they were intended :-)
Arjen

Monday 13 April 2015 14:20
I don't remember what the first Jack Vance book was that I read. What I do know, is that I have all of them, and I read most of them at least twice.
Even in the dutch translations, the writing, the travels, the humor, the haggling, all the ... click to read more
Arjen
Thursday 26 March 2015 18:15
I just wanted to say thank you Mr. Vance! I am a disabled Marine now, and I have rekindled a love of reading and found you adventures a very nice surprise. It amazes me how wonderful and ingenious your writing is compared to the same old story we see rewritten today by so many. You truly have given me many fond hours of reading and exploring your universe and worlds. May you be found and kept well, wherever you are! Maybe with Mazirian the Magician?

Ed
Ed in Az

Thursday 26 March 2015 18:15
I just wanted to say thank you Mr. Vance! I am a disabled Marine now, and I have rekindled a love of reading and found you adventures a very nice surprise. It amazes me how wonderful and ingenious your writing is compared to the same old story we ... click to read more
Ed in Az
Sunday 22 March 2015 23:34
Here's to a man that gave me so much joy in my youth with his grand Demon Princes novels. I tried to leave a message to him a few years ago, but was unable to get through. Jack, I'm sorry I missed ya, so may your travels be Heavenly!
Bill Appel

Sunday 22 March 2015 23:34
Here's to a man that gave me so much joy in my youth with his grand Demon Princes novels. I tried to leave a message to him a few years ago, but was unable to get through. Jack, I'm sorry I missed ya, so may your travels be Heavenly!
Bill Appel
Saturday 21 March 2015 18:37
I discovered the Lyonesse series by picking up a book
from a jumble sale when I was a teenager in the early 90s. As soon as I read it I was hooked and had to ask my local library to order in the other two books in the series. Since then I have read and re-read Lyonesse 1, 2 & 3. And my sister bought me the Dying Earth series a few years later. How remarkable a talent Jack Vance had! I can't believe he is not more well known in the UK. So underrated, understated and bypassed at the reader's peril!
Spyder Webb

Saturday 21 March 2015 18:37
I discovered the Lyonesse series by picking up a book
from a jumble sale when I was a teenager in the early 90s. As soon as I read it I was hooked and had to ask my local library to order in the other two books in the series. Since then I have read ... click to read more
Spyder Webb
Friday 13 March 2015 09:38
Jack Vance is the writer who remain in my heart forever.
The one that always makes me laugh, even by reading a book for hundred of times.
A humanist and humorous writer. I have so much things to say about his fabulous work.
I read a lot of fantasy , science-fi, or classical books.
But when I'm running out of stock, or when i read a boring book, i take, everytime a Jack Vance ' book!
He's a great one, he was a great man!
Thanks for everything Jack!

Florence from France
Florence Aurensan-Rivetti

Friday 13 March 2015 09:38
Jack Vance is the writer who remain in my heart forever.
The one that always makes me laugh, even by reading a book for hundred of times.
A humanist and humorous writer. I have so much things to say about his fabulous work.
I read a lot of ... click to read more
Florence Aurensan-Rivetti
Thursday 12 March 2015 09:18
My my! Look at the hundreds of toasts and tributes, Jack. You sure made an impression on a lot of good folks. Well.....one assumes they are good. I suppose there could be a few jackanapes and villains lurking within the ranks. And, as such, I will add my two dinkets. You flipped a switch in me some sixty-plus years ago. It heightened my imagination, my love of language and made me laugh. Thanks.
George Locke

Thursday 12 March 2015 09:18
My my! Look at the hundreds of toasts and tributes, Jack. You sure made an impression on a lot of good folks. Well.....one assumes they are good. I suppose there could be a few jackanapes and villains lurking within the ranks. And, as such, I will ... click to read more
George Locke
Friday 27 February 2015 00:42
The best sf writer i have ever read. His genius was obvious in every book.
Will never be replaced. Thanks mr vance
for years of enjoyment that never waned q
John

Friday 27 February 2015 00:42
The best sf writer i have ever read. His genius was obvious in every book.
Will never be replaced. Thanks mr vance
for years of enjoyment that never waned q
John
Sunday 22 February 2015 03:35
I have bee reading science fiction since I was 9 years old.
I am now 64 years old.
Mr. Vance's work has been my primary consolation all of my life.
I have read and reread his work hundreds of times.
Fair winds and far horizons, Mr. Vance.
You take my thanks for your work wherever you may gave gone.
Anonymous

Sunday 22 February 2015 03:35
I have bee reading science fiction since I was 9 years old.
I am now 64 years old.
Mr. Vance's work has been my primary consolation all of my life.
I have read and reread his work hundreds of times.
Fair winds and far horizons, Mr. Vance.
You ... click to read more
Anonymous
Monday 16 February 2015 04:18
Damn' !! The first book I ever bought with my own money was Jack's
That was 40 years ago ;-) I gathered all his french translated books through time until I discovered there were more in english. That was 30 years ago ;-)
And now he's dead.
Damn' !! I just only heard of it !
His style, his humour, his marvellous travelling capacity which he used to study mankind... well, I loved and enjoyed it all along. So, thank you Jack and fare well.
What makes my pain lighter is that I'm sure you've influenced so many artists that I'll see you sometimes in the works of others.
Steve Edline

Monday 16 February 2015 04:18
Damn' !! The first book I ever bought with my own money was Jack's
That was 40 years ago ;-) I gathered all his french translated books through time until I discovered there were more in english. That was 30 years ago ;-)
And now he's dead. ... click to read more
Steve Edline
Thursday 12 February 2015 16:09
Having read and appreciated 'Tschai' at a young age, it took me a few years to read it again.
Only then did it dawn on me how well this story was actually written.
How imaginative and articulate and witty the author really was.
Now, several years and many of (2nd hand) Vance books later, it continues to amaze me in every story how present-day his ideas and characterizations are, how ingenious the plots and trickery, how ironic the observations and how original the peculiarities of described people, societies and phenomena.
It also makes me wonder how encyclopedic his knowledge was, in an era partly before pc and internet.
Raising a quality beer to Jack Vance right now.
Henry Belt's last voyage

Thursday 12 February 2015 16:09
Having read and appreciated 'Tschai' at a young age, it took me a few years to read it again.
Only then did it dawn on me how well this story was actually written.
How imaginative and articulate and witty the author really was.
Now, several years ... click to read more
Henry Belt's last voyage
Wednesday 28 January 2015 04:46
Thank you, Jack, for making my youth a time of more wonder and excitement, and for brightening my life with your wonderful stories and characters.
Bas Suverkropp

Wednesday 28 January 2015 04:46
Thank you, Jack, for making my youth a time of more wonder and excitement, and for brightening my life with your wonderful stories and characters.
Bas Suverkropp
Tuesday 13 January 2015 18:02
They say you're never really gone until the last person that remembers you is gone too. In that case, Jack will be around for a very, very long time and thank goodness for that.
Peter Bondante

Tuesday 13 January 2015 18:02
They say you're never really gone until the last person that remembers you is gone too. In that case, Jack will be around for a very, very long time and thank goodness for that.
Peter Bondante
Friday 9 January 2015 03:33
I read a lot of science fiction when I was in college and graduate school.
I was pursuing a science degree and the stories were great escape since all the experiments worked.
I quickly realized that there were various levels of writing ability on display from the various Golden Age writers.
All could tell a story, and all had their points, but this guy Jack Vance that I kept running into in anthologies was really in a class by himself.
His stories could be gripping adventures, human dramas and even interesting personality interactions, but there was always a subtle mental aspect to the characters in them as well.
I quickly learned that you do not "skim" a Jack Vance story or he'll throw you some subtlety that you will miss through inattention and then five pages later you will have to backtrack and catch what he slyly partially concealed from you in order to make sense of the rest of the story.

I don't think many writers had the handle on human motivation that Vance did, and I don't mean just science fiction writers either.
He elevated to literary art a genre that most people thought were one step above comic books back when he started.
I've read everything of his that I could find and have not found a single story that wasn't absorbing and educational, as well as
imagination expanding.
His use of language could be daunting, but it would send you to worlds unimaginable once you started understanding it.

Si Tibi Terra Levis, Jack.
I will miss you.
Ifness

Friday 9 January 2015 03:33
I read a lot of science fiction when I was in college and graduate school.
I was pursuing a science degree and the stories were great escape since all the experiments worked.
I quickly realized that there were various levels of writing ability on ... click to read more
Ifness
Friday 2 January 2015 05:41
Many hours have I spent reading his novels, and pondering his magical words and worlds. For me, he was one of the great writers of the 20th century. There are still a few of his novels I have not yet read - looking forward to them!
Bart van Herk

Friday 2 January 2015 05:41
Many hours have I spent reading his novels, and pondering his magical words and worlds. For me, he was one of the great writers of the 20th century. There are still a few of his novels I have not yet read - looking forward to them!
Bart van Herk
Tuesday 30 December 2014 09:32
Just read Telek in a 1952 copy of Astounding - Science Fiction
My path led me to this site and to remember the life of Jack Vance - an extraordinary storyteller!
Peter Rizzo

Tuesday 30 December 2014 09:32
Just read Telek in a 1952 copy of Astounding - Science Fiction
My path led me to this site and to remember the life of Jack Vance - an extraordinary storyteller!
Peter Rizzo
Wednesday 24 December 2014 06:50
Difficult to adequately express not only the pleasure I gained from Jack's books over the years, but the guidance and ambition he helped me to develop growing up. Will there ever be the like again ?
Selim Cavanagh

Wednesday 24 December 2014 06:50
Difficult to adequately express not only the pleasure I gained from Jack's books over the years, but the guidance and ambition he helped me to develop growing up. Will there ever be the like again ?
Selim Cavanagh
Thursday 18 December 2014 08:55
Because of Mr. Vance's dedication to a literary genre not all that well thought of back in the '60s, he taught me the lesson that good stuff is where you find it, not where you expect it to be. Being one of the best American prose stylists of the 20th century reinforces that lesson.
James May

Thursday 18 December 2014 08:55
Because of Mr. Vance's dedication to a literary genre not all that well thought of back in the '60s, he taught me the lesson that good stuff is where you find it, not where you expect it to be. Being one of the best American prose stylists of the ... click to read more
James May
Thursday 11 December 2014 22:36
Dear Jack, when I was 10 you galvanized my imagination with the Dying Earth. I am still resonating with your words, more than 20 years later. Sometimes I see you, perched by a waterfall where a bank of purple foxgloves gathers the cool mist. Dusk is slowly dissolving the landscape into heliotrope and amber, and I see you among comrades, eating choice viands and chuckling at some wry afterthought.
Billy Cryer

Thursday 11 December 2014 22:36
Dear Jack, when I was 10 you galvanized my imagination with the Dying Earth. I am still resonating with your words, more than 20 years later. Sometimes I see you, perched by a waterfall where a bank of purple foxgloves gathers the cool mist. Dusk is ... click to read more
Billy Cryer
Monday 1 December 2014 11:21
Saturnine, although a perfectly good word, amongst many taught to a young me by Vance, does not describe his writing...

Chock a Block with humour and demonstrations of his wry (but never mean spirited) wit, a session with a Vance book always left me entertained and optimistic. I was obscenely happy when I received my copy of the Vance Integral Edition and saddened by his loss shortly thereafter.

Like many others, I suspect, I wish I had a chance to let him know how much I appreciated his writing...
Anonymous

Monday 1 December 2014 11:21
Saturnine, although a perfectly good word, amongst many taught to a young me by Vance, does not describe his writing...

Chock a Block with humour and demonstrations of his wry (but never mean spirited) wit, a session with a Vance book always left ... click to read more
Anonymous
Saturday 15 November 2014 21:49
Jack has just left us on the dock.

He barely waved goodbye, his mind already contemplating the coming journey.

I hope he has time to write home, but I am not betting on it.

Farewell, my friend of so many adventures. You have to face this one all by yourself.

As always, I expect that everything will all right.
Anonymous

Saturday 15 November 2014 21:49
Jack has just left us on the dock.

He barely waved goodbye, his mind already contemplating the coming journey.

I hope he has time to write home, but I am not betting on it.

Farewell, my friend of so many adventures. You have to face this ... click to read more
Anonymous
Monday 3 November 2014 18:48
I first became aware of Jack Vance around the age of 10, in the mid to late 1950's. I fell in love with T'sais and T'sain, and was completely enchanted with the concept of the dying earth, something no-one else has ever used as a backdrop to such beautiful stories. Since then, over the decades, I have managed to "keep in touch" with Jack Vance through Cugel and Iuconu, Kirth Gerson and the Demon Princes, Joe Bain, and literally hundreds of other characters from his seemingly infinite imagination, and now, with e-books, I've managed to acquire and read every one of his works. Through war, peace, trouble, good times, for me there has been one constant, one source of beauty, adventure, in short, life: Jack Vance, and for that I am very thankful.
Jeff Genthner

Monday 3 November 2014 18:48
I first became aware of Jack Vance around the age of 10, in the mid to late 1950's. I fell in love with T'sais and T'sain, and was completely enchanted with the concept of the dying earth, something no-one else has ever used as a backdrop to such ... click to read more
Jeff Genthner
Thursday 23 October 2014 06:44
How many times have I been in a situation, and thought to myself -- what would a Vancian character (take your pick of which one) do? Thank you for the good moments -- and also the practical advice on how to live and how to be.
Anonymous

Thursday 23 October 2014 06:44
How many times have I been in a situation, and thought to myself -- what would a Vancian character (take your pick of which one) do? Thank you for the good moments -- and also the practical advice on how to live and how to be.
Anonymous
Saturday 27 September 2014 05:41
J'ai 57ans. Le premier roman que j'ai lu de
Jack Vance, Le prince des étoiles (The Star King), m'a fait voyager. Il a toujours été depuis lors, mon auteur de SF favori. Tant de souvenirs de ses univers me semblent être des souvenirs vécus. Je ne saurais dire combien de fois j'ai relu (et revécu)les aventures d'A.Reith sur TCHAÏ, ou de K.Gersen... Emphyrio...celui qui a amené la vérité... était mon surnon sur la CB avant l'internet. Un grand merci a JVance là où il est.
Gilles D'Agostini

Saturday 27 September 2014 05:41
J'ai 57ans. Le premier roman que j'ai lu de
Jack Vance, Le prince des étoiles (The Star King), m'a fait voyager. Il a toujours été depuis lors, mon auteur de SF favori. Tant de souvenirs de ses univers me semblent être des souvenirs vécus. Je ... click to read more
Gilles D'Agostini
Monday 15 September 2014 08:07
In 1976, at age of 12, I read my first book, Durdane, and I was immediately in love. The second book was Tschai and after that book I read all your books. Thanks for the good times you have given me.
Elco Hack, The Netherlands

Monday 15 September 2014 08:07
In 1976, at age of 12, I read my first book, Durdane, and I was immediately in love. The second book was Tschai and after that book I read all your books. Thanks for the good times you have given me.
Elco Hack, The Netherlands
Saturday 30 August 2014 02:36
Jack, the wooer of hearts, souls, and minds. Creator of playlands for the imagination and spirit. I found you so late but at least I found you and I love you. Sweet dreams.
AKCharle

Saturday 30 August 2014 02:36
Jack, the wooer of hearts, souls, and minds. Creator of playlands for the imagination and spirit. I found you so late but at least I found you and I love you. Sweet dreams.
AKCharle
Thursday 28 August 2014 13:47
Happy birthday, old chap. This is to your memory!
Anonymous

Thursday 28 August 2014 13:47
Happy birthday, old chap. This is to your memory!
Anonymous
Saturday 23 August 2014 17:53
J'ai 50 ans, et cela fait maintenant 35 ans que j'ai fait ta connaissance. Tu m'as donné beaucoup de bonheur et reste mon auteur favori. C'est avec toujours autant de plaisir que je te relis. Un très grand merci à toi pour ces moments si précieux. J'espère transmettre le virus vancien à mes enfants ... Tu a apporté de la joie et tu continueras longtemps à le faire à un grand nombre d'être humains. Peut t'on attendre quoi que se soit de mieux d'un homme ? Encore merci Jack, et bon vent !
Benot Normand

Saturday 23 August 2014 17:53
J'ai 50 ans, et cela fait maintenant 35 ans que j'ai fait ta connaissance. Tu m'as donné beaucoup de bonheur et reste mon auteur favori. C'est avec toujours autant de plaisir que je te relis. Un très grand merci à toi pour ces moments si ... click to read more
Benot Normand
Tuesday 5 August 2014 18:19
Discovering his writing by chance was one of the finest things that happened to me.
I often feel a profound resonance in my soul when I read his books.
His beautiful capture of wistfulness, melancholy, whimsy, and poignancy have brought tears to my eyes and a big lump to my throat on many occasions. Suldrun has just departed her garden, and I can feel summer coming to an end in the same way.
The humour of his irascible pedant, tart language, and complex societal structure is such a fantastic contrast.
How can a monster be both amusing (it hoots!) and scary at the same time? How does a troll's head end up trapped in a pan, trying to escape using its teeth and tongue?
To his friends and family - I hope it is of some comfort to hear how profoundly he has affected many lives. He is the author I return to time and again, and I was most upset to hear of his death. What a wonderful thing to have achieved, and what a wonderful life to have been part of.
My most heart-felt thanks.
AJG

Tuesday 5 August 2014 18:19
Discovering his writing by chance was one of the finest things that happened to me.
I often feel a profound resonance in my soul when I read his books.
His beautiful capture of wistfulness, melancholy, whimsy, and poignancy have brought tears to ... click to read more
AJG
Tuesday 5 August 2014 09:24
De una manera u otra,volveremos a encontrarnos,por lo pronto,asta la vista.
Branko Rogic

Tuesday 5 August 2014 09:24
De una manera u otra,volveremos a encontrarnos,por lo pronto,asta la vista.
Branko Rogic
Tuesday 5 August 2014 09:24
De una manera u otra,volveremos a encontrarnos,por lo pronto,asta la vista.
Branko Rogic

Tuesday 5 August 2014 09:24
De una manera u otra,volveremos a encontrarnos,por lo pronto,asta la vista.
Branko Rogic
Sunday 3 August 2014 11:01
My fist story was "To Live Forever" which I read at about age fifteen: fifty-five years ago.


I have always loved his stories for their theme of an individual striving against the odds, his descriptions of far-away worlds, and his exquisite sentence-construction and word-play.

And to think how much grander the World Cup would be -- with the pageants and the beautiful sheirls -- had they played Hussade instead!
Duncan Kunz

Sunday 3 August 2014 11:01
My fist story was "To Live Forever" which I read at about age fifteen: fifty-five years ago.


I have always loved his stories for their theme of an individual striving against the odds, his descriptions of far-away worlds, and his exquisite ... click to read more
Duncan Kunz
Friday 1 August 2014 14:28
I discovered the works of Jack Vance in 1986 at age 15. In the following 2 years, I read all he had published sofar (that I could find). Those are simply my best Sci-Fi memories. His sense of humour, especially, sticked with me to this day. A ray of light.
pierre

Friday 1 August 2014 14:28
I discovered the works of Jack Vance in 1986 at age 15. In the following 2 years, I read all he had published sofar (that I could find). Those are simply my best Sci-Fi memories. His sense of humour, especially, sticked with me to this day. A ray of ... click to read more
pierre
Sunday 20 July 2014 06:12
Seit ich vor vielen Jahren das erste Buch von Jack Vance gelesen habe, bin ich sein Fan geworden und habe versucht, alle Bücher zu erwerben, die von ihm auf deutsch erschienen sind. Leider ist er hierzulande kaum bekannt und seine Bücher wurden - wie ich erfahren habe - auch nicht gut, teilweise gekürzt übersetzt. Trotzdem sein sie für mich mit das Beste, was es in der Science Fiction gibt.
Rainer Kirch

Sunday 20 July 2014 06:12
Seit ich vor vielen Jahren das erste Buch von Jack Vance gelesen habe, bin ich sein Fan geworden und habe versucht, alle Bücher zu erwerben, die von ihm auf deutsch erschienen sind. Leider ist er hierzulande kaum bekannt und seine Bücher wurden - ... click to read more
Rainer Kirch
Saturday 19 July 2014 06:26
My husband Ken was a relation to Jack Vance.
Through my mother in law, Inez, I learned of this connection.
When he was visiting Seattle, Inez visited him and talked about old times.
Now that my husband has past, I wish I had the opportunity to learn more about the family.
So many unanswered questions.
jpn

Saturday 19 July 2014 06:26
My husband Ken was a relation to Jack Vance.
Through my mother in law, Inez, I learned of this connection.
When he was visiting Seattle, Inez visited him and talked about old times.
Now that my husband has past, I wish I had the opportunity to ... click to read more
jpn
Tuesday 15 July 2014 22:30
I bought several early editions - I don't know if you would call them first editions or not but they were the first in paperback - of Jack's books going back through the seventies. I worked construction then and traveled a lot. Those books endured what abuse they could absorb until they were replaced. I found it necessary to replace all of them. I own them all today, in one edition or another. I wrote Jack several years ago to tell him of my enduring regard for his work. I told him that those paperbacks had spent their short, hard lives in my back pocket. They were "working" books, and didn't last long enough to be found with brown, brittle pages after years in a cardboard box in the basement. This was some time after the publication of Lurulu. I had long regarded him as my favorite writer but always supposed that he received no end of compliments along these lines. Knowing that he was surely not long for the world, I was moved to write the only fan letter I remember ever writing. His son sent an email back saying that he had read my words to Jack and received a smile. I always smile myself when I think of that.
Three Headed Throop

Tuesday 15 July 2014 22:30
I bought several early editions - I don't know if you would call them first editions or not but they were the first in paperback - of Jack's books going back through the seventies. I worked construction then and traveled a lot. Those books endured ... click to read more
Three Headed Throop
Tuesday 15 July 2014 15:08
Bedankt voor alles Jack! Je prachtige boeken, die mij al zoveel leesvreugde gaven, zal ik altijd blijven herlezen.

Je blijft in mijn gedachten!
Narayan

Tuesday 15 July 2014 15:08
Bedankt voor alles Jack! Je prachtige boeken, die mij al zoveel leesvreugde gaven, zal ik altijd blijven herlezen.

Je blijft in mijn gedachten!
Narayan
Monday 23 June 2014 18:06
the world lost a truly great writer vance has been my absolute favorite for 35 or so years I still reread him regularly
gary alexander

Monday 23 June 2014 18:06
the world lost a truly great writer vance has been my absolute favorite for 35 or so years I still reread him regularly
gary alexander
Saturday 14 June 2014 18:33
Ich kann mich nicht an mein erstes Buch erinnern, ich vermute es war die "Sterbende Erde". Seine Bücher waren eine Offenbarung für mich, ich habe sie geliebt und habe alles gelesen, was ich von ihm in die Hände bekommen habe. "Lesen rettet Leben" und ohne die Bücher von Jack Vance wäre mein Leben ärmer gewesen. In meinem Kopf habe ich Filme aus seinen Büchern gemacht, mein Favorit dafür war die Showboatwelt, vielleicht wird es ja noch verfilmt. Danke für die gute Zeit, ich hätte gerne noch mehr aus deiner Welt erfahren, mehr von dir gelesen. So long Jack, meine Welt ist ärmer ohne dich, aber auch reich durch dich.
Raddinger
Anonymous

Saturday 14 June 2014 18:33
Ich kann mich nicht an mein erstes Buch erinnern, ich vermute es war die "Sterbende Erde". Seine Bücher waren eine Offenbarung für mich, ich habe sie geliebt und habe alles gelesen, was ich von ihm in die Hände bekommen habe. "Lesen rettet Leben" ... click to read more
Anonymous
Friday 6 June 2014 15:31
This has taken many months to write.

Magister

When he heard the mage was dead
The student donned a robe of gloom;
And lenses made from sandestin's scales
Then with bowed head went to his room.

He lit the green lamp on his desk,
Unsealed a heavy jar of stone
And poured a draught of purple wine
Into a cup of dragonbone.

He raised his head from study
The lamplight pale and green and wan
He saw the iron dawn come in
And mused; a sadder, wiser man.
Timdalf the Green

Friday 6 June 2014 15:31
This has taken many months to write.

Magister

When he heard the mage was dead
The student donned a robe of gloom;
And lenses made from sandestin's scales
Then with bowed head went to his room.

He lit the green lamp on his desk,
Unsealed ... click to read more
Timdalf the Green
Thursday 5 June 2014 15:47
what can be said for having read JV for the first time? Can it be compared to anything in life or literature? First kiss? First child? A summers day? Jack cracked our cosmic egg.He revealed worlds and weaved words with the best of them.I have never copared his writting to his genre,but rather to Joyce,Beckett,Pound.Some day his works of art shall receive their just due, like the deapairing Mozart. You were a giant 'mongst pygmys, Jack,and you now ride on eagles' wings. YOU ARE GONE BUT YOUR ART REMAINS!
philip

Thursday 5 June 2014 15:47
what can be said for having read JV for the first time? Can it be compared to anything in life or literature? First kiss? First child? A summers day? Jack cracked our cosmic egg.He revealed worlds and weaved words with the best of them.I have never ... click to read more
philip
Wednesday 4 June 2014 10:37
I only just found out. There are so many worthy tributes here there is little I can add.
I have visited Jack's worlds for over 40 years and hope to continue for another 40.
Unique, brilliant. Thankyou Jack.
Ged Hall

Wednesday 4 June 2014 10:37
I only just found out. There are so many worthy tributes here there is little I can add.
I have visited Jack's worlds for over 40 years and hope to continue for another 40.
Unique, brilliant. Thankyou Jack.
Ged Hall
Thursday 29 May 2014 14:43
Mr. Vance is easily my favorite writer.
America definitely lost a literary treasure with his passing.
His command of the English language is superb, perhaps inimitable.
I will forever take pleasure in reading and re-reading his works.... and I will continue to do so until my final days.
Godspeed Mr. Vance!
D. Knadler

Thursday 29 May 2014 14:43
Mr. Vance is easily my favorite writer.
America definitely lost a literary treasure with his passing.
His command of the English language is superb, perhaps inimitable.
I will forever take pleasure in reading and re-reading his works.... and I ... click to read more
D. Knadler
Thursday 29 May 2014 12:47
Dear Jack, whereever you are, I wish to offer my deepest thanks for the wonderful hours of astonishment and ease from real world dullness...
your voyages, not books, have been a gift which lifted my mind.
I stumbled upon the site jackvance.com only now, but know that I have been an avid reader of your stories in my youth,italian versions of your work,cause I live there... and even now I enjoy reading of yours every now and then. I was very saddened by your departure, but I do understand that you lived a rich and satisfying life, so I can only hope to follow you by your trail, if I am lucky enough.
Let me raise a glass of the finest dark beer in yr honor... and let me believe you are somewhere beyond, still telling amazing stories...
Mario Zorzi

Thursday 29 May 2014 12:47
Dear Jack, whereever you are, I wish to offer my deepest thanks for the wonderful hours of astonishment and ease from real world dullness...
your voyages, not books, have been a gift which lifted my mind.
I stumbled upon the site jackvance.com ... click to read more
Mario Zorzi
Wednesday 28 May 2014 03:25
I discovered Jack Vance's sci fi writings during the 1980s, with the Demon Princes series, then worked back to his earlier novels and short stories. I continue to read and re-read them to this day with great pleasure. Vance's plot-lines, characters, and rich cultural syndromes are unequaled in any genre.
David Luck

Wednesday 28 May 2014 03:25
I discovered Jack Vance's sci fi writings during the 1980s, with the Demon Princes series, then worked back to his earlier novels and short stories. I continue to read and re-read them to this day with great pleasure. Vance's plot-lines, characters, ... click to read more
David Luck
Tuesday 27 May 2014 18:17
Jack Vance is by far my favourite writer. He's somebody who I rate higher than any fantasy or SF writer I know, without wanting to do them any injustice. He is just so damned good. The pleasure of his stories is that I can read them again and again, in an almost yearly cyclus (for about 30 years now). Still I discover new elements and enjoy his incredibly sofisticated sense of humor. Imagine yourself sitting in the sand on a beach, with your feet in water, in your left hand a rum punch or a cold beer and in your other hand Trullion. Unfortunately I never combined those 4 elements, but that's how I imagine what perfect relaxation could be. Thank you again, Jack, for the happiness, enjoyment and pleasure you still share through your writings.
Jurgen Maes

Tuesday 27 May 2014 18:17
Jack Vance is by far my favourite writer. He's somebody who I rate higher than any fantasy or SF writer I know, without wanting to do them any injustice. He is just so damned good. The pleasure of his stories is that I can read them again and again, ... click to read more
Jurgen Maes
Monday 26 May 2014 14:03
Jack is always in my heart
Gianni Farina

Monday 26 May 2014 14:03
Jack is always in my heart
Gianni Farina
Saturday 24 May 2014 07:16
Have been reading Jack Vance since about 1975.
My first book off you was Tschai, and from the moment I starting to read you are my favourite author.
Now I have most off your books ( Translated into Dutch ) read, re-read and re-re-read.
There will never again be a writer like you Jack.
Wherever You are now, I'm sure there's a new star shining somewhere in the Galaxy.
R.I.P my Friend.
Jonnie Angenent

Saturday 24 May 2014 07:16
Have been reading Jack Vance since about 1975.
My first book off you was Tschai, and from the moment I starting to read you are my favourite author.
Now I have most off your books ( Translated into Dutch ) read, re-read and re-re-read.
There will ... click to read more
Jonnie Angenent
Thursday 22 May 2014 10:30
I found Jack Vance's work through a reference made by George RR Martin a couple of years back. I read The Dying Earth series, followed by Lyonesse, followed by Planet of Adventure and on it went... I have now worked my way through over 40 of his novels, novellas and shorts and have found myself truly entertained throughout. I was incredibly sad to hear of Jack's passing last year, not least because once i finish his final work there will be no more, but also because the world has lost a literary great without really realising it had one. Forever grateful for the stories he told.
James E. Keen

Thursday 22 May 2014 10:30
I found Jack Vance's work through a reference made by George RR Martin a couple of years back. I read The Dying Earth series, followed by Lyonesse, followed by Planet of Adventure and on it went... I have now worked my way through over 40 of his ... click to read more
James E. Keen
Friday 16 May 2014 09:55
My father used to read Jack Vance and I started myself when I was approximately 14 years old. His stories transported me in such wonderful worlds! He conforted me when life was rough,and when my father died when I was 25, I felt I could still share something with him through Jack stories.
Thank you Mister Vance for all this happiness! I sure hope you are now in one of those marvellous world!

Carole
Carole

Friday 16 May 2014 09:55
My father used to read Jack Vance and I started myself when I was approximately 14 years old. His stories transported me in such wonderful worlds! He conforted me when life was rough,and when my father died when I was 25, I felt I could still share ... click to read more
Carole
Saturday 10 May 2014 11:55
I feel the death of Jack Vance as a personal loss. The way he could discribe in a very convincing way an entire (alien) culture within only a few sentences! His imagination was unbelieveable wide and open. He inspired me in my work. My humble respect to the great master, who was almost like a close friend through his works. Thanks Jack!
Pim Bronkhorst

Saturday 10 May 2014 11:55
I feel the death of Jack Vance as a personal loss. The way he could discribe in a very convincing way an entire (alien) culture within only a few sentences! His imagination was unbelieveable wide and open. He inspired me in my work. My humble ... click to read more
Pim Bronkhorst
Friday 9 May 2014 09:12
I has almost been a year now. The world seems to have lost some of its magic knowing there will never be a new Jack Vance story to discover.

I still miss you.
Thomas De Duytsche

Friday 9 May 2014 09:12
I has almost been a year now. The world seems to have lost some of its magic knowing there will never be a new Jack Vance story to discover.

I still miss you.
Thomas De Duytsche