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, congenial, 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 18 April 2014 04:56
I first discovered Jack Vance at the end of the 50's.
I have read and re-read his classic stories time and again. No other author has affected me so.
RIP
Gordon McGowan

Friday 18 April 2014 04:56
I first discovered Jack Vance at the end of the 50's.
I have read and re-read his classic stories time and again. No other author has affected me so.
RIP
Gordon McGowan
Wednesday 16 April 2014 19:14
I knew this was going to happen sooner or later, but I still was not ready for it. His work can be re-read at will, and he's in my regular rotation. He would have made a marvelous waiter with his descriptions of the meals characters ate. Crying at work now...
Norman

Wednesday 16 April 2014 19:14
I knew this was going to happen sooner or later, but I still was not ready for it. His work can be re-read at will, and he's in my regular rotation. He would have made a marvelous waiter with his descriptions of the meals characters ate. Crying at ... click to read more
Norman
Sunday 13 April 2014 22:07
The voice, the voice!!
David Knight

Sunday 13 April 2014 22:07
The voice, the voice!!
David Knight
Saturday 12 April 2014 03:52
I am deeply saddened to hear the news of Jack's passing. I haven't read all his books, but enough to be swallowed up each time by his seemingly familiar foreign lands of charismatic yet chaotic characters.

I have never had the same reading experience - where I *don't* question Jack's fanciful words of mystery and intrigue, although I feel I wouldn't find them all in a dictionary if I looked.

Thank you.
Mark S

Saturday 12 April 2014 03:52
I am deeply saddened to hear the news of Jack's passing. I haven't read all his books, but enough to be swallowed up each time by his seemingly familiar foreign lands of charismatic yet chaotic characters.

I have never had the same reading ... click to read more
Mark S
Wednesday 9 April 2014 09:08
Of all my favourite authors, Jack Vance is the one to whom I have always returned. A single paragraph can conjure a million details. A single idea can leave me thinking of it for days. As rich as a field of stars. As deep as the soul. But always as true as a close and trusted friend.
David Laszlo Nagy

Wednesday 9 April 2014 09:08
Of all my favourite authors, Jack Vance is the one to whom I have always returned. A single paragraph can conjure a million details. A single idea can leave me thinking of it for days. As rich as a field of stars. As deep as the soul. But always as ... click to read more
David Laszlo Nagy
Thursday 3 April 2014 04:13
Break out the pale lavender wine, pressed from Almery grape. He is no more, and the sun will soon likewise extinguish. For what has the sun to sputter for, now that the chronicler of its perturbations has departed. Drink, drink one and all, and let the sun be extinguished!
Marc Volovic

Thursday 3 April 2014 04:13
Break out the pale lavender wine, pressed from Almery grape. He is no more, and the sun will soon likewise extinguish. For what has the sun to sputter for, now that the chronicler of its perturbations has departed. Drink, drink one and all, and let ... click to read more
Marc Volovic
Thursday 3 April 2014 00:36
I first read the Eyes of the Overworld at the age of about 12, and it changed and expanded my mental horizons (as well as greatly enlarging my vocabulary!). It was life changing for me. I have been quite ill in recent years, and have only just learned of your passing. You were truly one of the greats. I am almost 40 now, and you are still the only author I can re-read to infinity. I carry your words in my heart wherever I go. Thank you.
Alan Enticott

Thursday 3 April 2014 00:36
I first read the Eyes of the Overworld at the age of about 12, and it changed and expanded my mental horizons (as well as greatly enlarging my vocabulary!). It was life changing for me. I have been quite ill in recent years, and have only just ... click to read more
Alan Enticott
Monday 31 March 2014 15:39
Mr. Vance, thanks for sharing your fantastic world with us. I was hooked after reading Showboat World. Afterwards I have enjoyed travelling with you and your charachters around the universe. Have been
with Kith Gersen and Cugel! Transferred to other worlds, circumstances and times! I was very sad learning that my absolute favourite writer was gone, but I realize that this is no time for mourning. Rather it's -the- time for raising our goblets and celebrate one of the best of the best. I wish You godspeed!!!
Anonymous

Monday 31 March 2014 15:39
Mr. Vance, thanks for sharing your fantastic world with us. I was hooked after reading Showboat World. Afterwards I have enjoyed travelling with you and your charachters around the universe. Have been
with Kith Gersen and Cugel! Transferred to ... click to read more
Anonymous
Sunday 23 March 2014 14:35
Jack Vance was an author who's love of the written word shone from his works.
I will raise a glass tonight in his memory.
Damian Longstaff

Sunday 23 March 2014 14:35
Jack Vance was an author who's love of the written word shone from his works.
I will raise a glass tonight in his memory.
Damian Longstaff
Sunday 23 March 2014 12:04
A master of words and of worlds.
I discovered Mr. Vance one bored day while at the library.
I'll never forgot how mesmerized I was by his humor, his wit, his use of the English language.....I could go on and on.
His writing has been a beacon to me ever since.
I can always go back to re-reading a Vance novel to be refreshed, to find that sense of wonder about the universe, about man, and ultimately about myself.
Thank you Mr.Vance.
James Lanham

Sunday 23 March 2014 12:04
A master of words and of worlds.
I discovered Mr. Vance one bored day while at the library.
I'll never forgot how mesmerized I was by his humor, his wit, his use of the English language.....I could go on and on.
His writing has been a beacon to ... click to read more
James Lanham
Thursday 13 March 2014 04:54
A long, long time ago I stumbled on one of Jack Vances books. It made me love and appreciate science fiction forever.

Reading his books made me think that he was just sitting in his study, looking through a strong telescope to some distant planet and wrote down what he saw.
He made strange worlds and strange cultures come to live.

I spent years of my life in his worlds and loved every minute of it.
Anonymous

Thursday 13 March 2014 04:54
A long, long time ago I stumbled on one of Jack Vances books. It made me love and appreciate science fiction forever.

Reading his books made me think that he was just sitting in his study, looking through a strong telescope to some distant planet ... click to read more
Anonymous
Tuesday 4 March 2014 23:27
Once again I find myself up late-night re-reading for the who knows time Mr. Vance's Lyonesse trilogy.
Ever does it call to me to fly from the mundane, humdrum of, what, now even into the 21st Century's droll constraints on adventure back to a time when much more was about and much more was.

In my head I carry a kingdom where magic realms rule along with good men and the black hearted alike, muchly sparked by events and characters in Lyonesse.
Someday I hope to venture there personally for I know just next door there lie roads into Lyonesse herself, perhaps even to running into Mr. Vance there.
Let us all life our pints to Jack for I'm sure he awaits us there with further tales and greater adventures that are yet to be!
Grady James Padgett

Tuesday 4 March 2014 23:27
Once again I find myself up late-night re-reading for the who knows time Mr. Vance's Lyonesse trilogy.
Ever does it call to me to fly from the mundane, humdrum of, what, now even into the 21st Century's droll constraints on adventure back to a time ... click to read more
Grady James Padgett
Saturday 1 March 2014 08:09
A chance reading of George R. R. Martins's
Songs of A Dying Earth opened the door to the novels of Jack Vance.
One of the contributing authors called Jack's writing "intellectual meth."
I have been addicted ever since!
Thank you for the web site which allows easy research of Mr. Vance's novels and short stories.
Charles Faulkner M.D.

Saturday 1 March 2014 08:09
A chance reading of George R. R. Martins's
Songs of A Dying Earth opened the door to the novels of Jack Vance.
One of the contributing authors called Jack's writing "intellectual meth."
I have been addicted ever since!
Thank you for the web site ... click to read more
Charles Faulkner M.D.
Thursday 20 February 2014 23:44
Very sad to learn about this news. Dear Jack, your stories, the fabulous places you dreamed up and the wonderful personalities you introduced will stay with me forever. Thank you for sharing your imagination with us. Thank you for making me laugh.
Rob (Netherlands)

Thursday 20 February 2014 23:44
Very sad to learn about this news. Dear Jack, your stories, the fabulous places you dreamed up and the wonderful personalities you introduced will stay with me forever. Thank you for sharing your imagination with us. Thank you for making me laugh.
Rob (Netherlands)
Tuesday 18 February 2014 13:31
Merci pour m'avoir fait découvrir une autre science-fiction. Les histoires de Cugel sont fabuleuses et m'ont transporté toujours loin de notre rude réalité. Et si vos convictions politiques me laissent de marbre, vous n'en restez pas moins un grand écrivain. Et c'est l'écrivain que je remercie ici, le conteur formidable.
Guillaume

Tuesday 18 February 2014 13:31
Merci pour m'avoir fait découvrir une autre science-fiction. Les histoires de Cugel sont fabuleuses et m'ont transporté toujours loin de notre rude réalité. Et si vos convictions politiques me laissent de marbre, vous n'en restez pas moins un ... click to read more
Guillaume
Tuesday 18 February 2014 07:40
the end of an era. ive had jacks books close to hand since the late 60s and have always made a point of re-reading a few each year. they are my most treasured posessions, along with my neil young lps. when our house was threatened by fire recently it was jacks books that were my first priority to save!
had the absolute pleasure to read eyes of the overworld to my 8 year old daughter, and watch her laugh and enjoy it so much. years later and she is about to start lyonesse. a true gift from a truely unique writer. a life well lived!
marcus geneve

Tuesday 18 February 2014 07:40
the end of an era. ive had jacks books close to hand since the late 60s and have always made a point of re-reading a few each year. they are my most treasured posessions, along with my neil young lps. when our house was threatened by fire recently ... click to read more
marcus geneve
Sunday 16 February 2014 19:43
I discovered Jack Vance in 1979, when I was about fourteen. I have read and reread all of his books ever since. I was enthralled by the demon princes and their nemesis, Kirth Gersen. To this day this character is by far the best anti-hero i have encountered. Thank you Jack Vance!
Martijn Heemskerk

Sunday 16 February 2014 19:43
I discovered Jack Vance in 1979, when I was about fourteen. I have read and reread all of his books ever since. I was enthralled by the demon princes and their nemesis, Kirth Gersen. To this day this character is by far the best anti-hero i have ... click to read more
Martijn Heemskerk
Saturday 15 February 2014 05:39
It pleased me to be a VIE volunteer, even if only in a small way.
It always felt like a tribute to the author.
A chore that I wanted to do.
I had also been a long running fan of Arthur Upfield of the 'Boney' bush detective series and I often saw Magnus Riddolph as an extension of the same character.
Has anyone else made that association?
Ian Jackson

Saturday 15 February 2014 05:39
It pleased me to be a VIE volunteer, even if only in a small way.
It always felt like a tribute to the author.
A chore that I wanted to do.
I had also been a long running fan of Arthur Upfield of the 'Boney' bush detective series and I often saw ... click to read more
Ian Jackson
Thursday 13 February 2014 16:48
Reading the "Dying Earth" was one of the most captivating fiction experiences I ever had.
Jack Vance took me to "other places" like no other and that is exactly why I read him.
Thank you Mr. Vance - your are the best.
JB

Thursday 13 February 2014 16:48
Reading the "Dying Earth" was one of the most captivating fiction experiences I ever had.
Jack Vance took me to "other places" like no other and that is exactly why I read him.
Thank you Mr. Vance - your are the best.
JB
Wednesday 12 February 2014 17:37
Jack Vance was and is one of my favorite science fiction writers.
The worlds, societies and aliens he created are wonderful.
His humor cracked me up.
As I have many copies of his books I feel he is not yet done with this earth... I know that because when I pick up one of his books - there he is...
zande

Wednesday 12 February 2014 17:37
Jack Vance was and is one of my favorite science fiction writers.
The worlds, societies and aliens he created are wonderful.
His humor cracked me up.
As I have many copies of his books I feel he is not yet done with this earth... I know that ... click to read more
zande
Friday 7 February 2014 19:37
Let's keep this going, it's hard to believe we can have exhausted commentary on Jack's work so soom
ian f

Friday 7 February 2014 19:37
Let's keep this going, it's hard to believe we can have exhausted commentary on Jack's work so soom
ian f
Sunday 2 February 2014 20:49
Acabamos teniendo muchas almas a lo largo de nuestra vida: pocas de oro, muchas de barro. En mi particular cuarto de almas, la forjada con la lectura de tus obras es una de las más hermosas y nobles. ¡Adiós, eterno Cugel!
Elmer Martin Gersen

Sunday 2 February 2014 20:49
Acabamos teniendo muchas almas a lo largo de nuestra vida: pocas de oro, muchas de barro. En mi particular cuarto de almas, la forjada con la lectura de tus obras es una de las más hermosas y nobles. ¡Adiós, eterno Cugel!
Elmer Martin Gersen
Sunday 2 February 2014 15:05
The best author ever. I've read end re-read every book! Nog nooit zulke goede boeken gelezen!
Wim

Sunday 2 February 2014 15:05
The best author ever. I've read end re-read every book! Nog nooit zulke goede boeken gelezen!
Wim
Tuesday 28 January 2014 21:23
I can live with the passing away of Karl May,Homer, Shakespeare, Wodehouse. Maybe even of Navarth, the mad poet. But now the king himself is dead. Long live the king in the book of dreams!

Dirk van Haaren, Curacao.

Tuesday 28 January 2014 21:23
I can live with the passing away of Karl May,Homer, Shakespeare, Wodehouse. Maybe even of Navarth, the mad poet. But now the king himself is dead. Long live the king in the book of dreams!

Dirk van Haaren, Curacao.
Tuesday 28 January 2014 11:34
My friend Jack Vance ... I just heard that you were gone to join your hero ..... your books I am so unhappy ... I cry because I love you jack we love you ... you'll miss me waiting one day we are left with the angels .. I had the chance to met you you Futuroscope Utopia in France in 1998 I told you ... even a book about my question .. and photographed with my inventions on light .. had described it to you this portable studio .... I cry I cry you are my hero .. and now I'm alone ... it remains for me on facebook this special facebk called Olao and is a tribute to you when I knew you were gone ... this story you would have liked to write ... but now with your help in the sky ... together we will write the Life of Levias ... the origin of all our lives ... you are in truth .... you will be my friend, my brother for eternity ... olivier cailaud / Olao / Olavia / Okaio
olivier caillaud

Tuesday 28 January 2014 11:34
My friend Jack Vance ... I just heard that you were gone to join your hero ..... your books I am so unhappy ... I cry because I love you jack we love you ... you'll miss me waiting one day we are left with the angels .. I had the chance to met you ... click to read more
olivier caillaud
Tuesday 21 January 2014 16:27
I grew up reading you. You helped form my thinking and imagination. I just learned of your death today, 1/21/14 while out looking for some Vance ebooks.So who is ever going to replace you? No one, amigo.
Anthony Chitea

Tuesday 21 January 2014 16:27
I grew up reading you. You helped form my thinking and imagination. I just learned of your death today, 1/21/14 while out looking for some Vance ebooks.So who is ever going to replace you? No one, amigo.
Anthony Chitea
Monday 20 January 2014 23:07
Quite possibly partly responsible for my love of travel and exploring new places, his vivid descriptions of amazing worlds captivated me for many hours. Read most of his books in Dutch but have been collecting them in English - time to enjoy them again! Wonderful stuff.
Piter

Monday 20 January 2014 23:07
Quite possibly partly responsible for my love of travel and exploring new places, his vivid descriptions of amazing worlds captivated me for many hours. Read most of his books in Dutch but have been collecting them in English - time to enjoy them ... click to read more
Piter
Monday 13 January 2014 00:56
Thank you Mr Vance!

Kind regards from Spain,
Carlos
Carlos

Monday 13 January 2014 00:56
Thank you Mr Vance!

Kind regards from Spain,
Carlos
Carlos
Sunday 5 January 2014 11:19
Thank you Mr. Vance. My world will
never be the same after experiencing your works. Humor, genius, vice, virtue, the unmutable human condition, what more could a reader ask for?
Jh

Sunday 5 January 2014 11:19
Thank you Mr. Vance. My world will
never be the same after experiencing your works. Humor, genius, vice, virtue, the unmutable human condition, what more could a reader ask for?
Jh
Sunday 5 January 2014 10:46
Thanks. Just thanks.
PierreV

Sunday 5 January 2014 10:46
Thanks. Just thanks.
PierreV
Friday 3 January 2014 00:47
After Giants like Steinbeck Twain Silverberg Dickens I wandered into a bookstore waiting for a bus. 14 years old. I had just enough time to find Big Planet/Slaves of the Klau Ace double. Of course I bought it. From that point on I went from junior varsity to Jack Vance. Deep fun invigorating water. Every Vance story I could lay my Cugel-like hands on I did And always will. I can say this about no other author. One thing though, My daughter read the elder isles trilogy in her pubescent years. Anytime, as a single Father I found myself nagging her, she would address me as Lady Desdea. We both love you Jack Vance. Your remarkable stories will remain on the bookshelf and in my mind until I embark upon a last adventure on the Fantamic Flitterwing.
John magin

Friday 3 January 2014 00:47
After Giants like Steinbeck Twain Silverberg Dickens I wandered into a bookstore waiting for a bus. 14 years old. I had just enough time to find Big Planet/Slaves of the Klau Ace double. Of course I bought it. From that point on I went from junior ... click to read more
John magin
Thursday 2 January 2014 22:24
Thank you for writing some of the most amazing books I have ever read.
Craig

Thursday 2 January 2014 22:24
Thank you for writing some of the most amazing books I have ever read.
Craig
Wednesday 1 January 2014 11:26
Ik lees je boeken al sinds mijn tiener jaren, herlees ze keer op keer en geniet er nog steeds van. Dank je wel.
Ren (Nederland)

Wednesday 1 January 2014 11:26
Ik lees je boeken al sinds mijn tiener jaren, herlees ze keer op keer en geniet er nog steeds van. Dank je wel.
Ren (Nederland)
Monday 30 December 2013 20:00
I've just discovered your works this past month and eagerly look forward to many long hours reading.
Robbie

Monday 30 December 2013 20:00
I've just discovered your works this past month and eagerly look forward to many long hours reading.
Robbie
Monday 30 December 2013 15:27
merci pour tout, Monsieur Vance,
je vous dois mes premiers émois en littérature.
Je vous ai découvert en 1976 avec Cugel, et depuis je crois bien que j'ai lu toutes vos oeuvres qui ont été éditées en France et avec toujours autant de bonheur.
Chacun de vos livres est une promesse d'évasion et de jubilation.
Vous gardez dans ma mémoire et mon coeur une grande place (et dans ma bibliothèque aussi).
Vous continuez sûrement à créer d'autres mondes où que vous soyez.
Merci Maître Jack.
Albert (from France)

Monday 30 December 2013 15:27
merci pour tout, Monsieur Vance,
je vous dois mes premiers émois en littérature.
Je vous ai découvert en 1976 avec Cugel, et depuis je crois bien que j'ai lu toutes vos oeuvres qui ont été éditées en France et avec toujours autant de ... click to read more
Albert (from France)
Monday 30 December 2013 00:00
An extraordinary talent. The original Ayg 62 Dragonmasters story as illustrated was a magnificent short tale that I cherish
even now- I met the Artist for the Galaxy edition. Jack Vance gave strength credible content and excellence of craft to all of the great work he created. A sorrow to see him past this life- an inspiring life-
j_victorm

Monday 30 December 2013 00:00
An extraordinary talent. The original Ayg 62 Dragonmasters story as illustrated was a magnificent short tale that I cherish
even now- I met the Artist for the Galaxy edition. Jack Vance gave strength credible content and excellence of craft to all ... click to read more
j_victorm
Tuesday 24 December 2013 10:44
Non ci siamo mai incontrati ma sei
un mio vecchio amico da decenni,i tuoi mondi si sono mischiati ai miei.Thank you Jack for all
Stefano masserdotti

Tuesday 24 December 2013 10:44
Non ci siamo mai incontrati ma sei
un mio vecchio amico da decenni,i tuoi mondi si sono mischiati ai miei.Thank you Jack for all
Stefano masserdotti
Monday 23 December 2013 03:24
long one of my hero's, thank you for so many hours reading and rereading your books. was lucky to meet jack and his wife for coffee and breakfast at a science fiction convention in Ohio maybe around 2003ish. cherish the memory and look forward to rereading his books for years to come.
tim favreau

Monday 23 December 2013 03:24
long one of my hero's, thank you for so many hours reading and rereading your books. was lucky to meet jack and his wife for coffee and breakfast at a science fiction convention in Ohio maybe around 2003ish. cherish the memory and look forward to ... click to read more
tim favreau
Sunday 22 December 2013 18:13
Didn;t know you died this year Jack until now.
To me in Ireland and my friends in Holland you were the greatest of them all, you were truly the master!
Just because I want to read your books again in the original language I found out you passed away to another world, may it be one of your own choice!
Anonymous

Sunday 22 December 2013 18:13
Didn;t know you died this year Jack until now.
To me in Ireland and my friends in Holland you were the greatest of them all, you were truly the master!
Just because I want to read your books again in the original language I found out you passed ... click to read more
Anonymous
Sunday 22 December 2013 08:36
Thank you Jack for sharing your wonderful stories with all of us. They will be enjoyed by generations to come. Still working my way through your works and enjoing every moment .
Rachel

Sunday 22 December 2013 08:36
Thank you Jack for sharing your wonderful stories with all of us. They will be enjoyed by generations to come. Still working my way through your works and enjoing every moment .
Rachel
Thursday 19 December 2013 16:45
J'avais douze ans lorsque j'entendis parler d'un petit roman "un monde d'azur" (the blue world). C'était à la télévision, une émission, appelée " temps X", consacrée à la science- fiction. Ce petit roman, trente ans plus tard, je l'ai toujours dans ma bibliothèque, il a été l'instigateur de ma passion pour la lecture, que de livres et d'auteurs parcourus au cours de ces années! Ce soir en lisant la première page des Chroniques de Durdane j'ai eût envie faire quelques recherches sur leur auteur et c'est avec tristesse que j'apprends sa disparition. Je souhaitais te remercier, Jack, je te remercie pour m'avoir transporté au fil de ton imagination, j’espère que tu voyages à nouveau dans de mystérieuses contrées...
Nicolas

Thursday 19 December 2013 16:45
J'avais douze ans lorsque j'entendis parler d'un petit roman "un monde d'azur" (the blue world). C'était à la télévision, une émission, appelée " temps X", consacrée à la science- fiction. Ce petit roman, trente ans plus tard, je l'ai ... click to read more
Nicolas
Sunday 15 December 2013 20:08
Sleep well my brother. Thank you for making my earthly existence that much more imaginative, creative and inspiring.
Matt

Sunday 15 December 2013 20:08
Sleep well my brother. Thank you for making my earthly existence that much more imaginative, creative and inspiring.
Matt
Sunday 15 December 2013 13:13
good trip, maker of worlds

buon viaggio,creatore di mondi
Renato Marrese Italia

Sunday 15 December 2013 13:13
good trip, maker of worlds

buon viaggio,creatore di mondi
Renato Marrese Italia
Sunday 15 December 2013 05:15
I have started my journey into Jack Vance's worlds at the age of 14 and voraciously read his books over the next 20 years. Jack, you are the genius in the lamp and your magic is still operating on me ( i am 49 ). Many gods bless you.
Jean-Philippe Lopez

Sunday 15 December 2013 05:15
I have started my journey into Jack Vance's worlds at the age of 14 and voraciously read his books over the next 20 years. Jack, you are the genius in the lamp and your magic is still operating on me ( i am 49 ). Many gods bless you.
Jean-Philippe Lopez
Friday 13 December 2013 23:26
I too only found out today of Vance's passing, and it has been a blow. Vance's work has been such an influence on me - how I think of language, and how I think of the fantastic and the familiar alike. The world is poorer for his absence from it.
Olivia

Friday 13 December 2013 23:26
I too only found out today of Vance's passing, and it has been a blow. Vance's work has been such an influence on me - how I think of language, and how I think of the fantastic and the familiar alike. The world is poorer for his absence from it.
Olivia
Friday 13 December 2013 16:13
I just found out today, December 13, 2013 that The Master passed away. I received the "Duivels Prinsen" series (Demon Princes), in Dutch, for my high school graduation in 1987. Been a fan ever since have been collecting all of his work in Dutch and English. I love the characters, the detail in which he describes the environment the story takes place and in particular the odd little facts of the worlds which he adds to his stories. Unbelievable he is gone.
Pieter Otten

Friday 13 December 2013 16:13
I just found out today, December 13, 2013 that The Master passed away. I received the "Duivels Prinsen" series (Demon Princes), in Dutch, for my high school graduation in 1987. Been a fan ever since have been collecting all of his work in Dutch and ... click to read more
Pieter Otten
Wednesday 11 December 2013 10:07
Gracias Jack por hacernos soñar despierto!
Buen viaje!
Anonymous

Wednesday 11 December 2013 10:07
Gracias Jack por hacernos soñar despierto!
Buen viaje!
Anonymous
Saturday 7 December 2013 16:41
Uren, dagen, maanden kon ik vertoeven in uw wereld. Ik leerde dat tijdens de palingrace niet altijd de beste winnen. Dank mijneer Vance. De meest exquise fles kraak ik op uw grandioze reis.
Joris Vermost, Mechelen, Belgium

Saturday 7 December 2013 16:41
Uren, dagen, maanden kon ik vertoeven in uw wereld. Ik leerde dat tijdens de palingrace niet altijd de beste winnen. Dank mijneer Vance. De meest exquise fles kraak ik op uw grandioze reis.
Joris Vermost, Mechelen, Belgium
Thursday 5 December 2013 14:10
Jack Vance provided me more than 45 years of delight. I've read and re-read all his SF and Fantansy works countless times. Each reading reveals another nuance that I somehow overlooked before. His soaring intellect, wit, and wry social commentary never fail to enlighten (and often amuse) the reader. He was a master without peer of language, ideas, and imagery. Jack, you never knew me, but I knew you well. May you sail the aeons with fair winds astern. Farewell, Old Friend, farewell!

L. D. Hedrick

Thursday 5 December 2013 14:10
Jack Vance provided me more than 45 years of delight. I've read and re-read all his SF and Fantansy works countless times. Each reading reveals another nuance that I somehow overlooked before. His soaring intellect, wit, and wry social commentary ... click to read more
L. D. Hedrick
Wednesday 4 December 2013 17:12
Come tutti gli scrittori immortali, Jack Vance vivrà per sempre nelle pagine dei suoi libri ed io continuerò, ancora ed ancora ed ancora, a viaggiare nei fantastici, stupendi mondi che lui ha creato per me. Grazie Jack...
Valerio Cavaletti, Italy

Wednesday 4 December 2013 17:12
Come tutti gli scrittori immortali, Jack Vance vivrà per sempre nelle pagine dei suoi libri ed io continuerò, ancora ed ancora ed ancora, a viaggiare nei fantastici, stupendi mondi che lui ha creato per me. Grazie Jack...
Valerio Cavaletti, Italy
Wednesday 4 December 2013 07:13
Great writing and imagination, old son. Always more than liked your work. So much so that all of the paperbacks I've collected are literally falling to bit - just like me. you taught me how to start writing, in a futile attempt to emulate your style. But nobody could do that. Good on yer, Jack and thanks for everything. haven't go long left myself so hope to meet you in the hereafter where we can down a few beers, then a few more, and discuss how to collaborate on the next series. I got a few ideas. Be seein' ya.

Wuggles. aka Chris Thomas, Swansea, Wales.
chris thomas (wuggles)

Wednesday 4 December 2013 07:13
Great writing and imagination, old son. Always more than liked your work. So much so that all of the paperbacks I've collected are literally falling to bit - just like me. you taught me how to start writing, in a futile attempt to emulate your ... click to read more
chris thomas (wuggles)
Wednesday 4 December 2013 06:46
Jack Vance's writing captivated me. In particular I absolutely love the Planet of Adventure series of 4 books (now in omnibus form). The Dirdir, The Pnume etc....
just wonderful imagination and description coupled with some humour. And then there's Cugel and many many more. God Bless, Jack, and rest in peace.
David Bretherton, Liverpool, UK

Wednesday 4 December 2013 06:46
Jack Vance's writing captivated me. In particular I absolutely love the Planet of Adventure series of 4 books (now in omnibus form). The Dirdir, The Pnume etc....
just wonderful imagination and description coupled with some humour. And then there's ... click to read more
David Bretherton, Liverpool, UK
Tuesday 3 December 2013 18:14
Un grand merci.

Your wo(l)rds are still alive.

Olivier

Tuesday 3 December 2013 18:14
Un grand merci.

Your wo(l)rds are still alive.

Olivier
Monday 2 December 2013 14:16
I discovered my first Jack Vance novels (Daw paperback editions of Wyst and Trullion) in a little hole-in-the-wall bookshop in India. I was instantly hooked, and spent the next 20-odd years hunting down Vance novels. Thirty-something years later I still have those original two paperbacks, and have read, over and over, every single one of his novels that I own.
Each time I read them, they open up vistas in my mind that no other author can achieve, nor can they match the sheer elegance of the writing.
Jack Vance, you were simply the greatest.
Rest in peace, Great Soul.
Peter O'Brien

Monday 2 December 2013 14:16
I discovered my first Jack Vance novels (Daw paperback editions of Wyst and Trullion) in a little hole-in-the-wall bookshop in India. I was instantly hooked, and spent the next 20-odd years hunting down Vance novels. Thirty-something years later I ... click to read more
Peter O'Brien
Thursday 28 November 2013 10:30
I first heard of Jack's death on June 14th. I immediately started rereading everything he ever wrote. Some 60 or so novels and some 90 or so short stories later, I have finished. There wasn't a boring page in the lot. And there were weeks at a time that were just sheer bliss.

"All of the nights we'd harmonize till dawn
I never laughed so long
so long
so long"
Dietrich

Thursday 28 November 2013 10:30
I first heard of Jack's death on June 14th. I immediately started rereading everything he ever wrote. Some 60 or so novels and some 90 or so short stories later, I have finished. There wasn't a boring page in the lot. And there were weeks at a time ... click to read more
Dietrich
Tuesday 26 November 2013 16:00
In all the billions of years of future that await us there will never be another Jack Vance. Thanks for taking me on so many memorable travels. You've brightened my childhood. I wish you could have come with us..
Eddie

Tuesday 26 November 2013 16:00
In all the billions of years of future that await us there will never be another Jack Vance. Thanks for taking me on so many memorable travels. You've brightened my childhood. I wish you could have come with us..
Eddie
Thursday 21 November 2013 16:04
I've read books by writers who are considered to be master novelists. I can't think of any writer who has given me more pleasure than Jack Vance.
His books reward continued reading.
Every few years I take out my Vance collection and read the whole thing.
When I'm done I feel terribly sad.
There are no more Jack Vance books to read!
How awful!
No more masterpieces like Lyonesse, no more chilling epics like the Planet Of Adventure (Tschai, etc).
Mo more Anome, no Kerth Gerson.
Jack Vance was a master anthropologist, an observer of human cultures, habits and social organizations.
Every book contained an inn or two, run by surly but clever inn keepers.
There were bands of musicians, led by
trickster bandleaders whose lanky strides measured the beats of exotic instruments and time signatures.
Jack Vance's recurring theme was a hearty laugh at ourselves, as if to say, "How odd we are; how odd we will be when we have spread across the universe.
We will always be eccentric, absurd, arbitrary, inventive, tenacious and we will always survive in one form or another." Thank you, Jack Vance, for a life time of reading pleasure.
Art Rosch

Thursday 21 November 2013 16:04
I've read books by writers who are considered to be master novelists. I can't think of any writer who has given me more pleasure than Jack Vance.
His books reward continued reading.
Every few years I take out my Vance collection and read the whole ... click to read more
Art Rosch
Thursday 21 November 2013 01:09
I'm an Iranian-American fan of Jack Vance. He was an imaginative, baroque, and witty author. I believe he was underappreciated.

Nevertheless, Mr. Vance, I salute you for your creativity and hours of enjoyment that you bestowed on us, your fans.

IFA
IFA

Thursday 21 November 2013 01:09
I'm an Iranian-American fan of Jack Vance. He was an imaginative, baroque, and witty author. I believe he was underappreciated.

Nevertheless, Mr. Vance, I salute you for your creativity and hours of enjoyment that you bestowed on us, your ... click to read more
IFA
Thursday 14 November 2013 06:35
I always lose myself in his books, I can see the dirdir on tschai and watch hussade when I am on Trullion. What a great writer.
jan binkhorst

Thursday 14 November 2013 06:35
I always lose myself in his books, I can see the dirdir on tschai and watch hussade when I am on Trullion. What a great writer.
jan binkhorst
Wednesday 13 November 2013 09:15
Le mie sincere condoglianze ai familiari. Leggo Jack Vance dal 1980, credo di avere tutti i libri pubblicati in italiano in edizioni diverse.
Alcune frasi dei Suoi personaggi sono diventate miei indicazioni alle mie persone piu' care : Per diventare un mago devi sottoporti a molte prove e devi effettuare molti tristi esercizi parecchi dei quali sono particolarmente antipatici e sono stati progettati al fine di dissuadere chi non aveva una valida motivazione.
La frase -Piu' denaro piu' spazio- e' diventata la frase preferita di mia mamma.
Termino con quello che io considero
il brindisi di Jack Vance
AL MIGLIORE DEI FUTURI!

Grazie per avermi,averci
fatto vedere altri mondi
Valerio

Wednesday 13 November 2013 09:15
Le mie sincere condoglianze ai familiari. Leggo Jack Vance dal 1980, credo di avere tutti i libri pubblicati in italiano in edizioni diverse.
Alcune frasi dei Suoi personaggi sono diventate miei indicazioni alle mie persone piu' care : Per ... click to read more
Valerio