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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Wednesday 31 October 2018 14:53
I now sit re reading ecce and old earth. I have filled a tea cup with white wine and pretend it is green zoquil, a clattuc vintage. When my eyes need a break I look out the window and thank the trees for showing their autum colors. A perfect day. Thank you Jack.
Chris tomasso

Wednesday 31 October 2018 14:53
I now sit re reading ecce and old earth. I have filled a tea cup with white wine and pretend it is green zoquil, a clattuc vintage. When my eyes need a break I look out the window and thank the trees for showing their autum colors. A perfect day. ... click to read more
Chris tomasso
Monday 3 September 2018 15:42
I am french, excuse my poor english....
I red Le prince des étoiles when I was 17 I am now 56 and all the writings of Jack Vance are always next to me. What an author !Beautiful style and endless inventive spirit !
I can't help reading and reading Alain all Jack Vance,s books they give me a lot of energy and hope. Thank you again master Vance !
S lagorce
Stphane Lagorce

Monday 3 September 2018 15:42
I am french, excuse my poor english....
I red Le prince des étoiles when I was 17 I am now 56 and all the writings of Jack Vance are always next to me. What an author !Beautiful style and endless inventive spirit !
I can't help reading and ... click to read more
Stphane Lagorce
Tuesday 31 July 2018 08:53
Master, thanks for everything: adventure, sense of wonder,romance, noir, humour,Your works are masterworks of.. Vance-fiction, a nonpareil blend of genres. Still now, after so many years, to read
your books is a pleasure, and a way to live other, so many other lives and realities. Grazie di tutto , Maestro.
Antonio Ruggiero

Tuesday 31 July 2018 08:53
Master, thanks for everything: adventure, sense of wonder,romance, noir, humour,Your works are masterworks of.. Vance-fiction, a nonpareil blend of genres. Still now, after so many years, to read
your books is a pleasure, and a way to live other, ... click to read more
Antonio Ruggiero
Friday 27 July 2018 04:14
I have read very few writers who come close to the skill that Mr. Vance had. The way he set a scene and told a story is absolutely captivating. I love the Dying Earth and the Demon Princes series and can't wait to read more of his work. I've been collecting them when I can find them.
No book has absorbed me like Tales of a Dying Earth. Mr. Vance clearly had a vibrant inner life; it showed through in the vast imagination of his writing and the depth and complexities of the cultures, creatures and people of his stories.
Thank you Mr. Vance. You are an inspiration to this aspiring author. If I can tell a story of my own with half the aptitude you had, I will be well pleased with myself.
Catethulhu

Friday 27 July 2018 04:14
I have read very few writers who come close to the skill that Mr. Vance had. The way he set a scene and told a story is absolutely captivating. I love the Dying Earth and the Demon Princes series and can't wait to read more of his work. I've been ... click to read more
Catethulhu
Friday 25 May 2018 09:11
Hi,
I just want to said that after 25 years I discovered it, Jack Vance's world is still offering me the magic that we all need.
Thank you M. Vance
Florian Lassenay

Friday 25 May 2018 09:11
Hi,
I just want to said that after 25 years I discovered it, Jack Vance's world is still offering me the magic that we all need.
Thank you M. Vance
Florian Lassenay
Tuesday 22 May 2018 03:27
hilarious and inventive from droll witticisms and amusing situations to wondrous worlds and fantastic societies

thanks for some of the best worlds ever escaped to
Rylan Cairns

Tuesday 22 May 2018 03:27
hilarious and inventive from droll witticisms and amusing situations to wondrous worlds and fantastic societies

thanks for some of the best worlds ever escaped to
Rylan Cairns
Sunday 20 May 2018 05:30
When I first read Jack Vance's works as a teenager, I enjoyed them.
When
I reread them many years later, after my reading had ranged far and wide, I appreciated them all the more -- for only then did I realize how utterly unlike anything else they are.
Rare gems, of unique cut; with their own sparkle and fire.
M.W.

Sunday 20 May 2018 05:30
When I first read Jack Vance's works as a teenager, I enjoyed them.
When
I reread them many years later, after my reading had ranged far and wide, I appreciated them all the more -- for only then did I realize how utterly unlike anything else ... click to read more
M.W.
Wednesday 11 April 2018 21:21
"Unstinting generosity excites approval."
Has there ever been a writer who was so generous with his imagination? So willing to take us to places we could have never found for ourselves?
So glad to introduce us to the finest, and foulest, that humanity and its various offshoots has to offer?
So anxious to show us what beautifully unlikely phrases could be constructed with the English language?
I will ever pour libations to Jack Vance.
Pete Sloman

Wednesday 11 April 2018 21:21
"Unstinting generosity excites approval."
Has there ever been a writer who was so generous with his imagination? So willing to take us to places we could have never found for ourselves?
So glad to introduce us to the finest, and foulest, that ... click to read more
Pete Sloman
Thursday 1 March 2018 12:49
Absolutely hopeless plots -- and I read them again and again and again! He really makes a story move, and invents the weirdest societies -- and unfortunately the world is catching up with him. The concept of 'awaile' in 'Servants of the Wankh' anticipated Columbine by decades. Of course not all science-fiction writers can think of everything: it is amusing, after humanity has colonized the galaxy, to find Kirth Gersen still having to find a phone booth! And he was a realist: his dystopian anarchy in 'Wyst' provides a refreshing antidote to Ursula K. Leguin's (also RIP) rather idealized version in 'The Dispossessed'.
escoville

Thursday 1 March 2018 12:49
Absolutely hopeless plots -- and I read them again and again and again! He really makes a story move, and invents the weirdest societies -- and unfortunately the world is catching up with him. The concept of 'awaile' in 'Servants of the Wankh' ... click to read more
escoville
Tuesday 20 February 2018 21:00
Just a small salute to Mister Vance and his family to tell them how much his work has been and still his important in my library.
I'm nearly 60 now and I have been reading and reading all over again The Tschai cycle and the Cugel cycle since I was a teenager (French edition). It has its place with the Asimmov's Foundation cycle and Van Vogt Non-A cycle side by side in my library.
You have the right to be very proud of your late father and grand-father for what it has achieved and all the happiness he has brought to million of fans throughout the world.

Forever thank you so much dear Mister Vance!

Gilles
(pardon my poor English and correct it as needed)
Gilles Maisonneuve

Tuesday 20 February 2018 21:00
Just a small salute to Mister Vance and his family to tell them how much his work has been and still his important in my library.
I'm nearly 60 now and I have been reading and reading all over again The Tschai cycle and the Cugel cycle since I was ... click to read more
Gilles Maisonneuve
Sunday 28 January 2018 18:12
I believe I now have a copy of every book written by Jack Vance, certainly of all those ever sold here in England. Something I have never tried to do for any other author.
Here's to Jack Vance, greatest and most imaginative of all science fiction writers. Rest in peace Jack, in the knowledge of a job well done
Jerry W

Sunday 28 January 2018 18:12
I believe I now have a copy of every book written by Jack Vance, certainly of all those ever sold here in England. Something I have never tried to do for any other author.
Here's to Jack Vance, greatest and most imaginative of all science fiction ... click to read more
Jerry W
Sunday 28 January 2018 05:33
I have a bookshelf in my little library devoted to Jack Vance. I tried to pass on the enthusiasm to my 35 year old son but he declined the baton. Most of his stories are here, some duplicated, some in French, picked up for a few centimes in brocantes. 20 years ago I had a sales lunch with some Dutch policemen in Rotterdam. It started out quite frosty and polite until, and I forget how, Jack Vance was mentioned. Lunch became extended, beer was raised and not many of us went back to work that afternoon. Tim R Mortiss disgurgled me.
Chris Cauwood

Sunday 28 January 2018 05:33
I have a bookshelf in my little library devoted to Jack Vance. I tried to pass on the enthusiasm to my 35 year old son but he declined the baton. Most of his stories are here, some duplicated, some in French, picked up for a few centimes in ... click to read more
Chris Cauwood
Tuesday 23 January 2018 13:46
Was there ever a better author, in any genre, than Jack Vance? Not in my humble opinion. His visionary ideas, deadpan humor, memorable characters both likeable and detestable (nearly all endowed with masterful oratory skills), panoramic vistas, complex societies, unearthly flora and fauna, fascinating worlds, satisfying plots, engaging storytelling - effortlessly regaled in the most truly delightful prose. He is greatly missed.

I first encountered his work in 1987, when a friend lent me the Tchsai/Planet of Adventure series; I was hooked from that moment on. I have read - and reread - his stories countless times since. Why Hollywood hasn't seen fit to bring the Demon Princes series to the big screen, I'll never know. Perhaps it's just as well, as they could never do his work justice...

How I wish I could live in one of Vance's worlds, instead of this mundane, unsophisticated society run by a President with "all the best words" (clearly, he has never read Jack's work).

I can't believe it's nearly 5 years since his passing.

Thank you, Jack!
Mike Allen

Tuesday 23 January 2018 13:46
Was there ever a better author, in any genre, than Jack Vance? Not in my humble opinion. His visionary ideas, deadpan humor, memorable characters both likeable and detestable (nearly all endowed with masterful oratory skills), panoramic vistas, ... click to read more
Mike Allen
Sunday 21 January 2018 00:06
I've been spellbound by every Jack Vance book I've read.
The Demon Prince novels are my favorite, and
I am on Book of Dreams, trying to stretch it out, knowing there will never be another after I finish this one.
My heart aches when I think about it.
Lawson

Sunday 21 January 2018 00:06
I've been spellbound by every Jack Vance book I've read.
The Demon Prince novels are my favorite, and
I am on Book of Dreams, trying to stretch it out, knowing there will never be another after I finish this one.
My heart aches when I think about ... click to read more
Lawson
Monday 4 December 2017 07:34
La saga de Tschai fue una de las primeras sagas de ciencia ficción que llegó a mis manos de joven, y sigo releyendo esos cuatro desgastados libros cada pocos meses aún más de veinte años después.

Un abrazo maestro bajo la luz de Carina 4269.
Javier

Monday 4 December 2017 07:34
La saga de Tschai fue una de las primeras sagas de ciencia ficción que llegó a mis manos de joven, y sigo releyendo esos cuatro desgastados libros cada pocos meses aún más de veinte años después.

Un abrazo maestro bajo la luz de Carina ... click to read more
Javier
Saturday 14 October 2017 16:05
Thanks to Jack Vance I traveled all over the universe and knew wonderful worlds and peoples.
His books and stories helped me to forget the hardships of everyday life and to endure the monotony of modern life
Alessandro LOTTI

Saturday 14 October 2017 16:05
Thanks to Jack Vance I traveled all over the universe and knew wonderful worlds and peoples.
His books and stories helped me to forget the hardships of everyday life and to endure the monotony of modern life
Alessandro LOTTI
Tuesday 12 September 2017 21:03
My current shot of malt whisky is indeed a toast to Jack
Vance, magician of fabulous words and worlds - thank you for countless hours of reading transport & pleasure, for over 40 years!
David Thwaite

Tuesday 12 September 2017 21:03
My current shot of malt whisky is indeed a toast to Jack
Vance, magician of fabulous words and worlds - thank you for countless hours of reading transport & pleasure, for over 40 years!
David Thwaite
Tuesday 29 August 2017 03:56
"'A farting horse will never tire,
A farting man's the man to hire.'

"Where is the like today?"

Where indeed?

Rest well, most picaresque of poets.
Zanda Myrande

Tuesday 29 August 2017 03:56
"'A farting horse will never tire,
A farting man's the man to hire.'

"Where is the like today?"

Where indeed?

Rest well, most picaresque of poets.
Zanda Myrande
Monday 19 June 2017 18:49
My first Vance book was The Dragon Masters, a brilliant tale of war and adaptation, and his work has only gotten better since then.
His settings, characters, and amazing prose have kept me entranced for decades. Rest In Peace, Jack. You have earned your place in our memories.
David Ackerman

Monday 19 June 2017 18:49
My first Vance book was The Dragon Masters, a brilliant tale of war and adaptation, and his work has only gotten better since then.
His settings, characters, and amazing prose have kept me entranced for decades. Rest In Peace, Jack. You have earned ... click to read more
David Ackerman
Thursday 20 April 2017 16:40
Cugel's Saga is the best book ever written. Every page, every line, every word is utterly brilliant. I have read it countless times. Lurulu is something special. Jack Vance is my hero.
Stefan

Thursday 20 April 2017 16:40
Cugel's Saga is the best book ever written. Every page, every line, every word is utterly brilliant. I have read it countless times. Lurulu is something special. Jack Vance is my hero.
Stefan
Wednesday 5 April 2017 04:47
I always loved that wit and humour - from Marune to Throy - the universe became more exciting and fabulous. When they brought electricity to New Zealand I could read late into the night - I never doubted I was a Clattuc at heart either. Sadly missed but long appreciated
Murray McDonald

Wednesday 5 April 2017 04:47
I always loved that wit and humour - from Marune to Throy - the universe became more exciting and fabulous. When they brought electricity to New Zealand I could read late into the night - I never doubted I was a Clattuc at heart either. Sadly missed ... click to read more
Murray McDonald
Friday 17 March 2017 18:01
Muchísimas gracias por crear una obra tan importante para mí como el Ciclo de tschai. Con 12 años cogí en una librería el volúmen de los Pnume y me atrapó su mundo subterraneo. Tardaría varios años en encontrar en una librería de libros descatalogados el resto de la saga. Esa fue mi entrada en la ciencia ficción, y seguramente, en el mundo de las novelas no infantiles. Un abrazo, allí donde estés. Y gracias,
Jordi

Friday 17 March 2017 18:01
Muchísimas gracias por crear una obra tan importante para mí como el Ciclo de tschai. Con 12 años cogí en una librería el volúmen de los Pnume y me atrapó su mundo subterraneo. Tardaría varios años en encontrar en una librería de libros ... click to read more
Jordi
Friday 17 March 2017 08:01
I hadn't heard of Jack Vance until this week, when I saw an inspiring quote, attributed to him, in Taste for Life magazine, which I obtain monthly for free at my local health food store. Before I passed the quote on to my friends, I wanted to find out about the man who said it. Wow! Just for sheer productivity he is laudable! I can see, too, much loved, much admired as well. I haven't read science fiction since the 70's - I'm sure you fans of Jack must wonder what kind of creature I am - but I certainly will invest the time now to see how this remarkable man practiced his craft.

The quote is: GOOD MUSIC ALWAYS DEFEATS BAD LUCK.
Anonymous

Friday 17 March 2017 08:01
I hadn't heard of Jack Vance until this week, when I saw an inspiring quote, attributed to him, in Taste for Life magazine, which I obtain monthly for free at my local health food store. Before I passed the quote on to my friends, I wanted to find ... click to read more
Anonymous
Friday 18 November 2016 18:11
For over forty years, I fought besides Gavin Waylock and Adam Rieth; with the Brave Free Men: for the honor of the sheirls in the hussade tank, for honor, and for glory.
And always, Jack Vance led the way...

... and in my heart, he always will!
Duncan Kunz

Friday 18 November 2016 18:11
For over forty years, I fought besides Gavin Waylock and Adam Rieth; with the Brave Free Men: for the honor of the sheirls in the hussade tank, for honor, and for glory.
And always, Jack Vance led the way...

... and in my heart, he always will!
Duncan Kunz
Saturday 29 October 2016 22:35
So much of movie and TV science fiction and fantasy is really bad or overstretched (e.g. three movies made out of "The Hobbit".
Why not movies out of the Lyonesse trilogy or Planet of Adventure or Demon Princes.
Or a single movie based on Dragon Masters or the Moon Moth.
julian thomas

Saturday 29 October 2016 22:35
So much of movie and TV science fiction and fantasy is really bad or overstretched (e.g. three movies made out of "The Hobbit".
Why not movies out of the Lyonesse trilogy or Planet of Adventure or Demon Princes.
Or a single movie based on Dragon ... click to read more
julian thomas
Tuesday 25 October 2016 13:26
He got me by the very first story I read and never let loose. Wonderful, extraordinary science fiction with a grand dose of humor.

Thanks Jack!
Joep Oude Veldhuis

Tuesday 25 October 2016 13:26
He got me by the very first story I read and never let loose. Wonderful, extraordinary science fiction with a grand dose of humor.

Thanks Jack!
Joep Oude Veldhuis
Friday 7 October 2016 19:07
The finest of writers. I am so grateful to Jack for all the endless hours I have spent lost in the rich and beautiful worlds he drew in my imagination with his wonderful words. A peerless genius. There'll never be another like him.
Mathew, Wales
Anonymous

Friday 7 October 2016 19:07
The finest of writers. I am so grateful to Jack for all the endless hours I have spent lost in the rich and beautiful worlds he drew in my imagination with his wonderful words. A peerless genius. There'll never be another like him.
Mathew, Wales
Anonymous
Friday 23 September 2016 23:04
Jack Vance has been my favorite author for 45 plus years. His stories have taken me to far worlds and lands, for hours beyond count. I have most, if not all, copies of his fantasy and SF stories. I am currently re-reading (for the umpteenth time)the Planet of Adventure: Tschai novels. Thank you, Jack Vance, for giving me such enjoyment over the years.
Henry Hartmann

Friday 23 September 2016 23:04
Jack Vance has been my favorite author for 45 plus years. His stories have taken me to far worlds and lands, for hours beyond count. I have most, if not all, copies of his fantasy and SF stories. I am currently re-reading (for the umpteenth time)the ... click to read more
Henry Hartmann
Tuesday 20 September 2016 12:43
What a shame, I missed the date, so, better late then never: Happy 100th Birthday Mr. Vance! You are alive in your stories, which we all love. Cheers!
Thomas Sieber

Tuesday 20 September 2016 12:43
What a shame, I missed the date, so, better late then never: Happy 100th Birthday Mr. Vance! You are alive in your stories, which we all love. Cheers!
Thomas Sieber
Thursday 8 September 2016 08:36
Jack Vance's voice was unique and inimitable.
I've spent decades reading and re-reading his work:
Witty, bittersweet, beautiful, imaginative, well-plotted- it's easy to run out of superlatives and adjectives.
One of my son's middle name is 'Kirth' :-)
Karim

Thursday 8 September 2016 08:36
Jack Vance's voice was unique and inimitable.
I've spent decades reading and re-reading his work:
Witty, bittersweet, beautiful, imaginative, well-plotted- it's easy to run out of superlatives and adjectives.
One of my son's middle name is ... click to read more
Karim
Wednesday 7 September 2016 15:01
My favorite author. End of discussion.
Philip Kelley

Wednesday 7 September 2016 15:01
My favorite author. End of discussion.
Philip Kelley
Tuesday 23 August 2016 07:32
His stories helped me to pass many nights and many days, wondering to meet Kirth Gersen.
My nickname when I was a singer in a rock band was Rhune Fader and one of our songs titled "The face"
One of the most important writers in my life.
RIP Jack and see you on the other side.
Giorgio

Tuesday 23 August 2016 07:32
His stories helped me to pass many nights and many days, wondering to meet Kirth Gersen.
My nickname when I was a singer in a rock band was Rhune Fader and one of our songs titled "The face"
One of the most important writers in my life.
RIP Jack ... click to read more
Giorgio
Wednesday 13 July 2016 14:22
I was 25 years old when I discovered Vance in the Dying earth (1975), I did not know Jack Vance but
I got it
because the cover for this French print was
from Philippe Druillet who was my prefered cartoonist in France, so I supposed
the book to be
good too, but it was more, much more : I have been grasped by the style and stories. Since this time I read all Vance works every year, again and again. I cannot get enought of him. Jack Vance is not just a wonderful writer, He is a "honnête homme" - in the French sense -
Bravo, jack !
Jean Luc, France

Wednesday 13 July 2016 14:22
I was 25 years old when I discovered Vance in the Dying earth (1975), I did not know Jack Vance but
I got it
because the cover for this French print was
from Philippe Druillet who was my prefered cartoonist in France, so I supposed
the book to ... click to read more
Jean Luc, France
Sunday 26 June 2016 20:56
Was introduced to Jack Vance through a tribute from George RR Martin. Immediately fell in love with his high speech, tongue in cheek style. Once I got past the surface and saw the meat of his writing I was again floored by his effortless world creation. Have most his works now and "recollecting" signed works. Easily a master and one of the greatest to put ink to paper. So thankful the world had so many years with him.
Jeremy Dukes

Sunday 26 June 2016 20:56
Was introduced to Jack Vance through a tribute from George RR Martin. Immediately fell in love with his high speech, tongue in cheek style. Once I got past the surface and saw the meat of his writing I was again floored by his effortless world ... click to read more
Jeremy Dukes
Wednesday 22 June 2016 10:47
Rereading "Maske: Thaery" for the third or fourth time, and I became depressed that Jack's voice has been silenced. He cannot be replaced.
David Knight

Wednesday 22 June 2016 10:47
Rereading "Maske: Thaery" for the third or fourth time, and I became depressed that Jack's voice has been silenced. He cannot be replaced.
David Knight
Sunday 5 June 2016 22:37
I have read "the dragon master" for the first time when i was 12. Now i am 46. I wish
to share with you all the
emotions and laughter And the tears that were associated with all the reading experiences I had with jack vance books and novels. He made me love science fiction and enriched my adolescence . Now reading his books again for the forth or fifth time he made me recall of a wonderfull part of my life. Thank you.
Paolo

Sunday 5 June 2016 22:37
I have read "the dragon master" for the first time when i was 12. Now i am 46. I wish
to share with you all the
emotions and laughter And the tears that were associated with all the reading experiences I had with jack vance books and novels. He ... click to read more
Paolo
Friday 27 May 2016 21:59
jack you are always in our hearts
Gianni Farina

Friday 27 May 2016 21:59
jack you are always in our hearts
Gianni Farina
Monday 7 March 2016 23:48
Bneginning with The Dying Earth, I have bought. most of Vance's books.
Thanks
for the ebooks!
Anonymous

Monday 7 March 2016 23:48
Bneginning with The Dying Earth, I have bought. most of Vance's books.
Thanks
for the ebooks!
Anonymous
Wednesday 17 February 2016 11:59
I am 65 years old. The first books I read (besides those required in school) were the Tschai novels 40 some years ago and I was hooked forever. I just finished Nightlamp for the umpteenth time and consider it one of the best. I had checked Mr. Vance's web page periodically but missed his departure in 2013. Needless to say I was depressed and disappointed that there would be no more wonderful literary surprises (selfish I know). I have most of his novels and am trying to procure the remainder. In my humble opinion he is the greatest author ever to pen words. Thank you.
Glenn LaPier

Wednesday 17 February 2016 11:59
I am 65 years old. The first books I read (besides those required in school) were the Tschai novels 40 some years ago and I was hooked forever. I just finished Nightlamp for the umpteenth time and consider it one of the best. I had checked Mr. ... click to read more
Glenn LaPier
Thursday 14 January 2016 17:47
The Hugo
winning Story Illustration
for the
surpassingly good
short
story
from The Aug 63 Galaxy
issue
was
a gigantic
turning
point in my Arts
Career/interest.
The story was characteristic
of the high
craft passion and
strength of the
author-
Galaxy Reader and Vance Enthusiast

Thursday 14 January 2016 17:47
The Hugo
winning Story Illustration
for the
surpassingly good
short
story
from The Aug 63 Galaxy
issue
was
a gigantic
turning
point in my Arts
Career/interest.
The story was characteristic
of the high
craft passion and
strength of ... click to read more
Galaxy Reader and Vance Enthusiast
Monday 4 January 2016 23:38
The only fiction that I've read for the last 15 years has been by Jack Vance. His worlds and characters continue to tantalise, his language use and subtlety is exquisite.
Russell Moran

Monday 4 January 2016 23:38
The only fiction that I've read for the last 15 years has been by Jack Vance. His worlds and characters continue to tantalise, his language use and subtlety is exquisite.
Russell Moran
Thursday 24 December 2015 17:40
Jack Vance has been my favorite author for 30 years.
I have read nearly every book or short story he wrote three times or more and always enjoy him.
I think he is one of the most imaginative, creative, thoughtful, funny, writers of all time.
I especially love the Adam Reith Series, the Kirth Gersen series, the Lyonesse books, Cugel, the mysteries.
Hey, I think I will go get a Jack Vance book and read it right now!
Truly Planet Earth was made better by this writer.
Don

Thursday 24 December 2015 17:40
Jack Vance has been my favorite author for 30 years.
I have read nearly every book or short story he wrote three times or more and always enjoy him.
I think he is one of the most imaginative, creative, thoughtful, funny, writers of all time.
I ... click to read more
Don
Sunday 13 December 2015 15:18
I owe Jack Vance some of my most beloved reading hours. I love his work, so much. Thanks for all this marvels.
Valdo

Sunday 13 December 2015 15:18
I owe Jack Vance some of my most beloved reading hours. I love his work, so much. Thanks for all this marvels.
Valdo
Monday 26 October 2015 12:07
Hey Jack!
So you've gone on to join Poul Anderson and the rest of your generation to the Great Typewriter in the sky.
You were a giant amongst giants, but how you tricked us all by masquerading as a mere mortal. I'm so sad you are gone, but boy-oh-boy you sure left one big footprint!

See you down the road less traveled.
Thomas Lowe

Monday 26 October 2015 12:07
Hey Jack!
So you've gone on to join Poul Anderson and the rest of your generation to the Great Typewriter in the sky.
You were a giant amongst giants, but how you tricked us all by masquerading as a mere mortal. I'm so sad you are gone, but ... click to read more
Thomas Lowe
Sunday 27 September 2015 22:09
Sinceramente eres
un genio, y digo que lo eres porque en tus libros estas tu, muchas gracias por dejarnos tus historias, que manera más creativa de crear mundos y civilizaciones
Gerson Colindres

Sunday 27 September 2015 22:09
Sinceramente eres
un genio, y digo que lo eres porque en tus libros estas tu, muchas gracias por dejarnos tus historias, que manera más creativa de crear mundos y civilizaciones
Gerson Colindres
Saturday 19 September 2015 19:59
Magister

When he heard the mage was dead
The student donned a robe of gloom;
And lenses made from sandestin 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 pallid dawn come in
And mused; a sadder, wiser man.
Peter Mackenzie

Saturday 19 September 2015 19:59
Magister

When he heard the mage was dead
The student donned a robe of gloom;
And lenses made from sandestin 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 ... click to read more
Peter Mackenzie
Friday 11 September 2015 06:29
Thank you Mr. Vance for many wonderful stories. I read my first Vance novel Lyonesse in the 1980's as a young teenager. My brother recommended the book to me. He was a great lover of all things science fiction and - to a lesser degree- fantasy. I became quickly a fan too. Jack Vance was a great writer, may he rest in peace.
Anna

Friday 11 September 2015 06:29
Thank you Mr. Vance for many wonderful stories. I read my first Vance novel Lyonesse in the 1980's as a young teenager. My brother recommended the book to me. He was a great lover of all things science fiction and - to a lesser degree- fantasy. I ... click to read more
Anna
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