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 29 May 2013 20:32
jack vance was my favorite sf writer as a youth and still today. vance had the singular ability to sketch a completely alien psychology or end a complex epic sf or mystery novel in a single paragraph -- sometimes a single sentence. his outrageous humor and creativity, and his masterful use of color and neology always blew me away. at the same time, he mainly wrote about human beings separated by millenia of autonomous development in an interstellar region termed appropriately and economically the "oikumene." in terms of impact, his dying earth stories still haunt me. they still haunt gaming technology too -- for example, the magic system in dying earth is the basis for how magic works in dungeons and dragons and world of warcraft. as a romp, my favorites are the demon princes series and tschai, planet of adventure. you can read these novels as the misremembered, impressionistic recollection of his time in the merchant marine (american, orientalist, curious, sympathetic to the underdog, acutely aware of the functioning of privilege and the complexities of culture and language, and in many cases, deliberately, outrageously, humorous about it -- not beyond criticism but as cugel the clever says, "One must use his wits in dealing with maledictions." ). a character in tschai, the "dirdir-man" anacho at-afram, voiced vance's basic thesis: "people are plastic." vance's exploration of this -- aesthetically, politically, and otherwise, with complete control of language -- will be sorely missed. i grew up reading his books and already miss him.
Bleak Masterson

Wednesday 29 May 2013 20:32
jack vance was my favorite sf writer as a youth and still today. vance had the singular ability to sketch a completely alien psychology or end a complex epic sf or mystery novel in a single paragraph -- sometimes a single sentence. his outrageous ... click to read more
Bleak Masterson
Wednesday 29 May 2013 20:32
From the moment I discovered "The Brave Free Men" in a small bookshop, forty-odd years ago, to this day, I have enjoyed all the worlds you made for us.
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Today, I will order the book you wrote about another wonderful adventure: "This Is Me, Jack Vance". I look forward to reading what may be the most wonderful saga of all.
L Richards

Wednesday 29 May 2013 20:32
From the moment I discovered "The Brave Free Men" in a small bookshop, forty-odd years ago, to this day, I have enjoyed all the worlds you made for us.
.
Today, I will order the book you wrote about another wonderful adventure: "This Is Me, Jack ... click to read more
L Richards
Wednesday 29 May 2013 20:31
Ah, the world's lost one of the great original flames of inspiration-but he's set a thousand thousand more minds afire with possibilities.
David C.

Wednesday 29 May 2013 20:31
Ah, the world's lost one of the great original flames of inspiration-but he's set a thousand thousand more minds afire with possibilities.
David C.
Wednesday 29 May 2013 20:31
I am crying real tears right now.
Such a great man, human being, and writer.
One of the highlights of my life was being able to talk to him last year on the phone.
He was such a friendly, engaging conversationalist, as I hoped he would be from his writing.
Peace, Jack and Norma!

Kevin

Wednesday 29 May 2013 20:31
I am crying real tears right now.
Such a great man, human being, and writer.
One of the highlights of my life was being able to talk to him last year on the phone.
He was such a friendly, engaging conversationalist, as I hoped he would be from ... click to read more
Kevin
Wednesday 29 May 2013 20:27
From his "The Book of Dreams" - "So then, stranger, go your way.
When at last you make your homecoming, wherever it may be among the sparkling worlds, bring report of those who stand brooding yonder."
RIP, Mr. Vance.
Stephanie

Wednesday 29 May 2013 20:27
From his "The Book of Dreams" - "So then, stranger, go your way.
When at last you make your homecoming, wherever it may be among the sparkling worlds, bring report of those who stand brooding yonder."
RIP, Mr. Vance.
Stephanie
Wednesday 29 May 2013 20:24
Jack Vance is the reason I began reading science fiction.
Somehow always thought I'd get the chance to thank him in person.
RIP, you brilliant man.
Melissa Crandall

Wednesday 29 May 2013 20:24
Jack Vance is the reason I began reading science fiction.
Somehow always thought I'd get the chance to thank him in person.
RIP, you brilliant man.
Melissa Crandall
Wednesday 29 May 2013 20:23
Amongst lovers of fiction, Jack Vance, his imagination, wisdom, and wit will never be forgotten.

Rest well, wordsmith!
Alexander Fick, Tuebingen

Wednesday 29 May 2013 20:23
Amongst lovers of fiction, Jack Vance, his imagination, wisdom, and wit will never be forgotten.

Rest well, wordsmith!
Alexander Fick, Tuebingen
Wednesday 29 May 2013 20:22
To Mr. Vance, A giant who lifted me on the back of his imagination - and left vistas yet to explore. Sadly, Chun is still Unavoidable. A glass for Jack, all around.
Brad Finch

Wednesday 29 May 2013 20:22
To Mr. Vance, A giant who lifted me on the back of his imagination - and left vistas yet to explore. Sadly, Chun is still Unavoidable. A glass for Jack, all around.
Brad Finch
Wednesday 29 May 2013 20:22
Goodbye, Creator of Worlds.
Thanks for giving me a better life.

Uxo V

Wednesday 29 May 2013 20:22
Goodbye, Creator of Worlds.
Thanks for giving me a better life.

Uxo V
Wednesday 29 May 2013 20:18
I recently cleared out my collection of sci-fi novels - I gave away dozens and dozens of books. But not my Jack Vances; they are too dear to me.
Thanks for filling my youth with wonder, thanks for the colors, the sights and the magic.

Rest in peace.
Misja

Wednesday 29 May 2013 20:18
I recently cleared out my collection of sci-fi novels - I gave away dozens and dozens of books. But not my Jack Vances; they are too dear to me.
Thanks for filling my youth with wonder, thanks for the colors, the sights and the magic.

Rest in ... click to read more
Misja
Wednesday 29 May 2013 20:06
A toast to the man who learnd me to reed SF and Fantasy. A big thank you for all the hours of pleasure in reading. For taking me to all that diverend worlds far beyond fantasy. I take a dram on him. Dear Mr. Vance, R.I.P.
Karin Clardij

Wednesday 29 May 2013 20:06
A toast to the man who learnd me to reed SF and Fantasy. A big thank you for all the hours of pleasure in reading. For taking me to all that diverend worlds far beyond fantasy. I take a dram on him. Dear Mr. Vance, R.I.P.
Karin Clardij
Wednesday 29 May 2013 20:03
You wrote beautifully; nobody else used English with such deft flair. Your unending reservoir of new worlds that were both wonderful and satisfying was not of this world. Thank you so much.
Ivan M. Stoner

Wednesday 29 May 2013 20:03
You wrote beautifully; nobody else used English with such deft flair. Your unending reservoir of new worlds that were both wonderful and satisfying was not of this world. Thank you so much.
Ivan M. Stoner
Wednesday 29 May 2013 19:58
I found the works of Jack Vance through my love of Dungeons & Dragons. In the back of the Moldvay Basic Rules book, on page B62, there was a bibliography of "Inspirational Source Material." Jack Vance was one of many that caught my eye. The stories were wild, wondrous, and witty. Far from the typical sword-and-sorcery fare I was used to. They made me think. They made me re-read to see if I had missed anything.

I miss Vance already.

I would thank him for the magic and the wonder of reading about a world so out of reach, yet so tantalizingly near. Full of sheer myth and legend. Echoing with enchantment and the booming presence of so many larger-than-life characters. Shimmering with charm and color even as the star giving it life gutters and dies.

I wish him well on his next journey.
David A. Hill

Wednesday 29 May 2013 19:58
I found the works of Jack Vance through my love of Dungeons & Dragons. In the back of the Moldvay Basic Rules book, on page B62, there was a bibliography of "Inspirational Source Material." Jack Vance was one of many that caught my eye. The stories ... click to read more
David A. Hill
Wednesday 29 May 2013 19:55

One of the greatest moments of my life was when I met Jack in 1992 at the Orlando Grand Master WorldCom convention.
He signed my copy of "Son of The tree". I'll continue to reread all of his books forever.
Joe Ben from NJ

Wednesday 29 May 2013 19:55

One of the greatest moments of my life was when I met Jack in 1992 at the Orlando Grand Master WorldCom convention.
He signed my copy of "Son of The tree". I'll continue to reread all of his books forever.
Joe Ben from NJ
Wednesday 29 May 2013 19:54
Rest well, and my sympathies to family, friends and fellow readers.
Craig Oxbrow

Wednesday 29 May 2013 19:54
Rest well, and my sympathies to family, friends and fellow readers.
Craig Oxbrow
Wednesday 29 May 2013 19:48
Goodbye Master, my favorite author, you really are, greetings to your family.
Diego Silva

Wednesday 29 May 2013 19:48
Goodbye Master, my favorite author, you really are, greetings to your family.
Diego Silva
Wednesday 29 May 2013 19:42
Thank you Mr. Vance for enlivening my imagination and giving full scope to my vocabulary. Your words were an inspiration in my formative years and continue to be so in my adult life.
Thank you,
and fare well.
John Machin

Wednesday 29 May 2013 19:42
Thank you Mr. Vance for enlivening my imagination and giving full scope to my vocabulary. Your words were an inspiration in my formative years and continue to be so in my adult life.
Thank you,
and fare well.
John Machin
Wednesday 29 May 2013 19:39
His books live after him.
Tony Zbaraschuk

Wednesday 29 May 2013 19:39
His books live after him.
Tony Zbaraschuk
Wednesday 29 May 2013 19:34
Vale Jack, you opened whole worlds to me. You made me gasp, laugh, cry and dream. nobody ever will describe the alien the way you could. you will be missed.
Peter from Melbourne

Wednesday 29 May 2013 19:34
Vale Jack, you opened whole worlds to me. You made me gasp, laugh, cry and dream. nobody ever will describe the alien the way you could. you will be missed.
Peter from Melbourne
Wednesday 29 May 2013 19:33
Thanks for the inspiration. RIP.
Luca Ilario Carbonini

Wednesday 29 May 2013 19:33
Thanks for the inspiration. RIP.
Luca Ilario Carbonini
Wednesday 29 May 2013 19:31
Thank you for these nights on Tschaï, under the lights of Az and Braz.
Traz Onmale

Wednesday 29 May 2013 19:31
Thank you for these nights on Tschaï, under the lights of Az and Braz.
Traz Onmale
Wednesday 29 May 2013 19:29
We members of the Baltimore Science Fiction Society have enjoyed and been inspired by your works for many years.
The world as lost
one of the Great Writers of the genre.
Miriam Kelly

Wednesday 29 May 2013 19:29
We members of the Baltimore Science Fiction Society have enjoyed and been inspired by your works for many years.
The world as lost
one of the Great Writers of the genre.
Miriam Kelly
Wednesday 29 May 2013 19:29
So much achieved in such a rich life. As a minor contributor to the Integral Edition, and the proud owner of a set, I have a part of him, which will serve as memorial for my great pleasure in his books, and his life
Chris LaHatte

Wednesday 29 May 2013 19:29
So much achieved in such a rich life. As a minor contributor to the Integral Edition, and the proud owner of a set, I have a part of him, which will serve as memorial for my great pleasure in his books, and his life
Chris LaHatte
Wednesday 29 May 2013 19:27
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Unspiek, Baron Bodissey

Wednesday 29 May 2013 19:27
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Unspiek, Baron Bodissey
Wednesday 29 May 2013 19:25
I was just a reader, and don't deserve to comment here, but what a writer.
Rebecca Sawyer

Wednesday 29 May 2013 19:25
I was just a reader, and don't deserve to comment here, but what a writer.
Rebecca Sawyer
Wednesday 29 May 2013 19:25
You brought something to the realm of science fiction and fantasy writing that few other authors could or did.
Your writing never lost a sense of fun and adventure, nor has anyone equaled your knack for descriptive prose.
You will be sorely missed.
Jay Furr

Wednesday 29 May 2013 19:25
You brought something to the realm of science fiction and fantasy writing that few other authors could or did.
Your writing never lost a sense of fun and adventure, nor has anyone equaled your knack for descriptive prose.
You will be sorely missed.
Jay Furr
Wednesday 29 May 2013 19:22
I've read many of Jack Vance's works, and many are among my all-time favorites. There are characters and even lines from his books that I think of frequently. Such beauty and adventure and humor. Thanks so much, Mr. Vance.
Mike Ruiz

Wednesday 29 May 2013 19:22
I've read many of Jack Vance's works, and many are among my all-time favorites. There are characters and even lines from his books that I think of frequently. Such beauty and adventure and humor. Thanks so much, Mr. Vance.
Mike Ruiz
Wednesday 29 May 2013 19:22
Your books will live in me and color my life and thoughts until my last day. Thank you so much...!
Phil

Wednesday 29 May 2013 19:22
Your books will live in me and color my life and thoughts until my last day. Thank you so much...!
Phil
Wednesday 29 May 2013 19:21
One of the only two men whom I admired for something they did or for who they were is gone. I really can't find the words.
Till Noever

Wednesday 29 May 2013 19:21
One of the only two men whom I admired for something they did or for who they were is gone. I really can't find the words.
Till Noever
Wednesday 29 May 2013 19:21
Although I had read "Vandals of the Void" as a teenager, my involvement with Jack Vance's work really began in graduate school when I read "The Dying Earth" for the first time and became an instant fan. I believe I've read at least one version of all of his published work and just recently discovered jackvance.com and therefore his biography, "Songs of the Dying Earth," and the charming and witty chamber opera based on, "Space Opera" itself. I am shocked and saddened to hear of his death, but I have his books and that is some consolation. For some reason, I keep thinking of Zab Zonk from "Araminta Station" as I write this. Perhaps it's time for bit of uiskebaugh in his memory.
John Chalmers

Wednesday 29 May 2013 19:21
Although I had read "Vandals of the Void" as a teenager, my involvement with Jack Vance's work really began in graduate school when I read "The Dying Earth" for the first time and became an instant fan. I believe I've read at least one version of ... click to read more
John Chalmers
Wednesday 29 May 2013 19:17
The world was transformed into a much more vibrant sphere for your presence.

"What exists is real; therefore it is tragic, since whatever lives must die. Only fantasy, the vapors rising from sheer nonsense, can now excite my laughter." - Lord Pirmence of Castle Lutez
Fitcharoo

Wednesday 29 May 2013 19:17
The world was transformed into a much more vibrant sphere for your presence.

"What exists is real; therefore it is tragic, since whatever lives must die. Only fantasy, the vapors rising from sheer nonsense, can now excite my laughter." - Lord ... click to read more
Fitcharoo
Wednesday 29 May 2013 19:16
I found Star King in a huge foreign bookstore in Tehran, where there was no system of filing or cataloging, in 1973 or 1974 - however, as an American expatriate, it was a major discovery.
I didn't
know the book or the author, but it was the beginning of a 40 year adventure and I think I've read all of his SF/Fantasy many times.
Bob

Wednesday 29 May 2013 19:16
I found Star King in a huge foreign bookstore in Tehran, where there was no system of filing or cataloging, in 1973 or 1974 - however, as an American expatriate, it was a major discovery.
I didn't
know the book or the author, but it was the ... click to read more
Bob
Wednesday 29 May 2013 19:11
Your masterwork has been part of me since my childhood.

Thank you, just to have existed, Mr Vance.

A french reader.
Wasurenai

Wednesday 29 May 2013 19:11
Your masterwork has been part of me since my childhood.

Thank you, just to have existed, Mr Vance.

A french reader.
Wasurenai
Wednesday 29 May 2013 19:10
Rest in peace, a job well done, a legacy of imagination.
Dante D'Anthony

Wednesday 29 May 2013 19:10
Rest in peace, a job well done, a legacy of imagination.
Dante D'Anthony
Wednesday 29 May 2013 19:08
Having cut my SF teeth on the likes of Clarke and Asimov (estimable in their own way but no great prose stylists) coming to Jack Vance was like getting a colour TV after years of black and white... A wonderful writer, and an incomparable crafter of arresting images, arcane dialogue and baroque landscapes. Rest in Peace.
Graham Ruston

Wednesday 29 May 2013 19:08
Having cut my SF teeth on the likes of Clarke and Asimov (estimable in their own way but no great prose stylists) coming to Jack Vance was like getting a colour TV after years of black and white... A wonderful writer, and an incomparable crafter of ... click to read more
Graham Ruston
Wednesday 29 May 2013 19:07
Jack was my favorite writer. His books and stories were like fabulous, unusually lucid dreams, full of the clever dialogue you'd want to remember when you woke up so you could scribble it down. He was the only writer I ever went out of my way to visit, and he and Norma were most hospitable to me. I haven't seen him in 20 years, and I regret that. I will treasure my collection of Vance books and reread them when I need a special treat. Farewell Jack Vance.
Joe Bergeron

Wednesday 29 May 2013 19:07
Jack was my favorite writer. His books and stories were like fabulous, unusually lucid dreams, full of the clever dialogue you'd want to remember when you woke up so you could scribble it down. He was the only writer I ever went out of my way to ... click to read more
Joe Bergeron
Wednesday 29 May 2013 19:06
Orators, prepare your panegyrics, pour a libation for the departed.
Truly has he edified us with his scintillant prose, let us proceed with our obsequies and encomiums.

Thanks, Jack, for everything.
Mick G.

Wednesday 29 May 2013 19:06
Orators, prepare your panegyrics, pour a libation for the departed.
Truly has he edified us with his scintillant prose, let us proceed with our obsequies and encomiums.

Thanks, Jack, for everything.
Mick G.
Wednesday 29 May 2013 19:06
Jack Vance could paint a picture in one sentence that was more vivid that others could do in an entire book. The world has lost an amazing writer.
Ian

Wednesday 29 May 2013 19:06
Jack Vance could paint a picture in one sentence that was more vivid that others could do in an entire book. The world has lost an amazing writer.
Ian
Wednesday 29 May 2013 19:04
Merci Mr. Vance for all those marvellous journeys you provided me through your stories.
May your soul travels forever among the stars so that you'll see yourselves all those far out civilisation that exist out there.
Jean-Marc Soucy

Wednesday 29 May 2013 19:04
Merci Mr. Vance for all those marvellous journeys you provided me through your stories.
May your soul travels forever among the stars so that you'll see yourselves all those far out civilisation that exist out there.
Jean-Marc Soucy
Wednesday 29 May 2013 19:02
A unique, and much loved author.
I will miss him.
But he will never be truly gone while I have his books by my side.
Sayonara.
Paul Lynch

Wednesday 29 May 2013 19:02
A unique, and much loved author.
I will miss him.
But he will never be truly gone while I have his books by my side.
Sayonara.
Paul Lynch
Wednesday 29 May 2013 18:59
I have treasured Jack Vance's stories since I was a young teen.
No where else are worlds so colorful, characters so rich.
His books have long been my favorites.
Thank you, Mr. Vance, for your brilliant creations.
May you rest in peace.
Sarah Dittman

Wednesday 29 May 2013 18:59
I have treasured Jack Vance's stories since I was a young teen.
No where else are worlds so colorful, characters so rich.
His books have long been my favorites.
Thank you, Mr. Vance, for your brilliant creations.
May you rest in peace.
Sarah Dittman
Wednesday 29 May 2013 18:57
One of the great elders of fantasy has gone. I am sad. RIP.
Peter, Germany

Wednesday 29 May 2013 18:57
One of the great elders of fantasy has gone. I am sad. RIP.
Peter, Germany
Wednesday 29 May 2013 18:56
Jack Vance first caught my attention in the early 1970s. At first I was put off by the typical lurid covers, but once I was two paragraphs into STAR KING, I was hooked for life, and enjoyed reading and re-reading his wonderful works for many, many years. I cherish the two autographed copies of books that I actually waited in line at a couple of his rare appearances in bookstores to ask him for.

What a wonderful writer, and all around bonhomme. He will be missed, and we will remember him fondly.
David Studhalter

Wednesday 29 May 2013 18:56
Jack Vance first caught my attention in the early 1970s. At first I was put off by the typical lurid covers, but once I was two paragraphs into STAR KING, I was hooked for life, and enjoyed reading and re-reading his wonderful works for many, many ... click to read more
David Studhalter
Wednesday 29 May 2013 18:52
Jack to me is the best writer I will ever experience. Nothing will ever come close to the joy he has given me. I am sad but feel blessed that I first discovered him for my very own 25 years ago. Cheers to you Jack
Ray Carmody

Wednesday 29 May 2013 18:52
Jack to me is the best writer I will ever experience. Nothing will ever come close to the joy he has given me. I am sad but feel blessed that I first discovered him for my very own 25 years ago. Cheers to you Jack
Ray Carmody
Wednesday 29 May 2013 18:48
Jack is my favourite author of all time. At one time in the distant past, when I needed a nickname, I tried out different ones for size. One stuck. Rhialto. I hoped that the name would convey to me some of his magical properties and appeal to romantic partners. Maybe it helped, but the name stuck anyway...
Olaf "Rhialto" Seibert

Wednesday 29 May 2013 18:48
Jack is my favourite author of all time. At one time in the distant past, when I needed a nickname, I tried out different ones for size. One stuck. Rhialto. I hoped that the name would convey to me some of his magical properties and appeal to ... click to read more
Olaf "Rhialto" Seibert
Wednesday 29 May 2013 18:45
The entire collection of Jack Vance science fiction and fantasy resides on my shelves...something I haven't bothered to do with any other author. And some of those books have been read many times. All will be read again. In my view, Vance was the best.
Tim

Wednesday 29 May 2013 18:45
The entire collection of Jack Vance science fiction and fantasy resides on my shelves...something I haven't bothered to do with any other author. And some of those books have been read many times. All will be read again. In my view, Vance was the ... click to read more
Tim
Wednesday 29 May 2013 18:42
Mr. Vance is gone!
I can't adequately express my sense of loss to anyone but those of us whose lives have been enriched by his brilliant work.
Chris Rhetts

Wednesday 29 May 2013 18:42
Mr. Vance is gone!
I can't adequately express my sense of loss to anyone but those of us whose lives have been enriched by his brilliant work.
Chris Rhetts
Wednesday 29 May 2013 18:40
Thanks Jack, I wished I'd have met ya and I need to read more of your books.
Tony Steele

Wednesday 29 May 2013 18:40
Thanks Jack, I wished I'd have met ya and I need to read more of your books.
Tony Steele
Wednesday 29 May 2013 18:37
I cannot imagine a world without the works of Jack Vance. Tales of Dying Earth, and Cugel's Saga are imprinted on my brain.
Good bye Jack. Thank you very much.
Deran Wright

Wednesday 29 May 2013 18:37
I cannot imagine a world without the works of Jack Vance. Tales of Dying Earth, and Cugel's Saga are imprinted on my brain.
Good bye Jack. Thank you very much.
Deran Wright
Wednesday 29 May 2013 18:35
RIP jack Vance. What a wonderful legacy you've left us and the generations to come. Thank you.
Joel A

Wednesday 29 May 2013 18:35
RIP jack Vance. What a wonderful legacy you've left us and the generations to come. Thank you.
Joel A
Wednesday 29 May 2013 18:32
Thank you very much, Jack! I´ve been a reader from then (The Sixties) until today and now am an editor and author of and about fantastic literature because great story-tellers like you made me what I am.
RIP

Frank Weinreich
Frank Weinreich

Wednesday 29 May 2013 18:32
Thank you very much, Jack! I´ve been a reader from then (The Sixties) until today and now am an editor and author of and about fantastic literature because great story-tellers like you made me what I am.
RIP

Frank Weinreich
Frank Weinreich
Wednesday 29 May 2013 18:31
With such a long life perhaps we should not grieve so much. But absurd or not, he was one of the most influential writers in my own creative life, and I'm very sad that he's no longer among us.
Jessica Amanda Salmonson

Wednesday 29 May 2013 18:31
With such a long life perhaps we should not grieve so much. But absurd or not, he was one of the most influential writers in my own creative life, and I'm very sad that he's no longer among us.
Jessica Amanda Salmonson
Wednesday 29 May 2013 18:29
Thanks, Jack, for sharing your many gifts with us.
Elizabeth Ann Scarborough

Wednesday 29 May 2013 18:29
Thanks, Jack, for sharing your many gifts with us.
Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
Wednesday 29 May 2013 18:28
Thank you, Jack, for so many books and worlds. I started with "The Dragon Masters" in Galaxy, and finished with your autobiography, missing few if any stops in between. What an amazing ride! Thanks especially for the grue and "Vancian magic."
Dave Lebling

Wednesday 29 May 2013 18:28
Thank you, Jack, for so many books and worlds. I started with "The Dragon Masters" in Galaxy, and finished with your autobiography, missing few if any stops in between. What an amazing ride! Thanks especially for the grue and "Vancian magic."
Dave Lebling
Wednesday 29 May 2013 18:27
He bent, touched the soil of Tchai, crumbled a handful pf mold between his fingers. Then he too entered the unlovely hulk. The port was closed and sealed. The generators hummed. The ship lifted toward the sky. The face of Tchai receded;
the Planet exhibited rotundity, became a grey brown ball, and presently was gone.
Adam Reith

Wednesday 29 May 2013 18:27
He bent, touched the soil of Tchai, crumbled a handful pf mold between his fingers. Then he too entered the unlovely hulk. The port was closed and sealed. The generators hummed. The ship lifted toward the sky. The face of Tchai receded;
the Planet ... click to read more
Adam Reith
Wednesday 29 May 2013 18:27
Thanks Jack, very thanks for your works,
Anonymous

Wednesday 29 May 2013 18:27
Thanks Jack, very thanks for your works,
Anonymous
Wednesday 29 May 2013 18:22
Por Jack Vance he sufrido una devoción irracional desde el primer momento en el que me lo recomendaron. Gracias por tus viajes y tus aventuras y tu ingenio y tu gracia. Te vamos a echar de menos (y además de verdad). Gracias.
Jess Jtiva

Wednesday 29 May 2013 18:22
Por Jack Vance he sufrido una devoción irracional desde el primer momento en el que me lo recomendaron. Gracias por tus viajes y tus aventuras y tu ingenio y tu gracia. Te vamos a echar de menos (y además de verdad). Gracias.
Jess Jtiva
Wednesday 29 May 2013 18:22
Jack, you were an amazing, visionary, startlingly gifted writer. I'm very glad you told me your stories.

I don't think the writers of this piece -- published today -- knew of his death. This is an astonishing accidental tribute though:

"In plain words: forced overconsumption of cultural trash is what most westerners grew up in. They grew up in the eternal present of late capitalism, with no one encouraging them to envision any kind of future. This cultural disability can be cured by cultivating a renovated desire of future worlds. Let's brush the dust off those old Robert A Heinlein books. Let's take back our Cordwainer Smiths, our Jack Vances, our Philip J Farmers, and our Ursula K Le Guins. Let's reconquer utopia."

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2013/may/29/wu-ming-top-10-utopias
Ian Sturrock

Wednesday 29 May 2013 18:22
Jack, you were an amazing, visionary, startlingly gifted writer. I'm very glad you told me your stories.

I don't think the writers of this piece -- published today -- knew of his death. This is an astonishing accidental tribute though:

"In ... click to read more
Ian Sturrock
Wednesday 29 May 2013 18:18
Jack, you were the greatest, thank you so much for the Demon Princes and Tschai. Your use of colorful descriptions was unparalleled.
Filip

Wednesday 29 May 2013 18:18
Jack, you were the greatest, thank you so much for the Demon Princes and Tschai. Your use of colorful descriptions was unparalleled.
Filip
Wednesday 29 May 2013 18:17
Jack Vance was a wonderful storyteller in science fiction and fantasy. With Robert Heinlein, he was my favorite author. Thank you for all the good times I spent reading your stories.
Marc Van Buggenhout

Wednesday 29 May 2013 18:17
Jack Vance was a wonderful storyteller in science fiction and fantasy. With Robert Heinlein, he was my favorite author. Thank you for all the good times I spent reading your stories.
Marc Van Buggenhout