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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Thursday 26 September 2013 08:53
Thank you so much for all your stories. See you later, master.
Antonio J. Morata

Thursday 26 September 2013 08:53
Thank you so much for all your stories. See you later, master.
Antonio J. Morata
Wednesday 25 September 2013 17:33
Jack's stories have been with me since I was a teenager in the early eighties. Every year I would reread and enjoy his works... now, while rereading "the blue world" I must discover that this unique voice will not speak any more. Dear Jack, thanks for all the joy I am getting from your works - I am sad that I never will be able to talk to you in this life. I toast to you with a good glass of port.
Derek
Derek Feichtinger

Wednesday 25 September 2013 17:33
Jack's stories have been with me since I was a teenager in the early eighties. Every year I would reread and enjoy his works... now, while rereading "the blue world" I must discover that this unique voice will not speak any more. Dear Jack, thanks ... click to read more
Derek Feichtinger
Wednesday 25 September 2013 15:46
To Jack Vance, thank you so much for all the magic.
Wherever you might be voyaging now, I wish you fair winds and following seas.
Thank you.
Ann

Wednesday 25 September 2013 15:46
To Jack Vance, thank you so much for all the magic.
Wherever you might be voyaging now, I wish you fair winds and following seas.
Thank you.
Ann
Saturday 21 September 2013 03:26
Sitting here in office with tears in my eyes, I've only just realized that my favourite writer of all time has passed. It's a true shock, the loss of the master of the densest, most imaginative prose in English language in the 20th century. All I can say is thank you for many of the most wonderful hours in this life of mine. To Live Forever? Certainly, in the 50
volumes of the works of Jack Vance, waiting on my bookshelves to inspire and console me again and again.
Jrgen (Austria)

Saturday 21 September 2013 03:26
Sitting here in office with tears in my eyes, I've only just realized that my favourite writer of all time has passed. It's a true shock, the loss of the master of the densest, most imaginative prose in English language in the 20th century. All I ... click to read more
Jrgen (Austria)
Friday 20 September 2013 14:26
It is with tears in my eyes that I've just learnt that Jack Vance is gone. With him it's a part of my youth that is gone, the better part that saw me walking the Dying Earth alongside Cugel, running after the Demon Princes through the Oikumene, or trying to escape the evil plans of Casmir and Tamurello... Thank you for everything, Jack, and now I'm waiting for my kids to be old enough to enter your worlds too...
Laurent (France)

Friday 20 September 2013 14:26
It is with tears in my eyes that I've just learnt that Jack Vance is gone. With him it's a part of my youth that is gone, the better part that saw me walking the Dying Earth alongside Cugel, running after the Demon Princes through the Oikumene, or ... click to read more
Laurent (France)
Friday 20 September 2013 11:28
I've been reading, and reading and reading again and again Jack Vance since I'm 18 until now I'm more than 50... And, even with all that time spendt, the magic, still is there as at the begining...I learndt so much reading Vance. I am deeply saddened
by knowing the loss of this major writter.
Thank you so much M. Vance.
SLagorce (France)
Stephan Lagorce (France)

Friday 20 September 2013 11:28
I've been reading, and reading and reading again and again Jack Vance since I'm 18 until now I'm more than 50... And, even with all that time spendt, the magic, still is there as at the begining...I learndt so much reading Vance. I am deeply ... click to read more
Stephan Lagorce (France)
Wednesday 18 September 2013 16:16
I was 16 years old when a friend gave me tshai i will never forget that day thanks jack
cornelius

Wednesday 18 September 2013 16:16
I was 16 years old when a friend gave me tshai i will never forget that day thanks jack
cornelius
Monday 16 September 2013 08:17
I learned of Jack's books back when I was a young teenager and the local library was my hall of wonders in which I'd spend too many afternoons. Jack opened my eyes to a universe so tangible, so detailed and believable that I could imagine it would all become a reality one day.
I wish you'd been able to live to see that colourful future, so that you could tell the world:"See, exactly as I thought..."
I'll raise a cold one in your memory, master Vance.
Juan

Monday 16 September 2013 08:17
I learned of Jack's books back when I was a young teenager and the local library was my hall of wonders in which I'd spend too many afternoons. Jack opened my eyes to a universe so tangible, so detailed and believable that I could imagine it would ... click to read more
Juan
Friday 13 September 2013 07:23
Hi,

I'm terribly sad to hear about the Death of Jack Vance. He was truly my best loved author of Fantasy and Science Fiction. No one ever got near to those richly baroque descriptions of remote civilizations.
I started being a fan as a boy but never stopped as an adult (as with so many others). Instead everytime I re-read his books I would find something new to discover. I will miss him.

Thanks for all!

Werner
Anonymous

Friday 13 September 2013 07:23
Hi,

I'm terribly sad to hear about the Death of Jack Vance. He was truly my best loved author of Fantasy and Science Fiction. No one ever got near to those richly baroque descriptions of remote civilizations.
I started being a fan as a boy but ... click to read more
Anonymous
Thursday 12 September 2013 11:57
I have only just found out about Jack's passing, and am deeply saddened at the loss of this unique and remarkable voice.
On the bookshelf above my bed are a fifteen or so books, my favourites, books that I read and read again, and almost all of them are Jack's.


If there exists any form of existence after this life, it is my fervent hope that, "...with foam at the bow and a gurgle to the wake...", Jack is surging forward into it...
Steve Jones

Thursday 12 September 2013 11:57
I have only just found out about Jack's passing, and am deeply saddened at the loss of this unique and remarkable voice.
On the bookshelf above my bed are a fifteen or so books, my favourites, books that I read and read again, and almost all of ... click to read more
Steve Jones
Wednesday 11 September 2013 14:23
I have all the books and stories written by Vance. They kept me company during these years and allowed to travel with the imagination in the universe, knowing different worlds and cultures.
Thank you very much for everything Jack.








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Alessandro Lotti

Wednesday 11 September 2013 14:23
I have all the books and stories written by Vance. They kept me company during these years and allowed to travel with the imagination in the universe, knowing different worlds and cultures.
Thank you very much for everything Jack.







... click to read more
Alessandro Lotti
Tuesday 10 September 2013 04:36
Gracias Jack por tantos buenos ratos leyendo y releyendo tus libros. Te has ido, pero seguiremos disfrutando.
JM Baena

Tuesday 10 September 2013 04:36
Gracias Jack por tantos buenos ratos leyendo y releyendo tus libros. Te has ido, pero seguiremos disfrutando.
JM Baena
Monday 9 September 2013 08:47
I passed my admiration and the love for the masterpieces of Jack Vance through to my son. I am convinced he will do the same and will addict his future children to these magnificent books: a gift of a father beyond any price.
Thank you Jack.
Pierre

Monday 9 September 2013 08:47
I passed my admiration and the love for the masterpieces of Jack Vance through to my son. I am convinced he will do the same and will addict his future children to these magnificent books: a gift of a father beyond any price.
Thank you Jack.
Pierre
Friday 6 September 2013 14:41
I was teen-ager at tschai time, every year I re-read all the tschai planet of adventure quadrilogy.

Thankyou Jack
leonardo

Friday 6 September 2013 14:41
I was teen-ager at tschai time, every year I re-read all the tschai planet of adventure quadrilogy.

Thankyou Jack
leonardo
Thursday 5 September 2013 13:06
I just learned that that you died Jack.
You helped me to discover Science Fiction, through your magical and wonderful books. I will never be able to thank you enough.
Merci encore, tu m'auras fait tant rêver. Chapeau à l'artiste.
Adrien.S

Thursday 5 September 2013 13:06
I just learned that that you died Jack.
You helped me to discover Science Fiction, through your magical and wonderful books. I will never be able to thank you enough.
Merci encore, tu m'auras fait tant rêver. Chapeau à l'artiste.
Adrien.S
Thursday 5 September 2013 10:18
curieusement, le roman qui m'a fait découvrir Jack Vance est un roman policier : Méchant garçon, c'est ce livre qui m'a donné envie de lire le reste, Lyonesse, la geste, Durdane,la terre mourante, et tous ces romans merveilleux, les langages de pao, la vie éternelle, un monde d'azur, j'en ai encore à découvrir quelques uns, j'en salive d'avance ! merci mr Vance de m'avoir emmené dans vos mondes magnifiques de l'aire gaïane et au delà, dans les galaxies inconnues, je ne doute pas que vous allez continuer à enchanter quelque belle aventurière rencontrée sur une planète verte et bleue avec une de vos histoires magiques
paul BERNARD

Thursday 5 September 2013 10:18
curieusement, le roman qui m'a fait découvrir Jack Vance est un roman policier : Méchant garçon, c'est ce livre qui m'a donné envie de lire le reste, Lyonesse, la geste, Durdane,la terre mourante, et tous ces romans merveilleux, les langages de ... click to read more
paul BERNARD
Thursday 5 September 2013 06:23
I MISS YOU VERY MUCH JACK.
Kirth Gersen

Thursday 5 September 2013 06:23
I MISS YOU VERY MUCH JACK.
Kirth Gersen
Thursday 5 September 2013 06:17
Sus obras me han hecho disfrutar como ninguana otra. Mi idolo es Kirth Gersen, el protagonista de los Principes Demonio, pero no me olvido tampoco de Cugel en la Saga de la Tierra moribunda. Releo muy amenudo sus obras,..ahora mismo como no releo por enesima vez "Los principes Demonio" y sigo disfrutando. Para mi el mejor escritor de Ciencia Ficción y Fantasia que ha existido jamas. Descanse en Paz Jack Vance. Muchas gracias. Thank you very much.
Rafael ES

Thursday 5 September 2013 06:17
Sus obras me han hecho disfrutar como ninguana otra. Mi idolo es Kirth Gersen, el protagonista de los Principes Demonio, pero no me olvido tampoco de Cugel en la Saga de la Tierra moribunda. Releo muy amenudo sus obras,..ahora mismo como no releo ... click to read more
Rafael ES
Wednesday 4 September 2013 16:15
I had a dream. I hoped Jack Vance would live forever, giving us the ways to discover foreign spaces, to live adventures in space, live like a true hero. Even if Jack met our Creator, he will still live among us as one of the greatest writers of all times. Good trip Jack !
LGB

Wednesday 4 September 2013 16:15
I had a dream. I hoped Jack Vance would live forever, giving us the ways to discover foreign spaces, to live adventures in space, live like a true hero. Even if Jack met our Creator, he will still live among us as one of the greatest writers of all ... click to read more
LGB
Saturday 31 August 2013 21:34
I am very sad to learn that
J.Vance passed away a few months ago.He was my favourite author and was able to provide me with lots of precious and fabolous hours of reading.May God bless his soul! Since I am an Orthodox Christian I will light a candle for him next time I am in church.I will also dedicate my next bottle of German dark beer to him.May your sould rest in peace,Jack Vance.You have enrichted my life.Thank you!
Odo

Saturday 31 August 2013 21:34
I am very sad to learn that
J.Vance passed away a few months ago.He was my favourite author and was able to provide me with lots of precious and fabolous hours of reading.May God bless his soul! Since I am an Orthodox Christian I will light a ... click to read more
Odo
Friday 30 August 2013 11:35
Farewell Jack. You will be sorely missed. I will treasure your works the more now. May your new world be as colorful as those you made me dream for more than 35 years.
Thierry, from France

Friday 30 August 2013 11:35
Farewell Jack. You will be sorely missed. I will treasure your works the more now. May your new world be as colorful as those you made me dream for more than 35 years.
Thierry, from France
Thursday 29 August 2013 11:55
J'avais re-découvert la littérature de s-f il y a 25 ans grâce à toi, le pied total, le bonheur quoi! Les chroniques de Cadwal, le cycle du Tchaï, etc, Merci Jack et bonne route de l'autre côté!
John-C - France

Thursday 29 August 2013 11:55
J'avais re-découvert la littérature de s-f il y a 25 ans grâce à toi, le pied total, le bonheur quoi! Les chroniques de Cadwal, le cycle du Tchaï, etc, Merci Jack et bonne route de l'autre côté!
John-C - France
Tuesday 27 August 2013 11:14
merci pour tous vos livres qui nous ont tant fait rêver, mon père et moi.
Franoise, from France

Tuesday 27 August 2013 11:14
merci pour tous vos livres qui nous ont tant fait rêver, mon père et moi.
Franoise, from France
Monday 26 August 2013 15:17
So long Jack.
Thanks for the memories.
More than memories, the very stuff that dreams are made of.
Jim McEntee

Monday 26 August 2013 15:17
So long Jack.
Thanks for the memories.
More than memories, the very stuff that dreams are made of.
Jim McEntee
Monday 26 August 2013 08:28
For more than 40 years Jack has been part of my life. That is: my bookshelf is stacked with all (well, almost all) his books both in the original language and in the Dutch language. Reading Jack's books not only gave me pleasure in reading them, but actually improved my own English and Dutch speaking and writing by his use of words and sentences. Once or twice per year I check
about Jack on the internet. Only to find out that he passed away several months ago. What a loss. Jack, thank you so much for leaving us so many exciting and beautiful books and short stories.
Matthew Vanos

Monday 26 August 2013 08:28
For more than 40 years Jack has been part of my life. That is: my bookshelf is stacked with all (well, almost all) his books both in the original language and in the Dutch language. Reading Jack's books not only gave me pleasure in reading them, but ... click to read more
Matthew Vanos
Friday 23 August 2013 21:09
For forty years or more the books and characters of Jack Vance have been my companions and have never lost their ability to open a door to worlds that are as real in my imagination as my own personal ones. It has been a gift beyond price.
Chuck Martin

Friday 23 August 2013 21:09
For forty years or more the books and characters of Jack Vance have been my companions and have never lost their ability to open a door to worlds that are as real in my imagination as my own personal ones. It has been a gift beyond price.
Chuck Martin
Friday 23 August 2013 20:05
à sept ans je lisais Jules vernes, à 10 je lisais Strange, à 15 je lisais tout ce qui me passait dans les mains et puis vers 17 ans
j'ai lu Cugel l'astucieux et je n'ai plus laché ni la SF ni Jack Vance ... J' ai 49 ans il me reste la moitié d'une vie d'un jack Vance . Je vais essayé de les passer avec humour et détachement comme toi Jack . A dans trés longtemps , à demain ...
nicolas delaye

Friday 23 August 2013 20:05
à sept ans je lisais Jules vernes, à 10 je lisais Strange, à 15 je lisais tout ce qui me passait dans les mains et puis vers 17 ans
j'ai lu Cugel l'astucieux et je n'ai plus laché ni la SF ni Jack Vance ... J' ai 49 ans il me reste la moitié ... click to read more
nicolas delaye
Thursday 22 August 2013 16:10
Over 30 years ago I discovered in a local (Dutch) library a book that took me to the Oikumene and Beyond and I was hooked. Over the years I built up quite a collection of Jack Vance's work, eagerly waiting for his latest book or one I'd not yet read. Or simply re-reading the books I had for the sheer joy they gave me. That collection I left behind when I moved to the UK 5 years ago where I discovered I could start collecting again. Thank you for sharing the past and the future, worlds far away and near and the hours of pleasure I (and many thousands of others) get when we pick up a book written by Jack Vance.
Gerard McNamara

Thursday 22 August 2013 16:10
Over 30 years ago I discovered in a local (Dutch) library a book that took me to the Oikumene and Beyond and I was hooked. Over the years I built up quite a collection of Jack Vance's work, eagerly waiting for his latest book or one I'd not yet ... click to read more
Gerard McNamara
Thursday 22 August 2013 00:04
I discovered the works of Jack Vance in a tattered grocery bag of paperbacks and digest SF magazines brought to our house by a friend of my parents.it ..was June of 1971, school was out for the year, I was 14, and in my hands i held
the Ace paperback of "The Dirdir" and the first installment of the F&SF serialization of "The Faceless Man".
(I didn't find the second installment till 6 months later, from a used bookstore i found in an ad in the back pages of F&SF.)
My life changed that day...and even though i never met Jack Vance, his sensibility definitely affected my own artistic efforts....and I've read at least a few pages of his work every day.
I now own the 6th leather bound copy of the 2nd edition of the Vance Integral Edition....and I read from it regularly, start to finish.
Thank you Mr. Vance for opening my eyes to a very new way of looking at the world.... the flavors of alien food, the styles of alien dress, the exquisite manners of alien culture, and the wonderful colors of alien sunrises and sunsets.
Anonymous

Thursday 22 August 2013 00:04
I discovered the works of Jack Vance in a tattered grocery bag of paperbacks and digest SF magazines brought to our house by a friend of my parents.it ..was June of 1971, school was out for the year, I was 14, and in my hands i held
the Ace ... click to read more
Anonymous
Wednesday 21 August 2013 12:44
My dad would read me Jack Vance novels when I was younger, giving me a love of sci fi that lasts even today. I have since read many sci fi novels by Vance's contemporaries, and by more modern authors, but Jack Vance's writing remains my absolute favorite. My dad and I don't have much in common, but his work
has always been a place where we can meet. Thank you Jack Vance, your writing will always remain in my heart!
Zach

Wednesday 21 August 2013 12:44
My dad would read me Jack Vance novels when I was younger, giving me a love of sci fi that lasts even today. I have since read many sci fi novels by Vance's contemporaries, and by more modern authors, but Jack Vance's writing remains my absolute ... click to read more
Zach
Wednesday 21 August 2013 00:22
By far my favorite writer. My life has been greatly enhanced by his elequent words, and the unique characters that sprung from his fertile imagination. I wish I had had the chance to thank h in person. I'm sure he was a wonderful man.
Pat O'Brien

Wednesday 21 August 2013 00:22
By far my favorite writer. My life has been greatly enhanced by his elequent words, and the unique characters that sprung from his fertile imagination. I wish I had had the chance to thank h in person. I'm sure he was a wonderful man.
Pat O'Brien
Tuesday 20 August 2013 11:34
Only just read about his passing. Very sad news. He will live forever in his great novels though. R.I.P. and thanks Jack. You were one of the best!
Dibzahab

Tuesday 20 August 2013 11:34
Only just read about his passing. Very sad news. He will live forever in his great novels though. R.I.P. and thanks Jack. You were one of the best!
Dibzahab
Tuesday 20 August 2013 05:03
Jack's stories took me to the stars and to worlds of difference. Thank you.
Stephen Kelly

Tuesday 20 August 2013 05:03
Jack's stories took me to the stars and to worlds of difference. Thank you.
Stephen Kelly
Monday 19 August 2013 18:03
The last of the giants of science fiction and fantasy is gone! Will we ever see his like again?In imagination Jack Vance had few peers in his field, and no others coupled that imagination with both such brilliant, polished prose and subtle wit.
Fortunately his masterpieces - the Dying Earth series, The Last Castle, Dragonmasters and so many other wonderful stories - live on, and we can still relish the escapades of that immortal rogue, Cugel the Clever.
Farewell, Jack, and thank you for many years of reading pleasure!
Carl Willner

Monday 19 August 2013 18:03
The last of the giants of science fiction and fantasy is gone! Will we ever see his like again?In imagination Jack Vance had few peers in his field, and no others coupled that imagination with both such brilliant, polished prose and subtle wit. ... click to read more
Carl Willner
Sunday 18 August 2013 18:04
I have enjoyed your books so very much Jack.
Thanks for writing all those great stories which allowed me to see things differently, allowed me to step out of the real life for some time and live in your stories....thanks to all who have been inspiring this great writer.

greetings from the Netherlands....steven
steven veldhuizen

Sunday 18 August 2013 18:04
I have enjoyed your books so very much Jack.
Thanks for writing all those great stories which allowed me to see things differently, allowed me to step out of the real life for some time and live in your stories....thanks to all who have been ... click to read more
steven veldhuizen
Sunday 18 August 2013 11:29
my favorite author. i will be waiting forever for another novel.
Anonymous

Sunday 18 August 2013 11:29
my favorite author. i will be waiting forever for another novel.
Anonymous
Thursday 15 August 2013 23:02
Here's my personal mystery concerning Jack Vance. I've never entirely understood the influence his stories have on me. When I read them, I feel stunned by the wonder of how every element is made manifest. His plot lines seem to soar around the narratives of real life; mocking our foolishness one minute, then honoring our courage the next. His descriptions of alien places and beings--and the unpredictable results of human presence in those settings--paint vivid images in my mind. That's why I've never been very impressed with the covers created for his books, even the ones his fans hail as worthy of Jack's writing. Not one comes close to what Jack's prose triggers in my mind's eye. (Unfortunately I can't draw or paint.) No, I'm not another science fiction fanatic. I enjoy the best authors: Ray Bradbury, Philip K. Dick, Ursula K. Leguin, etc. I also enjoy mainstream writers: William Faulkner, E.L. Doctorow, Haruki Murakami, John Updike, etc. But Jack seems to me to be almost a genre unto himself, with a few consistent general features in his style that result in the "sci-fi" rubber stamp being placed on his books. Heck, reading isn't even my greatest passion; music is. But the effects of the finest music I've heard usually fades in a couple of hours. A Jack Vance story stays with me for months; sometime years. Its features haunt me. Each story is almost like a person who comes to my house and then just stands there waiting for me to answer questions. Puzzling questions, like: "Why I am I so important to you?" "Why have I changed the way you look at life?" "How could one man's fiction have this effect on you?" Some folks talk about spirit guides who help a person through crucial passages in life. If Jack Vance's creative voice is my spirit guide, it's done little to help me understand where I'm supposed to be going. But, maybe I don't need to "explain" the mystery. Maybe explaining every mystery is an obsession for scientists; a cultural trait peculiar to Western culture. Maybe unexplained mysteries keep us humble, curious, amazed, dazzled and engaged in the now. Sorry, Jack. Sorry that I couldn't write a more fitting tribute for a good man who has done so much for me. And without ever getting to know me. Our intersection was thousands of quirky ink patterns printed on cheap paper; alphabet patterns I was only able to translate after years of schooling. Somehow, Jack Vance found a way to transmit his benevolent sorcery through those little shapes.
Keith Purtell

Thursday 15 August 2013 23:02
Here's my personal mystery concerning Jack Vance. I've never entirely understood the influence his stories have on me. When I read them, I feel stunned by the wonder of how every element is made manifest. His plot lines seem to soar around the ... click to read more
Keith Purtell
Thursday 15 August 2013 20:41
At age 12 i was taken on Tschai. Then i saw others worlds.
THANK YOU.
Eugenio
Florence
Italy
Eugenio Ignesti

Thursday 15 August 2013 20:41
At age 12 i was taken on Tschai. Then i saw others worlds.
THANK YOU.
Eugenio
Florence
Italy
Eugenio Ignesti
Wednesday 14 August 2013 14:21
I was honored to be a proofreader for the VIE. Jack Vance has been my favorite author for 45 years since I discovered The Eyes of the Overworld. A supreme storyteller, inventor, observer, explorer with a unique and witty style.
Thank you.
Andrew Edlin

Wednesday 14 August 2013 14:21
I was honored to be a proofreader for the VIE. Jack Vance has been my favorite author for 45 years since I discovered The Eyes of the Overworld. A supreme storyteller, inventor, observer, explorer with a unique and witty style.
Thank you.
Andrew Edlin
Wednesday 14 August 2013 11:18
Alas , as a french reader I do not have the English words who would allow me to say all the love that I carry to Jack Vance.It was a poet, a humorist and a fabulous storyteller whose characters succeed more by the intelligence than the pure force.I thank Jack Vance for all these hours of happiness that it gave me. Cugel, Kirth Gersen and so much of other... It will not be forgotten.
Nicolas

Wednesday 14 August 2013 11:18
Alas , as a french reader I do not have the English words who would allow me to say all the love that I carry to Jack Vance.It was a poet, a humorist and a fabulous storyteller whose characters succeed more by the intelligence than the pure force.I ... click to read more
Nicolas
Tuesday 13 August 2013 11:41
City of the Chasch (library, age 12) was my first encounter. Now my collection is almost complete.
The liveliness, wit, clearness of Jack's stories works magic on me. What I read is extremely visible. Great persons.
My THANK YOU now goes to his family.
Jeroen Koning

Tuesday 13 August 2013 11:41
City of the Chasch (library, age 12) was my first encounter. Now my collection is almost complete.
The liveliness, wit, clearness of Jack's stories works magic on me. What I read is extremely visible. Great persons.
My THANK YOU now goes to his ... click to read more
Jeroen Koning
Monday 12 August 2013 16:24
I must have been 11 when I found a curious little book called "the Pnume" in my father's library. I read it - in Dutch- and was utterly bewildered by the strangeness, the boundless imagination, the wry wit, the richness and flavour of even the simplest conversations.
I didn't read the entire Tschai omnibus until years later at university…but I and my circle of friends became avid Jack Vance fans. We must have sought out and read every novel or short story we could get our hands on.
I just recently introduced a young friend to The Demon Princes and she too is now drawn into this wonderful myriad of universes.

Somehow, Mr Vance, I thought you would survive us all.
Thank you for the stories; I will enjoy them, time and time again, to my dying day.
My warm sympathies to your family and friends.
Johan Van der Speeten

Monday 12 August 2013 16:24
I must have been 11 when I found a curious little book called "the Pnume" in my father's library. I read it - in Dutch- and was utterly bewildered by the strangeness, the boundless imagination, the wry wit, the richness and flavour of even the ... click to read more
Johan Van der Speeten
Monday 12 August 2013 10:39
The greatest living painter of environments from words. I've ready almost everything he's written multiple times. And will continue reading multiple time, until the Pnume await me across the steppes of Tschai.
Ericson Smith

Monday 12 August 2013 10:39
The greatest living painter of environments from words. I've ready almost everything he's written multiple times. And will continue reading multiple time, until the Pnume await me across the steppes of Tschai.
Ericson Smith
Sunday 11 August 2013 08:34
Dear Jack,

Thank you for inspiring me so greatly with your work. One day, we will again form parts of the stars we love so dearly.
O.Wilson

Sunday 11 August 2013 08:34
Dear Jack,

Thank you for inspiring me so greatly with your work. One day, we will again form parts of the stars we love so dearly.
O.Wilson
Saturday 10 August 2013 13:34
Jack Vance MADE me read, after reading on of my first 'voluntary' reads, Tschai, it was difficult to top th
Kurt Vanspauwen

Saturday 10 August 2013 13:34
Jack Vance MADE me read, after reading on of my first 'voluntary' reads, Tschai, it was difficult to top th
Kurt Vanspauwen
Saturday 10 August 2013 07:29
I need to get some really good wine then.
To Jack Vance!
hitchi

Saturday 10 August 2013 07:29
I need to get some really good wine then.
To Jack Vance!
hitchi
Friday 9 August 2013 11:45
A great loss. I'm a fan and reader since decades.
I collected everything possible of is work translated in dutch, and I think (and hope) I have completed the task.
I shall nourish his work.
I will ever remember him.
Thomas
Th Mesters

Friday 9 August 2013 11:45
A great loss. I'm a fan and reader since decades.
I collected everything possible of is work translated in dutch, and I think (and hope) I have completed the task.
I shall nourish his work.
I will ever remember him.
Thomas
Th Mesters
Friday 9 August 2013 05:42
The first book i read by Jack Vance, was 'The Eyes of the Overworld' which introduced me to a certain Cugel, who turned out to be a character i would never forget. The book was a fantastic read and amused me so much i had to read it again the next day. Being on holiday in Greece at the time, i could not wait to get back to the Uk to begin my search for other books by Jack Vance. I was totally hooked and grew to love Jack's writing style. The characters, wit, sheer farce, poignancy, imagination and adventure throughout his writing hit a deep chord within me and i could not get enough of it. Since then, i have read and reread Jack's books until some have fallen apart but
lucky for me . i always bought Jack's books in pairs when i could, to allow for that distinct possibility.
Jack Vance's worlds and characters will remain with me forever and with a tear in my eye, i salute, applaud and celebrate one of the best writers on planet Earth.
Brian waugh

Friday 9 August 2013 05:42
The first book i read by Jack Vance, was 'The Eyes of the Overworld' which introduced me to a certain Cugel, who turned out to be a character i would never forget. The book was a fantastic read and amused me so much i had to read it again the next ... click to read more
Brian waugh
Wednesday 7 August 2013 11:42
Your books have amazed and delighted me for over thirty years. So many memories... summers sitting in the yard reading your work... You are missed and remembered fondly.
Mark Bloom

Wednesday 7 August 2013 11:42
Your books have amazed and delighted me for over thirty years. So many memories... summers sitting in the yard reading your work... You are missed and remembered fondly.
Mark Bloom
Wednesday 7 August 2013 11:09
I read Vance's books since I was 14 (both in english or in their french translations), still read them (again) sometimes and find them as wondering as ever. My favourite is certainly Emphyrio but I do love each of them.

Thanks,

Gilles
Gilles Didier

Wednesday 7 August 2013 11:09
I read Vance's books since I was 14 (both in english or in their french translations), still read them (again) sometimes and find them as wondering as ever. My favourite is certainly Emphyrio but I do love each of them.

Thanks,

Gilles
Gilles Didier
Tuesday 6 August 2013 14:45
Jack Vance´s books made my life happier and meaningful. He was like a father to me, though i never met him and i´ll never will. So sad I´m weeping.

Thank you, Jack. I´ll always remember you.
Fernando Sciarrotta

Tuesday 6 August 2013 14:45
Jack Vance´s books made my life happier and meaningful. He was like a father to me, though i never met him and i´ll never will. So sad I´m weeping.

Thank you, Jack. I´ll always remember you.
Fernando Sciarrotta
Tuesday 6 August 2013 10:54
Merci pour tout
Raph

Tuesday 6 August 2013 10:54
Merci pour tout
Raph
Tuesday 6 August 2013 03:10
Wat een geweldig schrijver is ons ontvallen!
Zijn boeken las ik vaak in een adem uit, behalve de dikke pillen natuurlijk. Hij is én blijft mijn favoriete SF schrijver. Jack, je blijft bij me middels je boeken.
Bedankt, Léon
Lon

Tuesday 6 August 2013 03:10
Wat een geweldig schrijver is ons ontvallen!
Zijn boeken las ik vaak in een adem uit, behalve de dikke pillen natuurlijk. Hij is én blijft mijn favoriete SF schrijver. Jack, je blijft bij me middels je boeken.
Bedankt, Léon
Lon
Monday 5 August 2013 11:06
Over nearly 50 years of reading Jack Vance - sparked by buying a cheap Ace paperback version of Eyes of the Overworld in Woolworths - and what a delight! Plots didn't really matter, the language was so gorgeous and baroque. A master wordsmith.
Prof Cornelius

Monday 5 August 2013 11:06
Over nearly 50 years of reading Jack Vance - sparked by buying a cheap Ace paperback version of Eyes of the Overworld in Woolworths - and what a delight! Plots didn't really matter, the language was so gorgeous and baroque. A master wordsmith.
Prof Cornelius
Sunday 4 August 2013 17:01
I found your books both stimulating, imaginative, original and warm hearted, I am truly distressed at your passing
Anonymous

Sunday 4 August 2013 17:01
I found your books both stimulating, imaginative, original and warm hearted, I am truly distressed at your passing
Anonymous
Saturday 3 August 2013 19:15
The best authors make me think, laugh, cry. Few have made me want to read every word they have ever written. Still fewer have written over forty books. Only one has done them all. Thank you for Emphyrio, The Dying Earth, Sheriff Joe Bain, the Demon Princes, and the rest. Words can’t express my gratitude for your work and my sense of loss for your passing.
Perry Caro

Saturday 3 August 2013 19:15
The best authors make me think, laugh, cry. Few have made me want to read every word they have ever written. Still fewer have written over forty books. Only one has done them all. Thank you for Emphyrio, The Dying Earth, Sheriff Joe Bain, the Demon ... click to read more
Perry Caro
Saturday 3 August 2013 17:36
Gracias por mostrarnos Alastor. Siempre te recordaremos.
Joel Correa

Saturday 3 August 2013 17:36
Gracias por mostrarnos Alastor. Siempre te recordaremos.
Joel Correa
Thursday 1 August 2013 15:55
J'ai lu mon premier vance il y a 20 ans et j'en subis encore l'extase ! J'ai vécu à la même époque que Jack Vance !
alex50120

Thursday 1 August 2013 15:55
J'ai lu mon premier vance il y a 20 ans et j'en subis encore l'extase ! J'ai vécu à la même époque que Jack Vance !
alex50120
Thursday 1 August 2013 12:24
Jack and his wonderful novels and stories were an inspiration to me.
My love of reading burned all the brighter for encountering his work.
Rest in peace, Sir.
Tracy

Thursday 1 August 2013 12:24
Jack and his wonderful novels and stories were an inspiration to me.
My love of reading burned all the brighter for encountering his work.
Rest in peace, Sir.
Tracy
Tuesday 30 July 2013 01:49
His stories opened the gates to the world of phantastic literature to me and they gave me evenings and nights of journeys through worlds, which were filled with so strange characters and societies noone else could create.
His Stories are part of my life and will ever be part of it.

So I have to thank you Mr. Vance for the life you created for me and the phantastic worlds you have shown to me.

Thank you a lot and have a good journey.

Philipp Scheer
(from Kiel, Germany)
Philipp Scheer

Tuesday 30 July 2013 01:49
His stories opened the gates to the world of phantastic literature to me and they gave me evenings and nights of journeys through worlds, which were filled with so strange characters and societies noone else could create.
His Stories are part of my ... click to read more
Philipp Scheer