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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Sunday 28 July 2013 17:21
No other writer, no matter how good, has given me half the pleasure that Jack Vance has - with his countless fantastic worlds, his unforgettable characters, and his peerless prose. I am indebted forever.
Alan Brodie

Sunday 28 July 2013 17:21
No other writer, no matter how good, has given me half the pleasure that Jack Vance has - with his countless fantastic worlds, his unforgettable characters, and his peerless prose. I am indebted forever.
Alan Brodie
Sunday 28 July 2013 14:37
Just found out about Jacks passing.
So sad.
But what a wonderful legacy he left behind - he has been my favourite author for 30 years and always will be.
Cian Merne

Sunday 28 July 2013 14:37
Just found out about Jacks passing.
So sad.
But what a wonderful legacy he left behind - he has been my favourite author for 30 years and always will be.
Cian Merne
Sunday 28 July 2013 09:26
I grew up on your books because my dad was a fan, and I've never let go! Thanks for taking us into your worlds, thanks for sharing your talent. The ride has been fantastic.
HJJF - Netherlands

Sunday 28 July 2013 09:26
I grew up on your books because my dad was a fan, and I've never let go! Thanks for taking us into your worlds, thanks for sharing your talent. The ride has been fantastic.
HJJF - Netherlands
Sunday 28 July 2013 07:04
All his books, over and over, forever and ever. Thanks for all the hours I 've been in your worlds!
Bert Koelewijn

Sunday 28 July 2013 07:04
All his books, over and over, forever and ever. Thanks for all the hours I 've been in your worlds!
Bert Koelewijn
Saturday 27 July 2013 10:05
Thank you for the great hours of fun and excitement with the books you gave me.

Mr.Jack Vance rest in peace and thanks again from a great admirer.

LK van der Veen from the Netherlands.
LK vander Veen

Saturday 27 July 2013 10:05
Thank you for the great hours of fun and excitement with the books you gave me.

Mr.Jack Vance rest in peace and thanks again from a great admirer.

LK van der Veen from the Netherlands.
LK vander Veen
Saturday 27 July 2013 05:17
Other books and authors have come and gone from my library. Only Jack Vance remained has a permanent home. I am not given to outward displays of emotion but hearing of Jack's passing on has made me profoundly sad. The world is a duller, less wonderful place now. Sail on to new worlds Mr Vance. Let those of us left behind make sure his books areread and never forgotten.
Rob , England
Robert Pedder

Saturday 27 July 2013 05:17
Other books and authors have come and gone from my library. Only Jack Vance remained has a permanent home. I am not given to outward displays of emotion but hearing of Jack's passing on has made me profoundly sad. The world is a duller, less ... click to read more
Robert Pedder
Friday 26 July 2013 09:05
Hi Jack, I read your first book over 35 years ago and since then I read them all. Your books have been an irreplaceable company in my good times and a great comfort in the bad times. I read them all at least three times and I will continue to read them again. Hello great teacher, I have not met him in person but I feel for you the affection of a sincere friend. I'm sad, but as long as I reread your books, you will continue to be in this world. I'll miss you,
mirko
mirko

Friday 26 July 2013 09:05
Hi Jack, I read your first book over 35 years ago and since then I read them all. Your books have been an irreplaceable company in my good times and a great comfort in the bad times. I read them all at least three times and I will continue to read ... click to read more
mirko
Thursday 25 July 2013 13:35
After reading hundreds of books, the only writer I read over and over is the Master... Jack Vance. I just keep going back to him. Nobody else has had this effect. Incredible gift, I thank God for the gift that was Vance. Forever will the world be indebted to his widening of the envelope of our imagination.
Chris Addo-Yobo

Thursday 25 July 2013 13:35
After reading hundreds of books, the only writer I read over and over is the Master... Jack Vance. I just keep going back to him. Nobody else has had this effect. Incredible gift, I thank God for the gift that was Vance. Forever will the world be ... click to read more
Chris Addo-Yobo
Thursday 25 July 2013 05:12
Here lies the dead thing .Where has all the music gone? Who will provide the entertainment now you are no longer with us
maestro? I shall try to persuade a local jolly-girl to sit on my lap & play pouncing ferrets to alleviate the inevitable ennui of a world devoid of your talents.
Steve Houghton

Thursday 25 July 2013 05:12
Here lies the dead thing .Where has all the music gone? Who will provide the entertainment now you are no longer with us
maestro? I shall try to persuade a local jolly-girl to sit on my lap & play pouncing ferrets to alleviate the inevitable ennui ... click to read more
Steve Houghton
Wednesday 24 July 2013 20:45
Thank you for Glawen and Wayness and all the other wonderful characters.
Ed Voss

Wednesday 24 July 2013 20:45
Thank you for Glawen and Wayness and all the other wonderful characters.
Ed Voss
Tuesday 23 July 2013 13:56
Thank you Jack. Your books have entertained me
throughoot my life. You have introduced me to many new and wondrous worlds, travelling with heroes and scoundrels alike. Your genious will be sorely missed.
Thank you again. Sleep well.
Mike Hilton

Tuesday 23 July 2013 13:56
Thank you Jack. Your books have entertained me
throughoot my life. You have introduced me to many new and wondrous worlds, travelling with heroes and scoundrels alike. Your genious will be sorely missed.
Thank you again. Sleep well.
Mike Hilton
Tuesday 23 July 2013 07:28
Thanks
Jan Z

Tuesday 23 July 2013 07:28
Thanks
Jan Z
Monday 22 July 2013 13:48
As a young teenager living at the coast in Belgium, I devoured all Jack Vance books that were translated in Dutch in the library, before turning to buying the English originals later on.

These books have brought me so much delight not in the least by creating a wonderful universe to which one could escape for so many hours.
I always felt sad when turning the last page.

Now, Jack Vance has turned his last page, and this has struck a sad chord in all of us. However, it suffises to walk to our book shelf, pick up one of his books or collected stories, and immerse oneself again, as if one meets a good friend or acquaintance again, after some time has passed, to hear all again about the stories that he once told
us on previous passages.
My sincere condolences to Jack Vance's family. I salute his tremendous writing talent and am genuinly grateful to have had(and still have)the privilige and pleasure of getting inside his unpar

alleled universes.
Jose Martins

Monday 22 July 2013 13:48
As a young teenager living at the coast in Belgium, I devoured all Jack Vance books that were translated in Dutch in the library, before turning to buying the English originals later on.

These books have brought me so much delight not in the ... click to read more
Jose Martins
Sunday 21 July 2013 20:40
Jack, your story 'The Moon Moth' transported me, more than anything I've ever read , to a fantastic, believable world, and delighted me in a way that no author (and I've read a lot !) has ever managed to do.Pearls of genius in every sentence, the craftmanship of this and all your stories gave a deeper meaning to the definition and possibilities of Imagination.


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Stuart , Great Britain

Sunday 21 July 2013 20:40
Jack, your story 'The Moon Moth' transported me, more than anything I've ever read , to a fantastic, believable world, and delighted me in a way that no author (and I've read a lot !) has ever managed to do.Pearls of genius in every sentence, the ... click to read more
Stuart , Great Britain
Sunday 21 July 2013 11:18
I'm french and therefore lacked the subtleties of Jack Vance's stories, lost in translation. I am now reading or re-reading his work in english and know he will guide me for the rest of my life, both through my thirst for new knowledge in a language he clearly mastered and my hunger for wonderful stories ! Jack Vance can't die anymore as he's now a part of us all, wherever we are !
Pierre

Sunday 21 July 2013 11:18
I'm french and therefore lacked the subtleties of Jack Vance's stories, lost in translation. I am now reading or re-reading his work in english and know he will guide me for the rest of my life, both through my thirst for new knowledge in a language ... click to read more
Pierre
Thursday 18 July 2013 20:54
Il parait que Jack est parti dans un autre monde. Lequel à t'il choisi parmi tous ceux qu'il nous à fait découvrir ?
Merci monsieur Vance pour tous ces moments de bonheur passé à vous lire. Et heureusement, comme je n'ai pas encore tout lu, vous serez encore présent pour longtemps.
Joel

Thursday 18 July 2013 20:54
Il parait que Jack est parti dans un autre monde. Lequel à t'il choisi parmi tous ceux qu'il nous à fait découvrir ?
Merci monsieur Vance pour tous ces moments de bonheur passé à vous lire. Et heureusement, comme je n'ai pas encore tout lu, ... click to read more
Joel
Thursday 18 July 2013 20:34
Jack Vance has given me more joy through his works than any other author.
I will always be re-reading my favorites and laughing along.
On to Lurulu Jack...thank you!
Brett Reeves

Thursday 18 July 2013 20:34
Jack Vance has given me more joy through his works than any other author.
I will always be re-reading my favorites and laughing along.
On to Lurulu Jack...thank you!
Brett Reeves
Thursday 18 July 2013 18:40
I read my first Vance book (City of the Chasch) when I was 15, which was the start of 40 years of absolute reading pleasure.
Thank you so much, Jack.
My condolences to the family.
Gordon, UK

Thursday 18 July 2013 18:40
I read my first Vance book (City of the Chasch) when I was 15, which was the start of 40 years of absolute reading pleasure.
Thank you so much, Jack.
My condolences to the family.
Gordon, UK
Thursday 18 July 2013 17:24
Thank you Jack Vance for the wonderful places you have taken me and the many things you have taught me. You were the best of the best. Rest in peace or travel on in some other dimension.
With the deepest respect,
J.S.
Joris

Thursday 18 July 2013 17:24
Thank you Jack Vance for the wonderful places you have taken me and the many things you have taught me. You were the best of the best. Rest in peace or travel on in some other dimension.
With the deepest respect,
J.S.
Joris
Wednesday 17 July 2013 10:07
No one can match your protean nature, Mr. Vance;
Your works were by turns beautiful, witty, wry, dry, heroic, romantic, erudite, and always, always, infinitely inventive.
Your works have been my refuge, and your fantasies have been my real, true home, more real than reality.
Thank you for what you have given me.
The paltry price of a few books is an inadequate recompense for the depth and degree to which you have enriched my life.
Anonymous

Wednesday 17 July 2013 10:07
No one can match your protean nature, Mr. Vance;
Your works were by turns beautiful, witty, wry, dry, heroic, romantic, erudite, and always, always, infinitely inventive.
Your works have been my refuge, and your fantasies have been my real, true ... click to read more
Anonymous
Tuesday 16 July 2013 13:49
Jack Vance,
A most gifted writer. Showed me the beauty of words, and thereby, changed my life.
I would like to pass it on.... so that Jack still lives.
~
Howard Ayee

Tuesday 16 July 2013 13:49
Jack Vance,
A most gifted writer. Showed me the beauty of words, and thereby, changed my life.
I would like to pass it on.... so that Jack still lives.
~
Howard Ayee
Monday 15 July 2013 20:28
Almost 25 years I have enjoyed reading Jack's books. And now my children have read his books. Thank you, rest in peace !!

Dick Schafer, The Netherlands
Dick Schafer

Monday 15 July 2013 20:28
Almost 25 years I have enjoyed reading Jack's books. And now my children have read his books. Thank you, rest in peace !!

Dick Schafer, The Netherlands
Dick Schafer
Monday 15 July 2013 01:49
Just a big thank you to mr Vance and his family from a chap in Sweden.

I will feel awed, fascinated and warmed by these stories until I board the big space yacht.
Peter Sochaczewski

Monday 15 July 2013 01:49
Just a big thank you to mr Vance and his family from a chap in Sweden.

I will feel awed, fascinated and warmed by these stories until I board the big space yacht.
Peter Sochaczewski
Sunday 14 July 2013 06:12
I first read Jack Vance in my teens, at the time only 4-5 of his books were availible in swedish, and rediscovered him ten years later. I then realized, to my utter astonshisment, that I had unknowingly tried to copy his style in all my writitng up to that point.

Since then I've hunted down everything I can find by him. His wild, imaginative stories has brought so much joy to my life. Thank you for everything.
Peter Eliasson, Sweden

Sunday 14 July 2013 06:12
I first read Jack Vance in my teens, at the time only 4-5 of his books were availible in swedish, and rediscovered him ten years later. I then realized, to my utter astonshisment, that I had unknowingly tried to copy his style in all my writitng up ... click to read more
Peter Eliasson, Sweden
Saturday 13 July 2013 18:10
And a finer universe he built.
Gifted with the capability to paint worlds with words, far beyond anyones imagination, he gave me the opportunity, and the pleasure, to explore mine.
Thank you Jack. You changed, enriched and coloured my life. Rest in Lyonesse
Henk Koster NL

Saturday 13 July 2013 18:10
And a finer universe he built.
Gifted with the capability to paint worlds with words, far beyond anyones imagination, he gave me the opportunity, and the pleasure, to explore mine.
Thank you Jack. You changed, enriched and coloured my life. Rest ... click to read more
Henk Koster NL
Saturday 13 July 2013 17:46
Jack, je viens d'apprendre, pour ta mort. Le premier livre que j'ai lu de toi, c'est le Dirdir. Bah oui, j'ai entamé le cycle de Tschaï un peu n'importe comment. j'avais 12 ou 13 ans. Depuis, tu était toujours là, dans ma bibliothèque, et tu y est toujours. J'ai pas tout lu de toi, mais je compte bien essayer. Merci encore pour tous ces personnages, ces décors, et ta truculence...
Fabien

Saturday 13 July 2013 17:46
Jack, je viens d'apprendre, pour ta mort. Le premier livre que j'ai lu de toi, c'est le Dirdir. Bah oui, j'ai entamé le cycle de Tschaï un peu n'importe comment. j'avais 12 ou 13 ans. Depuis, tu était toujours là, dans ma bibliothèque, et tu y ... click to read more
Fabien
Saturday 13 July 2013 12:48
The first book that I ever read was Tschai! It inspired me to keep on reading. Thanks Jack!
Ronny

Saturday 13 July 2013 12:48
The first book that I ever read was Tschai! It inspired me to keep on reading. Thanks Jack!
Ronny
Saturday 13 July 2013 05:53
so sorry youve left us.your imagination was huge thankyou for expanding mine.with the greatest respect....mark
mark haworth

Saturday 13 July 2013 05:53
so sorry youve left us.your imagination was huge thankyou for expanding mine.with the greatest respect....mark
mark haworth
Friday 12 July 2013 10:13
Jack Vance's worlds have been a part of me since I can remember. Magnus Ridolf and the worlds he travelled have haunted me since I was a child. To this day I can feel his gritty strangeness. He was a very special writer. Thank you, Mr. Vance.
Jeremy Beckett

Friday 12 July 2013 10:13
Jack Vance's worlds have been a part of me since I can remember. Magnus Ridolf and the worlds he travelled have haunted me since I was a child. To this day I can feel his gritty strangeness. He was a very special writer. Thank you, Mr. Vance.
Jeremy Beckett
Thursday 11 July 2013 16:42
Jack Vance era il migliore. Nessuno scrittore ha mai stimolato la mia immaginazione come ha fatto Jack Vance con la fantasia e la ricchezza di dettagli dei suoi racconti e dei suoi romanzi.
Massimo Fallocco

Thursday 11 July 2013 16:42
Jack Vance era il migliore. Nessuno scrittore ha mai stimolato la mia immaginazione come ha fatto Jack Vance con la fantasia e la ricchezza di dettagli dei suoi racconti e dei suoi romanzi.
Massimo Fallocco
Thursday 11 July 2013 15:52
I read and reread his stories since my youth in the 1970's
As long as we remember him he really won't be dead
Robert Bas

Thursday 11 July 2013 15:52
I read and reread his stories since my youth in the 1970's
As long as we remember him he really won't be dead
Robert Bas
Thursday 11 July 2013 15:36
Like many, for me it started with a Cugel story, which led to The Dying Earth, then the Demon Princes and so on for 30 years of reading pleasure. Like the greatest artists, Jack got better with age and his creativity never waned - indeed it seemed that each new he created was deeper and more intricate than the last.
He will be missed by friends and family, but for all of avid readers he will live on in our constant re-reading of his works. Like comfort food, there is nothing like curling up with a classic Vance work to take your mind to a distant planet, another eon, a place of adventure, romance and mystery.
Truly an original, recognize Jack's passing by remembering the first time you discovered his genius - and go re-read that book!
Derek Kruizenga

Thursday 11 July 2013 15:36
Like many, for me it started with a Cugel story, which led to The Dying Earth, then the Demon Princes and so on for 30 years of reading pleasure. Like the greatest artists, Jack got better with age and his creativity never waned - indeed it seemed ... click to read more
Derek Kruizenga
Thursday 11 July 2013 13:45
Goodbay Jack and thanks, you were a great among men! The world is a more sad place without you.
Costanza from Italy

Thursday 11 July 2013 13:45
Goodbay Jack and thanks, you were a great among men! The world is a more sad place without you.
Costanza from Italy
Thursday 11 July 2013 06:31
Ave atque vale to a truly original creator of worlds, species, civilisations and individuals of such complexity and variety that the cinema industry could be kept busy making epics for decades. I would dearly love to see such stories such as Durdane or Tschai rendered onto the screen by truly competent exponents of the art.
Ever since I read The Dying Earth in the 1970s, I scoured every bookshop I came across in the hope of finding any Jack Vance novel or collection of short stories I had yet to experience. For one experiences his works rather than merely reading them.
John Corley

Thursday 11 July 2013 06:31
Ave atque vale to a truly original creator of worlds, species, civilisations and individuals of such complexity and variety that the cinema industry could be kept busy making epics for decades. I would dearly love to see such stories such as Durdane ... click to read more
John Corley
Wednesday 10 July 2013 22:45
I just now found out Mr. Vance passed away. My deepest thoughts goo out to the family. I have read almost every book Mr. Vance wrote. His prose is stylistic, and engrossing, as are every one of his novels. Back in 1997, I took a shot at writing. I e-mailed Mr. Vance's website to tell him how much reading his incredible books meant to me, and (selfishly) to ask for tips. I was fortunate enough to get a reponse from his son, who was very kind, and let me know his father was a bit under the weather. That simple response meant worlds to me. Jack (if I may so bold to address you by your first name), I mourn your passing. But, I take some solace that to this day, I read, and re-read your works, and still enjoy every single word. You are one of the greatest sci-fi authors to put pen to paper. Bless you, and you family.
Todd Wauldron

Wednesday 10 July 2013 22:45
I just now found out Mr. Vance passed away. My deepest thoughts goo out to the family. I have read almost every book Mr. Vance wrote. His prose is stylistic, and engrossing, as are every one of his novels. Back in 1997, I took a shot at writing. I ... click to read more
Todd Wauldron
Wednesday 10 July 2013 16:53
I discovered Jack Vance's books as a young man and fell in love with his prose style. In my opinion he should be rated as one of the greats of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Its been so long since I have read his work but my all time favorite of his was "The Dragon Masters".
Jim McGuire

Wednesday 10 July 2013 16:53
I discovered Jack Vance's books as a young man and fell in love with his prose style. In my opinion he should be rated as one of the greats of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Its been so long since I have read his work but my all time favorite of his ... click to read more
Jim McGuire
Wednesday 10 July 2013 15:51
Jack Vance war einer der größten Geschichtenerzähler, die ich kenne. Es gibt kaum einen Autor, dessen Geschichten mich so gefesselt haben. Über viele Jahre habe ich alle seine Veröffentlichungen gesammelt und gelesen, und mich nie auch nur eine Sekunde lang gelangweilt.
Einer der Allerbesten seiner Zunft ist gegangen...
A. Holletschek

Wednesday 10 July 2013 15:51
Jack Vance war einer der größten Geschichtenerzähler, die ich kenne. Es gibt kaum einen Autor, dessen Geschichten mich so gefesselt haben. Über viele Jahre habe ich alle seine Veröffentlichungen gesammelt und gelesen, und mich nie auch nur eine ... click to read more
A. Holletschek
Tuesday 9 July 2013 12:20
I've read thousands of books by many hundreds of authors over a thoroughly discreditable swath of English letters and Jack Vance is the author I most often return to, over and over again. For his vast understanding of the human mind and spirit, his daunting erudition, his haunting descriptions, his amazing inventiveness and enormous understated humor- a nonpareil. I reread for the dozenth time just to wallow in the beauty of his language. I suppose what really keeps me coming back to the same pages over and over again is I always find something new about myself in them. He richly deserves these many heartfelt expressions although I get the impression that he may have been a little puzzled by them. I don't think he placed the same sort of idealization that we do on his vast talents. In many ways, just a regular guy, in others, a titan. I am grateful we have his superlative body of work for solace in a world less fantastic for his passing.
Paul Londraville

Tuesday 9 July 2013 12:20
I've read thousands of books by many hundreds of authors over a thoroughly discreditable swath of English letters and Jack Vance is the author I most often return to, over and over again. For his vast understanding of the human mind and spirit, his ... click to read more
Paul Londraville
Tuesday 9 July 2013 02:24
I discovered Jack Vance's literate fantasy when I was a young man. Quite by chance I picked up "Eyes of the Overworld" at a charity shop and began to read. From the firs page I was entranced and bought the book. By the last page I was determine to seek out everything I could by the author. He sealed my admiration and addiction with "Lyonesse" -a book of such lyricism and precision with language, that reading itself becomes half the pleasure. The story is as beautiful as the writing. For me, there is no finer writer of fantasy and never will be. Jack Vance is a scholar of humanism (even in strange new worlds), an uncanny philosopher, a wise teacher, a worldly companion, a mercurial jester, and a master of wordcraft. He may have been underrated in his lifetime, but to those, like me, who his work has inspired; he is legend. May a new and splendid adventure await your soul in the Beyond. RS
Rob Sloane

Tuesday 9 July 2013 02:24
I discovered Jack Vance's literate fantasy when I was a young man. Quite by chance I picked up "Eyes of the Overworld" at a charity shop and began to read. From the firs page I was entranced and bought the book. By the last page I was determine to ... click to read more
Rob Sloane
Sunday 7 July 2013 14:05
Just very recently i discovered jack vance's death. in my opinion he was one of the greatest literary figures
of any time. i have read him since very early 70'es and i just love his works.both his science fiction and his fantasy books have an unmistakable characteristic that can only be jack vance.i still enjoy reading his writings and some i have read so manytimes yet still they maintain their freshness and beauty.jack vance has created a foreverness within me of his wonderful characters and his magic. there truely can never be a farewell to someone like jack vance. he lives through his incredible creativity.
kay gonabad

Sunday 7 July 2013 14:05
Just very recently i discovered jack vance's death. in my opinion he was one of the greatest literary figures
of any time. i have read him since very early 70'es and i just love his works.both his science fiction and his fantasy books have an ... click to read more
kay gonabad
Sunday 7 July 2013 05:34
I started re-reading the great adventures you have written after hearing about your passing. For some strange reason the new Daft Punk album Random Access Memories is a perfect fit with The Demon Princes, Tschai and the works.
Who could have imagined that?

Thanks Jack. For all and everything.
Leon
Leon P Kuunders

Sunday 7 July 2013 05:34
I started re-reading the great adventures you have written after hearing about your passing. For some strange reason the new Daft Punk album Random Access Memories is a perfect fit with The Demon Princes, Tschai and the works.
Who could have ... click to read more
Leon P Kuunders
Saturday 6 July 2013 06:24
Farewell, Mr Vance. There was no one better than you at description- you could evoke a whole world with a sentence. The world is a slightly dimmer, sadder place for your absence. You are my favourite author, by a Tantrevalles mile. Gods go with you. Peter
Peter Mackenzie

Saturday 6 July 2013 06:24
Farewell, Mr Vance. There was no one better than you at description- you could evoke a whole world with a sentence. The world is a slightly dimmer, sadder place for your absence. You are my favourite author, by a Tantrevalles mile. Gods go with you. ... click to read more
Peter Mackenzie
Friday 5 July 2013 14:33
He has transformed his Jazz into Literature, with the voices of his characters sometimes playing tunes and duetts which can compare to the best that has ever been written. That's at least how I see it. A true Genius. The Shakespeare of Science Fiction indeed. Good bye Jack Vance, I raise my glass to you!
Thomas Sieber

Friday 5 July 2013 14:33
He has transformed his Jazz into Literature, with the voices of his characters sometimes playing tunes and duetts which can compare to the best that has ever been written. That's at least how I see it. A true Genius. The Shakespeare of Science ... click to read more
Thomas Sieber
Friday 5 July 2013 06:46
He was the true master! I've read his books over and over! For me he lives on for ever!
Theo Laan

Friday 5 July 2013 06:46
He was the true master! I've read his books over and over! For me he lives on for ever!
Theo Laan
Thursday 4 July 2013 17:33
Reader from France of Jack Vance, my favorite writer, since 1985. I was 15 years old. In french now : Merci Jack car tu m'as donné le goût de la lecture que je n'ai jamais perdu. Lire du Jack Vance c'est un voyage fantastique dont on ne veut pas revenir. Du bonheur tout simplement. Thanks Mister Jack Vance
Frdric Blasselle

Thursday 4 July 2013 17:33
Reader from France of Jack Vance, my favorite writer, since 1985. I was 15 years old. In french now : Merci Jack car tu m'as donné le goût de la lecture que je n'ai jamais perdu. Lire du Jack Vance c'est un voyage fantastique dont on ne veut pas ... click to read more
Frdric Blasselle
Thursday 4 July 2013 07:31
Lyonesse, aaah. There are no fantasy works to equal it, none at all. And that is only three of his magnificent books. Though Jack Vance is no more, his books are, and I go back to them when the bleak winters of Norway make me stay indoors.

Steinar Nilsen

Thursday 4 July 2013 07:31
Lyonesse, aaah. There are no fantasy works to equal it, none at all. And that is only three of his magnificent books. Though Jack Vance is no more, his books are, and I go back to them when the bleak winters of Norway make me stay indoors.

Steinar Nilsen
Thursday 4 July 2013 00:37
I cannot describe the depth of my sadness, my endless thanks to a genius of modern literature.

He was old, I knew that, but the primitive parts of my brain still believed he would live forever, and produce magnificent work ever anon.

The Last Castle is destroyed.
Fred Zinkhofer

Thursday 4 July 2013 00:37
I cannot describe the depth of my sadness, my endless thanks to a genius of modern literature.

He was old, I knew that, but the primitive parts of my brain still believed he would live forever, and produce magnificent work ever anon.

The Last ... click to read more
Fred Zinkhofer
Wednesday 3 July 2013 19:50
Having thought about whether to make a contribution amidst so many wonderful thoughts, I am adding my piece.
Whilst many have rightly waxed lyrical about the Dying Earth, Tschai, and the wonderful Demon Princes, these to me always felt like the overture to the masterpieces. I mean of course Lyonesse and Cadwal. The sheer joyous effrontery of writing possibly the best science fiction trilogy of all time and one very much in keeping with our need to conserve and save our own beautiful planet, was then matched by the malign intricacy and magic of Tolkien's Faerie in Lyonesse.

Somewhat taciturn and unbending and yet believable heroes such as Glawen Clattuc and Aillas continue to bemuse me with their sardonic altruism and competence, and they always will. Go with God, Mr. Vance, I will see you on Nightlamp.
Andy Dams

Wednesday 3 July 2013 19:50
Having thought about whether to make a contribution amidst so many wonderful thoughts, I am adding my piece.
Whilst many have rightly waxed lyrical about the Dying Earth, Tschai, and the wonderful Demon Princes, these to me always felt like the ... click to read more
Andy Dams
Wednesday 3 July 2013 14:24
Truly the finest author ever.
Really saddened - will start to re-read every book.
Martin Wass

Wednesday 3 July 2013 14:24
Truly the finest author ever.
Really saddened - will start to re-read every book.
Martin Wass
Tuesday 2 July 2013 06:11
I enjoyed Jack Vance's Tschai novels as a teen, and as I grew up, I discovered the poetry of "The last castle". Many thanks to you, Jack.
Jose

Tuesday 2 July 2013 06:11
I enjoyed Jack Vance's Tschai novels as a teen, and as I grew up, I discovered the poetry of "The last castle". Many thanks to you, Jack.
Jose
Monday 1 July 2013 09:24
His Dying Earth was one of the first collections of science fiction that I read. His use of English has always been an example of what the language can be made to do. His life, too, was exemplary. Goodbye to a great man.
Luce Gilmore

Monday 1 July 2013 09:24
His Dying Earth was one of the first collections of science fiction that I read. His use of English has always been an example of what the language can be made to do. His life, too, was exemplary. Goodbye to a great man.
Luce Gilmore
Sunday 30 June 2013 19:09
You enriched so many lives and made so many dream and discover so many worlds filled with wonder because you wondered what mankind could do what we are and what we might become if only we could dream

Thank you Jack you are beyond the stars but always seeking the next adventure.

You will never be forgotten only grow

Steve Radcliffe

Sunday 30 June 2013 19:09
You enriched so many lives and made so many dream and discover so many worlds filled with wonder because you wondered what mankind could do what we are and what we might become if only we could dream

Thank you Jack you are beyond the stars but ... click to read more
Steve Radcliffe
Sunday 30 June 2013 05:53
I am absolutely sure that one day Jack Vance will be recognized as on the the greatest writers ever, even though here in Italy he is barely known, and by F&SF fans only. His worlds, stories, characters will never die. A truly devoted reader.
Lucio
Lucio Tirone

Sunday 30 June 2013 05:53
I am absolutely sure that one day Jack Vance will be recognized as on the the greatest writers ever, even though here in Italy he is barely known, and by F&SF fans only. His worlds, stories, characters will never die. A truly devoted reader.
Lucio
Lucio Tirone
Saturday 29 June 2013 20:55
Both life and dreams are things of exquisite fragility. A thrust. a cut - they are gone: away, like a sweet scent on the wind. Scharis. Lyonesse I
Thank you Jack for letting me partake in your dreams.
Hannibal
H.Barkas

Saturday 29 June 2013 20:55
Both life and dreams are things of exquisite fragility. A thrust. a cut - they are gone: away, like a sweet scent on the wind. Scharis. Lyonesse I
Thank you Jack for letting me partake in your dreams.
Hannibal
H.Barkas
Friday 28 June 2013 20:09
Dear Jack,
Hope you can read this from the other side and that your new adventure is as colourful as you may have imagined. You've probably noticed by now that death is a transformation not an end. You've probably got some choices to ponder and tasks to do. If you do come back here make sure to look me up in some way. I'd love to hear or read that just so turn of phrase and unfettered eloquence you magicked out of nowhere again. If you decide not to come back please leave a clue somewhere for me so I can once and for all figure out how you did it! You have been one of my greatest inspirations since childhood and have taught me a great deal of my vocabulary (you may well laugh!), as well as having inspired my writing style, which is often admired. Its a sad day for me to learn of your passing, but a glad one as well in the sense that it affords me an opportunity to look back at a profound human life. God Bless
Daniel Johnson

Friday 28 June 2013 20:09
Dear Jack,
Hope you can read this from the other side and that your new adventure is as colourful as you may have imagined. You've probably noticed by now that death is a transformation not an end. You've probably got some choices to ponder and ... click to read more
Daniel Johnson
Friday 28 June 2013 17:35
Your departure has made the world a little bit more gray for me. For you, however, I hope it starts a new and colorful adventure. Thank you for everything, and a good journey, on whatever foreign shores you may now travel.
Patrick

Friday 28 June 2013 17:35
Your departure has made the world a little bit more gray for me. For you, however, I hope it starts a new and colorful adventure. Thank you for everything, and a good journey, on whatever foreign shores you may now travel.
Patrick
Friday 28 June 2013 16:09
Just found out that Mr. Vance has passed away. This world has ever produced those who take and those who give, what Jack Vance gave to his readers was a pass out of this world and out of this time. Very few writers have done that for me. A great mind is gone but his books, his opus, will live ever on.

And, yes, thank you so very much.
Ata Khan

Friday 28 June 2013 16:09
Just found out that Mr. Vance has passed away. This world has ever produced those who take and those who give, what Jack Vance gave to his readers was a pass out of this world and out of this time. Very few writers have done that for me. A great ... click to read more
Ata Khan
Friday 28 June 2013 04:09
My favourite writer ever. Laugh out loud funny, subtle, deep and brilliant. Thank you.

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-Alan
Alan Robson

Friday 28 June 2013 04:09
My favourite writer ever. Laugh out loud funny, subtle, deep and brilliant. Thank you.

--
-Alan
Alan Robson
Thursday 27 June 2013 14:46
Merci Jack,
Tes histoires sont magiques.
Elles m'enchantent depuis plus de 40 ans.
Un sorcier ne meurt jamais.
Bye
Michel Wenger

Thursday 27 June 2013 14:46
Merci Jack,
Tes histoires sont magiques.
Elles m'enchantent depuis plus de 40 ans.
Un sorcier ne meurt jamais.
Bye
Michel Wenger
Thursday 27 June 2013 06:52
Bedankt,Jack Vance,
Door jou heb ik leren dromen

Goede reis en een veilige aankomst
Willem Vermeulen

Thursday 27 June 2013 06:52
Bedankt,Jack Vance,
Door jou heb ik leren dromen

Goede reis en een veilige aankomst
Willem Vermeulen