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 6 June 2013 08:33
The Jack Vance, amaranth always.
Shaped my reading habits since childhood, you did.
Rest in well-deserved peace.
Eamonn

Thursday 6 June 2013 08:33
The Jack Vance, amaranth always.
Shaped my reading habits since childhood, you did.
Rest in well-deserved peace.
Eamonn
Thursday 6 June 2013 07:46
I have oft journeyed along the Icknield Way, near my home in England. Needless to say thoughts of Jack and all the characters of his creation pass through my mind every time. He will be with me in spirit forever, the greatest literary inspiration of my life. Farewell Jack.
Chris Lenn

Thursday 6 June 2013 07:46
I have oft journeyed along the Icknield Way, near my home in England. Needless to say thoughts of Jack and all the characters of his creation pass through my mind every time. He will be with me in spirit forever, the greatest literary inspiration of ... click to read more
Chris Lenn
Thursday 6 June 2013 07:02
I came across one of his novel in a Sci-Fi anthology then aged 11. i never looked back. i read all his books in French saving every francs I could to order the next book then rediscovered his stories in English and have now all the published work of this great Master. he influenced my life and motto "Intelligence is about adapting to your environment" and has ever been present in my thoughts. I was hoping for a last book, another ray of Vanceness to shine. I bought again dragon masters this week end, my 4th or 5th edition of the same book. I certainly will cry over it.....
Patrice Delmas

Thursday 6 June 2013 07:02
I came across one of his novel in a Sci-Fi anthology then aged 11. i never looked back. i read all his books in French saving every francs I could to order the next book then rediscovered his stories in English and have now all the published work of ... click to read more
Patrice Delmas
Thursday 6 June 2013 06:56
Gracias por habernos hecho participe de tu imaginación
Hasta siempre Jack
Javier Aguilar

Thursday 6 June 2013 06:56
Gracias por habernos hecho participe de tu imaginación
Hasta siempre Jack
Javier Aguilar
Thursday 6 June 2013 06:12
Dear John/Jack,
I read my first Jack Vance novel some 25 years ago and have been a great fan of your stories ever since. Your work is an inspiration and has added great value to my life.
You will be missed here on Earth.
Leendert
Netherlands
Leendert Benschop

Thursday 6 June 2013 06:12
Dear John/Jack,
I read my first Jack Vance novel some 25 years ago and have been a great fan of your stories ever since. Your work is an inspiration and has added great value to my life.
You will be missed here on Earth.
Leendert
Netherlands
Leendert Benschop
Thursday 6 June 2013 04:49
Inspirational and everlasting.
Farago

Thursday 6 June 2013 04:49
Inspirational and everlasting.
Farago
Thursday 6 June 2013 02:39
J'ai découvert Jack VANCE pendant mon adolescence dans les années 70 et j"ai été ébloui par son style, son imagination et la puissance de ses récits . Je suis devenu libraire , rayon policier et SF, et ma passion pour lui est toujours aussi forte . Je le fait découvrir à de nouveaux lecteurs et le résultat est toujours le même : admiration et addiction, y compris chez les jeunes lecteurs .
Merci Monsieur VANCE pour toutes ces heures de bonheur, d'émotions et d'émerveillement, pour tous ces voyages dans vos mondes et pour leur diversité .
Vous êtes un des plus grands au Pantheon des créateurs .

Jack, tu vas me manquer !
Franois BERTHEL

Thursday 6 June 2013 02:39
J'ai découvert Jack VANCE pendant mon adolescence dans les années 70 et j"ai été ébloui par son style, son imagination et la puissance de ses récits . Je suis devenu libraire , rayon policier et SF, et ma passion pour lui est toujours aussi ... click to read more
Franois BERTHEL
Thursday 6 June 2013 01:25
As much as enjoying JV's writing over many years I am extremely grateful for this place, reading so many shared experiences of both his books and his person (and Norma).
Love to you all!
Jack, I will miss you.
Edwin

Thursday 6 June 2013 01:25
As much as enjoying JV's writing over many years I am extremely grateful for this place, reading so many shared experiences of both his books and his person (and Norma).
Love to you all!
Jack, I will miss you.
Edwin
Wednesday 5 June 2013 23:01
来自中国的致哀
Anonymous

Wednesday 5 June 2013 23:01
来自中国的致哀
Anonymous
Wednesday 5 June 2013 22:20
Jack Vance was more than a amazing wordsmith,he moved the goalposts we did not know were there.The nothing is rendered inert by his passage.
Glenn M. Watt

Wednesday 5 June 2013 22:20
Jack Vance was more than a amazing wordsmith,he moved the goalposts we did not know were there.The nothing is rendered inert by his passage.
Glenn M. Watt
Wednesday 5 June 2013 22:09
I only discovered Jack a couple years ago, but his works changed my life for the better.
I'll never forget the thrill of reading each book for the first time - I relive it a bit each time I reread them.
Matthew

Wednesday 5 June 2013 22:09
I only discovered Jack a couple years ago, but his works changed my life for the better.
I'll never forget the thrill of reading each book for the first time - I relive it a bit each time I reread them.
Matthew
Wednesday 5 June 2013 21:41
Half a century ago, Jack Vance was my favorite author. And he still is.
Don Lindsay

Wednesday 5 June 2013 21:41
Half a century ago, Jack Vance was my favorite author. And he still is.
Don Lindsay
Wednesday 5 June 2013 17:38
Farewell, fellow voyager.
You will not be forgotten.
Your clever Cugel has tricked even me and I will always have one foot firmly planted in the Land of the Dying Sun.
There aren't enough thanks to express the joy your stories brought me over the years.
And I wish the best to your family.
David Reitsema

Wednesday 5 June 2013 17:38
Farewell, fellow voyager.
You will not be forgotten.
Your clever Cugel has tricked even me and I will always have one foot firmly planted in the Land of the Dying Sun.
There aren't enough thanks to express the joy your stories brought me over the ... click to read more
David Reitsema
Wednesday 5 June 2013 17:14
The most underrated of SF writers.
I've read him over and over, the Cadwal Chronicles a dozen times at least.
He understood the infinite variety of mankind better than any other writer. To see my full tribute to him, Google "vancean reach"
Rex May

Wednesday 5 June 2013 17:14
The most underrated of SF writers.
I've read him over and over, the Cadwal Chronicles a dozen times at least.
He understood the infinite variety of mankind better than any other writer. To see my full tribute to him, Google "vancean reach"
Rex May
Wednesday 5 June 2013 16:57
I was glad and proud to be a friend of Jack Vance. We corresponded beginning in the 1970s. I met him personally in 1996, and made several long stays at his home. He visited us in France in 1998, when, with Norma and my father, we made a pilgrimage in search of the greatest cassoulet in the world.
I am particularly glad and proud to have talked by phone with Jack almost every day for the last 6 months. He loved to converse with my most vocal cat, Snook, with whom he carried on long dialogs of meows, almost always pronouncing himself to be in agreement with her.
Among other recommendations, he instructed me to be on the lookout, because he promised, after his change of status, that he would come around to tickle my toes and pull my ears. But I’m sure he will haunt everyone who is sensitive to his emanations, just as he has always done.
The thing which made him happiest in his last days was interest in his music, and greater sales of his CD would have meant a great deal to him. It is not to late! His ghost is waiting, hoping and watching for people he can touch. Jack usually played me a few tunes each time we talked, and this gave him great pleasure. Though rustic, his music has a marvellous (2 ‘elles’ please!) and subtle charm; it always made me forget my troubles and smile. Allow me to suggest to all his readers the enriching puzzle of tracing the profound concordance between Jack’s writing and his singing.
About 2 weeks before the end I had the privilege of reading “Flutic” to Jack. What an experience! Jack, who could no longer remember much of his writing, purred with amusement, bubbling over in his slow baritone chuckle at each culmination. He glowed with delight … I’m not sure how to express it: “exactly in the right way”. Happiness!
Paul Rhoads

Wednesday 5 June 2013 16:57
I was glad and proud to be a friend of Jack Vance. We corresponded beginning in the 1970s. I met him personally in 1996, and made several long stays at his home. He visited us in France in 1998, when, with Norma and my father, we made a pilgrimage ... click to read more
Paul Rhoads
Wednesday 5 June 2013 16:14
My favorite author for many years.
His characters inspired me, and he made me view the world around us in a richer, more colorful light.
Adventurous travels to you, old friend, and sympathy to those of us left behind.
Aferox

Wednesday 5 June 2013 16:14
My favorite author for many years.
His characters inspired me, and he made me view the world around us in a richer, more colorful light.
Adventurous travels to you, old friend, and sympathy to those of us left behind.
Aferox
Wednesday 5 June 2013 15:43
Past the dying earth and beyond, farewell to you, Pandelume
Chris

Wednesday 5 June 2013 15:43
Past the dying earth and beyond, farewell to you, Pandelume
Chris
Wednesday 5 June 2013 15:38
Read all of Jack's books when i was a youngster, can't understand why they didn't made any movies from them..
His writing was pure literature for me.
Thanks Jack ! See you in the big wave.
Izydor

Wednesday 5 June 2013 15:38
Read all of Jack's books when i was a youngster, can't understand why they didn't made any movies from them..
His writing was pure literature for me.
Thanks Jack ! See you in the big wave.
Izydor
Wednesday 5 June 2013 15:24
The sun may splutter out...but as long as humans survive anywhere in the universe, there imagination too will survive...and where imagination survives Jack Vance will continue to live.
Madanjeet

Wednesday 5 June 2013 15:24
The sun may splutter out...but as long as humans survive anywhere in the universe, there imagination too will survive...and where imagination survives Jack Vance will continue to live.
Madanjeet
Wednesday 5 June 2013 13:04
An enraptured JV fan from the moment I picked up the Planet of Adventure series in the late '70s, I once had the pleasure of drinking all of the beer (Orangeboom, as I recall) in Jack and Norma's refrigerator. I was in the Bay Area for a rugby tournament, and wrote to Jack c/o his publisher, asking if it would be possible to buy him dinner. He replied that, while he rarely ventured out anymore, he would be glad to meet me at his home in Oakland. When I arrived, in a kind of awe, he very kindly invited me inside, offered me dinner, declined to join me in a beer (he said he was a bit hung over from a dinner with Poul Anderson the night before) and proceeded to answer all of the questions I had been dying to ask him about his books. I asked him what he was working on at the time and he said, "Oh, you know, the same old crap." The "same old crap" turned out to be the first volume of the Cadwal Chronicles. So farewell, Jack Vance. Thank you for an evening this writer will never forget. I hope that, in your next incarnation, your spirit finds the Gaean Reach -- and that they appreciate you properly there.
Jeff Keithly

Wednesday 5 June 2013 13:04
An enraptured JV fan from the moment I picked up the Planet of Adventure series in the late '70s, I once had the pleasure of drinking all of the beer (Orangeboom, as I recall) in Jack and Norma's refrigerator. I was in the Bay Area for a rugby ... click to read more
Jeff Keithly
Wednesday 5 June 2013 12:33
The world has lost a lot of sparkle with your passing, Jack. You said once, we were all sitting at the table not just there in Oakland, but in other neighbor-universes which were virtually the same except the ceiling might be blue. In some other time-stream, I hope we are! The years I spent with you and Norma are never far from me in memory and I cherish every episode. What an extraordinary
privilege it was, to know you both and share all those adventures! You were more to me than you could ever know; friend, inspiration, Mentor. And yes, Best Author not just in science fiction but the lot. I miss you. Bon Voyage and fair sailing, Jack.
Nicki

Wednesday 5 June 2013 12:33
The world has lost a lot of sparkle with your passing, Jack. You said once, we were all sitting at the table not just there in Oakland, but in other neighbor-universes which were virtually the same except the ceiling might be blue. In some other ... click to read more
Nicki
Wednesday 5 June 2013 12:07
I was a SF fan since I was a kid. But Jack Vance was the one who showed me how good it can get. Reading Dying Earth got me addicted right away. I guess I read every available Vance in German and after some time I came back and read most things in the English version. It was alway a pleasure but if I had to choose what I liked best I would say: Lyonesse (all books) and Alastor.
Thanks Jack for the countless happy hours!
Christoph Marschner

Wednesday 5 June 2013 12:07
I was a SF fan since I was a kid. But Jack Vance was the one who showed me how good it can get. Reading Dying Earth got me addicted right away. I guess I read every available Vance in German and after some time I came back and read most things in ... click to read more
Christoph Marschner
Wednesday 5 June 2013 10:43
The first book I read of Jack Vance was 'The Eyes of the Overworld' in 1986 (when it came out in Germany), which struck me with astonishment. Since then Lyonesse, Cadwal, The Demon Princes and many others of his works went through my hands and never ceased to amaze me. I feel privileged, that I was allowed to discover this brilliant writer.

Cordial thanks and Godspeed to you Mr. Vance!
Mitch Weisler

Wednesday 5 June 2013 10:43
The first book I read of Jack Vance was 'The Eyes of the Overworld' in 1986 (when it came out in Germany), which struck me with astonishment. Since then Lyonesse, Cadwal, The Demon Princes and many others of his works went through my hands and never ... click to read more
Mitch Weisler
Wednesday 5 June 2013 10:27
My favorite writer, i love the way he wrote!

A great loss.

R.I.P. Jack
Maarten Beekman

Wednesday 5 June 2013 10:27
My favorite writer, i love the way he wrote!

A great loss.

R.I.P. Jack
Maarten Beekman
Wednesday 5 June 2013 10:15
You gave a boy living in a dour, conservative, conflict-wracked country amazing, uplifting, immersive tales of fabulous futures. Strange societies intrigued the mind, amazing worlds stretched the mind's eye, effusive prose broadened my mind.

May the worlds in which you travel now be as fascinating as those you crafted!
Eamon

Wednesday 5 June 2013 10:15
You gave a boy living in a dour, conservative, conflict-wracked country amazing, uplifting, immersive tales of fabulous futures. Strange societies intrigued the mind, amazing worlds stretched the mind's eye, effusive prose broadened my mind.

May ... click to read more
Eamon
Wednesday 5 June 2013 04:35
Whenever I see books, anywhere, I am always happy to find one by Jack Vance. Imagine what happens when I find one that perhaps - somehow - I missed before! To me, the future holds Jack Vance... Sent from The Netherlands in humble tribute.
Arnoud de Kroon

Wednesday 5 June 2013 04:35
Whenever I see books, anywhere, I am always happy to find one by Jack Vance. Imagine what happens when I find one that perhaps - somehow - I missed before! To me, the future holds Jack Vance... Sent from The Netherlands in humble tribute.
Arnoud de Kroon
Wednesday 5 June 2013 03:20
Merci, Jack Vance.
I'm still dreaming of Lyonesse.
Avec infiniment d'amour,
Florian
Florian

Wednesday 5 June 2013 03:20
Merci, Jack Vance.
I'm still dreaming of Lyonesse.
Avec infiniment d'amour,
Florian
Florian
Tuesday 4 June 2013 23:23
Jack's books are among the best I have ever read, and have my life better for their existence. My best wishes go out to his family and friends. He will be missed by us all, but never forgotten.

Stephen
Stephen Poole

Tuesday 4 June 2013 23:23
Jack's books are among the best I have ever read, and have my life better for their existence. My best wishes go out to his family and friends. He will be missed by us all, but never forgotten.

Stephen
Stephen Poole
Tuesday 4 June 2013 21:12
Thank you for Lyonesse, for Cugel, for Tschaï.

Thank you for all your books.

Sail on, mister Vance.
Laurent

Tuesday 4 June 2013 21:12
Thank you for Lyonesse, for Cugel, for Tschaï.

Thank you for all your books.

Sail on, mister Vance.
Laurent
Tuesday 4 June 2013 20:24
Jack,I opened one of your books and felt sad to read the words at first.I miss your tenancy here on Earth with us.I continued to read and felt the life of the words and how you come to life through them.Such a wonderful soul.Bless you Jack and Norma.My thought are with John and family and us, your loyal readers and admirers.Rest in Peace Jack.
John Colum Hughes

Tuesday 4 June 2013 20:24
Jack,I opened one of your books and felt sad to read the words at first.I miss your tenancy here on Earth with us.I continued to read and felt the life of the words and how you come to life through them.Such a wonderful soul.Bless you Jack and ... click to read more
John Colum Hughes
Tuesday 4 June 2013 19:52
Ive only just tipped the ice berg on reading his books. But i am hooked and plan to read them all. I will share his work and I am truly sad he has passed. He or his works will not be forgotten!

My thoughts go out to his family and friends who knew him better than most.

Best Wishes
-Ryan.
Ryan Hotchin

Tuesday 4 June 2013 19:52
Ive only just tipped the ice berg on reading his books. But i am hooked and plan to read them all. I will share his work and I am truly sad he has passed. He or his works will not be forgotten!

My thoughts go out to his family and friends who ... click to read more
Ryan Hotchin
Tuesday 4 June 2013 19:28
I knew him only through his words but he seemed as said by another great storyteller to be a man of infinite jest and most excellent fancy. His works were funny yet profound, archaic yet timeless.

Ni bheidh a leitheid aris ann
Myles Gilvarry

Tuesday 4 June 2013 19:28
I knew him only through his words but he seemed as said by another great storyteller to be a man of infinite jest and most excellent fancy. His works were funny yet profound, archaic yet timeless.

Ni bheidh a leitheid aris ann
Myles Gilvarry
Tuesday 4 June 2013 18:36
The discovery of Jack Vance's work in my childhood opened a wonderfully rich, baroque world of eloquent creatures and wryly evolved human worlds that I delved into repeatedly over my life, reading and re-reading the novels like the good friends they were.
I joined the VIE team and did my bit - mainly because I saw there were novels I hadn't read yet - (not realising they were the same stories titled differently for the non-US market)
Thank you, Jack for significantly enriching my life.
Peter Bayley

Tuesday 4 June 2013 18:36
The discovery of Jack Vance's work in my childhood opened a wonderfully rich, baroque world of eloquent creatures and wryly evolved human worlds that I delved into repeatedly over my life, reading and re-reading the novels like the good friends they ... click to read more
Peter Bayley
Tuesday 4 June 2013 18:35
A great regret of mine is that I
not a wordsmith like Vance. His works mean a lot to me, and he is unsurpassed in my eyes. Truly great. I wish his family the best.
Jamie Withey

Tuesday 4 June 2013 18:35
A great regret of mine is that I
not a wordsmith like Vance. His works mean a lot to me, and he is unsurpassed in my eyes. Truly great. I wish his family the best.
Jamie Withey
Tuesday 4 June 2013 17:10
Wow, bought Emphyrio yesterday and then read the obit in The Times today. Ok, 3 favourite moments (1) "Wrong again," said Reith. "It is a copy." (2) Shimrod revealed as a Sir Pellinore (3) The Dinkelstown Hadaul, where I won 600 SVU thanks to Kirth Gersen.
And thank you Jack Vance for the lyricism
Chalcone

Tuesday 4 June 2013 17:10
Wow, bought Emphyrio yesterday and then read the obit in The Times today. Ok, 3 favourite moments (1) "Wrong again," said Reith. "It is a copy." (2) Shimrod revealed as a Sir Pellinore (3) The Dinkelstown Hadaul, where I won 600 SVU thanks to Kirth ... click to read more
Chalcone
Tuesday 4 June 2013 16:11
Dear Jack,
I just want to say this...
I will tell them you were here,
I will try to give others the gift you gave
me...
You will be missed.
Denis

Tuesday 4 June 2013 16:11
Dear Jack,
I just want to say this...
I will tell them you were here,
I will try to give others the gift you gave
me...
You will be missed.
Denis
Tuesday 4 June 2013 14:43
Rest in Peace, Master.
We shall always remember you!
Sergey Surin

Tuesday 4 June 2013 14:43
Rest in Peace, Master.
We shall always remember you!
Sergey Surin
Tuesday 4 June 2013 12:04
I have read and re-read Jack's books over the last 45 years. At about 11 years of age, I began to spend my nickels and dimes at the local thrift store for books. My first buys included Ace doubles among which was Big Planet / Slaves of the Klau.

Jack's clever dialogues and use of language influenced my thinking and imagination like no other writers save perhaps Ashton-Smith and Lem.

I can lay the responsibility for having become a great communicator in large part at Jack's doorstep.

A grand flourish of my hat in acknowledgment and gratitude for the positive, uplifting and most entertaining influence in my life.
Peter Piotrowski

Tuesday 4 June 2013 12:04
I have read and re-read Jack's books over the last 45 years. At about 11 years of age, I began to spend my nickels and dimes at the local thrift store for books. My first buys included Ace doubles among which was Big Planet / Slaves of the ... click to read more
Peter Piotrowski
Tuesday 4 June 2013 09:10
I was inspired to read Vance after meeting a man in his 90's at our cities specialist science fiction bookstore. He had travelled all the way in by public transport and was having a wonderful chat with one of the shop assistants about all the various Jack Vance books he had red over the years. He was restocking his collection and was after one of Vance's dragon books. He spoke with such affection for the stories that he read that I knew I needed to pick up my own copy. Best word of mouth recommendation I've had.
Adam

Tuesday 4 June 2013 09:10
I was inspired to read Vance after meeting a man in his 90's at our cities specialist science fiction bookstore. He had travelled all the way in by public transport and was having a wonderful chat with one of the shop assistants about all the ... click to read more
Adam
Tuesday 4 June 2013 08:28
To the memory of a great storyteller and
stylist, who has brought us much joy. Other writers have
gotten more immediate fame perhaps, but Vance's will always be read.
If there is a heaven, perhaps he will now be able to meet Ernest Bramah, and perhaps they will write some stories together.
Nick Blanton

Tuesday 4 June 2013 08:28
To the memory of a great storyteller and
stylist, who has brought us much joy. Other writers have
gotten more immediate fame perhaps, but Vance's will always be read.
If there is a heaven, perhaps he will now be able to meet Ernest Bramah, and ... click to read more
Nick Blanton
Tuesday 4 June 2013 07:00
The light that burns twice as bright burns for half as long... well that was not the case this time, thanks to whatever God rules our lives.
He was a bright star, now gone forever, but his light will evermore remain to enlighten our dreams.

Farewell Maestro, a tusitala first among the greatest.
Justo Sabadell

Tuesday 4 June 2013 07:00
The light that burns twice as bright burns for half as long... well that was not the case this time, thanks to whatever God rules our lives.
He was a bright star, now gone forever, but his light will evermore remain to enlighten our ... click to read more
Justo Sabadell
Tuesday 4 June 2013 06:24
Ma première rencontre avec Vance fut à l'âge de 10 ans avec Cugel. Trop ardu pour moi à cet âge là, je laissais de côté. Plus vieux de presque une décennie, la relecture de ce texte ainsi que du cycle de Lyonesse me laissa pendant plusieurs semaine dans une béatitude proche de l'extase. Je bois en ton honneur, Jack, ce vin doré à la saveur sucrée qui poussera sur la Terre des ultimes Eons. A ta santé
Aurlien Vincenti

Tuesday 4 June 2013 06:24
Ma première rencontre avec Vance fut à l'âge de 10 ans avec Cugel. Trop ardu pour moi à cet âge là, je laissais de côté. Plus vieux de presque une décennie, la relecture de ce texte ainsi que du cycle de Lyonesse me laissa pendant plusieurs ... click to read more
Aurlien Vincenti
Tuesday 4 June 2013 05:57
He played a large role in shaping the fantasies and adventures off my youth. He was unique, it is a shame that the Gaeaan Reach will never expand further.
Peter Groenewegen

Tuesday 4 June 2013 05:57
He played a large role in shaping the fantasies and adventures off my youth. He was unique, it is a shame that the Gaeaan Reach will never expand further.
Peter Groenewegen
Tuesday 4 June 2013 05:43
I first encountered Jack Vance's "The Overworld" in the December 1965 Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. The editor's introduction included the words "...For Mr. Vance is a master storyteller..." Yes, indeed. Since all those years ago, Jack Vance has always remained my favourite author.
Paul Brook

Tuesday 4 June 2013 05:43
I first encountered Jack Vance's "The Overworld" in the December 1965 Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. The editor's introduction included the words "...For Mr. Vance is a master storyteller..." Yes, indeed. Since all those years ago, Jack ... click to read more
Paul Brook
Tuesday 4 June 2013 04:58
The Greatest.
The Finest. Neverwill he be forgotten.
David

Tuesday 4 June 2013 04:58
The Greatest.
The Finest. Neverwill he be forgotten.
David
Tuesday 4 June 2013 03:45
Thank you, Jack Vance, for the wonderful books you gave to us. The Blue World en The Dying Earth, to name only two of them: marvelous creations of a great author that impressed me very much.
Albert Prins

Tuesday 4 June 2013 03:45
Thank you, Jack Vance, for the wonderful books you gave to us. The Blue World en The Dying Earth, to name only two of them: marvelous creations of a great author that impressed me very much.
Albert Prins
Tuesday 4 June 2013 00:01
I will raise a glass tonight to Jack Vance who has enriched my life with his humour, elegant prose and thought provoking stories,since I first discovered his books in my local library in the 1970's.
Anonymous

Tuesday 4 June 2013 00:01
I will raise a glass tonight to Jack Vance who has enriched my life with his humour, elegant prose and thought provoking stories,since I first discovered his books in my local library in the 1970's.
Anonymous
Monday 3 June 2013 20:51
"The Face" had perhaps the best ending ever crafted in literature.
I read pretty much all the Vance I could get my hands on, including some of the detective work under other names.

You can't see me now, Jack, or perhaps you can...that's a glass of Laphroaig I'm raising to you.
The earth may be dying, but your work lives on.
Jens Fiederer

Monday 3 June 2013 20:51
"The Face" had perhaps the best ending ever crafted in literature.
I read pretty much all the Vance I could get my hands on, including some of the detective work under other names.

You can't see me now, Jack, or perhaps you can...that's a glass ... click to read more
Jens Fiederer
Monday 3 June 2013 20:25
I believe that he SHOULD have been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature...I've been enjoying his books (over and over, like lots of other people) for 50 years, & intend to keep on....
Doc George

Monday 3 June 2013 20:25
I believe that he SHOULD have been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature...I've been enjoying his books (over and over, like lots of other people) for 50 years, & intend to keep on....
Doc George
Monday 3 June 2013 18:06
Condolences to his family and RIP.
I raise a glass of "phenolic seepage" in his memory. There will never be another. Thanks Jack.
John Underwood, London, UK

Monday 3 June 2013 18:06
Condolences to his family and RIP.
I raise a glass of "phenolic seepage" in his memory. There will never be another. Thanks Jack.
John Underwood, London, UK
Monday 3 June 2013 14:37
I bought my first Vance book--Tales of the Dying Earth--not knowing what it was. When I opened it I was confused by the setting and didn't pick it up again for years. When I did actually read it, I was blown away. I couldn't read enough and went through all the omnibuses I could find, then hunted down more titles in the used book stores. Jack's characters and societies changed the way I interpreted the world, and his language has changed the way I write.
I knew before Vance that I wanted to be a writer, but Jack completely changed the way I wanted to write. Two weeks ago I was feeling lost in life and picked up The Demon Princes again, and blew through Volume I in a few days. It almost feels like destiny that I handed my copy of The Dying Earth to a friend on the 27th, not yet knowing that Jack had passed away.
Rest in Peace, Jack. I'll spend the rest of my life reading your books.
P.E. Canticles

Monday 3 June 2013 14:37
I bought my first Vance book--Tales of the Dying Earth--not knowing what it was. When I opened it I was confused by the setting and didn't pick it up again for years. When I did actually read it, I was blown away. I couldn't read enough and went ... click to read more
P.E. Canticles
Monday 3 June 2013 14:34
Bon voyage, Jack. Tes livres continueront toujours à m'accompagner.

Nitsan Seniak

Monday 3 June 2013 14:34
Bon voyage, Jack. Tes livres continueront toujours à m'accompagner.

Nitsan Seniak
Monday 3 June 2013 13:54
Reading Vance changed the way I experienced books, sci-fi, fantasy and living.
I really regret never to have met him and telling him how much I enjoyed his work.
Rest in peace storyteller, you have touched countless lives.
Johan Beyens

Monday 3 June 2013 13:54
Reading Vance changed the way I experienced books, sci-fi, fantasy and living.
I really regret never to have met him and telling him how much I enjoyed his work.
Rest in peace storyteller, you have touched countless lives.
Johan Beyens
Monday 3 June 2013 13:41
I'm really kinda choked up. I have followed Vance's work since coming across a copy of Eight Fantasms and Magics, back in the mid-70s. He's been with me ever since. A toast! (in arack) to Jack!
Michael Loubert

Monday 3 June 2013 13:41
I'm really kinda choked up. I have followed Vance's work since coming across a copy of Eight Fantasms and Magics, back in the mid-70s. He's been with me ever since. A toast! (in arack) to Jack!
Michael Loubert
Monday 3 June 2013 13:37
一切秘密归于吾主Vecna!
Anonymous

Monday 3 June 2013 13:37
一切秘密归于吾主Vecna!
Anonymous
Monday 3 June 2013 13:17
We all have been reading and rereading his books since the day we first read one. And we will never stop.
Godspeed Jack.
Gilles Fabre

Monday 3 June 2013 13:17
We all have been reading and rereading his books since the day we first read one. And we will never stop.
Godspeed Jack.
Gilles Fabre
Monday 3 June 2013 12:51
I am so proud and so lucky to have had the chance to work on a book project with my favorite author. He didn't have to let me reprint any of his work, but he did. He was a kind and generous man, with an incredibly unique creative voice. He will be missed.

Thank you Jack Vance, for everything.
John-Michael Perkins

Monday 3 June 2013 12:51
I am so proud and so lucky to have had the chance to work on a book project with my favorite author. He didn't have to let me reprint any of his work, but he did. He was a kind and generous man, with an incredibly unique creative voice. He will be ... click to read more
John-Michael Perkins
Monday 3 June 2013 12:50
I think that with Jack's passing the last connection with my childhood has been severed. I remember long sunny vacation days sitting in my parents garden devouring Jack's books. Imho Jack was and still is the ultimate science fiction writer. With unparalleled ease he paints both exotic worlds and the interactions of humans with those worlds and each other.
Jack is gone but he will be forever close through all his books sitting on my bookshelves. Jack, tonight I will raise my single malt to you for making my life richer, cheers!
Gerrit J. van Nieuwenhuizen

Monday 3 June 2013 12:50
I think that with Jack's passing the last connection with my childhood has been severed. I remember long sunny vacation days sitting in my parents garden devouring Jack's books. Imho Jack was and still is the ultimate science fiction writer. With ... click to read more
Gerrit J. van Nieuwenhuizen
Monday 3 June 2013 12:40
Jack Vance was one of the masters of 20th century American writing. I first encountered his work when I was twelve, with The Last Castle and The Dragon Masters, bound together as an Ace double, and soon afterwards found The Languages of Pao in the Nashville, TN, public library. After that, in some sense, I never stopped reading his work. His melancholy, irony, humor, wit, fantasy, and sparkling creative imagination, all expressed with a light touch in elegant prose, combined to make him a master. Ursula LeGuin once wrote that Jack Vance was so good a writer that she wondered if he even knew how good he was. He was someone whom others could only admire without hoping to match him. I had the good fortune to meet him briefly, and cherish the memory, because he was a gentleman in the real sense, as well as an artist of great distinction.
David Clement

Monday 3 June 2013 12:40
Jack Vance was one of the masters of 20th century American writing. I first encountered his work when I was twelve, with The Last Castle and The Dragon Masters, bound together as an Ace double, and soon afterwards found The Languages of Pao in the ... click to read more
David Clement
Monday 3 June 2013 11:29
I have enjoyed Jack Vance's books since the age of 12.
His works have enriched my life and now my son's.
I had the privilege of working on the VIE, and treasure the fact that in a small way I gave something back to Jack.
I am sorry he's gone but he won't be forgotten.
He had a wonderful productive life, and gave joy to many many people.
Karl Kellar

Monday 3 June 2013 11:29
I have enjoyed Jack Vance's books since the age of 12.
His works have enriched my life and now my son's.
I had the privilege of working on the VIE, and treasure the fact that in a small way I gave something back to Jack.
I am sorry he's gone but ... click to read more
Karl Kellar