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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Monday 3 June 2013 08:57
Les premiers livres de Fantasy et SF que j'ai lus étaient de Jack Vance. C'est lui qui m'a donné le goût de cet univers, que je continue à parcourir aujourd'hui. J'ai un grand respect pour cet écrivain qui m'a transportée de monde en monde, aux confins de l'imaginaire. Je le remercie de m'avoir fait et de me faire vivre encore ces explorations.
Cat

Monday 3 June 2013 08:57
Les premiers livres de Fantasy et SF que j'ai lus étaient de Jack Vance. C'est lui qui m'a donné le goût de cet univers, que je continue à parcourir aujourd'hui. J'ai un grand respect pour cet écrivain qui m'a transportée de monde en monde, ... click to read more
Cat
Monday 3 June 2013 07:50
a sci-fi writer of class.
will live on n our hearts for a very long time
an0n

Monday 3 June 2013 07:50
a sci-fi writer of class.
will live on n our hearts for a very long time
an0n
Monday 3 June 2013 06:54
I was a fourteen years old french kid.
I still remember the first time I read one of Jack's nook, and as in the Beatles' song A Day In The Life, I went into a dream.
I'm 66 by now, and I'm still dreaming.

Cheers, Jack, wherever you are.
Franois Pic

Monday 3 June 2013 06:54
I was a fourteen years old french kid.
I still remember the first time I read one of Jack's nook, and as in the Beatles' song A Day In The Life, I went into a dream.
I'm 66 by now, and I'm still dreaming.

Cheers, Jack, wherever you are.
Franois Pic
Monday 3 June 2013 06:34
"J'ai l'impression d'avoir perdu un ami." Quand on a déjà perdu un ami proche, cette phrase peut choquer. Quoi qu'il en soit, il nous faut dire adieu à nos nombreux compagnons de lecture, amis virtuels, d'Adam Reith à Magnus Ridolph. Atteint précocement de cécité, Jack Vance ne pouvait plus écrire sans aide. Je me souviens que dans les années 90 il disait nourrir une véritable haine envers son ordinateur et le logiciel Dragon Naturally Speaking ! Pour ma part je dirais que, même centenaire, voire bicentenaire, Jack Vance n'aurait jamais pu trouver d'application capable d'assimiler son style, ses mondes, son humour ou sa poésie...
Alain Bollengier

Monday 3 June 2013 06:34
"J'ai l'impression d'avoir perdu un ami." Quand on a déjà perdu un ami proche, cette phrase peut choquer. Quoi qu'il en soit, il nous faut dire adieu à nos nombreux compagnons de lecture, amis virtuels, d'Adam Reith à Magnus Ridolph. Atteint ... click to read more
Alain Bollengier
Monday 3 June 2013 04:47
Reading 'Planet of Adventure' is still one of the most cherished memories from my teenage years.
Jack Vance taught me that imagination has no boundaries. RIP!
David C.

Monday 3 June 2013 04:47
Reading 'Planet of Adventure' is still one of the most cherished memories from my teenage years.
Jack Vance taught me that imagination has no boundaries. RIP!
David C.
Monday 3 June 2013 03:39
I would never have imagined that, with the flip of a page from a book in my dad's collection, so many worlds lay in my grasp. I'll continue to visit. Many thanks.
Thomas De Duytsche

Monday 3 June 2013 03:39
I would never have imagined that, with the flip of a page from a book in my dad's collection, so many worlds lay in my grasp. I'll continue to visit. Many thanks.
Thomas De Duytsche
Monday 3 June 2013 02:46
I didn't know him, at all. But he is and always will be, my favourite SciFi writer of all (my) time...

I will miss him (and the hope of a New SciFi By Jack Vance(tm)) dearly...
Sander Reiche

Monday 3 June 2013 02:46
I didn't know him, at all. But he is and always will be, my favourite SciFi writer of all (my) time...

I will miss him (and the hope of a New SciFi By Jack Vance(tm)) dearly...
Sander Reiche
Monday 3 June 2013 02:04
Tack för alla stunder
Anders
Anders Ekstrom

Monday 3 June 2013 02:04
Tack för alla stunder
Anders
Anders Ekstrom
Monday 3 June 2013 00:34
So we lose another of the greats... creator of a Dying Earth but who's light will not die ... not as long as the books remain with us in print.
Rest in Peace, but if there is an afterlife then hope you live it up... there are many more of the masters there with you than are left here with us.
Marc G.

Monday 3 June 2013 00:34
So we lose another of the greats... creator of a Dying Earth but who's light will not die ... not as long as the books remain with us in print.
Rest in Peace, but if there is an afterlife then hope you live it up... there are many more of the ... click to read more
Marc G.
Sunday 2 June 2013 22:29
Thank you, Mr. Vance, for the great pleasure I experienced reading your books -- again, and again, and again. I think I've read the Demon Princes 4 times. Thank you also for improving my vocabulary more than anyone else I have ever read. Since reading your books I find myself constructing sentences with increased use of the simicolon; also the colon finds its way into my sentences on a regular basis: undeniably a result of your influence. You live in my every email. My Dad read your books, and I thank him for exposing me to them. I treasured my Dad and I treasure your books. Thank you, Mr. Vance, for being the amazing man you always will be. If I could only take only one author on a desert island, it would be you.
Ken Kellett

Sunday 2 June 2013 22:29
Thank you, Mr. Vance, for the great pleasure I experienced reading your books -- again, and again, and again. I think I've read the Demon Princes 4 times. Thank you also for improving my vocabulary more than anyone else I have ever read. Since ... click to read more
Ken Kellett
Sunday 2 June 2013 21:55
Ave atque vale, Jack! Your poetic prose never failed to spark my inner imagination - thank you for many hours of pleasure in your work, and for more to come with future reading.
Jeff
Jeff

Sunday 2 June 2013 21:55
Ave atque vale, Jack! Your poetic prose never failed to spark my inner imagination - thank you for many hours of pleasure in your work, and for more to come with future reading.
Jeff
Jeff
Sunday 2 June 2013 21:54
In April 1982 I attended the Tschaicon SF conference in Melbourne, Australia, with my friend Tony White. Tony was (and arguably still is) and even more avid fan of Jack than I was (and am). Tony has made it his life's mission to collect, one by one, every book Jack has written. Jack was the Guest of Honour at the conference, and we all had the opportunity to chat informally to him, and to pick his brain at seminars on SF writing.

The conference had a very relaxed atmosphere, unlike a formal medical or business conference, and I recall that at one of the sessions I began a question to Jack by complimenting him on the full rigour of his informality, which of course was a quote from The Last Castle!

I've sent a copy of a treasured photo to the website, with Tony (bearded, on Jack's right), and myself on his left. In front of us is an autographed copy of The Last Castle. Jack is wearing his serious, guest-of-honour face, but during the conference he was entirely charming and informative. It really was great to meet him.
So much enjoyment, and so many good memories!
Thanks, Jack.
Bram Tiernan

Sunday 2 June 2013 21:54
In April 1982 I attended the Tschaicon SF conference in Melbourne, Australia, with my friend Tony White. Tony was (and arguably still is) and even more avid fan of Jack than I was (and am). Tony has made it his life's mission to collect, one by one, ... click to read more
Bram Tiernan
Sunday 2 June 2013 21:20
It has only been very recently that I had the great fortune of discovering the existence and wonderful talents of Jack Vance.
I have been reading his brilliant works since shortly before the turn of the new year, and several months back decided to dedicate the year of 2013 to his novels, and his alone. I wrote to him a few weeks ago. I'll never know if he read that letter. One thing I do know.... Jack Vance has change my life, inspired and ignited my imagination, and humbled me as an aspiring writer. While I never met the man, I will miss him very much. Thank you, Mr. Vance, for your many amazing works and countless hours of offered entertainment. Literature has lost one of its greatest. Rest in peace, my friend.
James Callan

Sunday 2 June 2013 21:20
It has only been very recently that I had the great fortune of discovering the existence and wonderful talents of Jack Vance.
I have been reading his brilliant works since shortly before the turn of the new year, and several months back decided to ... click to read more
James Callan
Sunday 2 June 2013 21:20
So sorry to hear of Mr. Vance's passing. I am one of countless nerds and misfits who was given a beautiful and exciting, if temporary, escape through his work. I look forward to introducing the works of Jack Vance to my children.
Rob Gentles

Sunday 2 June 2013 21:20
So sorry to hear of Mr. Vance's passing. I am one of countless nerds and misfits who was given a beautiful and exciting, if temporary, escape through his work. I look forward to introducing the works of Jack Vance to my children.
Rob Gentles
Sunday 2 June 2013 20:19
Without doubt my favourite author.
I'm gonna miss him! RIP Jack!
Mark Freeman

Sunday 2 June 2013 20:19
Without doubt my favourite author.
I'm gonna miss him! RIP Jack!
Mark Freeman
Sunday 2 June 2013 19:07
Obrigado sr Jack Vance
sua obra revolucionou minha infância e minha vida,
boa viagem.
Rodrigo Amorim Tarsia

Sunday 2 June 2013 19:07
Obrigado sr Jack Vance
sua obra revolucionou minha infância e minha vida,
boa viagem.
Rodrigo Amorim Tarsia
Sunday 2 June 2013 19:06
Unprecedented joy is the only way I can describe my experience reading Vance's books. Farewell good sir, and my condolences for the entire Vance family.
Ken Bowie

Sunday 2 June 2013 19:06
Unprecedented joy is the only way I can describe my experience reading Vance's books. Farewell good sir, and my condolences for the entire Vance family.
Ken Bowie
Sunday 2 June 2013 17:50
Anche per me la lettura dei romanzi e dei racconti di Jack Vance è stata un'esperienza di incanto e di ingresso in altri mondi e in altre dimensioni. Era capace di creare universi solo attraverso un nome composto da poche sillabe, ma accostate in modo inusuale e misterioso. Descrizioni multisensoriali squadernavano possibilità narrative sempre inattese, sollecitando l'immaginazione fino allo spasimo. Con la sua scomparsa si chiude un ciclo della letteratura americana d'invenzione. Che il suo spirito riposi in pace, in uno dei meravigliosi mondi da lui creati.
Agostino

Sunday 2 June 2013 17:50
Anche per me la lettura dei romanzi e dei racconti di Jack Vance è stata un'esperienza di incanto e di ingresso in altri mondi e in altre dimensioni. Era capace di creare universi solo attraverso un nome composto da poche sillabe, ma accostate in ... click to read more
Agostino
Sunday 2 June 2013 17:30
I read your books over and over and I will
be doing so. Thanks, Jack for all the worlds that you made.
Gerhard

Sunday 2 June 2013 17:30
I read your books over and over and I will
be doing so. Thanks, Jack for all the worlds that you made.
Gerhard
Sunday 2 June 2013 17:11
My dad started me on vance before I could read myself. He read me Planet of Adventure, the Dragon Masters, The Dying Earth, and many others that I would eventually track down and reread on my own. I have a shelf on my bookcase dedicated entirely to Vance, and when people ask me how many I reply "This many" and stretch my arms out wide.

Dear Jack-
When I finally got around to writing a novel, I dedicated it to you. I always thought of sending you a copy, as you were mentioned in it, but I never did, because I didn't know where to send it. I'm sorry now that I didn't try harder.
You have been and always will be my favorite author. I am honored to have livied in a world you enriched with your voice.
You are sorely missed.
You
Esmeralda

Sunday 2 June 2013 17:11
My dad started me on vance before I could read myself. He read me Planet of Adventure, the Dragon Masters, The Dying Earth, and many others that I would eventually track down and reread on my own. I have a shelf on my bookcase dedicated entirely to ... click to read more
Esmeralda
Sunday 2 June 2013 17:02
Thanks for all the reading-pleasure you gave me en will give me in the future!
Your books are made for reading them more than once.
Rust in vrede.
Rogier van Wegberg

Sunday 2 June 2013 17:02
Thanks for all the reading-pleasure you gave me en will give me in the future!
Your books are made for reading them more than once.
Rust in vrede.
Rogier van Wegberg
Sunday 2 June 2013 16:15
Merci pour ces pages et bon voyage...
Anonymous

Sunday 2 June 2013 16:15
Merci pour ces pages et bon voyage...
Anonymous
Sunday 2 June 2013 15:48
Merci monsieur Vance !
Fabrice Mellado

Sunday 2 June 2013 15:48
Merci monsieur Vance !
Fabrice Mellado
Sunday 2 June 2013 15:10
I never met Jack, but he was important to me and I am saddened by his loss. I'd like to express my sympathy for his family at this difficult time.

He was a great writer, but with none of the pretention that sometimes brings - there was a grand and baroque imagination but a great humanity as well. Here's to you, Jack.
Julian, UK

Sunday 2 June 2013 15:10
I never met Jack, but he was important to me and I am saddened by his loss. I'd like to express my sympathy for his family at this difficult time.

He was a great writer, but with none of the pretention that sometimes brings - there was a grand ... click to read more
Julian, UK
Sunday 2 June 2013 15:01
Thanks for all these wonderful hours that your works have given myself (in fact they still do and they will for the rest of my life)!
Jens Kaufmann

Sunday 2 June 2013 15:01
Thanks for all these wonderful hours that your works have given myself (in fact they still do and they will for the rest of my life)!
Jens Kaufmann
Sunday 2 June 2013 13:27
I met Jack one time in a bookstore in San Francisco when I was 17.
I told him "You're the greatest" and his response was something cryptically encouraging like "No, you are."
I think he was referring to the secondhand Navy peacoat I was wearing, and I couldn't tell if he was honestly admiring the coat or (gently) teasing me for the affectation (both, maybe).

I met him a second time by chance in the Vancouver airport when I was returning from my post-high school work exchange stint in Europe.
We were on the same flight to San Francisco and had a chance to chat a bit.
I remember him saying "I had better get back on the ball, if people like my stuff this much."
If there is a one-in-a-million chance that I inspired him to write something, I will die a happy man.

The storefront scene in 'Emphyrio' brought tears to my eyes, still does.
This book is so close to my heart.
Have seen myself as Ghyl Tarvoke most of my life, but now that my son is about to turn seven, I wonder if I have become Amiante...
Thank you Jack.
You were brilliant, you were beautiful, and your works shall surely one day be in the Museum of Glory.
MF Westphal

Sunday 2 June 2013 13:27
I met Jack one time in a bookstore in San Francisco when I was 17.
I told him "You're the greatest" and his response was something cryptically encouraging like "No, you are."
I think he was referring to the secondhand Navy peacoat I was wearing, ... click to read more
MF Westphal
Sunday 2 June 2013 13:13
Jack played an important part in my life for almost fifty years. Among the many people whom I have known, Jack stands out among all others as a true individualist, an independent spirit who defined himself on his own terms. The memory of times spent with Jack, debating and exchanging stories of our mutual adventures, will remain with me always. Jack was in the true sense of the expression a renaissance man.
Above all else, he was an adventurer who lived life to the fullest in both the "real" world and the worlds he created. Among his many endearing traits, I will perhaps most fondly remember his profound sense of irony and his appreciation for the absurd. While I will sorely miss him, Jack's presence will always be with me.
Andrei Simic

Sunday 2 June 2013 13:13
Jack played an important part in my life for almost fifty years. Among the many people whom I have known, Jack stands out among all others as a true individualist, an independent spirit who defined himself on his own terms. The memory of times spent ... click to read more
Andrei Simic
Sunday 2 June 2013 12:34
In 2009, I wrote a seminar paper about the Lyonesse trilogy, and Jack kindly answered an e-mail I sent to him, providing valuable insight and comments about his work. Thank you for this, and so much more.
Daniel

Sunday 2 June 2013 12:34
In 2009, I wrote a seminar paper about the Lyonesse trilogy, and Jack kindly answered an e-mail I sent to him, providing valuable insight and comments about his work. Thank you for this, and so much more.
Daniel
Sunday 2 June 2013 12:14
I absolutely loved Jack Vance's books.
His Demon Princes series just blew me away.
What a gift to us all that he lived so long to tell so many wonderful tales.
He was a great storyteller!
Larry Ziman

Sunday 2 June 2013 12:14
I absolutely loved Jack Vance's books.
His Demon Princes series just blew me away.
What a gift to us all that he lived so long to tell so many wonderful tales.
He was a great storyteller!
Larry Ziman
Sunday 2 June 2013 11:09
After growing up on a steady diet of Jack Vance's tales, being able to finally meet him in person at MagiCon when I became an adult is and will forever be one of my most cherished memories. I recall speaking to Norma and asking if she was happy to see all the attention and will always remember the sadness I saw in her eyes that it had not happened much sooner. Mr. Vance has been with me all but 13 of my 62 years and my life would never have been as rich without his influence. I am deeply saddened by his loss and will miss him greatly. My deepest condolences to his family.
Wayne Morris

Sunday 2 June 2013 11:09
After growing up on a steady diet of Jack Vance's tales, being able to finally meet him in person at MagiCon when I became an adult is and will forever be one of my most cherished memories. I recall speaking to Norma and asking if she was happy to ... click to read more
Wayne Morris
Sunday 2 June 2013 10:48
Loved his books.
The Demon Prince Series 5 or 6 times over the years.
Best characters ever!
Thanks Jack
Anonymous

Sunday 2 June 2013 10:48
Loved his books.
The Demon Prince Series 5 or 6 times over the years.
Best characters ever!
Thanks Jack
Anonymous
Sunday 2 June 2013 10:36
Thank you Jack Vance for expanding our love of science fiction and the beauty of words. You took us far away and brought us back again, always with humor and an understanding of human nature. We salute your wit and passion. We mourn your passing!

Tim Hays
Tim Hays

Sunday 2 June 2013 10:36
Thank you Jack Vance for expanding our love of science fiction and the beauty of words. You took us far away and brought us back again, always with humor and an understanding of human nature. We salute your wit and passion. We mourn your ... click to read more
Tim Hays
Sunday 2 June 2013 10:30
In my youth, in the sixties, I read The Last Castle and it made such an impression on me - I was about 12 or so at the time.
My father was an Astounding/Analog reader, and I would read them after he had finished, and Mr Vance featured often in those pages.
What a formative impact he had on me here in Australia.
The leaves turn russet in autumn and fall from the tree but the tree survives and grows new leaves in the next summer.
Bravo Mr Vance.
Your sun will never set.
Steve Jones

Sunday 2 June 2013 10:30
In my youth, in the sixties, I read The Last Castle and it made such an impression on me - I was about 12 or so at the time.
My father was an Astounding/Analog reader, and I would read them after he had finished, and Mr Vance featured often in ... click to read more
Steve Jones
Sunday 2 June 2013 09:58
Gracias maestro, gracias por toda tu entrega, tu ilusión, tu espíritu libre que llevó tu mano a escribir y a soñar grandes aventuras para disfrute de todos… Descansa en paz, no te olvidaremos...
Pedro A. Garca Bilbao

Sunday 2 June 2013 09:58
Gracias maestro, gracias por toda tu entrega, tu ilusión, tu espíritu libre que llevó tu mano a escribir y a soñar grandes aventuras para disfrute de todos… Descansa en paz, no te olvidaremos...
Pedro A. Garca Bilbao
Sunday 2 June 2013 09:12
J'aime la musique, le jazz comme le blues, j'aime l'exotisme, l'ethnologie, et les embrouilles picaresques, pour moi Monsieur Vance est plus qu'un romancier, c'est aussi un chantre des plaisirs et des beautés de la vie. Je souhaite que ma génération, celle qui débute comme adultes, s'inspire de sa fabuleuse bienveillance caustique envers le monde.
Aimeric

Sunday 2 June 2013 09:12
J'aime la musique, le jazz comme le blues, j'aime l'exotisme, l'ethnologie, et les embrouilles picaresques, pour moi Monsieur Vance est plus qu'un romancier, c'est aussi un chantre des plaisirs et des beautés de la vie. Je souhaite que ma ... click to read more
Aimeric
Sunday 2 June 2013 07:16
I only read one of Jack Vance's books Suldrun's Garden years ago.
But after hearing of Mr. Vance's death, reminded me of this book and that there are two other books making up the Lyonesse Trilogy. So I'm going to buy them via Kindle and re-read Suldrun's Garden and read The Green Pearl and Madouc for the first time.
Thank you for Mr Vance for Suldrun's Garden and may you rest in peace.
God bless, and will pray for your family.
Alice

Sunday 2 June 2013 07:16
I only read one of Jack Vance's books Suldrun's Garden years ago.
But after hearing of Mr. Vance's death, reminded me of this book and that there are two other books making up the Lyonesse Trilogy. So I'm going to buy them via Kindle and re-read ... click to read more
Alice
Sunday 2 June 2013 05:41
Mr. Vance is my favorite author. Every book and story I have read of his resonated with me and got me through many an arduous period in life. Thank you, Mr. Vance, for the inspiration and the escapes that got me through to this day and beyond.
Brandon K.

Sunday 2 June 2013 05:41
Mr. Vance is my favorite author. Every book and story I have read of his resonated with me and got me through many an arduous period in life. Thank you, Mr. Vance, for the inspiration and the escapes that got me through to this day and beyond.
Brandon K.
Sunday 2 June 2013 04:35
Did not know him personally, just loved his works.
Anonymous

Sunday 2 June 2013 04:35
Did not know him personally, just loved his works.
Anonymous
Sunday 2 June 2013 04:29
GODSPEED YOU MY DARK EMPEROR !!!
BakuDreamer

Sunday 2 June 2013 04:29
GODSPEED YOU MY DARK EMPEROR !!!
BakuDreamer
Sunday 2 June 2013 04:20
I discovered Planet of Adventure 35 years ago when I was quite young and I remember having spent full Week-End night an day reading it. When you grow up, you generally change your set of favorite author but this never happened to me with Jack Vance. Rest in Peace, Jack.
Christophe Legros

Sunday 2 June 2013 04:20
I discovered Planet of Adventure 35 years ago when I was quite young and I remember having spent full Week-End night an day reading it. When you grow up, you generally change your set of favorite author but this never happened to me with Jack Vance. ... click to read more
Christophe Legros
Sunday 2 June 2013 04:07
Dank voor uw boeken, ze hebben ons leven beïnvloed. Onze katten heetten Anacho, Yilin Ylan en Traz Onmale die 21 jaar oud is geworden!
Tschai en de Duivelsprinsen zijn onovertroffen!
Frieda en Frans

Sunday 2 June 2013 04:07
Dank voor uw boeken, ze hebben ons leven beïnvloed. Onze katten heetten Anacho, Yilin Ylan en Traz Onmale die 21 jaar oud is geworden!
Tschai en de Duivelsprinsen zijn onovertroffen!
Frieda en Frans
Sunday 2 June 2013 04:02
A toast to this great and wonderful man. He has been a huge inspiration to me, as well as many others. He will forever live on through his work. May those in the present and future find his work and enjoy it greatly. To Vance! May he continue being an amazing man, author, and jazz musician wherever he may be now.
Anonymous

Sunday 2 June 2013 04:02
A toast to this great and wonderful man. He has been a huge inspiration to me, as well as many others. He will forever live on through his work. May those in the present and future find his work and enjoy it greatly. To Vance! May he continue being ... click to read more
Anonymous
Sunday 2 June 2013 03:29
While it wasn't the first book I ever read, the first book that truly made an impression, and the one I remember most clearly was The Dragon Masters. I was lucky enough to have an aunt who recognized how much I enjoyed it, and she gave me her copy, along with all the other works of his that she had.
I re-read the Lyonesse trilogy at least once a year, along with the Demon Prince series.
I loved the use of language, and learn something new every time I read one of his works.
He will be missed, and I count myself fortunate to have read him at all.
Michael B.

Sunday 2 June 2013 03:29
While it wasn't the first book I ever read, the first book that truly made an impression, and the one I remember most clearly was The Dragon Masters. I was lucky enough to have an aunt who recognized how much I enjoyed it, and she gave me her copy, ... click to read more
Michael B.
Sunday 2 June 2013 03:24
A toast to Jack. Thank you for everything!
Frans Langelaan

Sunday 2 June 2013 03:24
A toast to Jack. Thank you for everything!
Frans Langelaan
Sunday 2 June 2013 03:23
As a nearly life-long fan, this news really saddens me, but I'm going to try to draw comfort from his incomparable body of work and his magical worlds.
Cheryl Hanna

Sunday 2 June 2013 03:23
As a nearly life-long fan, this news really saddens me, but I'm going to try to draw comfort from his incomparable body of work and his magical worlds.
Cheryl Hanna
Saturday 1 June 2013 22:04
The first book I ever read (without pictures) was Jack Vance's The Green Pearl of the Lyonesse Triology. Such an Amazing writer. The world of science fiction has lost a grand voice, but his legacy, characters and stories will live on forever. Thank you for all the wonderful adventures you allowed me to take and will continue to take through your novels...
Anthony Towsley

Saturday 1 June 2013 22:04
The first book I ever read (without pictures) was Jack Vance's The Green Pearl of the Lyonesse Triology. Such an Amazing writer. The world of science fiction has lost a grand voice, but his legacy, characters and stories will live on forever. Thank ... click to read more
Anthony Towsley
Saturday 1 June 2013 21:10
WE will miss you! Your neice,
Sheri & your sister inlaw Beverly.
sheriymous

Saturday 1 June 2013 21:10
WE will miss you! Your neice,
Sheri & your sister inlaw Beverly.
sheriymous
Saturday 1 June 2013 20:00
I have loved Jack's work since I was a teenager. Jack's use of language captured me. His characters could be so charming and cantankerous at the same time.

As an adult, when I found out about the Vance Integral Edition, I both ordered a set, and did volunteer work on preparing one of the books. My most memorable experience, as part of the VIE, was spending an afternoon at Jack's house in Oakland...with Jack playing the banjo and kazoo. Even though he had a house full of of people and completely blind, he still disappeared for a few hours to work on his next book. I found that an inspiration.

I had just started reading Lyonesse once again, when I found about his death. Thank you Jack for making my world a better place.
Greg Reddick

Saturday 1 June 2013 20:00
I have loved Jack's work since I was a teenager. Jack's use of language captured me. His characters could be so charming and cantankerous at the same time.

As an adult, when I found out about the Vance Integral Edition, I both ordered a set, and ... click to read more
Greg Reddick
Saturday 1 June 2013 19:59
Here's to your memory Jack . You were the first author to make me laugh out loud , the first to make me shake my head in wonder and admiration , and you will always be the only author whose books I will return to again and again ( and again ).
Only rarely does the written word evoke a similar rapture to that given by music . To me the preposterously florid exchanges between Jacks most loquacious characters fills me with a delight comparable to a blues guitar solo , a Wagner climax , or indeed a Benny Goodman phrase . I can think of no greater tribute .
A thousand thankyous .
Andrew Simcox

Saturday 1 June 2013 19:59
Here's to your memory Jack . You were the first author to make me laugh out loud , the first to make me shake my head in wonder and admiration , and you will always be the only author whose books I will return to again and again ( and again ). ... click to read more
Andrew Simcox
Saturday 1 June 2013 19:03
Read the first 'Dying Earth' stories in the mid-fifties and it was so obvious he was someone unique in Fantasy/SF literature.
He, along with a handful of other masters of the genre, was/is unique and I
will always be grateful for his distinctly imaginative and creative work. I am a painter of abstract landscapes and while it may be difficult for someone to directly connect them with The Dying Earth, I know that somewhere a connection- an inspiration - exists after all this time. Thank you Jack.
John G.

Saturday 1 June 2013 19:03
Read the first 'Dying Earth' stories in the mid-fifties and it was so obvious he was someone unique in Fantasy/SF literature.
He, along with a handful of other masters of the genre, was/is unique and I
will always be grateful for his distinctly ... click to read more
John G.
Saturday 1 June 2013 18:47
To Jack Vance, certainly one of the best writers of English prose the world has ever known, "not fare well, but fare forward."
Justin Allan Arnold

Saturday 1 June 2013 18:47
To Jack Vance, certainly one of the best writers of English prose the world has ever known, "not fare well, but fare forward."
Justin Allan Arnold
Saturday 1 June 2013 18:29
How can we be surprised at this loss, but we all will be. Jack Vance has been my
mentor, my moral guardian since I read Telek at the age of sixteen. His insights into the human condition, his wit, his playful entertainments, his exuberance, his sheer joy in the reality of being alive and participating in this game of life have been my touchstones to reality. When faced with real moral dilemmas in the real world, I have asked myself: How would Adam Reith respond; what would Gastel Etzwane now do? I have only tonight heard of his passing and send my sincere and heartfelt condolences to his family. He was a father to us all.
Arthur Cunningham

Saturday 1 June 2013 18:29
How can we be surprised at this loss, but we all will be. Jack Vance has been my
mentor, my moral guardian since I read Telek at the age of sixteen. His insights into the human condition, his wit, his playful entertainments, his exuberance, his ... click to read more
Arthur Cunningham
Saturday 1 June 2013 17:27
Dear Jack,
Thank you for your many tales of mystery and space opera. God speed on this your next adventure. The Eyes of the Overworld will surely smile kindly upon you. Good night sweet prince.
My thoughts and prayers to John...Tullyvale Baile Cilldara Eire.
Michael V Hughes

Saturday 1 June 2013 17:27
Dear Jack,
Thank you for your many tales of mystery and space opera. God speed on this your next adventure. The Eyes of the Overworld will surely smile kindly upon you. Good night sweet prince.
My thoughts and prayers to John...Tullyvale Baile ... click to read more
Michael V Hughes
Saturday 1 June 2013 17:07
Dear Jack,
Thank you for all that you have given to this world. Your books have brought me so much pleasure and inspired me to become a writer through wich I experienced the joy of writing about or creating entire new worlds. I will always admire your work and take you as my big example.
Atalanta Nhmoura

Saturday 1 June 2013 17:07
Dear Jack,
Thank you for all that you have given to this world. Your books have brought me so much pleasure and inspired me to become a writer through wich I experienced the joy of writing about or creating entire new worlds. I will always admire ... click to read more
Atalanta Nhmoura
Saturday 1 June 2013 17:03
Rest in Peace Jack. Reading and rereading your books gave me inspiration and joy. You will be missed!
RB, Belgium

Saturday 1 June 2013 17:03
Rest in Peace Jack. Reading and rereading your books gave me inspiration and joy. You will be missed!
RB, Belgium
Saturday 1 June 2013 16:37
My admiring toast to the greatest SF and Fantasy writer ever! The writer whose work I have read and re-read dozens of times. He has given me (and still does) so much pleasure when I get engulfed by his colourful imagination and insight into what makes people (even the strangest and most alien people) tick. I wish his family strength.
I salute you, Jack!


Jan Roel van Zuilen
Jan Roel van Zuilen

Saturday 1 June 2013 16:37
My admiring toast to the greatest SF and Fantasy writer ever! The writer whose work I have read and re-read dozens of times. He has given me (and still does) so much pleasure when I get engulfed by his colourful imagination and insight into what ... click to read more
Jan Roel van Zuilen
Saturday 1 June 2013 16:22
I would gladly clear a bookshelf if a fairy could deliver all the stories Jack Vance ever wrote. My ex (bless him) took his books when our ways parted. A hugely inspiring author for me. He could sketch a character in a sentence and evoke a whole world within a few paragraphs. He was a genius. May his spirit live on to create many more wonderful worlds.
Ashen Venema

Saturday 1 June 2013 16:22
I would gladly clear a bookshelf if a fairy could deliver all the stories Jack Vance ever wrote. My ex (bless him) took his books when our ways parted. A hugely inspiring author for me. He could sketch a character in a sentence and evoke a whole ... click to read more
Ashen Venema
Saturday 1 June 2013 16:06
Well over 30 years ago, still in my teens, I first read The Star King. I loved it, the first of The Demon Princes. Over the years I've read and reread all books by Jack and will continue to enjoy them. Thank you for all your wonderful stories, Jack.
Rob Oudshoorn

Saturday 1 June 2013 16:06
Well over 30 years ago, still in my teens, I first read The Star King. I loved it, the first of The Demon Princes. Over the years I've read and reread all books by Jack and will continue to enjoy them. Thank you for all your wonderful stories, Jack.
Rob Oudshoorn
Saturday 1 June 2013 15:47
Thank you, Jack Vance, for all of the happy hours that I spent reading and re-reading your books.
We will continue to cherish your legacy.
Thomas Btzler

Saturday 1 June 2013 15:47
Thank you, Jack Vance, for all of the happy hours that I spent reading and re-reading your books.
We will continue to cherish your legacy.
Thomas Btzler
Saturday 1 June 2013 15:43
The Dying Earth seems that much closer and darker with the passing of Jack. Thank you, Jack for inviting me into your life in every way possible, starting as a child of 11 and reading you for the first time and now ending with tears in my eyes remembering my visits with you and John and Norma. To this day I don't think you ever appreciated exactly what you meant to our genre, though towards the end, even you could not deny the extraordinary praise that came your way. Re-reading your books will help me overcome this sadness I now feel, but damn, Jack, I'm sure gonna miss you.
Byron Tetrick

Saturday 1 June 2013 15:43
The Dying Earth seems that much closer and darker with the passing of Jack. Thank you, Jack for inviting me into your life in every way possible, starting as a child of 11 and reading you for the first time and now ending with tears in my eyes ... click to read more
Byron Tetrick