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 30 May 2013 17:52
The day I discovered Jack Vance changed my life forever. The bookcase in my bedroom is filled with his books and it gives me comfort knowing the stories are there to read again and again, and will be passed to my children. It makes me really sad to realise there will be no more new stories to read. Jack, thanks for making my life richer! A large part of who I am is because of you. You will be sicerely missed!
Peter Berends

Thursday 30 May 2013 17:52
The day I discovered Jack Vance changed my life forever. The bookcase in my bedroom is filled with his books and it gives me comfort knowing the stories are there to read again and again, and will be passed to my children. It makes me really sad to ... click to read more
Peter Berends
Thursday 30 May 2013 17:44
tu es immortel !! ton chef d'oeuvre est magnifique !!
Grimwolf

Thursday 30 May 2013 17:44
tu es immortel !! ton chef d'oeuvre est magnifique !!
Grimwolf
Thursday 30 May 2013 17:43
Jack was an inspiration for me my entire life. He had a radically diverse approach towards his career that inspired me from my boyhood in Baltimore to adulthood as a doctor and a musician, to live life to the fullest, to be devoted no more what, to life, love, and my family, and I'll miss him terribly. I raise a glass-- Long live the King!
Stephen 'Doc' Patt

Thursday 30 May 2013 17:43
Jack was an inspiration for me my entire life. He had a radically diverse approach towards his career that inspired me from my boyhood in Baltimore to adulthood as a doctor and a musician, to live life to the fullest, to be devoted no more what, to ... click to read more
Stephen 'Doc' Patt
Thursday 30 May 2013 17:42
I was just re-reading my VIE copy of MASKE: THAERY this week, and Jack had been on my mind every day. Jack has been my favorite SF author, since I discovered him at age 14 in 1966. I am sure that I will continue to re-read his books until it's time for me to die. No other author has given me such pleasure and so many beautiful images in my mind's eye.
Henry Kaiser

Thursday 30 May 2013 17:42
I was just re-reading my VIE copy of MASKE: THAERY this week, and Jack had been on my mind every day. Jack has been my favorite SF author, since I discovered him at age 14 in 1966. I am sure that I will continue to re-read his books until it's time ... click to read more
Henry Kaiser
Thursday 30 May 2013 17:37
I am reading Durdane.
My wife is on the iPad and says: Your science fiction writer has died.
What? Jack Vance?
Yes...

Oh boy...

So many unforgetable stories, characters, dialogues and worlds. So many, many hours of enjoying the gifts from Jack's briliant creative mind.
Let's gather in Fontenay's Inn, for drinks and music and celebrate Jack's life and works.
Thank you Jack! Here's to you!






Jaco

Thursday 30 May 2013 17:37
I am reading Durdane.
My wife is on the iPad and says: Your science fiction writer has died.
What? Jack Vance?
Yes...

Oh boy...

So many unforgetable stories, characters, dialogues and worlds. So many, many hours of enjoying the gifts from ... click to read more
Jaco
Thursday 30 May 2013 17:24
I grew up reading Tschai, The Devil Princes and The Cadwal Chronicles, can still hardly imagine Jack Vance is no more.

Thank you so much for your works of art, you will be missed!
Chris Schaatsbergen

Thursday 30 May 2013 17:24
I grew up reading Tschai, The Devil Princes and The Cadwal Chronicles, can still hardly imagine Jack Vance is no more.

Thank you so much for your works of art, you will be missed!
Chris Schaatsbergen
Thursday 30 May 2013 17:21
Farewell, Jack Vance.
The last of the giants of fantasy and science fiction now goes to join Lovecraft, Howard, Leiber and the rest of that elite few in eternity.
Your stories will live forever.
Thank you so much for the wonderful worlds you dreamed for us.
Mark Taverna

Thursday 30 May 2013 17:21
Farewell, Jack Vance.
The last of the giants of fantasy and science fiction now goes to join Lovecraft, Howard, Leiber and the rest of that elite few in eternity.
Your stories will live forever.
Thank you so much for the wonderful worlds you ... click to read more
Mark Taverna
Thursday 30 May 2013 17:20
You will never be gone while your books are still read, and your characters still stride our imaginations
Chris Boote

Thursday 30 May 2013 17:20
You will never be gone while your books are still read, and your characters still stride our imaginations
Chris Boote
Thursday 30 May 2013 17:19
Dear Jack

I just would like to say thanks you. You have been a part of my life for so long.
If today I like ScyFy it's because of you, if today I write ScyFy books it's because of you.

Thanks, really thanks.

It has been an honor to read you. I have a thought, tonight, for your family.

I am sure you are somewhere in the deep space, on a boat, sailing away
from star to star.

I' will read Emphyrio tonight.

Merci.
Jean Marc Sire

Thursday 30 May 2013 17:19
Dear Jack

I just would like to say thanks you. You have been a part of my life for so long.
If today I like ScyFy it's because of you, if today I write ScyFy books it's because of you.

Thanks, really thanks.

It has been an honor to read ... click to read more
Jean Marc Sire
Thursday 30 May 2013 17:17
Jack Vance has my favorite SF author for over 40 years, and I have practically all his writings.
No one except Shakespeare (with Caliban) could adequately convey the concept of an alien mind
and perspective as Jack Vance did in his writing, especially in the short story "Noise."
I'm sorry he's gone from us but glad he got to live and write for so long.
He was the greatest.
Favorites:
"The Last Castle," "Son of the Tree," and "The Houses of Iszm."
Literature teacher

Thursday 30 May 2013 17:17
Jack Vance has my favorite SF author for over 40 years, and I have practically all his writings.
No one except Shakespeare (with Caliban) could adequately convey the concept of an alien mind
and perspective as Jack Vance did in his writing, ... click to read more
Literature teacher
Thursday 30 May 2013 17:16
Jack, you've been in my life for so long, you gave me thousands of hours of wonder, happiness and delight. Farewell my dear friend.
Valerian

Thursday 30 May 2013 17:16
Jack, you've been in my life for so long, you gave me thousands of hours of wonder, happiness and delight. Farewell my dear friend.
Valerian
Thursday 30 May 2013 17:11
So many great books, characters, dialogue, and plots. Mazirian the Magician, from The Dying Earth (as it was titled when I read it) set a standard only other Vance novels could meet.

Here's to Jack, now in the real Overworld (no lenses needed) enjoying the splendor there.
Karl

Thursday 30 May 2013 17:11
So many great books, characters, dialogue, and plots. Mazirian the Magician, from The Dying Earth (as it was titled when I read it) set a standard only other Vance novels could meet.

Here's to Jack, now in the real Overworld (no lenses needed) ... click to read more
Karl
Thursday 30 May 2013 17:11
Thank you Jack, for all your stories! His spoken and unspoken words are a part of the way i am enjoying my life!













Night: The day is retreating, night falls, stars appear. I am not happy because you are not here. Gentle moonlight caresses softly my sleeping face. I am leaving, to the stars, into my dreams. Vanishing without a trace. R.C.P. Croese.
Robr Croese

Thursday 30 May 2013 17:11
Thank you Jack, for all your stories! His spoken and unspoken words are a part of the way i am enjoying my life!













Night: The day is retreating, night falls, stars appear. I am not happy because you are not here. Gentle ... click to read more
Robr Croese
Thursday 30 May 2013 17:09
Thank you Jack. For the many hours I have had the privilege of spending in your wonderful worlds.
Garry

Thursday 30 May 2013 17:09
Thank you Jack. For the many hours I have had the privilege of spending in your wonderful worlds.
Garry
Thursday 30 May 2013 17:07
Thx Jack for sharing your fantasies - i grew up with your books - remembered as wonderful
Jan

Thursday 30 May 2013 17:07
Thx Jack for sharing your fantasies - i grew up with your books - remembered as wonderful
Jan
Thursday 30 May 2013 16:59
A wonderful writer... I love all his books, one of the authors which make life more beautiful... Rip Jack
Claude A.

Thursday 30 May 2013 16:59
A wonderful writer... I love all his books, one of the authors which make life more beautiful... Rip Jack
Claude A.
Thursday 30 May 2013 16:47
Raising a glass to you, Jack.
Patrick H

Thursday 30 May 2013 16:47
Raising a glass to you, Jack.
Patrick H
Thursday 30 May 2013 16:46
My first SF book was Tschai by Jack Vance. Since then, his work has taken me on a roller coaster ride. Jack was so much more than a regular SF or fantasy writer. The way he described alien cultures has never been equalled. My son this year also started reading Jack Vance's The Devil Princes. His heritage remains. RIP, Jack!

Ron van Dopperen, Holland
Ron van Dopperen

Thursday 30 May 2013 16:46
My first SF book was Tschai by Jack Vance. Since then, his work has taken me on a roller coaster ride. Jack was so much more than a regular SF or fantasy writer. The way he described alien cultures has never been equalled. My son this year also ... click to read more
Ron van Dopperen
Thursday 30 May 2013 16:44
I had the absolute pleasure of interviewing Jack at length a few years ago. I was honored that during the conversation we declared a fast friendship and was the recipient of an invitation to dinner should I ever be in the area.

He was one of the first SF authors I read and no doubt gave me early fuel to the fire of my creativity. He lived up to what I wanted him to be and so much more.

Jack, you are, and always will be, missed.

Cristopher DeRose
Cristopher DeRose

Thursday 30 May 2013 16:44
I had the absolute pleasure of interviewing Jack at length a few years ago. I was honored that during the conversation we declared a fast friendship and was the recipient of an invitation to dinner should I ever be in the area.

He was one of the ... click to read more
Cristopher DeRose
Thursday 30 May 2013 16:43
My father had a few of the Demon Princes so that's how I started reading Jack's books. I think I have all of them now, and I enjoy reading them again and again. In 1998 my wife and I got our first daughter, and we named her Madouc. I sent Jack a card, and he responded kindly via Norma.
Dear Mr. Vance, many thanks for your wonderful stories. Godspeed.
Erik Schuit

Thursday 30 May 2013 16:43
My father had a few of the Demon Princes so that's how I started reading Jack's books. I think I have all of them now, and I enjoy reading them again and again. In 1998 my wife and I got our first daughter, and we named her Madouc. I sent Jack a ... click to read more
Erik Schuit
Thursday 30 May 2013 16:42
Good night, Jack.
Now is the time to sleep the dream and follow the current to realms unknown.
The world will never again know your like.
And I will re-read your works for the rest of my days.
Rich Albeen

Thursday 30 May 2013 16:42
Good night, Jack.
Now is the time to sleep the dream and follow the current to realms unknown.
The world will never again know your like.
And I will re-read your works for the rest of my days.
Rich Albeen
Thursday 30 May 2013 16:42
One of the few authors I can read again and again even knowing the stories by heart. Imagination and style, a rare cocktail.

Goodbye, Jack
Alain Frhel

Thursday 30 May 2013 16:42
One of the few authors I can read again and again even knowing the stories by heart. Imagination and style, a rare cocktail.

Goodbye, Jack
Alain Frhel
Thursday 30 May 2013 16:38
Thank you Jack Vance,for,in my case, about 48 years of enjoyment! Rest in peace,and my condolences to your family and friends.
David Cantrell
David Cantrell

Thursday 30 May 2013 16:38
Thank you Jack Vance,for,in my case, about 48 years of enjoyment! Rest in peace,and my condolences to your family and friends.
David Cantrell
David Cantrell
Thursday 30 May 2013 16:37
Au revoir Monsieur Vance. See you in the œcumene.
Frederick

Thursday 30 May 2013 16:37
Au revoir Monsieur Vance. See you in the œcumene.
Frederick
Thursday 30 May 2013 16:33
I discovered Jack with The Chasch thirty years ago and was immediately enthralled. I had the pleaure to read Jack's novels in French and then the renewed pleasure to re-dicover most of them in English.

Thank you Jack for the countless hours of reading pleasure!
Laurent, from France

Thursday 30 May 2013 16:33
I discovered Jack with The Chasch thirty years ago and was immediately enthralled. I had the pleaure to read Jack's novels in French and then the renewed pleasure to re-dicover most of them in English.

Thank you Jack for the countless hours of ... click to read more
Laurent, from France
Thursday 30 May 2013 16:31
Goodbye, Jack. The Gaean Reach will have lost its greatest bard.
Marc Vachon

Thursday 30 May 2013 16:31
Goodbye, Jack. The Gaean Reach will have lost its greatest bard.
Marc Vachon
Thursday 30 May 2013 16:29
I'm from Holland. My father read Jack Vance and I, as a boy, was struck by the bruteness of the worlds of Cugel, Tschai and the Princes. Years later I collected all Vance's work and read them over and over again. My father died, I teach my son to read Vance....
The love for life of Jack Vance made my love for writing overcome my fear for it and I started tot put my imagination on paper. Thank you so much, my teacher.
Mark Sluijter

Thursday 30 May 2013 16:29
I'm from Holland. My father read Jack Vance and I, as a boy, was struck by the bruteness of the worlds of Cugel, Tschai and the Princes. Years later I collected all Vance's work and read them over and over again. My father died, I teach my son to ... click to read more
Mark Sluijter
Thursday 30 May 2013 16:27
I occasionally sit and contemplate the tiny border between the past and the future, and in so doing consider many of your words.
Thank you for writing all that you have.
I enjoyed every word, most of them more than once.

I'm now off to have a charnay, and perhaps pitch an enemy into the sea.
Howard Treesong

Thursday 30 May 2013 16:27
I occasionally sit and contemplate the tiny border between the past and the future, and in so doing consider many of your words.
Thank you for writing all that you have.
I enjoyed every word, most of them more than once.

I'm now off to have a ... click to read more
Howard Treesong
Thursday 30 May 2013 16:26
Whenever you want to be transported to a place different from the one you occupy, you only have to pick up a Vance story...here's hoping Jack's been transported to the place he always dreamed about.
Bill Pittman

Thursday 30 May 2013 16:26
Whenever you want to be transported to a place different from the one you occupy, you only have to pick up a Vance story...here's hoping Jack's been transported to the place he always dreamed about.
Bill Pittman
Thursday 30 May 2013 16:22
Thank you for all the books you have left us. Through all the characters and the worlds you have created, you will be forever with us.
Goodbye Jack!
Bruno Marie, LaNebuleuseSF

Thursday 30 May 2013 16:22
Thank you for all the books you have left us. Through all the characters and the worlds you have created, you will be forever with us.
Goodbye Jack!
Bruno Marie, LaNebuleuseSF
Thursday 30 May 2013 16:17
Merci Mr Vance.
I left childhood on the wings of your imagination. I have spent so many nights, not able to go to sleep because I just wanted to read another page.
I read nearly all your books. I think I will go into my library and start them all over again.
Bon voyage !
JES, France-Canada

Thursday 30 May 2013 16:17
Merci Mr Vance.
I left childhood on the wings of your imagination. I have spent so many nights, not able to go to sleep because I just wanted to read another page.
I read nearly all your books. I think I will go into my library and start them all ... click to read more
JES, France-Canada
Thursday 30 May 2013 16:08
I could not believe it when 3 years ago I read that the dying earth was an inspiration to the game dungeons and dragons and discovered the works of Mr. Vance.
How could I being a hueg scifi fan have not heard of him?
Why are his books not used in schools?
They are better literature than many that were forced upon me.
I feel Mr. Vance to be one of the greatest authors of all time.
I have read some 20 of his books and can't wait to read more.
Why more have not been made into movies I will never know.
I found enormous pleasure in reading anything by him and he will be sorely missed.
Best wishes to family and to Mr. Vance wherever he may be in the next world.
Gavin S

Thursday 30 May 2013 16:08
I could not believe it when 3 years ago I read that the dying earth was an inspiration to the game dungeons and dragons and discovered the works of Mr. Vance.
How could I being a hueg scifi fan have not heard of him?
Why are his books not used in ... click to read more
Gavin S
Thursday 30 May 2013 16:04
Thank you Jack, you enriched my childhood beyond measure.
Jeffrey

Thursday 30 May 2013 16:04
Thank you Jack, you enriched my childhood beyond measure.
Jeffrey
Thursday 30 May 2013 16:03
Your works were marvels to read, inspirations that sparked my imagination like no other.
Thank you.
Lord Humungus

Thursday 30 May 2013 16:03
Your works were marvels to read, inspirations that sparked my imagination like no other.
Thank you.
Lord Humungus
Thursday 30 May 2013 15:59
Farewell, Jack Vance.
Your works, more than any others, taught my imagination to reach for far stars.
Jeremiah

Thursday 30 May 2013 15:59
Farewell, Jack Vance.
Your works, more than any others, taught my imagination to reach for far stars.
Jeremiah
Thursday 30 May 2013 15:59
I never had the pleasure and the privilege to meet Jack Vance, but I know people who did. The Killing Machine was one of the first books I read when I cut my teeth on science fiction, and I have re-read it over and over again over the years. Later I discovered the brilliant Dying Earth books, which remain among my favourites.

Thank you for everything, Mr. Vance.
Martin Andersson

Thursday 30 May 2013 15:59
I never had the pleasure and the privilege to meet Jack Vance, but I know people who did. The Killing Machine was one of the first books I read when I cut my teeth on science fiction, and I have re-read it over and over again over the years. Later I ... click to read more
Martin Andersson
Thursday 30 May 2013 15:58
It was 35 years ago when I read Tschai. I read it again and again. And again. Every book he has written I read several times. He was an amazing storyteller, and as a storyteller he accompanied me through my life. I'm an entrepreneur and some of my companies carry his memory. Tschai investments,Anome bv, Anome projects bv, Cugel bv, Emphyrio bv, Lyonesse bv, Trullion bv, Etzwane bv, Suldrun bv, Durdane bv, Navarth bvio., Morreion bv.... Thanks Jack!
Joop

Thursday 30 May 2013 15:58
It was 35 years ago when I read Tschai. I read it again and again. And again. Every book he has written I read several times. He was an amazing storyteller, and as a storyteller he accompanied me through my life. I'm an entrepreneur and some of my ... click to read more
Joop
Thursday 30 May 2013 15:56
Thank you so much for all the inspiration, mine and that of others. The world would have definitely been a little less interesting without you. Thank you for making it a bit more colorful.
Mattijs

Thursday 30 May 2013 15:56
Thank you so much for all the inspiration, mine and that of others. The world would have definitely been a little less interesting without you. Thank you for making it a bit more colorful.
Mattijs
Thursday 30 May 2013 15:53
Goodbye, Jack. The Gaean Reach will have lost its greatest bard.
Marc Vachon

Thursday 30 May 2013 15:53
Goodbye, Jack. The Gaean Reach will have lost its greatest bard.
Marc Vachon
Thursday 30 May 2013 15:52
I had the honor of meeting Jack Vance in the 1980's in the Netherlands at an sf con. He already was my favorite author.

Dear Mr. Vance, thank you for the lightyears and aeons and all those wonderful places out of time and space. Thank you for Tschai, for the Dying Earth, for Kugel the smart and Kirth Gersen, for Magnus Ridolph and Lyonesse.

Thank you for the Gaian Swarm and for the encyclopedic 'Life' of Unspiek, Baron Bodissey. Thank you for the Wankh, the Dirdir, the Pnume and for Navarth, the mad poet.

Thank you for having shared with me the most precious thing of all: the sense of wonder.

Thank you, Mr. Vance!
Theo Paijmans

Thursday 30 May 2013 15:52
I had the honor of meeting Jack Vance in the 1980's in the Netherlands at an sf con. He already was my favorite author.

Dear Mr. Vance, thank you for the lightyears and aeons and all those wonderful places out of time and space. Thank you for ... click to read more
Theo Paijmans
Thursday 30 May 2013 15:49
You changed my vision of science-fiction, rest in peace and thank you, thank you so much for your books
Anonymous

Thursday 30 May 2013 15:49
You changed my vision of science-fiction, rest in peace and thank you, thank you so much for your books
Anonymous
Thursday 30 May 2013 15:49
Thank you for countless hours of reading pleasure. You left the world a better place than you found it.
Ivo Steijn

Thursday 30 May 2013 15:49
Thank you for countless hours of reading pleasure. You left the world a better place than you found it.
Ivo Steijn
Thursday 30 May 2013 15:46
When I was a boy, growing as a reader and immersing myself in the worlds of Middle Earth, Krynn, Prydain, and Narnia, I loved to sit and browse through the books on my father's bookshelf. I read the titles, looked at the cover pictures, sometimes opened a book and read a few pages. I don't remember what held me back, but I never dove into those books until I was about 12 years old. Before then, they held a sense of awe for me. Maybe it was the older style of cover art and printing style characteristic of the 60s and 70s that made me feel like these books were just too big for me yet, relics of an older generation. They were my father's books, and I wasn't ready for them yet.

One name struck me, though, for the fact that it was on many of the books, for its memorable ring, and for the fact that 9 times out of 10 my dad was carrying one of his around - Jack Vance. So when at age 12 I decided I was going to choose a book from my dad's shelf and try it out, Jack Vance was the name I chose. I think it's appropriate that I chose The Dying Earth, a favorite for many. I was entranced by the atmosphere painted in those stories, even though at that age I hardly understood the deep struggle of T'sais and her inability to recognize beauty. I did, however, relate well to Guyal of Sfere and his unquenchable desire to know everything.
I eagerly continued on to the Eyes of the Overworld and Cugel's Saga, delighting in cheering for the rascal because I knew that he would also be getting his comeuppance. I loved Vance's use of language, his clever turns of phrase and his ability to find just the right word. Even as a pre-teen I had an appreciation for the high level of wordsmithing involved in his writing.
Through high school, while tackling other authors like Jordan, Card, and Brooks, I kept returning to Vance's worlds. I explored the Planet of Adventure, I visited the Alastor cluster, I journeyed on the Big Planet and I watched Kirth Gersen take down the Demon Princes. I probably read each of those - and others - a few times through during high school, and it seemed like every time I visited a used book store with my dad there was another Vance book I had never known about, which he would buy and I would read. Somewhere in those years I started forming my own Vance collection.

When I was 18 I nearly killed myself in a car accident. For the 2.5 weeks I spent in the hospital with a broken vertebrae, my father came and read Showboat World to me to help me sleep. About a year later I remember distinctly the surprise and delight on my father's face when I showed him my recently acquired copy of Galactic Effectuator. He thought it was simply an alternate title for The Many Worlds of Magnus Ridolph, but was happy to learn that it was, in fact, a separate collection of stories altogether. He had never heard of Miro Hetzel.
I now have a shelf devoted solely to Vance's books. Every time I decide to pick one up to read through it again, it feels like coming home. I have a person rule (one inherited from my father), which is that if I see a copy of a Vance book in a used bookstore, I buy it. (I've only broken this rule with the trade paperback edition of Suldrun's Garden, the green one with the word "Lyonesse" in large print across the front so that you don't even know it is part of a series - my mother-in-law, bless her heart, has gifted me this one so many times I can't justify buying another copy). Someday it is my hope that I'll be able to hand my sons copies of Jack Vance books for their very own.
That's one of the wonderful things about Jack Vance's writings for me - they aren't just a personal love. They are a part of my family. My brothers and sister, my mom, and someday my kids, we all share a love for his writing. We laugh together reminiscing about specific passages from his books. We share the stories with others and introduce more people to his writing. Even my wife, whose hunger for Science Fiction and Fantasy is limited, thoroughly enjoyed reading The Cadwal Chronicles.

As an amateur author just beginning to tread into the world of professional writing, I find I have even more reasons to be thankful for Jack Vance and his work. His writing has inspired my own in so many ways. I learned from him the concept of marrying the mundane and the bizarre, even before I knew that such a principle existed. I learned that some of the most fascinating stories come from taking a very relatable character and placing him in the most unfamiliar circumstances. I learned that all too often, no matter how far flung from our world in space and time, basic human nature doesn't really change, and this is a driving force behind many great stories.

Now Jack Vance is gone, but his works are still with us. And after all, he showed us that death is a reality as well, no matter how great the person. Sometimes even our heroes die. But we do well to remember them. Here's to Jack Vance. May he rest in peace.
Brandon

Thursday 30 May 2013 15:46
When I was a boy, growing as a reader and immersing myself in the worlds of Middle Earth, Krynn, Prydain, and Narnia, I loved to sit and browse through the books on my father's bookshelf. I read the titles, looked at the cover pictures, sometimes ... click to read more
Brandon
Thursday 30 May 2013 15:44
Jack Vance has been my favorite author since I've read the Tschai cycle 25 years ago ... since I 've been trying to find all his books. Not an easy task in french .... I've never met him and never think I would have the chance to, but it was go to know that a guy like that is there somewhere I will miss him, ... it's like losing St Nicolas(the belgian version of Santa Claus) again
Pierre from Belgium

Thursday 30 May 2013 15:44
Jack Vance has been my favorite author since I've read the Tschai cycle 25 years ago ... since I 've been trying to find all his books. Not an easy task in french .... I've never met him and never think I would have the chance to, but it was go to ... click to read more
Pierre from Belgium
Thursday 30 May 2013 15:41
I'm not afraid of dying, I just think I will find it boring - Floyd Swaner, Cadwal chronicles, Ecce and old earth

Frank, The Netherlands

Thursday 30 May 2013 15:41
I'm not afraid of dying, I just think I will find it boring - Floyd Swaner, Cadwal chronicles, Ecce and old earth

Frank, The Netherlands
Thursday 30 May 2013 15:38
You made me who i am today
Francesco

Thursday 30 May 2013 15:38
You made me who i am today
Francesco
Thursday 30 May 2013 15:38
So long, Jack.
Thanks for all of the great stories and books. You will be missed.
An old admirer

Thursday 30 May 2013 15:38
So long, Jack.
Thanks for all of the great stories and books. You will be missed.
An old admirer
Thursday 30 May 2013 15:31
The last castle was my first taste of Your work in 1972,after that I just got every book I could lay my hands on. I am still in awe of your work. Such authority laced with wry humour
that is unique to you alone. Jack your work will always be with us to treasure. Goodbye for now.
Alan Yates

Thursday 30 May 2013 15:31
The last castle was my first taste of Your work in 1972,after that I just got every book I could lay my hands on. I am still in awe of your work. Such authority laced with wry humour
that is unique to you alone. Jack your work will always be with ... click to read more
Alan Yates
Thursday 30 May 2013 15:28
Unmatched as a prose stylist and as an inventor of worlds, Jack is simply the best writer I know. Such skill, I fear, may not soon be seen again.
Anonymous

Thursday 30 May 2013 15:28
Unmatched as a prose stylist and as an inventor of worlds, Jack is simply the best writer I know. Such skill, I fear, may not soon be seen again.
Anonymous
Thursday 30 May 2013 15:26
The greatest literary influence of my life. A lifetime of reading enjoyment, transfixed by places & persons of Jack's sui generis imagination.
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Tears Unnumbered
Mike Friedli

Thursday 30 May 2013 15:26
The greatest literary influence of my life. A lifetime of reading enjoyment, transfixed by places & persons of Jack's sui generis imagination.
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Tears Unnumbered
Mike Friedli
Thursday 30 May 2013 15:23
Farewell Jack Vance, the man whon brought me so many unforgettable stories.
Thank you, you made my life richer.
Stefan Skoog

Thursday 30 May 2013 15:23
Farewell Jack Vance, the man whon brought me so many unforgettable stories.
Thank you, you made my life richer.
Stefan Skoog
Thursday 30 May 2013 15:21
Thank you Jack, You inspired me in many ways. Thanks to you, I am addicted to SF. You are the only one that could write a book and make me believe the whole story. The colors, smell, environments, everything was there in my mind. Thank you for your legacy. You will be missed!

Cheers

Bas Keller, Hengelo, the Netherlands
Bas

Thursday 30 May 2013 15:21
Thank you Jack, You inspired me in many ways. Thanks to you, I am addicted to SF. You are the only one that could write a book and make me believe the whole story. The colors, smell, environments, everything was there in my mind. Thank you for your ... click to read more
Bas
Thursday 30 May 2013 15:17
Slainthe, Jack. You opened my eyes to strange and wonderful worlds and people, and my children's eyes too in their turn. Cugel, Anacho, Rhialto, Chun the Unavoidable, Howard Alan Treesong, Gastel Etzwane, Magnus Ridolph, .... their names will live forever.
Thank you Mr. Vance.
Gordon Brain

Thursday 30 May 2013 15:17
Slainthe, Jack. You opened my eyes to strange and wonderful worlds and people, and my children's eyes too in their turn. Cugel, Anacho, Rhialto, Chun the Unavoidable, Howard Alan Treesong, Gastel Etzwane, Magnus Ridolph, .... their names will live ... click to read more
Gordon Brain
Thursday 30 May 2013 15:17
I just re bought the 1983 French pocket edition few days ago of The Suldrun's Garden and reading it again now. I miss you Jack. When i read Lyonesse, i read my country, France, with her wines, her prairies, her cuisine, her magic castles, her forests. Thank you for all of this.
Good bye.
Daniel

Thursday 30 May 2013 15:17
I just re bought the 1983 French pocket edition few days ago of The Suldrun's Garden and reading it again now. I miss you Jack. When i read Lyonesse, i read my country, France, with her wines, her prairies, her cuisine, her magic castles, her ... click to read more
Daniel
Thursday 30 May 2013 15:16
En juin 2012, nous avons organisé un jeu de rôles en grandeur-nature sur le thème du Cycle de Lyonesse, avec l'ambition d'écrire ainsi le 4è tome de la saga. Plus de 100 joueurs ont vécu pendant 48 h au coeur des Isles Anciennes. Merci Monsieur Vance d'avoir créé pour nous tous ces mondes fantastiques.
Nicolas L.

Thursday 30 May 2013 15:16
En juin 2012, nous avons organisé un jeu de rôles en grandeur-nature sur le thème du Cycle de Lyonesse, avec l'ambition d'écrire ainsi le 4è tome de la saga. Plus de 100 joueurs ont vécu pendant 48 h au coeur des Isles Anciennes. Merci ... click to read more
Nicolas L.
Thursday 30 May 2013 15:13
The very first book I ever really purchased was Trullion Alastor 2262 in the summer of 1973.
That one book so impacted my young life that 40 years later I still have it...and the sense of wonder it brought to me.
Jack Vance was the man who showed me that the future could be fantastic!
Bill Rankine

Thursday 30 May 2013 15:13
The very first book I ever really purchased was Trullion Alastor 2262 in the summer of 1973.
That one book so impacted my young life that 40 years later I still have it...and the sense of wonder it brought to me.
Jack Vance was the man who showed ... click to read more
Bill Rankine
Thursday 30 May 2013 15:12
Farewell, dear Sir, and many thanks for all the wonderful journeys...
Joris Cator

Thursday 30 May 2013 15:12
Farewell, dear Sir, and many thanks for all the wonderful journeys...
Joris Cator
Thursday 30 May 2013 15:12
Jack Vance,
World builder and poet extraordinaire.
He regaled us and changelled our us in many ways.
May he now bring that gift to others.

You will be missed here, but be sure, your writings will stay in the hearts of many.

To your friends and family, I want to tell they were fortunate to know you, and shall remember the joys and delights you brought them in those days. My condolences.
Leewelo

Thursday 30 May 2013 15:12
Jack Vance,
World builder and poet extraordinaire.
He regaled us and changelled our us in many ways.
May he now bring that gift to others.

You will be missed here, but be sure, your writings will stay in the hearts of many.

To your friends ... click to read more
Leewelo
Thursday 30 May 2013 15:08
Jack Vance was en is voor mij de beste schrijver.
Ik heb altijd heel erg genoten van zijn fantastische verhalen.
Jan van Gorsel

Thursday 30 May 2013 15:08
Jack Vance was en is voor mij de beste schrijver.
Ik heb altijd heel erg genoten van zijn fantastische verhalen.
Jan van Gorsel
Thursday 30 May 2013 14:58
Thoughts and prayers to the Vance family!
My Dad was long time ago friend of Jack's.
I remember driving from SC all the way to Cali to visit the Vance family.
I was so young, I mostly remember his son chasing me and me running around the biggest trees I have ever seen!
My Dad (Le Sharpton) has told some stories and always spoke so highly of Jack.
Much respect and thoughts are sent your ways!
Cherie Sharpton Bailey

Thursday 30 May 2013 14:58
Thoughts and prayers to the Vance family!
My Dad was long time ago friend of Jack's.
I remember driving from SC all the way to Cali to visit the Vance family.
I was so young, I mostly remember his son chasing me and me running around the biggest ... click to read more
Cherie Sharpton Bailey