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 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
Thursday 30 May 2013 14:56
Rest in peace Jack. You were the greatest. Navarth, Cugel, Anakho, Ifness, Shimrod, the Institute, Joe Bain, hussade, hadaul - the list of joyful experiences is endless. Your writings will entrance for years to come!
Gabriel

Thursday 30 May 2013 14:56
Rest in peace Jack. You were the greatest. Navarth, Cugel, Anakho, Ifness, Shimrod, the Institute, Joe Bain, hussade, hadaul - the list of joyful experiences is endless. Your writings will entrance for years to come!
Gabriel
Thursday 30 May 2013 14:44
Jack Vance was amazing. I've read and re-read his writings over the years, and I still greatly enjoy derivations of his work in the role-playing game industry, as do millions of other people. Jack's particular flavor of fantasy spell casting was the basis for the one used in the original Dungeons & Dragons, and he will be greatly missed!
Lord Mhor

Thursday 30 May 2013 14:44
Jack Vance was amazing. I've read and re-read his writings over the years, and I still greatly enjoy derivations of his work in the role-playing game industry, as do millions of other people. Jack's particular flavor of fantasy spell casting was the ... click to read more
Lord Mhor
Thursday 30 May 2013 14:42
I salute the man who really taught me how to read.
Ed

Thursday 30 May 2013 14:42
I salute the man who really taught me how to read.
Ed
Thursday 30 May 2013 14:42
Rest in peace Jack, loved reading your books, over and over again.
Henk Blaas

Thursday 30 May 2013 14:42
Rest in peace Jack, loved reading your books, over and over again.
Henk Blaas
Thursday 30 May 2013 14:38
Jack Vance changed my sense of reality forever and taught me magic is real even if you call it science. An inspirator for a fantasy filled life out of the box. Thank you mister Vance. You will be missed...
Onno Ackema

Thursday 30 May 2013 14:38
Jack Vance changed my sense of reality forever and taught me magic is real even if you call it science. An inspirator for a fantasy filled life out of the box. Thank you mister Vance. You will be missed...
Onno Ackema
Thursday 30 May 2013 14:36
It is no secret for my old friends that I have been a big fan of Jack Vance since I was a teen, some 30 years ago. I respect his
ability to build totally alien yet believable societies and peoples.
I thank hi, for decades of fun and thrills that only a great author can provide - from the Demon Princes universe to the Dying Earth, I've threaded his worlds and enjoyed every last one of them.
Farewell Jack!
Ygor

Thursday 30 May 2013 14:36
It is no secret for my old friends that I have been a big fan of Jack Vance since I was a teen, some 30 years ago. I respect his
ability to build totally alien yet believable societies and peoples.
I thank hi, for decades of fun and thrills that ... click to read more
Ygor
Thursday 30 May 2013 14:34
A great writer fit for any genre. I'm glad he brought his skills to the SF that he wrote so well.
B. Morris Allen

Thursday 30 May 2013 14:34
A great writer fit for any genre. I'm glad he brought his skills to the SF that he wrote so well.
B. Morris Allen
Thursday 30 May 2013 14:29
The Dragon Masters, The Last Castle. Read them in my formative years, high school in the early 60's. Clever, inventive, inspiring. He was a big reason I fell in love with science fiction. I would like to thank him for his many gifts to us and I raise my glass to you, Jack Vance, and wish you safe travels!
William R. Pentland

Thursday 30 May 2013 14:29
The Dragon Masters, The Last Castle. Read them in my formative years, high school in the early 60's. Clever, inventive, inspiring. He was a big reason I fell in love with science fiction. I would like to thank him for his many gifts to us and I ... click to read more
William R. Pentland
Thursday 30 May 2013 14:26
Jack Vance is a versatile author read by fans and critics with equal reverence. He is first among his peers. He will be missed. I give my condolences to all who cared about him. I will continue to read his books and remember him with fondness. Farewell Jack. I thank you for all you have given us.

Gert-Jan
Gert-Jan van Oostenbrugge

Thursday 30 May 2013 14:26
Jack Vance is a versatile author read by fans and critics with equal reverence. He is first among his peers. He will be missed. I give my condolences to all who cared about him. I will continue to read his books and remember him with fondness. ... click to read more
Gert-Jan van Oostenbrugge
Thursday 30 May 2013 14:26
Rest in peace Mister Vance. And thank you very much for all the lovely reading you have given me and so many others. I love you for it <3
GothBear

Thursday 30 May 2013 14:26
Rest in peace Mister Vance. And thank you very much for all the lovely reading you have given me and so many others. I love you for it <3
GothBear
Thursday 30 May 2013 14:24
You will always be my favorite author.
Even though I was already an adult, your work changed my fundamental conceptions of narrative and adventure structure.
No other author has so shaped, liberated, or thrilled my imagination.
Amos

Thursday 30 May 2013 14:24
You will always be my favorite author.
Even though I was already an adult, your work changed my fundamental conceptions of narrative and adventure structure.
No other author has so shaped, liberated, or thrilled my imagination.
Amos
Thursday 30 May 2013 14:23
A sad Day indeed! Always enjoyed his stories, Tchai, The Eyes of the Overworld and so on.
In the Netherlands a lot of his books were translated, so I started reading his wonderful stories at an ealy age. Hope Jack Vance found his peace !
Jan Paul Seijlhouwer

Thursday 30 May 2013 14:23
A sad Day indeed! Always enjoyed his stories, Tchai, The Eyes of the Overworld and so on.
In the Netherlands a lot of his books were translated, so I started reading his wonderful stories at an ealy age. Hope Jack Vance found his peace !
Jan Paul Seijlhouwer
Thursday 30 May 2013 14:22
From 1971 till
now (when i start reading his books) the greatest sf writer ever !

Jan Polderman, Tholen the Netherlands

Jan Polderman

Thursday 30 May 2013 14:22
From 1971 till
now (when i start reading his books) the greatest sf writer ever !

Jan Polderman, Tholen the Netherlands

Jan Polderman
Thursday 30 May 2013 14:10
A toast for one of the great masters of fantasy. I always fondly remember not only the words but the feelings he inspired to me in his Lyonnesse books. May he have peace and happiness in whatever world he now inhabits.
Jose Montero

Thursday 30 May 2013 14:10
A toast for one of the great masters of fantasy. I always fondly remember not only the words but the feelings he inspired to me in his Lyonnesse books. May he have peace and happiness in whatever world he now inhabits.
Jose Montero
Thursday 30 May 2013 14:10
I first bought and read Jack Vance in 1985 (The Dying Earth) and only last month finished his works (with The Fox Valley Murders). It took a long time only because his mystery novels were not easy available. In between I reread all his books several times. In fact there's no writer I spent so much time with. I'm sad we lost him, but happy I can always go back to his books. R.I.P. Mr Vance
Marco Zonderland (Netherlands)

Thursday 30 May 2013 14:10
I first bought and read Jack Vance in 1985 (The Dying Earth) and only last month finished his works (with The Fox Valley Murders). It took a long time only because his mystery novels were not easy available. In between I reread all his books several ... click to read more
Marco Zonderland (Netherlands)
Thursday 30 May 2013 14:05
Thank you, Jack, for the pleasure your wonderful literature has provided us!
For a life well-lived, I salute you...
Just so!
Zack

Thursday 30 May 2013 14:05
Thank you, Jack, for the pleasure your wonderful literature has provided us!
For a life well-lived, I salute you...
Just so!
Zack
Thursday 30 May 2013 13:57
A quand une réédition et une traduction complète de ses œuvres qui rende enfin justice à cet auteur incomparable ?
Anonymous

Thursday 30 May 2013 13:57
A quand une réédition et une traduction complète de ses œuvres qui rende enfin justice à cet auteur incomparable ?
Anonymous
Thursday 30 May 2013 13:54
Farewell, Jack!

From Dragon Masters in the 1962 Galaxy to today, Jack Vance has been my favorite author; simple as that.

May his memory endure forever. Peace and benisons to John and his family.
Ed Winskill

Thursday 30 May 2013 13:54
Farewell, Jack!

From Dragon Masters in the 1962 Galaxy to today, Jack Vance has been my favorite author; simple as that.

May his memory endure forever. Peace and benisons to John and his family.
Ed Winskill
Thursday 30 May 2013 13:50
Jack Vance was one of the greatest writers of the 20th Century. His genius will be remembered for many years to come.
Seamus

Thursday 30 May 2013 13:50
Jack Vance was one of the greatest writers of the 20th Century. His genius will be remembered for many years to come.
Seamus
Thursday 30 May 2013 13:49
So long Jack Nance.
Thanks you for all the great times I had reading your books and joining my imagination with yours.

Cheers!
Lance
Lance Mohring

Thursday 30 May 2013 13:49
So long Jack Nance.
Thanks you for all the great times I had reading your books and joining my imagination with yours.

Cheers!
Lance
Lance Mohring
Thursday 30 May 2013 13:44
Very sad to read this news. Jack Vance has been my favourite author since my early teens and I've never found another to match his style and clever use of language. Reading his books gave me much pleasure and I now plan to read them all again and will think of him while doing so. Thank you.
David East

Thursday 30 May 2013 13:44
Very sad to read this news. Jack Vance has been my favourite author since my early teens and I've never found another to match his style and clever use of language. Reading his books gave me much pleasure and I now plan to read them all again and ... click to read more
David East
Thursday 30 May 2013 13:43
What he wrote was a constant challenge for the imagination, the mind, for every senses.

But what he didn't write, what remains unsaid between his lines, there lie the master's greatest lessons.
Humour of the most subtle kind, of course ; but also unmatched depths of poetry, weirdness and tragedy.

Thanks for the magic.
Pierre Viovy

Thursday 30 May 2013 13:43
What he wrote was a constant challenge for the imagination, the mind, for every senses.

But what he didn't write, what remains unsaid between his lines, there lie the master's greatest lessons.
Humour of the most subtle kind, of course ; but ... click to read more
Pierre Viovy
Thursday 30 May 2013 13:42
Too airy for some and far too atramentous for others, the invocation of your name was a shibboleth for identifying fellow savants predisposed to a particular sensibility. Yet while you have concluded, the visible spectrum of your refulgent sapience continues its languid outward peregrination, traversing the void to illumine we scrabbling creatures who remain on this, your dying Earth. Cheers, good sir, and thank you!
Jesse Bullington

Thursday 30 May 2013 13:42
Too airy for some and far too atramentous for others, the invocation of your name was a shibboleth for identifying fellow savants predisposed to a particular sensibility. Yet while you have concluded, the visible spectrum of your refulgent sapience ... click to read more
Jesse Bullington
Thursday 30 May 2013 13:37
Jack Vance was one of the writers who introduced me to science fiction, for which I'll always be grateful, and I've never come across another quite like him. An incredible and influential author with a wonderful imagination, I'm sure his stories will always be remembered and treasured. RIP Jack Vance, and thank you for all your amazing fiction. My thoughts and wishes to Jack's family.
Victoria

Thursday 30 May 2013 13:37
Jack Vance was one of the writers who introduced me to science fiction, for which I'll always be grateful, and I've never come across another quite like him. An incredible and influential author with a wonderful imagination, I'm sure his stories ... click to read more
Victoria
Thursday 30 May 2013 13:33
Here starts the dying of the Earth. To me Jack Vance was one of the truely great ones of fantasy, right next to Fritz Leiber or J.R.R. Tolkien. I've enjoyed everything I've read from him and will continue to do so the rest of my life.

To his family and friends: I'm sorry for your loss, may you find support in knowing that his books will live forever, spreading joy to so many people.
Erik Bouwknegt

Thursday 30 May 2013 13:33
Here starts the dying of the Earth. To me Jack Vance was one of the truely great ones of fantasy, right next to Fritz Leiber or J.R.R. Tolkien. I've enjoyed everything I've read from him and will continue to do so the rest of my life.

To his ... click to read more
Erik Bouwknegt
Thursday 30 May 2013 13:31
Thank you for all the dreams!
Joss Delage

Thursday 30 May 2013 13:31
Thank you for all the dreams!
Joss Delage
Thursday 30 May 2013 13:30
Jack, thanks for your wonderful imagination which helped me through some tough times!
Anonymous

Thursday 30 May 2013 13:30
Jack, thanks for your wonderful imagination which helped me through some tough times!
Anonymous
Thursday 30 May 2013 13:28
Thank you for the stories. Best wishes to all you family.
Steve

Thursday 30 May 2013 13:28
Thank you for the stories. Best wishes to all you family.
Steve
Thursday 30 May 2013 13:25
Many thanks for sharing your clever prose. I will tilt my next brew in your honor.
Gene Russell

Thursday 30 May 2013 13:25
Many thanks for sharing your clever prose. I will tilt my next brew in your honor.
Gene Russell
Thursday 30 May 2013 13:22
Thank you Jack, thank you for all the great adventures I have had in your fantastic universe. You will never be forgotten. To me you are one of the greatest writers of this world.
Alice Spruit

Thursday 30 May 2013 13:22
Thank you Jack, thank you for all the great adventures I have had in your fantastic universe. You will never be forgotten. To me you are one of the greatest writers of this world.
Alice Spruit
Thursday 30 May 2013 13:16
So many wonderful books, always triggering the appetite for more of those great stories.
Thank you for many enjoyed hours of
reading epic adventures.
As an author you were one of a kind, I can only hope that your stories will inspire a new generation to aspire to achieving such mastership
Anonymous

Thursday 30 May 2013 13:16
So many wonderful books, always triggering the appetite for more of those great stories.
Thank you for many enjoyed hours of
reading epic adventures.
As an author you were one of a kind, I can only hope that your stories will inspire a new ... click to read more
Anonymous
Thursday 30 May 2013 13:15
The news saddens me...he was definitely my favorite fantasy writer. He had a long and full life and created so many through his shear imagination.
To Jack and all the worlds, and stories therein, he has left us to marvel at and get immersed in!
Yanik Franken

Thursday 30 May 2013 13:15
The news saddens me...he was definitely my favorite fantasy writer. He had a long and full life and created so many through his shear imagination.
To Jack and all the worlds, and stories therein, he has left us to marvel at and get immersed in!
Yanik Franken
Thursday 30 May 2013 13:14
A master of the language... He will be sorely missed, but never forgotten.
Dave DeFroy

Thursday 30 May 2013 13:14
A master of the language... He will be sorely missed, but never forgotten.
Dave DeFroy
Thursday 30 May 2013 13:11
When I was around 12, I got the Cycle of Lyonesse trilogy. I remember devouring them, and sometimes I still use nicknames from these books.
Thank you, Jack Vance. Farewell.
My sympathy for your family in these hard times.
Luc, France

Thursday 30 May 2013 13:11
When I was around 12, I got the Cycle of Lyonesse trilogy. I remember devouring them, and sometimes I still use nicknames from these books.
Thank you, Jack Vance. Farewell.
My sympathy for your family in these hard times.
Luc, France
Thursday 30 May 2013 13:08
Dear grampa Jack, thank you for singing me a lullaby when we arrived late from Amsterdam. You were very sweet and I will miss you. Kiss, Madouc.
Madouc Vyverman

Thursday 30 May 2013 13:08
Dear grampa Jack, thank you for singing me a lullaby when we arrived late from Amsterdam. You were very sweet and I will miss you. Kiss, Madouc.
Madouc Vyverman
Thursday 30 May 2013 13:07
During my highschool times when my mind was very busy with lots of things and socalled literature, I freed myself reading real books.. freud, kafka, joyce, and LOTS of sci-fi on the side. My english (not native speaking) drastically improved.
Ahh.. the adventures of Cugel.. fond memories, and thankful.
Peter Hopman

Thursday 30 May 2013 13:07
During my highschool times when my mind was very busy with lots of things and socalled literature, I freed myself reading real books.. freud, kafka, joyce, and LOTS of sci-fi on the side. My english (not native speaking) drastically improved.
Ahh.. ... click to read more
Peter Hopman
Thursday 30 May 2013 13:05
Jack! I discovered your books many years ago and didn’t stop reading and re-reading them with endless joy and fun. Every fan of your books know what I mean and I’m just sad and will say thank you for the awesome work you did, you enlightened so much of my life time, so good bye and farewell wherever you are...

Ira J.
Ira J.

Thursday 30 May 2013 13:05
Jack! I discovered your books many years ago and didn’t stop reading and re-reading them with endless joy and fun. Every fan of your books know what I mean and I’m just sad and will say thank you for the awesome work you did, you enlightened so ... click to read more
Ira J.
Thursday 30 May 2013 13:03
I wish I could thank Jack Vance for all the great stories he's written.
I started reading him in 1967 and, though I've read many other authors in all genres, Jack is still my favorite.
His works are the pride of my bookshelf. I'm very sad he is gone and will write no more, but I'm grateful he left us a treasure trove of great literature.
Jeff

Thursday 30 May 2013 13:03
I wish I could thank Jack Vance for all the great stories he's written.
I started reading him in 1967 and, though I've read many other authors in all genres, Jack is still my favorite.
His works are the pride of my bookshelf. I'm very sad he is ... click to read more
Jeff
Thursday 30 May 2013 13:00
I could say I don't have the words for this but nothing could be farther from the truth.
I have a whole bookshelf containing worlds full of wonderful people and events and ideas.
Not to mention food!
Jack may put some of his characters through the wringer but they sure do eat well!

Godspeed Jack!
Kurt Brinkmann

Thursday 30 May 2013 13:00
I could say I don't have the words for this but nothing could be farther from the truth.
I have a whole bookshelf containing worlds full of wonderful people and events and ideas.
Not to mention food!
Jack may put some of his characters through ... click to read more
Kurt Brinkmann
Thursday 30 May 2013 12:57
Jack was an absolute giant among sf-writers and my hero. Since i began to learn to read he was my favorite writer. Farewell Jack!
Ron Hoogland, the Netherlands

Thursday 30 May 2013 12:57
Jack was an absolute giant among sf-writers and my hero. Since i began to learn to read he was my favorite writer. Farewell Jack!
Ron Hoogland, the Netherlands
Thursday 30 May 2013 12:56
Farewell, mister Vance, you are my favorite writer; reading your books always feels
like taking a little holliday.

Thank you for sharing all those wonderfull stories!
Gerrit Moeken, the Netherlands

Thursday 30 May 2013 12:56
Farewell, mister Vance, you are my favorite writer; reading your books always feels
like taking a little holliday.

Thank you for sharing all those wonderfull stories!
Gerrit Moeken, the Netherlands