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 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
Thursday 30 May 2013 12:54
My father introduced me to your stories when I was a just a kid, first reading them to me and my brother, later while reading them myself. Thank you for making it possible to visit all those wonderful worlds and experiencing all those wonderful stories. You made the world a better place, it's a sad day to see you leave it.
Sander van Rossen

Thursday 30 May 2013 12:54
My father introduced me to your stories when I was a just a kid, first reading them to me and my brother, later while reading them myself. Thank you for making it possible to visit all those wonderful worlds and experiencing all those wonderful ... click to read more
Sander van Rossen
Thursday 30 May 2013 12:54
Великий писатель, великий мастер, книги которого читают уже несколько поколений! Благодраю за все!!! Пусть земля будет пухом!
Anonymous

Thursday 30 May 2013 12:54
Великий писатель, великий мастер, книги которого читают уже несколько поколений! Благодраю за все!!! Пусть земля будет пухом!
Anonymous
Thursday 30 May 2013 12:54
Mr. Vance, je heb teen groot aantal fantastisch boeken geschreven. Ik zal ze tot het einde van mijn leven, met veel plezier, blijven lezen! Ik an je daar niet genoeg voor danken

Thanks Jack, for your excellent books. I will keep on rereading them till the end of my life!
Hans

Thursday 30 May 2013 12:54
Mr. Vance, je heb teen groot aantal fantastisch boeken geschreven. Ik zal ze tot het einde van mijn leven, met veel plezier, blijven lezen! Ik an je daar niet genoeg voor danken

Thanks Jack, for your excellent books. I will keep on rereading them ... click to read more
Hans
Thursday 30 May 2013 12:45
For someone who didn't like writing, you sure made a hell of an impact. I hope your making some sweet music wherever you are. Goodbye, Jack.
Dennis Sheridan

Thursday 30 May 2013 12:45
For someone who didn't like writing, you sure made a hell of an impact. I hope your making some sweet music wherever you are. Goodbye, Jack.
Dennis Sheridan
Thursday 30 May 2013 12:39
C'est avec une grande tristesse que j'apprends le décès de cet incroyable auteur.
For ever in my heart.
claude caut

Thursday 30 May 2013 12:39
C'est avec une grande tristesse que j'apprends le décès de cet incroyable auteur.
For ever in my heart.
claude caut
Thursday 30 May 2013 12:38
Merci à vous Mr Vance, pour toute les magnifique heures de lecture que je vous dois.
Pierre Gonnot

Thursday 30 May 2013 12:38
Merci à vous Mr Vance, pour toute les magnifique heures de lecture que je vous dois.
Pierre Gonnot
Thursday 30 May 2013 12:35
Don't remember when I read my first Jack Vance book, but I later learned I had seen his work while watching Captain Video in my elementary school years.
My bookshelf now contains everything written by him under the name Jack Vance.
Am half way through yet another re-read of Araminta Station.
He's the man!
George Wright

Thursday 30 May 2013 12:35
Don't remember when I read my first Jack Vance book, but I later learned I had seen his work while watching Captain Video in my elementary school years.
My bookshelf now contains everything written by him under the name Jack Vance.
Am half way ... click to read more
George Wright
Thursday 30 May 2013 12:31
A great teacher never leaves, as his lessons always are keep in those who taught.
Jack Vance was a great master of the genre, his influence spreads beyond literature and reaches other media as pen and paper RPGs, and like a great teacher his works made him atemporal.
Thank you very much Master Vance.
Ivan Cantero from Spain

Thursday 30 May 2013 12:31
A great teacher never leaves, as his lessons always are keep in those who taught.
Jack Vance was a great master of the genre, his influence spreads beyond literature and reaches other media as pen and paper RPGs, and like a great teacher his works ... click to read more
Ivan Cantero from Spain
Thursday 30 May 2013 12:12
I am at a loss for words here. Although I knew this day had to come sometime, it still grieves me to know that Jack is no longer with us. He has been a huge part of my life and his books have provided me with untold hours of pleasure. I have read and reread them all many times. I have always wished that I could live in one of the worlds he created. He may be gone, but the universe he created will live forever!
Mike Gould

Thursday 30 May 2013 12:12
I am at a loss for words here. Although I knew this day had to come sometime, it still grieves me to know that Jack is no longer with us. He has been a huge part of my life and his books have provided me with untold hours of pleasure. I have read ... click to read more
Mike Gould
Thursday 30 May 2013 12:05
The stories of Jack Vance defined and inspired my youth. His books are a great gift to this world.

Thanks Jack!


Wilhelm Roth

Thursday 30 May 2013 12:05
The stories of Jack Vance defined and inspired my youth. His books are a great gift to this world.

Thanks Jack!


Wilhelm Roth
Thursday 30 May 2013 12:04
It was the Durdane trilogy that helped ignite my lifelong love of SciFi.
Thanks Jack for telling such great stories.
Steve Preston, US/UK

Thursday 30 May 2013 12:04
It was the Durdane trilogy that helped ignite my lifelong love of SciFi.
Thanks Jack for telling such great stories.
Steve Preston, US/UK
Thursday 30 May 2013 11:56
I've been reading Jack ever since I discovered his astoundingly versatile narrative powers, I think it was around 1956 or so. In fact it was mainly (if not only) his work that brought me to found a SF & F series in the Netherlands. Amongst all kinds of stuff we published quite a bit of his titles as Dutch translations. Well, you see, I wanted to share the joy his tales brought me with other Dutch people, and to do this with the public at large I longed to translate his wonderful books and stories myself - and so I needed a vehicle to publish them. The series still exists, although under its umptieth name, this world being what it is. Today my involvement in publishing, and my wife's, is focussed on the Discworld stories of Terry Pratchett, who as many have discovered shares a certain Wodehouse-like sense of humour with Jack.
Our bedroom wall is covered with a vast load of SF & F books, which gives me an eternal sense of being in the presence of Jack. And of course of his wife, as her voice still echoes over Amsterdam from when the two of them walked around there and she, on the top of her voice, kept on drawing his attention to all the weird and bizarre things that Vance-like city had to show. Now let's keep him alive! And whenever someone accuses you of patronizing them or worse, just quote Jack (as I did just the other day): 'No, no, I detest no one! Not even you!'
Ruurd Groot aka Venugopalan Ittekot

Thursday 30 May 2013 11:56
I've been reading Jack ever since I discovered his astoundingly versatile narrative powers, I think it was around 1956 or so. In fact it was mainly (if not only) his work that brought me to found a SF & F series in the Netherlands. Amongst all kinds ... click to read more
Ruurd Groot aka Venugopalan Ittekot
Thursday 30 May 2013 11:50
About 40 years ago, i bought my first SF book. It was Tschai. And i immediatlely fell in love with it. That book alone has been responsible for a lifelong love for SF and Fantasy. Thank you Jack Vance and farewell.
Erik de Boer, the Netherlands.

Thursday 30 May 2013 11:50
About 40 years ago, i bought my first SF book. It was Tschai. And i immediatlely fell in love with it. That book alone has been responsible for a lifelong love for SF and Fantasy. Thank you Jack Vance and farewell.
Erik de Boer, the Netherlands.
Thursday 30 May 2013 11:50
So long, Mr. Vance, and thanks for all the text.
ballpoint

Thursday 30 May 2013 11:50
So long, Mr. Vance, and thanks for all the text.
ballpoint
Thursday 30 May 2013 11:50
Sad news. farewell indeed. Curious how he would report on the other side.
Willem

Thursday 30 May 2013 11:50
Sad news. farewell indeed. Curious how he would report on the other side.
Willem
Thursday 30 May 2013 11:50
Dying Earth series is my all time favourite. Vance made many of my day launching my mind into strange worlds and great stories. Cheers, 'dungeon masters' everywhere are forever in your debt.
Just a regular dude

Thursday 30 May 2013 11:50
Dying Earth series is my all time favourite. Vance made many of my day launching my mind into strange worlds and great stories. Cheers, 'dungeon masters' everywhere are forever in your debt.
Just a regular dude
Thursday 30 May 2013 11:49
Fire, but won't forget.
Vecna lives !
Arnaud from France

Thursday 30 May 2013 11:49
Fire, but won't forget.
Vecna lives !
Arnaud from France
Thursday 30 May 2013 11:40
A farting horse will never tire,
A farting man's the man to hire!

Are all from the south as hungry for knowing as you?
His classic lines will always be with me!
Don Garb

Thursday 30 May 2013 11:40
A farting horse will never tire,
A farting man's the man to hire!

Are all from the south as hungry for knowing as you?
His classic lines will always be with me!
Don Garb