Thursday, May 30, 2013

Author Jack Vance dies

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     I've reached an age when authors I've read in my youth die on a regular basis. The latest is Jack Vance, a science fiction author who never (to my knowledge) made the New York Times Bestseller List, but was popular among his fellow SF writers, among them George R.R. Martin (A Game of Thrones). He won three Hugo Awards (science fiction prose's Oscar), most recently for his memoir This is Me, Jack Vance! (2009), now out of print.
     He's best known for his "Dying Earth" stories; a tribute volume of stories by other authors, Songs of the Dying Earth,  came out in 2010, and will arrive in paperback later this year, and the prestigious specialty publisher Subterranean Press has an ongoing series of collections of his early stories, most recently Magic Highways (2013). 
     The Associated Press obituary can be read here.

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