Jack Vance, dead at 96
May 29, 2013 1:45 PM Subscribe
“While we are alive we should sit among colored lights and taste good wines, and discuss our adventures in far places; when we are dead, the opportunity is past.”
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― Jack Vance (1916-2013
(previously on the blue
), eminently quotable
, merchant marine veteran, has died at the age of 96.
publishing career stretched for over half a century
and included rococo fantasy
, space opera
, and mystery
(as John Holbrook Vance), winning awards in all three fields. He also dabbled in early television writing, and there were several adaptations
of his mystery work. His influence was pervasive and often indirect: his conception of magic
from the Dying Earth
books formed the basis of magic in Dungeons and Dragons
and several different tabletop RPG
products were based directly on his books. In recent years he had retired from writing due to failing vision, but after his final novel, dictated an autobiography
. More recently, a volume of tribute stories was released: Songs of the Dying Earth
, including contributions from such fans as Robert Silverberg, Neil Gaiman, and George R.R. Martin.
; in 1999, dissatisfied with the many changes imposed upon Vance's works by unsympathetic editors, a group of enthusiasts began working on the Vance Integral Editio
n, which collects his restored works in 44 hardbound volumes. In an unrelated move, Vance's coinages of words were so numerous and fertile that a lexicon
of his invented words was published several years ago.