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For Jack Vance Fans

For any Jack Vance fans out there -- and if you're not a Jack Vance fan, why the hell not? -- be sure to check out my news page for the official announcement of SONGS OF THE DYING EARTH, the new Jack Vance tribute anthology that Gardner Dozois and I will be editing.

It's a fun project, and we've got a great lineup of writers.


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Sep. 14th, 2007 07:04 am (UTC)
Great news! Will you post the list of contributors? *vigorously awaiting*
Sep. 15th, 2007 03:53 am (UTC)
Dying Earth contributors
We've already mention quite a few, and I understand that some of the writers have given the whole list on their own blogs.

On the other hand, that has to be taken with a certain amount of caution. We have twenty-one writers lined up to contribute, but some of them will inevitably fall through. That always happens on projects like this. Ill health, writer's block, competing deadlines... there are a million things that can interfere, and cause someone to drop out.

Of course, we're hoping everyone comes through and writes us a terrific story. And if we do lose contributors, I don't think we'll have any trouble finding suitable replacements. Vance is widely admired.
Sep. 14th, 2007 07:06 am (UTC)
Thanks !
I'll check it out for sure. I've been a huge fan of Vance's stuff for years. In my opinion he is one of the most underrated fantasy writers ever.
Sep. 14th, 2007 07:08 am (UTC)
In case you are wondering why I thanked you, I thnaked you because if more people get into his work then maybe it will be kept in print....
Sep. 14th, 2007 07:13 am (UTC)
This makes me deliriously happy. 2009 is simply too far away, but I'll practice patience.

Of the writers listed, Gaiman and Lee and [name goes without saying] are the ones whose stories I'm most looking to.

I wonder if anyone'll write a story of Liane the Wayfarer before his meeting with Chun the Unavoidable?

(Charles Vess is a terrific choice for illustrating it. He or Mike Kaluta would be my picks. Maybe Subterranean should look into publishing limited, illustrated editions of Vance's works...)
Sep. 14th, 2007 07:17 am (UTC)
That's great news! I look forward to it.
Sep. 14th, 2007 07:23 am (UTC)
See, you'll probably hate me here, but I really don't get the appeal of Jack Vance at all.

I read the Cadwal chronicles on a recommendation, and just plain old couldn't get past the characters. It was strongly plotted, I'll give him that, but I found myself wanting to throw the books across the room. The women are either Sweet Young Things or Evil Power Hungry Witches. I can't even begin to comment on the Yips-- can you get more racially deterministic? And even Glawen's folksy gee shucks frontier common sense grated immensely. Young man lost in a world of foolish liberals who are really Evil Exploiters. Ick.

Is Cadwal not typical Vance? Is there better stuff out there?
Sep. 14th, 2007 08:30 am (UTC)
Looking forward to this one. The lineup of writers is impressive indeed, and pretty broad - Simmons, Moorcock, Silverberg, Vandermeer... I'm looking forward to the Gaiman as well of course, but the Waldrop should be fun too. :)
Sep. 14th, 2007 09:31 am (UTC)
I'm so there for this.
Sep. 14th, 2007 11:29 am (UTC)
I read Hunter's Run yesterday and really enjoyed it, although I haven't read Wild Cards before. I can't wait for this new one!
Sep. 14th, 2007 11:39 am (UTC)
Jack Vance is a legend, and this project sounds very cool indeed!
Sep. 14th, 2007 12:07 pm (UTC)
Jack Vance ROCKS in my humble opinion.
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Sep. 14th, 2007 11:41 am (UTC)
Great News!
I am a huge estimator of Jack Vance's fantasy series (namely "The Dying Earth" and "Lyonesse"), so I'm trouely looking forward to this anthology.
As you told in an interview it's netheless sad to know that Jack will never write again a story set in this fantastic worlds...
Sep. 14th, 2007 12:53 pm (UTC)
I love the variety of writers you've lined up. I'm quite interested to see what VanderMeer, Simmons and Hand will do with the material. Oh, and there's that one guy -- RR something -- he might be able to write something passable. ;-)
Sep. 14th, 2007 03:21 pm (UTC)
Best make that 2011 then, he he.
Sep. 14th, 2007 01:28 pm (UTC)
... and if you're not a Jack Vance fan, why the hell not?

Well... the horrible D&D spell system? Not his fault that the stole it from him, but still...
Sep. 14th, 2007 03:02 pm (UTC)
Hopefully a lot more people will be after they get their hands on Songs of the Dying Earth sometime soon.

The other day in Leavenworth, WA., I joined a bookstore clerk in recommending you to a few people looking for genre fiction. After they left, the clerk and I agreed it'd be a biiig step up from what those kids said they were reading...
Sep. 14th, 2007 03:12 pm (UTC)
If I wanted to start reading Jack Vance, could anybody point me to the first book I should start with?

Sep. 15th, 2007 10:32 pm (UTC)
Re: JV
In this case the Dying Earth collected edition. The UK version is called Tales of the Dying Earth. Not sure about the American version. It contains all four novels: The Dying Earth, The Eyes of the Overworld, Cugel's Saga and Rhialto the Marvellous.

I also recommend The Lyonesse Trilogy (Suldrun's Garden, The Green Pearl and Madouc).
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