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Kelwyn Sole

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Jack Vance

For those who know about science fiction and fantasy, note that Jack Vance has just died, aged 96. Probably better known for his fantasy: written in sharply-delineated, glittering prose, and nearly always with a dry, slightly acerbic, slightly cynical edge. His series of (somewhat) interlinked stories that came out in The Dying Earth (1950); The Eyes of the Overworld (1966), Cugel’s Saga (1983) and Rhialto the Marvellous (1984) are perhaps best known; imo his trilogy of novels that came out in the 1980s as Lyonesse / The Green Pearl / Madouc are perhaps the best. Also a pretty good science fiction writer, and a master of shorter fiction: again, good places to start are the novellas The Moon Moth (1961) which won a Hugo, and the Nebula/Hugo winner The Last Castle (1966), which seems to riff on American consciousness during the Vietnam War.

 

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  • Ben - Editor
    Ben - Editor
    May 30th, 2013 @16:52 #
     
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    Thanks for the tips, Kelwyn.

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