Jack Vance is one of the most remarkable talents to ever grace the world of science fiction. His unique, stylish voice has been beloved by generations of readers. One of his enduring classics is his Mazirian the Magician (previously titled The Dying Earth), and its sequels--a fascinating, baroque tale set on a far-future Earth, under a giant red sun that is soon to go out forever.
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Tour de force.
Mazirian the Magician is the best short story I've ever read. Jack Vance packed it all into the seventeen pages that make up this stirring story that takes place on Vance's famous 'Dying Earth'. It has:
* an intelligent plot, the most important quality of superior books.
* colorful characters, briskly developed
* quickly building tension
* a history of Vance's fascinating version of magic, deftly woven into the tension building.
* once the tension breaks, non-stop action
* a marvelously original universe
* beautiful language
* an exciting , surprising, and satisfying finish
Needless to say, I find Mazirian the Magician, by Jack Vance, to be the finest example of the short story form. I recommend to: Everyone.
Rich's Rating: Five Stars