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Publisher Description

To honor the magnificent career of Jack Vance, one unparalleled in achievement and impact, George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois, with the full cooperation of Vance, his family, and his agents, have created a Jack Vance tribute anthology: Songs of the Dying Earth. The best of today's fantasy writers to return to the unique and evocative milieu of The Dying Earth, from which they and so many others have drawn so much inspiration, to create their own brand-new adventures in the world of Jack Vance's greatest novel.

Half a century ago, Jack Vance created the world of the Dying Earth, and fantasy has never been the same. Now, for the first time ever, Jack has agreed to open this bizarre and darkly beautiful world to other fantasists, to play in as their very own. To say that other fantasy writers are excited by this prospect is a gross understatement; one has told us that he'd crawl through broken glass for the chance to write for the anthology, another that he'd gladly give up his right arm for the privilege. That's the kind of regard in which Jack Vance and The Dying Earth are held by generations of his peers.

This book contains original stories from George R. R. Martin, Neil Gaiman, Dan Simmons, Elizabeth Moon, Tanith Lee, Tad Williams, Kage Baker, and Robert Silverberg, along with fifteen others--as well as an introduction by Dean Koontz.

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Sci-Fi & Fantasy
December 7
Tom Doherty Associates

Customer Reviews

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Stories In Honor of the Master

Jack Vance’s Dying Earth is one of his most memorable settings, and has inspired generations of both readers and writers. The world of the old and failing red sun, where both magic and the remaining vestiges of super science hold sway over the decadent descendants of mankind. This is the setting that Jack Vance set so many lyrical tales, and it is this setting that a wide selection of writers that he inspired have set their stories.

This volume contains some of the best known fantasy writers work: George R. R. Martin, Tainth Lee, Neil Gaiman, and Dan Simmons are some of the more notable contributors. Most of the stories are good, some are indeed great. All of them are written in honor of the man who inspired them with his tales from near the end of world.

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