Literature to the Glory of God: The Fantasy/Science Fiction Worlds of Of Jack Vance
Video from Spatterlight
"Jack Vance was Guest of Honor at Norwescon 25 in Seattle, March 28-31 2002. In this first part of a Q&A session with Elton Elliott and Liz Williams, Jack recounts the saga of the houseboat he built together with his good friends Frank Herbert and Poul Anderson.
Jack Vance e-books available from Spatterlight Press - http://www.jackvance.com Original footage by Stefan Herr - http://www.stefan-herr.de Music by spilsten - http://www.soundcloud.com/spilsten Copyright (c) 2015 Spatterlight Productions, all rights reserved - http://www.spatterlight.nl" from video introduction.
How many of of are familiar with the writings of Jack Vance?
In my humble estimation I would put him in the top ten of my personal preference of the best writers of our time.
Along with Tolkien, Lewis, Clark Ashton Smith, Mervyn Peak to name a few Vance brought me into the world of secondary creation.
I have always dabbled in writing between careers and eventually had some things published, short stories and chapbooks (chap books may still be available at: Rainfall Books & Records )
and much of my writing has been greatly influenced by Vance.
And so has the writing of many of the successful Fantasy Fiction writers in our time.
Vance was contemporaries with many of the legends of the craft like Frank Herbert and Poul Anderson.
As noted in the biography below, "A 2009 profile in the New York Times Magazine described Vance as "one of American literature’s most distinctive and undervalued voices."
His writing was spectacular and he had several what many consider to be masterpieces of the genre.
My favorite is the "Tales of the Dying Earth by Jack Vance" link - Andy
Jack Vance Biography:
"Jack (John Holbrook) Vance (San Francisco, August 28, 1916 - Oakland, May 26, 2013) was an American mystery, fantasy and science fiction author. Most of his work has been published under the name Jack Vance. Vance has published 11 mysteries as John Holbrook Vance and 3 as Ellery Queen. Other pen names (each used only once) included Alan Wade, Peter Held, John van See, and Jay Kavanse.
Among his awards are: Hugo Awards, in 1963 for The Dragon Masters, in 1967 for The Last Castle, and in 2010 for his memoir This is Me, Jack Vance!; a Nebula Award in 1966, also for The Last Castle; the Jupiter Award in 1975; the World Fantasy Award in 1984 for life achievement and in 1990 for Lyonesse: Madouc; an Edgar (the mystery equivalent of the Nebula) for the best first mystery novel in 1961 for The Man in the Cage; in 1992, he was Guest of Honor at the WorldCon in Orlando, Florida; and in 1997 he was named a SFWA Grand Master. A 2009 profile in the New York Times Magazine described Vance as "one of American literature’s most distinctive and undervalued voices..." from the website
Jack Vance: A Lesser Known Sci-Fi Giant
"For those who think of themselves as fairly well versed in science fiction literature, you’re probably familiar with some of the big names: Asimov, Clarke, Dick, Bradbury, Orwell, Wells, Verne and all the rest. However, fewer people have been exposed to the whimsy, picturesque settings, and punctilious, instantly-recognizable style of Jack Vance.
Jack Vance (1916-2013) wrote over 60 novels and short story collections during his literary career which lasted over half a century, and yet, to many young readers of science fiction, he is a relatively obscure name. Much like other science fiction writers of the time, he was involved in and directly influenced by pulps. Unlike some of the big names, Vance was not subsequently elevated to the role of a literary writer and, in the eyes of some, continued to be a particularly clever pulp writer. Even though I have been reading sci-fi since I was 10 years old, I hadn’t even heard of him until last summer..." from the article: Jack Vance: a lesser known sci-fi giant
Jack Vance - The Dying Earth 1 - Mazirian the Magician - fantasy e-book by Spatterlight Press
Video from Spatterlight
Jack Vance - The Dying Earth 1 - Mazirian the Magician - fantasy e-book by Spatterlight Press. Previously published as The Dying Earth. Featuring the restored text from the Vance Integral Edition.
Available from http://www.jackvance.com Original artwork by Li-An - http://www.li-an.fr Music by spilsten - http://www.soundcloud.com/spilsten Synopsis by Matthew Hughes - http://www.matthewhughes.org Copyright (c) 2015 Spatterlight Productions, all rights reserved - http://www.spatterlight.nl " from video introduction.
There are three more videos in this excellent series from Spatterlight on their website.