Songs of the Dying Earth

Songs of the Dying Earth

Book - 2010
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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 a collection of original short 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.

Publisher: New York : Tor, 2010
ISBN: 9780765360618
9780765320865
Branch Call Number: SONGS
Characteristics: 669 p

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humbleworm
Aug 17, 2015

The influence of Jack Vance's wildly imaginative and distinctively verbose writing style is enormous. The authors of these short stories have emulated that effectively, although I suppose someone not familiar with Vance's work might wonder how some of these are connected. Those who like it, will like it a lot ...

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TheDr
Feb 04, 2013

Much better than Vance's original. Stories like the copsy door, the tarn house, and a few others were well written and very fun to read. The others weren't so good.

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Aug 17, 2015

humbleworm thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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