George R.R. Martin on Jack Vance

HarperVoyager UK and ANZ author George R.R. Martin posted a moving tribute to Jack Vance on his Not a Blog last week.

[Vance] had a huge influence on me and my work, and for the past fifty-some years has ranked among my very favorite writers. Every time a new Jack Vance book came out, I would drop whatever else I was doing and read it. Sometimes I did not mean to, but once you cracked the covers of a Vance book, you were lost.

It pleases me no end that Gardner Dozois and I were able to do our tribute anthology, SONGS OF THE DYING EARTH, when Jack was still alive, so he could hear how many of today’s fantasists he had inspired.

Jack Vance left the world a richer place than he found it. No more can be asked of any writer.

- George R. R. Martin

The anthology edited by Gardner Dozois and Martin, SONGS OF THE DYING EARTH, features stories  inspired by Vance’s world by authors such as George R.R. Martin, Neil Gaiman, Elizabeth Hand, Tanith Lee, Michael Moorcock, and Tad Williams, among many others.


2 thoughts on “George R.R. Martin on Jack Vance

  1. Jack Vance has been an incomparable source of enjoyment over the years. I bought a set of the VIE partly to spare wear and tear on my signed HCs, which I started collecting once my paperbacks started becoming loose-leaf editions. And even that I’m now sparing by reading JV instead on my Nook with DL’s from website. I translate him also, into Esperanto, with permission, of course.

    Your own last two books, are they likely to be re-packged as originally you had written…as one book? That I’d very much like to read before the next one shall be due out. The unshuffled dual-volume was rather jarring. I felt very disconnected from events when the second-of-two did come out.

    Know also that I bought an HC copy of your Songs of the Dying Earth, but likely will not soon read it as the audiobook version is now on order, just in time for a my upcoming flight to British Columbia with a couple of long layovers. Thank you so very much for that!

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