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  • Capt. Xerox 10:12 am on February 8, 2021 Permalink |
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    This young #scifi reader has discovered Jack Vance. Perhaps he’s less known to this generation of fans, but old-timers remember him fondly. https://t.co/Md8WjXLUqz

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  • Capt. Xerox 12:14 pm on June 7, 2013 Permalink
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    If you’re looking for an entry point to read Jack Vance, consider this fine overview of his work. http://t.co/x34n0OJwPx

  • Capt. Xerox 2:43 pm on May 30, 2013 Permalink
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    Sad to hear that the vastly underrated #scifi author Jack Vance has died. He leaves behind an amazing body of work. http://t.co/rwNFtaLzRr

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      Lazarus 2:10 pm on May 31, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Even though some of his book covers are vividly engrained in my brain, I never owned a Jack Vance book nor have I ever read one. For whatever reason, I just never picked up any of his stuff. He did live to a ripe old age so he got to satisfy his fans for a long time.

      • Capt. Xerox 9:15 pm on May 31, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        He’s one of those authors who I ignored for a long time. I’d see all sorts of his books when perusing the shelves at my favourite used book stores, but nothing ever caught my eye. I was vaguely aware of his most famous book, The Dying Earth, but everything else was a blur.

        The more critical essays I read about him and the more I encountered his fervent fans, I figured there must be something I’m missing so I decided to read some of his books. I read some fantasy and some straight science fiction and thought they were wonderful.

        He was pretty prolific and he has a multitude of series and one-offs so I think the biggest problem for a first-time reader is figuring out where to start. I guess The Dying Earth is the obvious selection, but you may find other entry points.

        Check out this essay about rereading The Dying Earth: http://www.asimovs.com/_issue_0702/ref.shtml. If it resonates with you, then you may be interested in picking up a copy.

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