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Jack Vance dies at 96


Locus is reporting the death of fantasy, science fiction and mystery writer Jack Vance. The author was 96 and died earlier this week in Oakland, California. He is well known for producing series of novels, including the Dying Earth, the Demon Princes books, the Planet of Adventure series, the Durdane trilogy and the Lyonesse fantasy series.

In 2009, he published an autobiography called This Is Me, Jack Vance!, which is surprisingly scarce.

He’s also written as John Holbrook Vance, Ellery Queen, and several other names, including Ian Wade, Peter Held and John van See.

Christopher Priest wrote an obituary in The Guardian.

I met him once, when in 1981 he was guest of honour at a science-fiction convention in Rotterdam. He was at that time the best-loved and highest-selling SF writer in the Netherlands. His fans were eager to meet him. A genial but private man, he appeared on the platform bearing a ukulele and a kazoo. He said he would answer one question only – from the floor someone asked if he ever used personal experience in his books. He replied “I am not an egotist!” and started strumming.

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