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.

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