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Publication Order of The Dying Earth Books

The Dying Earth / Mazirian the Magician (1950)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cugel's Saga / Cugel: The Skybreak Spatterlight (1966)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Eyes of the Overworld / Cugel the Clever (1966)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Quest for Simbilis (By: MichaelShea) (1974)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Morreion (1978)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Seventeen Virgins (1979)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Bagful of Dreams (1979)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Rhialto the Marvellous (1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Laughing Magician (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Songs of the Dying Earth: Stories in Honour of Jack Vance (With: Dean Koontz,Tad Williams,George R.R. Martin,Kage Baker,Robert Silverberg,Gardner Dozois,Howard Waldrop,Walter Jon Williams,Elizabeth Hand,Tanith Lee,Elizabeth Moon,Mike Resnick,Lucius Shepard,Jeff VanderMeer,Liz Williams,John Wright,Dan Simmons,Neil Gaiman,Terry Dowling,Glen Cook,Matthew Hughes) (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Big Planet Books

Big Planet (1952)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Showboat World (1975)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Demon Princes Books

The Star King (1964)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Killing Machine (1964)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Palace of Love (1967)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Face (1979)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Book of Dreams (1981)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Nopalgarth Books

Son of the Tree (1951)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Houses of Iszm (1954)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Brains of Earth (1966)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Magnus Ridolph Books

The Many Worlds of Magnus Ridolph (1966)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Complete Magnus Ridolph (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Magnus Ridolph (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Tschai, Planet of Adventure Books

City of the Chasch (1968)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Dirdir (1969)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Servants of the Wankh (1969)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Pnume (1970)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Chasch (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tschai (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Durdane Books

The Anome / The Faceless Man (1971)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Brave Free Men (1973)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Asutra (1973)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Alastor Books

Trullion (1973)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Marune (1975)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Wyst (1978)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Gaean Reach Books

The Gray Prince (1974)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Maske (1976)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Lyonesse Books

Suldrun's Garden / Lyonesse (1983)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Green Pearl (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Madouc (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Cadwal Chronicles Books

Araminta Station (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ecce and Old Earth (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Throy (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Cadwal Chronicles (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Ports of Call Books

Ports of Call (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lurulu (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of The Early Jack Vance Books

Hard Luck Diggings (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dream Castles (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Magic Highways (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Minding the Stars (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Miro Hetzel Books

The Dogtown Tourist Agency (1975)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Freitzke’s Turn (1977)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Miro Hetzel (1980)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Five Gold Bands / The Space Pirate (1950)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Vandals of the Void (1953)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
To Live Forever (1956)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Languages of Pao (1957)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Slaves of the Klau / Gold and Iron (1958)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Man in a Cage (1961)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Dragon Masters (1962)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Monsters in orbit (1965)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Space Opera (1965)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Blue World (1966)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Last Castle (1966)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Emphyrio (1969)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bad Ronald (1973)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Galactic Effectuator (1980)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Night Lamp (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Magnificent Showboats (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Wannek (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Clarges (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Domains of Koryphon (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bird Isle (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Dark Ocean (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Flesh Mask (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Fox Valley Murders (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The House on Lily Street (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Pleasant Grove Murders (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Strange People, Queer Notions (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The View from Chickweed’s Window (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Deadly Isles (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Alfred's Ark (1965)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Kragen (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sjambak (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Rapparee (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Miracle Workers (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dodkin's Job (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Future Tense / Dust of Far Suns (1964)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Eight Fantasms and Magics (1969)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Worlds of Jack Vance (1973)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Moon Moth (1976)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best of Jack Vance (1976)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fantasms and Magics (1978)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Green Magic (1979)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Nopalgarth (1980)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lost Moons (1982)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Narrow Land (1982)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Demon Princes (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Light from a Lone Star (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Augmented Agent (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Dark Side of the Moon (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bird Isle and Take My Face (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Chateau d'If and Other Stories (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
When the Five Moons Rise (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Jack Vance Treasury (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Jack Vance Reader (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Men Return and Others (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Wild Thyme, Green Magic (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The World-Thinker and Other Stories (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Dragon Masters and Other Stories (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Golden Girl and Other Stories (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sail 25 and Other Stories (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Wild Thyme and Violets and Other Unpublished Stories (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Desperate Days (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Big Planet / The Blue World / The Dragon Masters and Other Stories (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

The Jack Vance Lexicon (1983)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
This Is Me, Jack Vance! (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Star Science Fiction Books

with Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Ray Bradbury, Frederik Pohl, Richard Matheson, Philip K. Dick, Lester del Rey, Jack Williamson
Star Science Fiction Stories No. 2 (By: Frederik Pohl) (1953)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Anthologies

Star Science Fiction Stories 3(1955)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Galaxy Science Fiction, December 1963(1963)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Great Short Novels of Science Fiction(1970)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Alpha 3(1972)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Deep Space: Eight Stories of Science Fiction(1973)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
More Stories from the Hugo Winners, Vol. 2(1973)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Arbor House Treasury of Modern Science Fiction(1980)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Great Fantasy(1983)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Great Tales of Fantasy and Science Fiction(1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mammoth Book of Fantasy All-Time Greats(1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Science Fiction Century(1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Magic-Lover's Treasury of the Fantastic(1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Nebula Awards 32: SFWA’s Choices for the Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year(1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Furthest Horizon(2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The World Turned Upside Down(2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Songs of the Dying Earth: Stories in Honour of Jack Vance(2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Science Fiction Gems, Vol. One(2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

John Holbrook “Jack” Vance was born on August 28, 1916. He was an American fantasy, mystery plus science creative writing author. Most of Vance’s work was published under his name “Jack Vance”, however, 9 of the mystery novels he wrote used his full name John Holbrook Vance, while 3 of his published books of the same genre were written under his pseudonym Ellery Queen. He wrote 4 other books, each under different names, namely John Van See, Peter Wade, Alan Held and Jay Kavanse. In some editions of the books he wrote, his year of birth was indicated as 1920.

In 1984, Jack Vance earned the World-Fantasy Prize Life Achievement. He was also designated as the Visitor of Honor at the World Science Fiction Convention held in Orlando, Florida in 1992. He was announced as the 14th Grandmaster of the Science-Fiction plus Fantasy Writers of America in 1997. In 2001, Vance was inducted in the Science creative writing Hall of Fame wherein he was part of the sixth class of two living and two deceased writers.

Vance’s works “The Dragon Masters” (in 1963), “The Last Castle” (1967) and his journal “This Is Me, Jack-Vance (2010) won the Hugo Awards. His same work “The Last Castle” also won the Nebula Award in the year 1966 and the Jupiter prize in the year 1975. Another of his published work “Lyonesse: Madouc” won The World daydream prize (1990), and his novel “The Man In The Cage” won an Edgar in 1961 for being the first best mystery novel.

In 2009, Vance’s outline in The New-York Times journal described him as “one of American literature’s the majority distinctive plus undervalue voices”.

Jack Vance’s grandfather, who was from Michigan, came to California a decade prior to the Gold Rush. While taking residence there, he married a girl from San Francisco. It was in San Francisco where Vance spent his early childhood wherein his parents separated early on. Following the divorce of his parents, the youthful Vance plus his other siblings moved to their maternal grandfather’s ranch in California near Oakley. Growing up in such setting has developed in the young Vance the worship of the out-of-doors. He had enough time to idle about in which he was able to treat his fervor for reading. A tragedy took place when Vance’s grandfather died. It consequently sent the fortune of his family on a nosedive. It was then that Vance be required to stop his schooling at junior college and had to work to be able to support himself. Whenever he had the chance, he assisted his mother. Vance worked on many jobs for short periods, such as by being a bell hop, in a cannery plus he also worked on a gold bars look for. Following his endeavor at such occupations, Vance went on to study at the University of the California, Berkeley. In a period of six years, he was able to study engineering, mining, physics, English and journalism. When Vance wrote his initial science creative writing story as an assignment in his English class, his professor had a scornful reaction, saying that it had a tinge of science fiction. It was one of the first negative reviews Vance got from his works.

It was in 1942 when Vance graduated from college. He wasn’t able to work for the military because of weak eyesight. Later on, he worked at the Kaiser-Shipyard as a rigger. It was located in Richmond, California. He learned Japanese upon enrolling at an army cleverness plan, but he was washed out. Sometime in 1943, Jack became a seaman, particularly in the business Nautical. It was from then to the coming years when his love for boating has grown. Boating has become one of his favorite recreations. In numerous of his works, readers will find boats and voyages as frequent motifs in the novels he had published. Vance had went on to try different occupations such as being a seaman, a ceramist, a rigger, a inspector and a carpenter prior to establishing himself completely as a writer. It was in the 1970’s when this took place.

When he was a young man, Vance had a growing fascination for traditional and Dixieland jazz. He played the ukulele and the cornet, although he was an amateur at it. He would often accompany himself among a kazoo and considered himself competent at playing the harmonica. Among his first published works were his college document, plus his reviews of jazz music in The Daily Californian. Indeed, in a lot of his works, music was a major element.

Vance crossed paths with a woman named Norma Genevieve Ingold whom she married in 1946. Jack and Norma Vance continued to take residence in Oakland. The couple was able to build and extend a house in the locality. The Vances lived in several countries over the years, such as South Africa, Tahiti, Ireland and Italy. They even lived in a houseboat along the banks of Lake Nagin in-Kashmir.

The San Francisco new start took place in the 1940’s. It was a movement that encouraged experimentation in the arts and literature. It was during that period when Vance gave himself a try at being a professional writer. He was able to make a sale with Twentieth Century Fox, one of his most lucrative, for a Magnus Ridolph story. The Captain Video series on television was popular at that time. It was for that particular TV show that Twentieth Century Fox hired Vance as a screenwriter. It was from the proceeds of that profession wherein the Vances were able to sustain their travels to Europe for a year.

I n the 1980’s Vance unfortunately grew blind, but with the help of the BigEd software, he continued to write. The last and final work of Jack Vance was his novel Lurulu. Vance officially stated that Lurulu as his final work, but he was able to write a subsequent work, an autobiography that was released in July of 2009.

Jack Vance stayed in his longtime home located in Oakland Hills until his demise in May 26, 2013 due to “ simply complications of aging”, according to his son John Holbrook Vance II. (His wife died on March 25, 2008). “Everything just finally caught up with him”, said his son. Tributes were presented to Vance by prominent authors following his death, including Steven Gould, the then president of the Science invented story Writers Of America. Gould has referred to Vance as “one of the greatest science literature plus fantasy writers of the 20th century. Ensuing his demise, Vance’s family set up a memorial site for fans to be able to post tributes where they also received hundreds of messages from concerned adherents.

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One Response to “Jack Vance”

  1. Steve Sherman: 5 years ago

    Strictly speaking, there is no series called Nopalgarth. Rather, it is 1) Vance’s preferred title for a story also known as The Brains of Earth, and 2) the title of a Daw collection containing that story as well as Son of the Tree and The Houses of Iszm. Those two have in common the central role played by trees; otherwise these stories are unrelated to each other.


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