Songs of the Dying Earth: Stories in Honor of Jack Vance

By George R. R. Martin

This present day, with a purpose to honor the extraordinary profession of Jack Vance, one unprecedented in fulfillment and effect, GEORGE R.R. MARTIN and GARDNER DOZOIS, with the total cooperation of Jack Vance, his kin, and his brokers, recommend a Jack Vance tribute anthology known as Songs of the loss of life Earth, to inspire the simplest of trendy myth writers to come to the original and evocative milieu of The loss of life Earth, from which they and such a lot of others have drawn a lot notion, to create their very own brand-new adventures on the planet of Jack Vance s maximum novel.

Half a century in the past, Jack Vance created the area of the demise Earth, and fable hasn't ever been an analogous. Now, for the 1st time ever, Jack has agreed to open this strange and darkly attractive international to different fantasists, to play in as their own. to assert that different delusion writers are all for this prospect is a gross understatement; one has informed us that he'd move slowly via damaged glass for the opportunity to write down for the anthology, one other that he'd gladly hand over his correct arm for the privilege that is the form of regard during which Jack Vance and The demise Earth are held through generations of his friends.

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