Tales of the Dying Earth: Including 'The Dying Earth,' 'The Eyes of the Overworld,' 'Cugel's Saga,' and 'Rhialto the Marvellous'

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Macmillan, Dec 1, 2000 - Fiction - 752 pages
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Jack Vance is one of the most remarkable talents to ever grace the world of science fiction. His unique, stylish voice has been beloved by generations of readers. One of his enduring classics is his 1964 novel, The Dying Earth, and its sequels--a fascinating, baroque tale set on a far-future Earth, under a giant red sun that is soon to go out forever.

This omnibus volume comprised all four books in the series, The Dying Earth, The Eyes of the Overworld, Cugel's Saga and Rialto the Magnificent. It is a must-read for every sf fan.

 

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Review: Tales of the Dying Earth (The Dying Earth #1-4 omnibus)

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The Dying Earth tales are true classics of the form, written by an indisputable master of the craft. In fact, Jack Vance's name is what caused me to pick this up in the first place And had I done so ... Read full review

Review: Tales of the Dying Earth (The Dying Earth #1-4 omnibus)

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A must-read for any fan of science-fiction and fantasy. This is an entirely original genre which has never (in my opinion) been duplicated. Establishes Vance as one of the master of the anti-hero. Read full review

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THE DYING EARTH
1
THE EYES OF THE OVERWORLD
131
CUGELS SAGA
289
RHIALTO THE MARVELLOUS
577
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Jack Vance, born John Holbrook Vance in 1916, was one of the greatest masters of fantasy and science fiction. He was the winner of many awards for his work and career: the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement. Among his awards for particular works were the Hugo award in 1963 forThe Dragon Masters, in 1967 forThe Last Castle, and in 2010 for his memoirThis is Me, Jack Vance! He won a Nebula Award in 1966 forThe Last Castle. He won the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel in 1990 forLyonesse: Madouc. . He also won an Edgar for the best first mystery novel in 1961 forThe Man in the Cage.

Vance published more than 60 books in his long career, sometimes under pseudonyms. Among them were 11 mystery novels, three of them as Ellery Queen. He wrote some of the first, and perhaps best, examples of "planetary adventures", including a novel called Big Planet. His "Dying Earth" series were among the most influential fantasy novels ever written, inspiring both generations of writers, and the creators of Dungeons and Dragons.

Vance's series from Tor includeThe Demon Princes,The Cadwal Chronicles,The Dying Earth,The Planet of Adventure, andAlastor. Vance's last novels were a series of two:Ports of Call andLurulu.

Jack Vance was a sailor, a writer, an adventurer, a music critic, and a raconteur. He died in May 2013.

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