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    I did not like this book much the first time I read it, but after reading it a second time while visualizing its characters as puppets, I found I liked it much .This book particularly the first three stories irritated me I found its wizards to be contemptible creatures, morally inferior products of a degenerate age, capable only of memorizing a few detailed spells and casting them by rote Vancian Magic, which later became a key element of Dungeons and Dragons I was also appalled by their sexism even the best try to fashion ideal women from scratch, while the majority desire only to catch women, cage them and rape them the real reason for all their pathetic little spells In addition, the book s prose particularly the wizards speeches is grandiloquent and eccentric, harsh and grating, and crammed full of hard words Such words I remember thinking to myself remind me of what Shakespeare s Angus says of Macbeth s titles they hang loose about him, like a giant s robe Upon a dwarfish thief This Renaissance reference must have unearthed old memories, for soon I was transported back to grad school at Ohio State, some forty years ago At the time I was studying John Marston, and I was having a good deal of trouble enjoying his tragedies Antonio and Mellida, Antonio s Revenge because the speec...


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    Jack Vance s genre defining, fundamentally influential 1950 fantasy novel about swords, sorcery and ancient technology while the red glow of a dying sun spins over a far future earth is a SF F gem.A collection of related short stories, Vance s mastery of the language and his ability to weave a tale has never been better Imaginative and uniquely original, Vance sets the table for decades of speculative writers since.The heart of this work is Vance s characterization Introducing characters like Liane the Wayfarer and Chun the Unavoidable, Vance crafts a kaleidoscope of personalities that revolve in a dynamic tension that...


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    I lived beside the ocean in a white villa among poplar trees Across Tenebrosa Bay the Cape of Sad Remembrance reached into the ocean, and when sunset made the sky red and the mountains black, the cape seemed to sleep on the water like one of the ancient earth gods All my life I spent here, and was as content as one may be while dying Earth spins out its last few courses Two bright stars on the science fiction fantasy firmament have gone to sleep Jack Vance and Iain M Banks I know of no better way to honour them than to go back to their imaginary worlds and spend some quality time there, like a couple of old friends sharing a dram and reminiscing about the good old days and the crazy adventures we ve been through in our youth.I ve been aware of The Dying Earth for years, it s been often mentioned as a defining moment in the history of speculative fiction, one of the foundation stones supporting a whole modern edifice of stories and autors for whom mr Vance is an inspiration I kept putting it off not out of reservations about it being dated or overrated, but like a collector who keeps a good bottle of win...


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    Let s do some quick math Jack Vance s The Dying Earth was originally published in 1950 I was born in 1969 I first started playing Dungeons and Dragons, in earnest, in 1979 It is now 2014 On second thought, screw the math You can plainly see that my reading of The Dying Earth is tardy, given that Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson cited Vance s work as influences on the development of the Dungeons and Dragons game.And how.More than an influencer, The Dying Earth is a wholesale supplier of DD wares In the first story, Turjan of Mir, we see something akin to alignment, the fact that wizards must memorize their spells from spellbooks, the limitation which I always thought was a rule to add game balance I was wrong that mages can only memorize so many spells a day, and at least one spell that was almost lifted verbatim from Vance to Gygax and Arneson the Excellent Prismatic Spray, which appears in DD as Prismatic Spray, unless it is cast by one of the wizards Bill or Ted, in which case it is the Most Excellent Prismatic Spray, Dude.Now, that s not to say that The Dying Earth is one long hack and slash DD adventure Far from it Vance is a far sophisticated writer than Gygax or even Arneson who, in my humble opinion, is the better of the two compare Arneson s wrting on his Blackmoor campaign ...


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    There is some strange depressing morbid fascination in imagining the world our Earth an uncountable number of millennia in the future as an unrecognizably changed tired, dying ancient world orbiting the tired, dying ancient red Sun It s the world in its last breaths, with the knowledge that eventually the life will stop with the Sun Soon, when the sun goes out, men will stare into the eternal night, and all will die, and Earth will bear its history, its ruins, the mountains worn to knolls all into the infinite dark Jack Vance s The Dying Earth is made of six short stories, somewhat interconnected, all set on future ancient Earth under the light of the dying Sun It s a sad world, with the inhabitants reduced to a tiny fraction of the former populations, with science lost and replaced by magic albeit somehow, in the far past, rooted in the ancient lore of mathematics , with hints of the former civilizations none of them ours hidden in the ancient ruins, with people squabbli...


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    Strange to think that this was the series that inspired Martin and Wolfe in their fantasy endeavors Going from their gritty, mirthless rehashes of standard fantasy badassery to Vance s wild, ironic, flowery style was jarring going directly from Anderson s grim, tragic Broken Sword to this was tonal whiplash.At first I didn t know what to make of it the lurid, purple prose, the silly characters, the story which jumped from idea to idea with abandon I mistook it at once for the unbridled pulp style of early century genre authors like A Merrit or Van Vogt, but soon it became clear that there was something complex at work.Vance is rushing from one idea to the next, heedless of contradiction or pace, but it is not merely an unbridled mind on a romp It is a style recognizable to any scholar of Fairy Tales, or of the Thousand and One Nights, where absurd characters and situations are paraded before the reader as wry commentaries subversions of social s and preconceptions Vance s characters are not psychological studies, not realistic, but archetypal and foolish, traipsing from one peril to the next and then back out again, in the vein of Lewis Carroll.Yet Vance is not as wild as Carroll or Peake, not as unpredictable or insightful He has some shining moments, but I did not find that they entirely excused the broken pacing and shallow characters The tongue in cheek reversals were simply not constant...


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    1950, a time of transition from swashbuckling square jawed heroes with huge brains and spaceships falling headlong into a deep future world where everyone is surrounded by death, old tech indistinguishable from magic, and to make things worse, the sun is dying This is the last hurrah of Earth and it seems that everyone is trying to make the most out of it, grognak the barbarian style.What Isn t this SF Sure But it s still pretty much entirely classic Sword and Sorcery We ve got curses and transformations, 50 s style misogyny, master wizards and apprentices of maths and old tech, thieves and warriors I can t help but think it d make, with a bit of good retooling, a fairly interesting SyFy production.Nothing big budget, though.Some of the ideas are pretty standard science rah rah, getting your life back on track rah rah, and being your best before it all ends, which is a pretty cool message after coming out of WWII and wanting to dive into a bit of imaginative science fantasy, but let s face it, we ve all seen movies as good along these lines, or it s equivalents, all throughout the de...


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    To read The Dying Earth by Jack Vance is like to find oneself inside the fabulous canvas painted by some artist exiled to the end of the fatigued time Or in the garden of paranoia Deep in thought, Mazirian the Magician walked his garden Trees fruited with many intoxications overhung his path, and flowers bowed obsequiously as he passed An inch above the ground, dull as agates, the eyes of mandrakes followed the tread of his black slippered feet Such was Mazirian s garden three terraces growing with strange and wonderful vegetations Certain plants swam with changing iridescences others held up blooms pulsing like sea anemones, purple, green, lilac, pink, yellow Here grew trees like feather parasols, trees with transparent trunks threaded with red and yellow veins, trees with foliage like metal foil, each leaf a different metal copper, silver, blue tantalum, bronze, green indium Here blooms like bubbles tugged gently upward from glazed green leaves, there a shrub bore a thousand pipe shaped blossoms, each whistling softly ...


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    Earth, mused Pandelume A dim place, ancient beyond knowledge Once it was a tall world of cloudy mountains and bright rivers, and the sun was a white blazing ball Ages of rain and wind have beaten and r...


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    This was AMAZING I fell in love with Jack Vance reading this novel and I can not for the life of me understand why I never read any Jack Vance before I blame myself and the entire world for this oversight and I intend to correct the problem immediately What an amazing combination of condensed writ...

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