Tales of the Dying Earth

Tales of the Dying Earth

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by Jack Vance
     
 

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.

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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.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“Vance is the greatest living SF writer. His work continues to exhibit imagination, originality, and style, three things sadly lacking in 95% of the SF being published nowadays.” —George R. R. Martin

“You can't possibly pass up any book by Jack Vance . . . He has perfected the trick of creating new worlds so deceptively real that after a while your own home seems imaginary.” —Jerry Pournelle

“There is a flavor to [Vance's] work that you can't find elsewhere, an underlying current of good humor and quick-wittedness that makes you reluctant to turn that last page and return to a far less interesting reality.” —Science Fiction Chronicle

“Vance has virtually no peer when it comes to creating sophisticated yet decadent worlds.” —Starlog

“Vance demonstrates his talent for creating exotic and sometimes bizarre cultures that offer ironic commentary on the excesses and foibles of human society. The author's arch prose and dry humor have won him an avid following.” —Library Journal

“The works of Jack Vance have boasted an ardent following for the past four decades, and his newest should be cause for rejoicing among the faithful. The remarkable high consistency of Vance's poetic writing, coupled with his extraordinary visions of exotic planets, is one of the treasures of speculative fiction.” —Washington Post Book World

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312874568
Publisher:
Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date:
12/28/2000
Series:
Dying Earth Series, #1
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
752
Sales rank:
232,868
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.32(h) x 1.44(d)

Meet the Author

Jack Vance is one of the greats of science fiction. He has been writing for more than 60 years, and in 1997 was honored as a Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America. He is the author of dozens of science fiction and fantasy novels, including the World Fantasy Award winning Lyonnesse series, and the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning The Last Castle. He lives in Oakland, California.

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Tales of the Dying Earth 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jack Vance is simply the best writer of fantasy and space opera alive today. All of his books are gems, especially 'The Eyes of the Overworld,' and his language is utterly intoxicating. No one else even comes close to the scope of his imagination and language.
BobbyMcV More than 1 year ago
This book is like a series of short stories, all related in the fact that they take place in an extreme far future when the Earth's sun has turned red, mankind is waiting for the end to come, and magic and sorcery has become common place. It seems the Earth has spawned quite a few different races and demonkind during the ages, and our multiple main characters interact with many of these, usually to their deserved or undeserved demise. The main characters of the multiple stories are not always virtuous, and some are more likable than others. In one short story time travel is even magically induced and leaves one wondering if the end is so near, why not move into the past a few eons? All in all the stories are entertaining and imaginative with the use of many big words you may need to break out the dictionary for...
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hasenbusch More than 1 year ago
I learned about Jack Vance via REH Forum. Mr. Vance was highly recommended with praise and adulation! I was pleasantly surprised as I didn't know his writing would be this good! I couldn't put the book down until I finished the first story as it was that good. Highly recommended this book to all. It's better than Harry Potter!
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Guest More than 1 year ago

to humourless fantasy;

to plot at the expense of characterisation;

to novels weighed down with leaden prose;

to novels with One Big Idea and no other inspiration;

to self-conscious attempts at writing 'alien' manners.

Vance is one of the great witty stylists of the 20th Century - genre-independent. You cannot count yourself well-read if you haven't read him.

Guest More than 1 year ago
I was just about to pay $10 for the first volume alone from used collectors sources. This is a great book, of the rare genre of science fiction so far into the future that the sun is a red giant in the sky. It's very profound and also enjoyable to read. Also, if you play D&D, the magick system for characters is derived from this author's stories.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Vance is perhaps the last of the Golden Age fantasy writers. His intelligence, style, and wit all make him a classic, and the Dying Earth stories are the best work he's done (together with the first two Lyonesse books).