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Good News from Great Britain

June 23, 2010 at 3:31 pm
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The Jack Vance tribute anthology that I co-edited with Gardner Dozois, SONGS OF THE DYING EARTH, has been announced as one of the finalists on this year’s shortlist for the British Fantasy Awards. We’re in the Best Anthology category, natch.

LOCUS has a full list of nominess available at

Needless to say, Gardner and I are thrilled by the news. It’s a great honor for us, and for Jack Vance, without whose seminal work modern fantasy would look very, very different.

If you haven’t read the book yet, hey, never too late… and after you’ve read these Vance tributes, by our all-star lineup of writers, go and read some of Jack’s own books. Fantasy doesn’t get much better.

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Coming to London

October 21, 2009 at 12:16 am
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Can’t make the signings in Belfast on November 3 or Dublin on November 5?

Maybe the third time will be the charm. I’m coming to London as well.

I’ll be appearing at Forbidden Planet’s megastore on Wednesday, November 11, to sign copies of the new Harper Collins trade hardcover of SONGS OF THE DYING EARTH, the Jack Vance tribute anthology, and any of my other books as well.

Forbidden Planet
179 Shaftesbury Avenue

If you can’t make the signing, but would like to order a signed book mailorder, phone the store at 0207 420 3666 and I am sure they will be happy to oblige you. You can also order a copy over the internet. Just click here:

The signing will begin at 5:30 pm. Or 17:30 for you folks over there.

See you there!

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… Gone

August 2, 2009 at 12:44 pm
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SONGS OF THE DYING EARTH is now out of print in all editions, Subterranean Press informs me.
(The lettered and numbered versions will ship as soon as the slipcases come in)

Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Sorry if you missed your chance the snag a copy of this beautiful illustrated edition. You can still read the stories, though. The Harper Collins Voyager hardcover from the UK will be along in October, and can be preordered from Amazon UK. Tor’s edition will follow in about a year.

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Going, Going…

July 31, 2009 at 11:58 am
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Subterranean Press reports that they are down to their last seventy-five copies of SONGS OF THE DYING EARTH, the Jack Vance tribute anthology, co-edited by me and Gardner Dozois and featuring stories by Neil Gaiman, Dan Simmons, Phyllis Eisenstein, Paula Volsky, Walter Jon Williams, Glen Cook, Howard Waldrop, and many other top fantasists and Vancephiles, all gorgeously illustrated by Tom Kidd.

If you’ve been thinking about picking up this one, this may be your last chance to snag a copy before the illustrated edition goes out of print. Once that happens, you’ll need to wait for either the UK edition from HarperCollins Voyager (later this year) or the Tor edition (late 2010).

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Jack Vance Prize Pack

July 28, 2009 at 2:27 pm
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Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist is having another one of their terrific contests.

This time around the prize is not one book but three: the Jack Vance tribute collection SONGS OF THE DYING EARTH, Jack’s autobiography IT’S ME, JACK VANCE, and a new Jack Vance collection WILD THYME, GREEN MAGIC.

To get the details and enter the drawing go to

And good luck.

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The Genius of Jack Vance

July 17, 2009 at 4:12 pm
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Wonderful article in the NEW YORK TIMES about Jack Vance:

It is nice to see one of our genre’s few authentic masters finally getting some recognition from the mainstream press. I agree with most everything that’s said here: Vance is not only a great SF and fantasy writer, he’s a great writer, period, and deserves a place in the canon of American literature.

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June 15, 2009 at 4:32 pm
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A very nice starred review from LIBRARY JOURNAL for our Jack Vance tribute anthology, SONGS OF THE DYING EARTH. Check it out:

Copies of the illustrated trade hardcover of the book are still available from Subterranean Press via their website.

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Vance Tribute Available on Amazon UK

June 10, 2009 at 6:04 pm
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I should mention that the Subterranean Press editions of our Jack Vance tribute anthology, SONGS OF THE DYING EARTH, are not the only versions. Luitingh will be offering a Dutch translation of the book in the Netherlands, Tor will be doing a trade hardback and trade paperback in 2010 and a mass market paperback the following year… and Harper Collins Voyager will be publishing the title in the UK, for all Jack’s British and Australian fans.

The British version of SONGS OF THE DYING EARTH is now available for preorder from Amazon UK at

The stories, of course, will be exactly the same in all editions. Only the Subterranean Press editions will include Tom Kidd’s interior illustrations, however.

Whichever version you buy, Gardner Dozois and I hope you will enjoy the read.

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Lucius Shepard Visits Dying Earth

June 8, 2009 at 2:28 pm
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SONGS OF THE DYING EARTH, the big Jack Vance tribute anthology I edited with Gardner Dozois, is at the printers now, but you can get a free sample of the treats awaiting you therein, courtesy of Bill Schafer and the other good folks at Subterranean Press.

“Sylgarmo’s Proclamation,” Lucius Shepard’s original novellette of the Dying Earth, is now available at Subterranean Online at

So take a look… and if you like what you see, copies of the illustrated trade hardcover are still available from Subterranean. But don’t wait too long. The lettered and numbered editions are already sold out, and Tor’s hardcover won’t be published until 2010.

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Vance Book Goes to Press

May 19, 2009 at 11:48 am
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Subterranean Press has just announced that they’ve sent our Jack Vance tribute anthology, SONGS OF THE DYING EARTH, (which I co-edited with Gardner Dozois) to the printers:

This is the illustrated edition, with gorgeous interior artwork by Tom Kidd. The lettered and numbered states are sold out, but copies of the trade remain available at the SubPress website.

It’s going to be a real Jack Vance extravaganza over at Subterranean, since they are also rolling to press with his autobiography, IT’S ME, JACK VANCE, and the collection WILD THYME, GREEN MAGIC.

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