Author Jack Vance (b.1916, John Holbrook Vance) died on May 26. Vance debuted with the story “The World-Thinker” in Thrilling Wonder Stories in 1945. He went on to have a lengthy career, notable for his novels in the Dying Earth, Lyonesse, and Demon Princes cycles. He received the Hugo Award for his novella The Dragon Masters and for his autobiography This Is Me, Jack Vance!. His story “The Last Castle” won both the Hugo and Nebula Award. In 1992, Vance was the Guest of Honor at the Worldcon in Orlando and he was named an SFWA Grand Master in 1997. Vance has also received a Lifetime Achievement World Fantasy Award. In addition to his science fiction and fantasy, Vance published mysteries under his full name.
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