Jack Vance reported dead

Jack Vance reported dead

While I think of Jack Vance primarily as a science fiction author (with multiple Hugo awards), Vance was also a mystery writer, winning an Edgar and publishing three books as Ellery Queen.

While not Vance’s best-known work (that would arguably be The Last Castle, a novella which won both a Hugo and a Nebula, I think The Languages of Pao is a great example of the kind of “what if” science fiction which isn’t dependent on gadgetry. In it, one society tries to affect another by introducing languages. It’s only fair to say that my kid is a linguist, but this book attracted me well before that.

Amazon’s Jack Vance page

lists 59 Kindle editions, and that spans a wide variety of stories. You can find popular series (including The Dying Earth), and stand-alones.

You don’t have to be a geek like me to enjoy Jack Vance. If you have any recommendations for my readers, feel free to comment on this post.

Thank you, Jack Vance, for all you have given us.

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.

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