Jack Vance, sorted by year written
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Contains the following stories:
- Turjan of Miir
- Mazirian the Magician
- Liane the Wayfarer
- Ulan Dhor
- Guyal of Sfere
According to Foreverness, the original title of the collection (The Dying Earth) was strongly disapproved by Vance. Later published under the title Mazirian the Magician. Vance also preferred a different order (starting with the similarly titled “Mazirian the Magician”) for the stories from the one originally used.
Vance wrote the stories while serving in de Pacific as a merchant seaman, during the Second World War. Foreverness writes:
Thought to be influenced by various writers; influences actually mentioned by author include: Edgar Rice Burroughs, Jeffery Farnol, P. G. Wodehouse and L. Frank Baum; from The Emerald City of Oz: The Phanfasms were Erbs, and so dreaded by mortals and immortals alike that no one had been near their mountain home for several thousand years. Other interesting Oz echoes occur. [ref]
Jackvance.com asserts that the stories have...
...inspired generations of fantasy writers- from Gene Wolfe and Michael Moorcock, to Neil Gaiman and George R.R. Martin- and has deeply influenced today’s realms of graphic novels, comics, and fantasy role-playing games (in particular, Dungeons & Dragons). [ref]
See also the Wikipedia article.
Republished as Mazirian the Magician, Spatterlight, 2012
This collection contains outlines, and other unpublished work.
A list form the jackvance.com website:
- Cat Island (1946, fragment)
- The Stark (1954, outline for series)
- The Telephone was Ringing in the Dark (1962, outline for novel)
- The Kragen (1963, novella; first version of The Blue World)
- The Genesee Slough Murders (1966, outline for Joe Bain novel)
- Guyal of Sfere (1969 , revision of same title, 1944),
- Wild Thyme and Violets (1976, outline for novel)
- The Magnificent Red-Hot Jazzing Seven (1976, movie treatment)
- Clang (1984, movie treatment)
- Dream Castle (1962 revision of I’ll Build Your Dream Castle, 1946).