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Songs of the Dying Earth

by George R. R. Martin (Editor), Gardner Dozois (Editor)

Other authors: Kage Baker (Contributor), Glen Cook (Contributor), Terry Dowling (Contributor), Phyllis Eisenstein (Contributor), Neil Gaiman (Contributor)19 more, Elizabeth Hand (Contributor), Matthew Hughes (Contributor), Dean Koontz (Introduction), Tanith Lee (Contributor), George R. R. Martin (Contributor), Elizabeth Moon (Contributor), Mike Resnick (Contributor), Lucius Shepard (Contributor), Robert Silverberg (Contributor), Dan Simmons (Contributor), Byron Tetrick (Contributor), Jack Vance (Preface), Jeff VanderMeer (Contributor), Paula Volsky (Contributor), Howard Waldrop (Contributor), Liz Williams (Contributor), Tad Williams (Contributor), Walter John Williams (Contributor), John C. Wright (Contributor)

Other authors: See the other authors section.

Series: The Dying Earth (6)

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Contains: "Thank You, Mr. Vance" by Dean Koontz. (c) 2009 by Dean Koontz."Preface" by Jack Vance. (c) 2009 by Jack Vance."The True Vintage of Erzuine Thale" by Robert Silverberg. (c) 2009 by Agberg, Ltd."Grolion of Almery" by Matthew Hughes. (c) 2009 by Matt Hughes Company Ltd."The Copsy Door" by Terry Dowling. (c) 2009 by Terry Dowling."Caulk the Witch-Chaser" by Liz Williams. (c) 2009 by Liz Williams."Inescapable" by Mike Resnick. (c) 2009 by Mike Resnick."Abrizonde" by Walter Jon Williams. (c) 2009 by Walter Jon Williams."The Traditions of Karzh" by Paula Volsky. (c) 2009 by Paula Volsky."The Final Quest of the Wizard Sarnod" by Jeff VanderMeer. (c) 2009 by Jeff VanderMeer."The Green Bird" by Kage Baker. (c) 2009 by Kage Baker."The Last Golden Thread" by Phyllis Eisenstein. (c) 2009 by Phyllis Eisenstein."An Incident in Uskvesh" by Elizabeth Moon. (c) 2009 by Elizabeth Moon."Sylgarmo's Proclamation" by Lucius Shepard. (c) 2009 by Lucius Shepard."The Lamentably Comical Tragedy (or the Laughably Tragic Comedy) of Lival Laqavee" by Tad Williams. (c) 2009 by Tad Williams."Guyal the Curator" by John C. Wright. (c) 2009 by John C. Wright."The Good Magician" by Glen Cook. (c) 2009 by Glen Cook."The Return of the Fire Witch" by Elizabeth Hand. (c) 2009 by Elizabeth Hand."The Collegeum of Mauge" by Byron Tetrick. (c) 2009 by Byron Tetrick."Evillo the Uncunning" by Tanith Lee. (c) 2009 by Tanith Lee."The Guiding Nose of Ulfant Banderoz" by Dan Simmons. (c) 2009 by Dan Simmons."Frogskin Cap" by Howard Waldrop. (c) 2009 by Howard Waldrop."A Night at the Tarn House" by George R. R. Martin. (c) 2009 by George R. R. Martin."An Invocation of Incuriosity" by Neil Gaiman. (c) 2009 by Neil Gaiman.… (more)
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Fun, but after a while it started to pale. Too similar, not inventive enough. So okay, but not great ( )
  smbass | Jan 30, 2022 |
Didn't read all of these. ( )
  Baku-X | Jan 10, 2017 |
http://nwhyte.livejournal.com/2749746.html

This is a collection of short stories set in the world of Jack Vance's Dying Earth, which I read and enjoyed back in 2004. The lineup of contributors was indeed amazing: Dan Simmons, Robert Silverberg, Elizabeth Moon, Elizabeth Bear, Neil Gaiman. (One sad reflection is that several of them - Kage Baker, Lucius Shepard, Tanith Lee - are no longer with us.) The quality of the stories, as Ian Whates reflected at the time, is a bit variable. This is pastiche rather than originality, and Vance's style in the Dying Earth stories is easy to pastiche. But they are almost all enjoyable enough (as it happens, I didn't particularly care for the John C. Wright one). Several others grabbed me, though: "The Copsy Door", by Terry Dowling, quoted above; "The Green Bird", by Kage Baker; "The Traditions of Karzh", by Paula Volsky; "Evillo the Uncunning", by Tanith Lee.

Basically, if you liked the original Vance stories, most of these will appeal. But if you don't know them, I think it would be a bit confusing. ( )
  nwhyte | Dec 11, 2016 |
Some excellent stories; some very good; All enjoyable!

Silly me ... I've never read ANY of Jack Vance's books, which seems backwards, but that's how I pick books from the library ... hunches, and serendipity.

Really enjoyed getting such a varied introduction to Vance's Dying Earth "universe" ... and yes, I will probably look up some of the original stories.

I'm holding on to the library book for a bit - so as to add more details in either this review, or to the book info here on Shelfari ( )
  GeetuM | Jun 3, 2016 |
This is a collection of short stories written in honor of Jack Vance, taking place on the Dying Earth. The contributors, most well known in the field of fantasy and science fiction, take up the flavor of his tales and either revisit some of his characters or introduce us to new ones in the same vein. In these stories nothing and no one is fully as he seems and fate has a way of turning sly triumph into unexpected defeat. Most of the stories fit in well with the original world in terms of characters and atmosphere. ( )
  sushicat | Jan 14, 2016 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Martin, George R. R.Editorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dozois, GardnerEditormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Baker, KageContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cook, GlenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dowling, TerryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Eisenstein, PhyllisContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gaiman, NeilContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hand, ElizabethContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hughes, MatthewContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Koontz, DeanIntroductionsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lee, TanithContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Martin, George R. R.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Moon, ElizabethContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Resnick, MikeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Shepard, LuciusContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Silverberg, RobertContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Simmons, DanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Tetrick, ByronContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Vance, JackPrefacesecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
VanderMeer, JeffContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Volsky, PaulaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Waldrop, HowardContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Williams, LizContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Williams, TadContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Williams, Walter JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wright, John C.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kidd, TomCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ziem, FélixCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Contains: "Thank You, Mr. Vance" by Dean Koontz. (c) 2009 by Dean Koontz."Preface" by Jack Vance. (c) 2009 by Jack Vance."The True Vintage of Erzuine Thale" by Robert Silverberg. (c) 2009 by Agberg, Ltd."Grolion of Almery" by Matthew Hughes. (c) 2009 by Matt Hughes Company Ltd."The Copsy Door" by Terry Dowling. (c) 2009 by Terry Dowling."Caulk the Witch-Chaser" by Liz Williams. (c) 2009 by Liz Williams."Inescapable" by Mike Resnick. (c) 2009 by Mike Resnick."Abrizonde" by Walter Jon Williams. (c) 2009 by Walter Jon Williams."The Traditions of Karzh" by Paula Volsky. (c) 2009 by Paula Volsky."The Final Quest of the Wizard Sarnod" by Jeff VanderMeer. (c) 2009 by Jeff VanderMeer."The Green Bird" by Kage Baker. (c) 2009 by Kage Baker."The Last Golden Thread" by Phyllis Eisenstein. (c) 2009 by Phyllis Eisenstein."An Incident in Uskvesh" by Elizabeth Moon. (c) 2009 by Elizabeth Moon."Sylgarmo's Proclamation" by Lucius Shepard. (c) 2009 by Lucius Shepard."The Lamentably Comical Tragedy (or the Laughably Tragic Comedy) of Lival Laqavee" by Tad Williams. (c) 2009 by Tad Williams."Guyal the Curator" by John C. Wright. (c) 2009 by John C. Wright."The Good Magician" by Glen Cook. (c) 2009 by Glen Cook."The Return of the Fire Witch" by Elizabeth Hand. (c) 2009 by Elizabeth Hand."The Collegeum of Mauge" by Byron Tetrick. (c) 2009 by Byron Tetrick."Evillo the Uncunning" by Tanith Lee. (c) 2009 by Tanith Lee."The Guiding Nose of Ulfant Banderoz" by Dan Simmons. (c) 2009 by Dan Simmons."Frogskin Cap" by Howard Waldrop. (c) 2009 by Howard Waldrop."A Night at the Tarn House" by George R. R. Martin. (c) 2009 by George R. R. Martin."An Invocation of Incuriosity" by Neil Gaiman. (c) 2009 by Neil Gaiman.

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Return to the unique and evocative world of The Dying Earth in this tribute anthology featuring the most distinguished fantasists of our day. A dim place, ancient beyond knowledge. The sun is feeble and red. A million cities have fallen to dust. Here live a few thousand souls, dying, as the Earth dies beneath them. Just a few short decades remain to the long history of our world. At the last, science and magic are one, and there is evil on Earth, distilled by time ! Earth is dying. Half a century ago, Jack Vance created the world of the Dying Earth, and fantasy has never been the same. Now, for the first time, Jack has agreed to open this intriguing and darkly beautiful world to other fantasists, to play in as their very own. The list of twenty-two contributors eager to honour Jack Vance by writing for this anthology includes Neil Gaiman, Tad Williams, Elizabeth Hand, Tanith Lee, Dan Simmons, Robert Silverberg, and George R.R. Martin himself.
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