In memoriam Jack Vance: 1916 — 2013

By Anders Monsen

Jack Vance, science fiction grandmaster, died on Sunday, May 26, 2013. Born on August 28 1916, John Holbrook Vance wrote over 50 novels and many more short stories, most published under the name Jack Vance. His works ranged from science fiction and fantasy to mystery and regional fiction. Vance’s first published story was “The World Thinker” in 1945 for Thrilling Wonder Stories, and his first published book The Dying Earth, by Hillman Press in 1950. His last novel, Lurulu, appeared in 2004, and an autobiography in 2009.

Though he was approaching 100, and I always expected to read something about his death, I felt a deep shock when I finally received the news. I have read all his books, many of them multiple times. They are like old friends. I have nominated and voted for many of his works for the Prometheus Hall of Fame. Now he is dead. Will it matter if he ever wins? Would he have cared to have won while still alive? I do not know. Reflecting on his books is like reflecting on the lives of long-time friends.

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Fiction workshop opportunity

Calliope Authors Workshop, sponsored by Taliesin Nexus, is taking applications for their fiction workshop.

If you’re working on a manuscript (or any body of work) that could use some editorial feedback, apply to the Calliope Authors Workshop. The deadline is May 31st. The workshop will last over a weekend in mid September 2017.

It’s a great opportunity to get advice from authors, agents, and editors. Plus it’s a free trip to Los Angeles.

Applicants must submit:

– A completed application
– A creative work:
Novel Track (at least 50 pages or a completed novel);
Graphic Novel Track (at least 20 pages or a completed novel);
Narrative Non-fiction Track (at least 50 pages or a completed manuscript);
Short Story Track (a completed short story of 8 to 25 pages);
– A two page detailed treatment of the work, including character descriptions and arcs, plot outline, and setting notes

Taliesin Nexus is a network of film and television producers, screenwriters, and directors who share a passion for a free society. Their website lists various programs and opportunities for writers and film makers.