By George R. R. Martin

At the present time, that allows you to honor the very good occupation of Jack Vance, one extraordinary in fulfillment and impression, GEORGE R.R. MARTIN and GARDNER DOZOIS, with the entire cooperation of Jack Vance, his kin, and his brokers, recommend a Jack Vance tribute anthology referred to as Songs of the demise Earth, to inspire the easiest of modern fable writers to come to the original and evocative milieu of The death Earth, from which they and such a lot of others have drawn rather a lot proposal, to create their very own brand-new adventures on this planet of Jack Vance s maximum novel.

Half a century in the past, Jack Vance created the realm of the demise Earth, and fable hasn't ever been an identical. Now, for the 1st time ever, Jack has agreed to open this strange and darkly appealing international to different fantasists, to play in as their own. to claim that different fable writers are excited about this prospect is a gross understatement; one has instructed us that he'd move slowly via damaged glass for the opportunity to put in writing for the anthology, one other that he'd gladly surrender his correct arm for the privilege that is the type of regard within which Jack Vance and The demise Earth are held through generations of his friends.

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