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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

John Holbrook Vance (August 28, 1916 – May 26, 2013) was an American mystery, fantasy and science fiction writer. Most of his work has been published under the name Jack Vance. He also wrote 11 mystery novels as John Holbrook Vance and three as Ellery Queen, and once each used pseudonyms Alan Wade, Peter Held, John van See, and Jay Kavanse.


Selected bibliography


The Dying Earth

  • The Dying Earth (author's preferred title: Mazirian the Magician, collection of linked stories, 1950)
  • The Eyes of the Overworld (author's preferred title: Cugel the Clever, novel 1966)
  • Cugel's Saga (author's preferred title: Cugel: The Skybreak Spatterlight, novel, 1983)
The Laughing Magician (Omnibus containing The Eyes of the Overworld and Cugel's Saga, 2007)


  • Lyonesse: Suldrun's Garden (1983) (also titled Lyonesse and Suldrun's Garden)
  • Lyonesse: The Green Pearl (1985) (also titled The Green Pearl)
  • Lyonesse: Madouc (1989) (also titled Madouc)

Science fiction

The Demon Princes Series

The Cadwal Chronicles




Non-series science fiction novels

Selected novellas


Selected collections

  • Future Tense (1964)
  • The World Between and Other Stories (1965)
  • The Many Worlds of Magnus Ridolph (1966)
  • Eight Fantasms and Magics (1969)
  • The Worlds of Jack Vance (1973)
  • Lost Moons (1982)
  • The Narrow Land (1982)
  • The Augmented Agent and Other Stories (1986)
  • The Dark Side of the Moon (1986)
  • Chateau D'If and Other Stories (1990)
  • When the Five Moons Rise (1992)
  • Tales of the Dying Earth (1999)
  • The Jack Vance Treasury (2007), ISBN 1-59606-077-8
  • Wild Thyme, Green Magic (2009)
  • Hard-Luck Diggings: The Early Jack Vance (2010)

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