Jack Vance

Literary Birthday – 28 August – Jack Vance

Jack Vance was born 28 August 1916 and died 26 May 2013.


  1. The less a writer discusses his work and himself the better. The master chef slaughters no chickens in the dining room; the doctor writes prescriptions in Latin; the magician hides his hinges, mirrors, and trapdoors with the utmost care.
  2. A barbarian is not aware that he is a barbarian.
  3. What is an evil man? The man is evil who coerces obedience to his private ends, destroys beauty, produces pain, extinguishes life.
  4. Good music always defeats bad luck.
  5. Freedom, privileges, options, must constantly be exercised, even at the risk of inconvenience.
  6. I just wrote what I felt like writing since they seemed to sell.
  7. It is good to have an end to journey towards; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.

Jack Vance was an award-winning American mystery, fantasy, and science fiction writer. He also wrote mystery novels using his full name John Holbrook Vance, and under the pseudonyms Ellery Queen, Alan Wade, Peter Held, John van See, and Jay Kavanse. He won the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement in 1984. He wrote The Dragon MastersThe Last Castle, and a memoir This is Me, Jack Vance!

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 by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 28th August 2018