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Songs of the Dying Earth by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois
Cover Artist: Felix Ziem
Review by Drew Bittner
Tor Books Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765320865
Date: 07 December 2010 List Price $27.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

Jack Vance is justly recognized as a master of fantasy and a powerful influence on storytellers over the past several decades. Arguably, the Dying Earth stories are his masterwork. Set in a time when Earth's sun is going black and life is on the verge of extinction, when magic and science are both exhausted forces and decadence is all that's left, Vance's work carries a morbid wit and brilliant storytelling.

From official release/information:

Product Description: To honor the magnificent career of Jack Vance, one unparalleled in achievement and impact,George R.R. Martinand Gardner Dozois, with the full cooperation of Vance, his family, and his agents, have created a Jack Vance tribute anthology: Songs of the Dying Earth.The best of today's fantasy writers to return to the unique and evocative milieu of The Dying Earth, from which they and so many others have drawn so much inspiration, to create their own brand-new adventures in the world of Jack Vance's greatest novel.

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 ever, Jack has agreed to open this bizarre and darkly beautiful world to other fantasists, to play in as their very own. To say that other fantasy writers are excited by this prospect is a gross understatement; one has told us that he'd crawl through broken glass for the chance to write for the anthology, another that he'd gladly give up his right arm for the privilege. That's the kind of regard in which Jack Vance and The Dying Earth are held by generations of his peers.

This book contains original stories from George R.R. Martin, Neil Gaiman, Dan Simmons, Elizabeth Moon, Tanith Lee, Tad Williams,  Kage Baker, and Robert Silverberg, along with fifteen others--as well as an introduction by Dean Koontz.

(Source: Tor Books)

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