“Thank You, Mr. Vance,” by Dean Koontz. © 2009 by Dean Koontz. “Preface,” by Jack Vance. © 2009 by Jack Vance. “The True Vintage of Erzuine Thale,” by Robert Silverberg. © 2009 by Agberg, Ltd. “Grolion of Almery,” by Matthew Hughes. © 2009 by Matt Hughes Company Ltd. “The Copsy Door,” by Terry Dowling. © 2009 by Terry Dowling. “Caulk the Witch-Chaser,” by Liz Williams. © 2009 by Liz Williams. “Inescapable,” by Mike Resnick. © 2009 by Mike Resnick. “Abrizonde,” by Walter Jon Williams. © 2009 by Walter Jon Williams. “The Traditions of Karzh,” by Paula Volsky. © 2009 by Paula Volsky. “The Final Quest of the Wizard Sarnod,” by Jeff VanderMeer. © 2009 by Jeff VanderMeer. “The Green Bird,” by Kage Baker. © 2009 by Kage Baker. “The Last Golden Thread,” by Phyllis Eisenstein. © 2009 by Phyllis Eisenstein. “An Incident in Uskvesh,” by Elizabeth Moon. © 2009 by Elizabeth Moon. “Sylgarmo’s Proclamation,” by Lucius Shepard. © 2009 by Lucius Shepard. “The Lamentably Comical Tragedy (or the Laughably Tragic Comedy) of Lival Laqavee,” by Tad Williams. © 2009 by Tad Williams. “Guyal the Curator,” by John C. Wright. © 2009 by John C. Wright. “The Good Magician,” by Glen Cook. © 2009 by Glen Cook. “The Return of the Fire Witch,” by Elizabeth Hand. © 2009 by Elizabeth Hand. “The Collegeum of Mauge,” by Byron Tetrick. © 2009 by Byron Tetrick. “Evillo the Uncunning,” by Tanith Lee. © 2009 by Tanith Lee. “The Guiding Nose of Ulfänt Banderôz,” by Dan Simmons. © 2009 by Dan Simmons. “Frogskin Cap,” by Howard Waldrop. © 2009 by Howard Waldrop. “A Night at the Tarn House,” by George R. R. Martin. © 2009 by George R. R. Martin. “An Invocation of Incuriosity,” by Neil Gaiman. © 2009 by Neil Gaiman.
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Amazon Best Books of the Month, December 2010: Sixty years ago, in The Dying Earth, Jack Vance introduced his own version of the distant future, where the sun has become a red giant, powerful wizards fight over the scraps of ruined civilizations, and a handful of colorful and eccentric characters insist on having a few adventures before oblivion descends. In Songs of the Dying Earth, 22 sci-fi and fantasy writers, from newcomers like Liz Williams and Byron Tetrick to established names like Neil Gaiman and George R.R. Martin, each offer their own snippets of Vance's Dying Earth. In one story, an apprentice architect stumbles into a duel between two powerful mages, for example, while in another a poet-philosopher tries (and fails) to forget the coming apocalypse in a drunken haze. Some stories capture Vance's style and inventiveness, while others recreate his perfect combination of black humor and creeping dread. Songs of the Dying Earth is both a respectful homage to a sci-fi master and a whirlwind tour of a world that readers will want to revisit. --Darryl CampbellAbout the Author:
George R.R. Martin is the author of the acclaimed, internationally bestselling fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire, adapted into the hit HBO series Game of Thrones. He is also the editor and contributor to the Wild Cards series, including the novels Suicide Kings and Fort Freak, among other bestsellers. He has won multiple science fiction and fantasy awards, including four Hugos, two Nebulas, six Locus Awards, the Bram Stoker, the World Fantasy Award, the Daedelus, the Balrog, and the Daikon (the Japanese Hugo). Martin has been writing ever since he was a child, when he sold monster stories to neighborhood children for pennies, and then in high school he wrote fiction for comic fanzines. His first professional sale was to Galaxy magazine, when he was 21. He has been a full-time writer since 1979. Martin has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism from Northwestern University. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Gardner Dozois, one of the most acclaimed editors in science fiction, has won the Hugo Award for Best Editor fifteen times. He was the editor of Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine for twenty years. He is the editor of the Year’s Best Science Fiction anthologies and co-editor of the Warrior anthologies and many others. As a writer, he twice won the Nebula Award for best short story. He lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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