A Personal Look at Jack Vance’s Dying Earth: The Eyes of the Overworld
Jul06

A Personal Look at Jack Vance’s Dying Earth: The Eyes of the Overworld

A Personal Look at Jack Vance’s Dying Earth: The Eyes of the Overworld by Fletcher Vredenburgh I’m uncertain as to when I first read Jack Vance’s The Eyes of the Overworld (1966). It was sometime during high school I’m sure, but an unapprehended brush with the story came several years earlier. The first roleplaying book I ever bought was the Gods, Demi-Gods & Heroes supplement for D&D. Under the section titled “The New...

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ePub Format Comes to Tales From The Magician’s Skull
Jul05

ePub Format Comes to Tales From The Magician’s Skull

The Skull has spoken! And he has told us, his lowly minions, that we have not been comprehensive enough for his boney preferences. So, to that end, we have now expanded our production to also cover the electronic book format known as ePub! That’s right! Beginning with Tales From the Magician’s Skull #6, each issue will also be available in ePub format. This format—like the PDF version we’ve been publishing for a...

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Where to Start With Jack Vance
Jul02

Where to Start With Jack Vance

Where to Start With Jack Vance by Bill Ward John Holbrook “Jack” Vance (1916-2013) was an extraordinarily prolific and award-winning author across multiple genres, but it is for his work in the science fiction field that he is most celebrated. ‘Science Fiction’ as a genre and marketing category is an extremely big tent—including everything from nuts-and-bolts stories describing the physics of orbital bodies to...

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Howard and James’ Ten Vance Favorites
Jun29

Howard and James’ Ten Vance Favorites

Howard and James’ Ten Vance Favorites Recently the Skull issued a decree to various minions, bonded thralls, pseudo-sandestins, and temps from the secretarial pool to provide for his edification a list of their favorite works from the great and powerful wordsinger Jack Vance. Much of these replies were inferior, riddled with wrong opinions and bad taste, and those responsible were punished with hideous thoroughness for...

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The Dying Earth: A Case for Sword-and-Sorcery
Jun25

The Dying Earth: A Case for Sword-and-Sorcery

The Dying Earth: A Case for Sword-and-Sorcery by Brian Murphy Travel into the future: to an earth with a dwindling red sun that meekly fills a dark blue sky; an earth that is on the brink of dying out; an earth where science and magic mean the same thing. ~ back cover blurb, Tales of the Dying Earth, Tor Books In 1950 sword-and-sorcery was at a particularly low ebb, barely registering a pulse. Weird Tales was on its last legs, and had...

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Classic Covers: Jack Vance
Jun22

Classic Covers: Jack Vance

One of the benefits of being an extraordinarily productive and highly-reprinted genre writer during the mass market paperback publishing boom of the mid-twentieth century is you get a terrific amount of amazing visual art forever associated with your name. Jack Vance, author of over 60 books (whenever you see ‘over’ a certain number, that’s a pretty big clue that the author in question is so prolific that it’s...

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