Songs of the Dying Earth

George R. R. Martin, Gardner Dozois
fantasy, anthology
Songs of the Dying Earth - George R. R. Martin, Gardner Dozois

Songs of the Dying Earth: Stories in Honor of Jack Vance. Edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois. Illustrated by Tom Kidd.

World Fantasy Award nominee 2010, British Fantasy Award nominee 2010.

Jack Vance was a seminal figure in the development of modern fantasy, so much so that it’s nearly impossible to imagine the genre as we know it today existing without him. In the course of his more than fifty-year career, he has published dozens of major novels, as well as collections filled with marvelously crafted stories, winning the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award, the Edgar Award, the Grand Master Award from the Science Fiction Writers of America, and several World Fantasy Awards, including the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award.

Vance’s masterpiece, The Dying Earth, may be the most influential fantasy novel of the Twentieth Century, surpassed only by J. R. R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy; it has not only inspired several generations of fantasy writers, from Gene Wolfe and Michael Moorcock to Neil Gaiman and George R. R. Martin, but its influence has reached deep into the realms of graphic novels, comics, fantasy role-playing games such as Dungeons & Dragons, and even computer gaming.

In Songs of the Dying Earth, we have called on one of the most distinguished casts of authors ever assembled — including Dan Simmons, Neil Gaiman, George R. R. Martin, Paula Volsky, Mike Resnick, Robert Silverberg, Lucius Shepard, Tad Williams, Tanith Lee, Liz Williams, Glen Cook, and eleven other famous writers — to write stories in honor of the genius of Jack Vance, stories using the bizarre and darkly beautiful far future setting of the Dying Earth, near the very end of Earth’s lifespan, where mighty wizards duel with spells of dreadful potency under a waning and almost burnt-out red sun, and adventurers and cutpurses strive to hoodwink and out-trick each other in haunted forests full of demons and monsters strange almost beyond comprehension.

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Release date: July 19, 2009
Genres: fantasy, anthology
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Dying Earth :: Series

The stories of the Dying Earth series are set in the distant future, at a point when the sun is almost exhausted and magic has reasserted itself as a dominant force. The various civilizations of Earth have collapsed for the most part into decadence. The Earth is mostly barren and cold, and has become infested with various predatory monsters (possibly created by a magician in a former age).

The Moon has disappeared and the Sun is in danger of burning out at any time. A certain fatalism characterizes many of the inhabitants as a consequence.

The series shows the influence of the picaresque tale, applied to a science fiction/fantasy setting.

A Quest for Simbilis
The Seventeen Virgins
The Bagful of Dreams
Tales of the Dying Earth9.50
The Laughing Magician: The Adventures of Cugel
Songs of the Dying Earth
The Guiding Nose of Ulfänt Banderoz
The Dying Earth7.66
The Eyes of the Overworld (Dying Earth #2)7.20
Cugel's Saga (Dying Earth #3)
Rhialto the Marvellous (Dying Earth #4)