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Tales of the Dying Earth: Including 'the Dying Earth, ' 'the Eyes of the Overworld, ' 'cugel's Saga, ' and 'rhialto the Marvellous' (Paperback)

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Speaking of the dying Earth… In the 1950’s, Jack Vance wrote a series of stories set in a very, very far future, when the dying sun’s last rays illuminate a doomed but still very much populated world. Technology has once again entered the realm of magic, and charlatan wizards horde whatever relics of power they can get their hands on. Survival is about cut-throat resourcefulness, callous opportunism, and pure luck. Yet somehow, in such a desolate setting, Vance has managed to create a story that affords an almost fairy-tale like pleasure. Cugel, the hero of The Eyes of the Overwold (Book 2) and the eponymous Cugel’s Saga(Book 3) is a scoundrel and a rogue, and you can’t help but root for him.

— From Chris


Jack Vance is one of the most remarkable talents to ever grace the world of science fiction. His unique, stylish voice has been beloved by generations of readers. One of his enduring classics is his 1964 novel, The Dying Earth, and its sequels--a fascinating, baroque tale set on a far-future Earth, under a giant red sun that is soon to go out forever.

This omnibus volume comprised all four books in the series, The Dying Earth, The Eyes of the Overworld, Cugel's Saga and Rialto the Magnificent. It is a must-read for every sf fan.

About the Author

Jack Vance is one of the greats of science fiction. He has been writing for more than 60 years, and in 1997 was honored as a Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America. He is the author of dozens of science fiction and fantasy novels, including the World Fantasy Award winning Lyonnesse series, and the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning The Last Castle. He lives in Oakland, California.

Praise For…

"Vance is the greatest living SF writer. His work continues to exhibit imagination, originality, and style, three things sadly lacking in 95% of the SF being published nowadays."—George R. R. Martin "You can't possibly pass up any book by Jack Vance . . . He has perfected the trick of creating new worlds so deceptively real that after a while your own home seems imaginary."—Jerry Pournelle "There is a flavor to [Vance's] work that you can't find elsewhere, an underlying current of good humor and quick-wittedness that makes you reluctant to turn that last page and return to a far less interesting reality."—Science Fiction Chronicle "Vance has virtually no peer when it comes to creating sophisticated yet decadent worlds."—Starlog "Vance demonstrates his talent for creating exotic and sometimes bizarre cultures that offer ironic commentary on the excesses and foibles of human society. The author's arch prose and dry humor have won him an avid following."—Library Journal "The works of Jack Vance have boasted an ardent following for the past four decades, and his newest should be cause for rejoicing among the faithful. The remarkable high consistency of Vance's poetic writing, coupled with his extraordinary visions of exotic planets, is one of the treasures of speculative fiction."—Washington Post Book World

Product Details
ISBN: 9780312874568
ISBN-10: 0312874561
Publisher: Orb Books
Publication Date: December 1st, 2000
Pages: 752
Language: English
Series: Dying Earth