Tales Of The Dying Earth: The influential science fantasy masterpiece that inspired a generation of writers (FANTASY MASTERWORKS)

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Tales Of The Dying Earth: The influential science fantasy masterpiece that inspired a generation of writers (FANTASY MASTERWORKS)

Tales Of The Dying Earth: The influential science fantasy masterpiece that inspired a generation of writers (FANTASY MASTERWORKS)

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The Eyes of the Overworld (the author's preferred title is Cugel the Clever) was a fix-up of six stories, presented as seven. This Renaissance reference must have unearthed old memories, for soon I was transported back to grad school at Ohio State, some forty years ago. Ulan Dhor is a young sorcerer apprentice (notice the presence of magic in every story) who is sent to recover the greatest magic spell from a distant island. But it was Clark Ashton Smith and his Zothique setting that really defined the genre as it’s commonly understood.

I initially blew past these, but after reading Shadow of the Torturer, I realized I needed the framing she provided.

I've known for quite a while that George RR Martin thinks highly of Jack Vance and The Dying Earth and last year I had the opportunity to read his anthology, Songs of the Dying Earth, where a number of authors wrote short stories set in The Dying Earth. The theme of both The House on Lily Street and Bad Ronald is solipsistic megalomania, taken up again in the "Demon Princes" cycle of science fiction novels. Yet there still remains an original voice and vision here which has been very influential--though not always fruitfully.

I'm not saying this is a bad collection of short stories all placed in a similar setting and the same time, because it isn't bad at all. But the denizens of this fantastic world remain mischievous and frivolous and there is no greater fun for them then some magic frolics. Like the others, the setting is the far future with the sun nearing the end of its life and the world growing colder.The Dying Earth collects all of these stories, tragic, comic and charming--they take us to one of the strangest places and attractively affected styles in all fantasy. The "Joe Bain" stories (The Fox Valley Murders, The Pleasant Grove Murders, and an unfinished outline published by the VIE) are set in an imaginary northern California county; these are the nearest to the classical mystery form, with a rural policeman as protagonist. Although considering time machines and some of the technology in Clarke’s stories science rather than magic is a matter of interpretation. Vance wrote many science fiction short stories in the late 1940s and through the 1950s, which were published in magazines.



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