The Dying Earth

The Dying Earth is a collection of fantasy short fiction by American writer Jack Vance, published by Hillman in 1950. Vance returned to the setting in 1965 and thereafter, making it the first book in the Dying Earth series. It is retitled Mazirian the Magician in its Vance Integral Edition (2005), after the second of six collected stories.
The Internet Speculative Fiction Database calls it a “slightly connected series of stories” but it was ranked number 16 of 33 “All Time Best Fantasy Novels” by Locus in 1987, based on a poll of subscribers. Similarly, it was one of five finalists for the Best Novel “Retro Hugo” in 2001 when the World Science Fiction Society provided 50th anniversary recognition for a publication year without Hugo Awards.


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by Jack Vance