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Jack Vance YouTube Channel

Before he died, Jack Vance and his son, John, set up a webstore to sell Jack’s backlist. I was pleased to be asked to write some blurbs for the titles, some of which are favorites of mine from way back when.

More recently, John, together with Koen Vyverman, created a Jack Vance YouTube channel. Gradually, they are producing individual YT videos a minute or so long, to stimulate interest among the vast and fortunate throng who have never read Vance – I call them fortunate, because I envy them the experience of discovery.

The individual shorts feature artwork and music chosen by Koen and a blurb narrated by John. I’ve been writing quite a few of the texts – I’ve been told I have a knack for such wordsmithery, which is not surprising because I wrote PR materials of all sorts for forty years. More recently, John asked me if I would not only write but narrate the words I’d written. I said sure, and now I’ve done a dozen or so, with more to come.

The first of them promotes Mazirian the Magician, Jack’s preferred title for his seminal work originally released under the publisher’s choice of title: The Dying Earth. If you’re interested in hearing my oddly inflected mid-Atlantic accent trying to stimulate the world to read a Jack Vance classic, tune in here:

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Luff Imbry in the NYRSF

Critic and sf aficionado Mike Barrett’s excellent piece on my Luff Imbry stories in the current New York Review of Science Fiction is now available for a free read.

Meanwhile, I’m 20,000 words into the Imbry novella that will go into the omnibus edition of the three others previously published by PS Publishing.  Should finish it and turn it in this month.

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New versions of ebooks

Hardware malfunctions have kept me from updating here since late September, but now I’m back.  I have a number of things to post about but ‘ll do them one at a time over the next few days so as not to be constantly tugging on your sleeve.

My gifted book designer and webmaster, Bradley W. Schenck, has sent me new and improved versions of my self-published ebooks, Fools Errant, Fool Me Twice, Template, The Meaning of Luff, The Complete Guth Bandar, 9 Tales of Henghis Hapthorn, and Paroxysm.

If you’ve bought them on Amazon, the updated content will automatically come through.  If you haven’t bought them, now would be a good time.

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Me at WorldCon (LonCon)

I haven’t got a lot of scheduled activities at WorldCon, although I may shamelessly crash a panel or two.  I did that at Melbourne’s WorldCon and it worked out well.

Officially, I’ve got two signings on Saturday:  an all-comers event from 11 to noon at the convention autographing area;  and one for PS Publishing at their table in the dealers room from 2 to 3 pm.

I’ll be spending some time in the convention hospitality room and in the bar.  Feel free to come and say hello.

I’m also going to bring some copies of my Endeavour Award-nominated collection, The Meaning of Luff and Other Stories, to give away.  They’re intended for winning new readers, but I’d probably give one to a devoted fan.

Hope to see you there.

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Meaning of Luff shortlisted for the Endeavour

The Meaning of Luff and Other Stories, my self-published collection (seven short stories and two novellas) has been shortlisted for the Endeavour Award.  As always, the winner will be announced at Orycon in November.

The collection chronicles the operations and misadventures of Luff Imbry, corpulent art forger and master thief of Old Earth in the aeon before The Dying Earth.  The stories were originally published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction and Postscripts.  The novellas were published in limited editions by PS Publishing.

The Endeavour is awarded annually for “a distinguished science fiction or fantasy book written by a Pacific Northwest (US and Canada) author or authors and published in the previous year.”

Four other works are on the shortlist:  “King of Swords” by Dave Duncan (47North);  “Nexus” by Ramez Naam (Angry Robot); “Protector” by C.J. Cherryh (DAW Books); and “Requiem” by Ken Scholes (Tor Books).

The Meaning of Luff can be purchased as an ebook ($3.99) or a POD paperback ($12.99) from the Archonate Bookstore.

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