Jack Vance Quotes (115 quotes)
“The less a writer discusses his work—and himself—the better. The master chef slaughters no chickens in the dining room; the doctor writes prescriptions in Latin; the magician hides his hinges, mirrors, and trapdoors with the utmost care.”
Afterword to The Bagful of Dreams in The Jack Vance Treasury (2007). First appeared in Epoch (1775), ed. Robert Silverberg and Roger Elwood.
Chapter 5 (p. 57) - The Five Gold Bands (1950)
“Damned meddlers. It's hard to know when their curiosity is official and when it's just curiosity.”
Chapter 6 (p. 65) - The Five Gold Bands (1950)
“Down we go, said Paddy. Now pray to Saint Anthony if you be a good Catholic—
I'm not, snapped Fay, and if you'll give more mind to the boat and less to religion we'll gain by it.”
Chapter 11 (p. 131) - The Five Gold Bands (1950)
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Born: August 28, 1916
Died: May 26, 2013 (aged 96)
Occupation: Author, writer
Bio: John Holbrook Vance was an American mystery, fantasy and science fiction author. Most of his work has been published under the name Jack Vance. He has also written 11 mystery novels as John Holbrook Vance and three as Ellery Queen, and has once each used pseudonyms Alan Wade, Peter Held, John van See, and Jay Kavanse.
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