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The Dying Earth

(1950)
(Mazirian the Magician)
(The first book in the Dying Earth series)
A collection of stories by

 
 
The stories included in The Dying Earth introduce dozens of seekers of wisdom and beauty, lovely lost women, wizards of every shade of eccentricity with their runic amulets and spells. We meet the melancholy deodands, who feed on human flesh and the twk-men, who ride dragonflies and trade information for salt. There are monsters and demons. Each being is morally ambiguous: The evil are charming, the good are dangerous. All are at home in Vanceas lyrically described fantastic landscapes like Embelyon where, aThe sky [was] a mesh of vast ripples and cross-ripples and these refracted a thousand shafts of colored light, rays which in mid-air wove wondrous laces, rainbow nets, in all the jewel hues....a The dying Earth itself is otherworldly: aA dark blue sky, an ancient sun.... Nothing of Earth was raw or harsha"the ground, the trees, the rock ledge protruding from the meadow; all these had been worked upon, smoothed, aged, mellowed. The light from the sun, though dim, was rich and invested every object of the land ... with a sense of lore and ancient recollection.a Welcome. aThe Dying Earth and its sequels comprise one of the most powerful fantasy/science-fiction concepts in the history of the genre. They are packed with adventure but also with ideas, and the vision of uncounted human civilizations stacked one atop another like layers in a phyllo pastry thrills even as it induces a sense of awe [at] ... the fragility and transience of all things, the nobility of humanityas struggle against the certainty of an entropic resolution.a a" Dean Koontz, author of the Odd Thomas novels. aHe gives you glimpses of entire worlds with just perfectly turned language. If head been born south of the border, head be up for a Nobel Prize.a a" Dan Simmons author of The Hyperion Cantos.

Genre: Science Fiction
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Hardback Editions

1994 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Dying Earth
Author(s): Jack Vance
ISBN: 0-88733-192-0 / 978-0-88733-192-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Underwood-Miller
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June 1992 : USA Hardback

Title: The Dying Earth
Author(s): Jack Vance
ISBN: 0-89968-376-2 / 978-0-89968-376-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Lightyear Pr
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Paperback Editions

April 1986 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Dying Earth
Author(s): Jack Vance
ISBN: 0-671-65564-7 / 978-0-671-65564-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pocket / Baen
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April 1982 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Dying Earth (Pocket Science Fantasy)
Author(s): Jack Vance
ISBN: 0-671-44184-1 / 978-0-671-44184-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pocket Books
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November 1979 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Dying Earth
Author(s): Jack Vance
ISBN: 0-671-83152-6 / 978-0-671-83152-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pocket
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February 1977 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Dying Earth
Author(s): Jack Vance
ISBN: 0-671-81092-8 / 978-0-671-81092-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pocket Books
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April 1972 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Dying Earth
Author(s): Jack Vance
ISBN: 0-583-12091-1 / 978-0-583-12091-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Grafton
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1971 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Dying Earth (Lancer Limited Edition, 74-807)
Author(s): Jack Vance
ISBN: 0-447-74807-6 / 978-0-447-74807-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Lancer Books
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Audio Editions

August 2015 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: The Dying Earth (Tales of the Dying Earth Series)
Author(s): Jack Vance
ISBN: 1-5012-9464-4 / 978-1-5012-9464-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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August 2015 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: The Dying Earth (Tales of the Dying Earth)
Author(s): Jack Vance
ISBN: 1-5012-8362-6 / 978-1-5012-8362-8 (USA edition)
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June 2013 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: The Dying Earth (Tales of the Dying Earth Series)
Author(s): Jack Vance
ISBN: 1-4805-6108-8 / 978-1-4805-6108-3 (USA edition)
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February 2010 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Dying Earth (Tales of the Dying Earth Series)
Author(s): Jack Vance
ISBN: 1-4418-1455-8 / 978-1-4418-1455-5 (USA edition)
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February 2010 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: The Dying Earth (Tales of the Dying Earth Series)
Author(s): Jack Vance
ISBN: 1-4418-1457-4 / 978-1-4418-1457-9 (USA edition)
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February 2010 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Dying Earth (Tales of the Dying Earth Series)
Author(s): Jack Vance
ISBN: 1-4418-1456-6 / 978-1-4418-1456-2 (USA edition)
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February 2010 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: The Dying Earth (Tales of the Dying Earth Series)
Author(s): Jack Vance
ISBN: 1-4418-1458-2 / 978-1-4418-1458-6 (USA edition)
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February 2010 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Dying Earth
Author(s): Jack Vance
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February 2010 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Dying Earth
Author(s): Jack Vance
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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Kindle Editions

December 2012 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Dying Earth
Author(s): Jack Vance
Publisher: Spatterlight Press LLC
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May 2012 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Mazirian the Magician (Dying Earth Book 1)
Author(s): Jack Vance
Publisher: Spatterlight Press LLC
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November 2011 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Dying Earth (Gateway Essentials)
Author(s): Jack Vance
Publisher: Gateway
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December 2000 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Mazirian the Magician: (previously titled The Dying Earth) (The Dying Earth series Book 1)
Author(s): Jack Vance
Publisher: Orb Books
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