05-30-2013 06:05 PM - edited 05-30-2013 06:06 PM
Author Jack Vance dies at home in California
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jack Vance, an award-winning mystery, fantasy and science fiction author who wrote more than 60 books, has died. He was 96.
Vance died Sunday evening at his home in Oakland, his son John Vance II told The Associated Press.
Jack Vance, whose legal name was John Holbrook, published most of his work as Jack Vance, but he also wrote 11 mysteries as John Holbrook Vance and three as Ellery Queen, as well as books under the pen names of Alan Wade, Peter Held, John van See and Jay Kavanse, according to the Jack Vance website, which is maintained by family and friends.
"This is a complex guy, and (there's) an awful lot to say about him," John Vance told The AP.
In 2009, a profile in the New York Times Magazine described Vance as "one of American literature's most distinctive and undervalued voices," according to the website.
Vance collected a number of awards over the years, including Hugo Awards for "The Dragon Masters" in 1963, "The Last Castle" in 1967, and for his memoir "This is Me, Jack Vance!" in 2010.
"Author, friend, father and grandfather, there will never be another like Jack Vance," his son said.
05-31-2013 01:02 PM - edited 05-31-2013 01:14 PM