Jack Vance: In Memoriam, 1916-2013


This small exhibition highlighted the life and work of author John Holbrook Vance, known to his many loyal fans by his pen name "Jack Vance", an award-winning mystery, fantasy and science fiction author. His career spanned six decades, some 60 books and 100 short stories. Best known for his Dying Earth stories, set far in the future where "the sun is feeble and red. The continents have sunk and risen. A million cities have lifted towers, have fallen to dust", Mr. Vance is counted as an influence by many of today's authors, from Ursula K. Le Guin to George R. R. Martin. A 2009 profile in the New York Times Magazine described Jack Vance as "one of American literature's most distinctive and undervalued voices." Mr. Vance died on May 26, 2013 at the age of 96 in his longtime home in Oakland Hills, CA. His archive of original manuscripts, galleys, and correspondence is held by the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University.


This exhibition is no longer on view.

Alan Cumming
Jack Vance