Quotes by: Jack Vance

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Jack Vance
Jack Vance at the helm of his boat on San Francisco Bay in the early 1980s
Born John Holbrook Vance
(1916-08-28)August 28, 1916
San Francisco, California, USA
Died May 26, 2013(2013-05-26) (aged 96)
Oakland, California, USA
Occupation Writer
Nationality American
Period 1950–2009 (books)[1]
Genre Fantasy, science fiction, mystery
Notable works Dying Earth series[2]
Notable awards Hugo Award
1963, 1967, 2010
Nebula Award
1967
and career honors[3]

These are just the tip of the iceberg, because I read and read and read. I read everything.
Jack Vance
But I'm so slow on it because I find it terribly hard writing blind on computers. The computer speaks to me, but it's just so slow, I'm so terribly slow using it.
Jack Vance
I got done writing Ports of Call and suddenly realized I have far too much material for the book.
Jack Vance
Right now I'm so old that if I had a big gush of money, I don't know what I'd do with it. I don't travel anymore. I don't need anything, don't want anything. I'd give it to my son, I guess, and let him enjoy it.
Jack Vance
So I'll write it, and then I'll find out that I actually wrote something that is utterly useless. You can't use it in the story and it doesn't fit. So I just throw it away. I've done that countless times.
Jack Vance
I do read books. I suppose it's more or less the same thing, but at least I'm alone and I'm an individual. I can stop anytime I want, which I frequently do.
Jack Vance
It seems to limit you; when you're working in an office, you're a creature in a small cell under somebody's supervision and surveillance.
Jack Vance
There was a writer in the '20s called Christopher Morley, who I remember a little bit of, who had some influence on me, but I couldn't tell you what it was.
Jack Vance
The story was such that I couldn't make a graceful ending and then make a graceful new beginning. I could have, but I didn't want to. So, it isn't the most graceful way of writing a story. This new story is, I think, is pretty good stuff. I'm pleased with it anyway.
Jack Vance
I haven't sold to the movies. In other words, I haven't gotten any enormous checks yet.
Jack Vance
A reader is not supposed to be aware that someone's written the story. He's supposed to be completely immersed, submerged in the environment.
Jack Vance
Then there was Clark Ashton Smith, who wrote for Weird Tales and who had a wild imagination. He wasn't a very talented writer, but his imagination was wonderful.
Jack Vance
I was an omnivore at reading, so that everything I ever read contributed.
Jack Vance
I thought that automobiles were going to have mufflers and go fast and airplanes were going to fly fast.
Jack Vance
But, for instance, when I was awfully young, I read all the Oz books. They were an enormous influence on me.
Jack Vance
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