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Songs of the Dying Earth by George R.R. Martin

Songs of the Dying Earth

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The Technicolor world created by Vance in THE DYING EARTH is as much a classic as Tolkien’s Middle-Earth. This anthology compiled by Gardner Dozois & George R.R. Martin invites some of the best modern talents to return to this fascinating setting. Features new stories by Martin, Neil Gaiman, Tad Williams, Tanith Lee and 18 others.

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Songs of the Dying Earth by George R.R. Martin

Return to the unique and evocative world of The Dying Earth in this tribute anthology featuring the most distinguished fantasists of our day. A dim place, ancient beyond knowledge. The sun is feeble and red. A million cities have fallen to dust. Here live a few thousand souls, dying, as the Earth dies beneath them. Just a few short decades remain to the long history of our world. At the last, science and magic are one, and there is evil on Earth, distilled by time ! Earth is dying. Half a century ago, Jack Vance created the world of the Dying Earth, and fantasy has never been the same. Now, for the first time, Jack has agreed to open this intriguing and darkly beautiful world to other fantasists, to play in as their very own. The list of twenty-two contributors eager to honour Jack Vance by writing for this anthology includes Neil Gaiman, Tad Williams, Elizabeth Hand, Tanith Lee, Dan Simmons, Robert Silverberg, and George R.R. Martin himself.


'The Dying Earth is one of the best and most influential fantasy works of the twentieth century'
Terry Pratchett

'The world that Vance created ranks with Tolkien's Middle-earth and Robert E. Howard's Hyborian Age as one of fantasy's most unforgettable and influential settings.'
George R R Martin

About the Author

George Raymond Richard Martin was born in Bayonne, New Jersey, Sept 20 1948. He began writing monster stories as a child, and by high school was contributing fiction to comic fanzines. His first professional sale, short story 'The Hero', written while he was in college, appeared in Galaxy February 1971.

He was story editor for CBS's The Twilight Zone series in 1986, and worked as writer, executive story consultant, producer, co-supervising producer, and executive producer on Beauty and the Beast from 1987-90. He currently resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Martin won his first Hugo for the novella 'A Song for Lya' (1974). In 1980 he won the Nebula and Hugo Awards for novelette 'Sandkings', and a Hugo Award for short story 'The Way of Cross and Dragon'. Martin won a second Nebula in 1986 for 'Portraits of His Children', a 1988 Bram Stoker Award for 'The Pear-Shaped Man', a 1989 World Fantasy Award for novella 'The Skin Trade', a 1997 Hugo for novella 'Blood of the Dragon', and is a 10-time Locus Award winner.

His novels include Dying of the Light (1977), Windhave (with Lisa Tuttle, 1981), Fevre Dream (1982), The Armageddon Rag (1983), Wild Cards VII: Dead Man's Hand (with John J. Miller, 1990), and three novels in A Song of Ice and Fire sequence: 'A Game of Thrones' (1996), 'A Clash of Kings' (1998) and 'A Storm of Swords' (2000). He has several short story collections, notably A Song for Lya and Other Stories (1976), Songs of Stars and Shadows (1977), Sandkings (1981) and Portraits of His Children (1987), and has edited a number of anthologies, including volumes for the New Voices in Science Fiction and the Hugo-nominated Wild Cards series.

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29th September 2011


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HarperVoyager an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers


512 pages


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