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About the Author
Jack Vance (1916-2013) was an influential American author of science fiction, fantasy and mystery literature. His 1950 story The Dying Earth is widely recognized as a fantasy classic, and served as inspiration for Dungeons & Dragons. He wrote more than 50 novels and dozens of novellas and short stories, including masterpieces such as the Lyonesse trilogy, the adventures of Cugel the Clever, The Demon Princes and Planet of Adventure series, and The Cadwal Chronicles. Jack Vance received three Hugos, the Nebula, Jupiter, Edgar, and World Fantasy awards, and attained the rank of SFWA Grand Master for lifetime achievement in fantasy and science fiction.
Ted Gioia is a music historian and the author of eleven books, including How to Listen to Jazz. His three previous books on the social history of music--Work Songs, Healing Songs, and Love Songs--have all been honored with ASCAP Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Awards. He lives in Plano, Texas.