Songs of the Dying Earth: Stories in Honor of Jack Vance

Version: Unabridged
Author: Neil Gaiman , Robert Silverberg , Dan Simmons
Narrator: Arthur Morey
Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction
Publisher: Brilliance Corporation
Published In: December 2011
# of Units: 24 CDs
Length: 12 hours, 35 minutes
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?Thank You, Mr. Vance, ? by Dean Koontz. ? 2009 by Dean Koontz. ?Preface, ? by Jack Vance. ? 2009 by Jack Vance. ?The True Vintage of Erzuine Thale, ? by Robert Silverberg. ? 2009 by Agberg, Ltd. Grolion of Almery, ? by Matthew Hughes. ? 2009 by Matt Hughes Company Ltd. ?The Copsy Door, ? by Terry Dowling. ? 2009 by Terry Dowling. Caulk the Witch-Chaser, ? by Liz Williams. ? 2009 by Liz Williams. ?Inescapable, ? by Mike Resnick. ? 2009 by Mike Resnick. ?Abrizonde, ? by Walter Jon Williams. ? 2009 by Walter Jon Williams. ?The Traditions of Karzh, ? by Paula Volsky. ? 2009 by Paula Volsky. ?The Final Quest of the Wizard Sarnod, ? by Jeff VanderMeer. ? 2009 by Jeff VanderMeer. ?The Green Bird, ? by Kage Baker. ? 2009 by Kage Baker. ?The Last Golden Thread, ? by Phyllis Eisenstein. ? 2009 by Phyllis Eisenstein. ?An Incident in Uskvesh, ? by Elizabeth Moon. ? 2009 by Elizabeth Moon. ?Sylgarmo's Proclamation, ? by Lucius Shepard. ? 2009 by Lucius Shepard. ?The Lamentably Comical Tragedy (or the Laughably Tragic Comedy) of Lival Laqavee, ? by Tad Williams. ? 2009 by Tad Williams. ?Guyal the Curator, ? by John C. Wright. ? 2009 by John C. Wright. ?The Good Magician, ? by Glen Cook. ? 2009 by Glen Cook. ?The Return of the Fire Witch, ? by Elizabeth Hand. ? 2009 by Elizabeth Hand. ?The Collegeum of Mauge, ? by Byron Tetrick. ? 2009 by Byron Tetrick. ?Evillo the Uncunning, ? by Tanith Lee. ? 2009 by Tanith Lee. ?The Guiding Nose of Ulf?nt Bander?z, ? by Dan Simmons. ? 2009 by Dan Simmons. ?Frogskin Cap, ? by Howard Waldrop. ? 2009 by Howard Waldrop. ?A Night at the Tarn House, ? by George R. R. Martin. ? 2009 by George R. R. Martin. ?An Invocation of Incuriosity, ? by Neil Gaiman. ?

Author Details

Author Details

Gaiman, Neil

Neil Gaiman grew up in England and, although Jewish, attended Church of England schools, including Ardingly College, a boarding school in West Sussex (South of England). During the early 1980s he worked as a journalist and book reviewer. His first book was a biography of the band Duran Duran. He moved from England to his wife's hometown in the American midwest several years ago. He and his family now live in a renovated Victorian farmhouse where (he says) his hobbies are writing things down, hiding, and talking about himself in the third person. More about him and his books below.

A professional writer for more than twenty years, Neil Gaiman has been one of the top writers in modern comics, and is now a bestselling novelist. His work has appeared in translation in more than nineteen countries, and nearly all of his novels, graphic and otherwise, have been optioned for films. He is listed in the Dictionary of Literary Biography as one of the top ten living post-modern writers.

Gaiman was the creator/writer of the monthly cult DC Comics series, "Sandman," which won him nine Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, including the award for best writer four times, and three Harvey Awards. "Sandman #19" took the 1991 World Fantasy Award for best short story, making it the first comic ever to be awarded a literary award.

His six-part fantastical TV series for the BBC, "Neverwhere," was broadcast in 1996. His novel, also called "Neverwhere," and set in the same strange underground world as the television series, was released in 1997; it appeared on a number of bestseller lists, including those of the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Locus.

Stardust, an illustrated prose novel in four parts, began to appear from DC Comics in 1997. In 1999 Avon released the all-prose unillustrated version, which appeared on a number of bestseller lists, was selected by Publishers Weekly as one of the best books of the year, and was awarded the prestigious Mythopoeic Award as best novel for adults.

American Gods, a novel for adults, was published in 2001 and appeared on many best-of- the-year lists, was a New York Times bestseller in both hardcover and paperback, and won the Hugo, Nebula, SFX, Bram Stoker, and Locus Awards.

Coraline (2002), his first novel for children, was a New York Times and international bestseller, was nominated for the Prix Tam Tam, and won the Elizabeth Burr/Worzalla Award, the BSFA Award, the HUgo, the Nebula and the Bram Stoker Award.

2003 saw the publication of bestseller The Wolves in the Walls, a children's picture book, illustrated by Gaiman's longtime collaborator Dave McKean, which the New York Times named as one of the best illustrated books of the year; and the first Sandman graphic novel in seven years, Endless Nights, the first graphic novel to make the New York Times bestseller list.

In 2004, Gaiman published the a new graphic novel for Marvel called 1602, which was the best-selling comic of 2004, and 2005 saw the Sundance Film Festival premiere of "MirrorMask," a Jim Henson Company Production written by Gaiman and directed by McKean. A lavishly designed book containing the complete script, black and white storyboards, and full-color art from the film will be published by William Morrow in early 2005; a picture book for younger readers, also written by Gaiman and illustrated with art from the movie, will be published by HarperCollins Children's Books at a later date.

In Fall 2005, Anansi Boys, the follow-up to American Gods, was published.

Silverberg, Robert

"Robert Silverberg (born January 15, 1935 in Brooklyn, NY) is a prolific author best known for writing science fiction, a multiple winner of both the Hugo and Nebula Awards.

Silverberg, a voracious reader from childhood on, began submitting stories to the science fiction magazines in his early teenage years. He attended Columbia University, receiving an A.B. in English Literature in 1956, but he kept writing science fiction. His first published novel, a children's book called Revolt on Alpha C appeared in 1955, and in the following year, he won his first Hugo, as ""best new writer."" For the next four years, by his own count, he wrote a million words a year, for magazines and Ace Doubles. In 1959 the market for science fiction collapsed, and Silverberg turned his ability to write copiously to other fields, from carefully researched historical nonfiction to softcore porn for Nightstand Books.

In the mid-1960s science fiction writers were starting to be more literarily ambitious, and Frederik Pohl, then editing three science fiction magazines, offered Silverberg carte blanche in writing for them. Thus inspired, Silverberg returned to writing, paying far more attention to depth of character and social background than he had in the past and mixing in elements of the modernist literature he had studied at Columbia.

The books he wrote at this time were widely considered a quantum leap from his earlier work. Perhaps the first to show the new Silverberg was To Open the Sky, a fixup of stories published by Pohl in Galaxy, in which a new religion helps people reach the stars. That was followed by Downward to the Earth, perhaps the first postcolonial science fiction book, a book with echoes of Joseph Conrad in which the Terran former administrator of an alien world returns after it is set free. Other popularly and critically acclaimed works of that time include To Live Again, in which the personalities of dead people can be transferred; The World Inside, a look at an overpopulated future; and Dying Inside, a tale of a telepath losing his powers.

In 1969 his ?Nightwings? was awarded the Hugo as best novella. He won a Nebula award in 1970, for the short story ?Passengers,? and two the following year--for his novel A Time of Changes and the short story ?Good News from the Vatican?--then yet another, in 1975, for his novella ?Born with the Dead.? In 1970 he was Guest of Honor at the World Science Fiction Convention.

Silverberg was tired after years of high production, and he had suffered stresses from a thyroid malfunction and a major house fire. He moved from his native New York to the West Coast in 1972, and he announced his retirement from writing in 1975. In 1980 he returned, however, with Lord Valentine's Castle, a panoramic adventure set on an alien planet, which has become the basis of a series, and he has kept writing ever since."

Simmons, Dan

Dan Simmons is the Hugo Award-winning author of "Hyperion" and "The Fall of Hyperion", and their sequels, "Endymion" and "The Rise of Endymion". He has written the critically acclaimed suspense novels "Darwin's Blade" and "The Crook Factory", as well as other highly respected works, including "Summer of Night" and its sequel "A Winter Haunting, Song of Kali, Carrion Comfort, " and "Worlds Enough & Time". Simmons makes his home in Colorado.

Martin, George R. R.

George R. R. Martin is the perennial "New York Times" bestselling author of the epic, critically acclaimed, and wildly popular series Song of Ice and Fire.

Dozois, Gardner

Gardner Dozois, one of the most acclaimed editors in science-fiction, has won the Hugo Award for Best Editor 15 times. He was the editor of "Asimov s Science Fiction Magazine" for 20 years. He is the editor of the "Year s Best Science Fiction" anthologies and co-editor of the "Warrior" anthologies, "Songs of the Dying Earth", and many others. As a writer, Dozois twice won the Nebula Award for best short story. He lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.