Jack Vance

Jack Vance was an American mystery, fantasy, and science fiction writer. He is best known for his unique style, rich language, and imaginative world-building. Over his career, he wrote more than 60 books and won numerous awards, including the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Awards.


This list of books are ONLY the books that have been ranked on the lists that are aggregated on this site. This is not a comprehensive list of all books by this author.

  1. 1. The Dying Earth

    Set in a far distant future where the sun is nearing the end of its life, this book features a collection of short stories that revolve around an array of characters, including magicians, rogues, and innocent bystanders. The stories are interlinked and set in a world where magic and technology coexist, and where the line between the two is often blurred. The tales are filled with complex characters, intricate plots, and a richly detailed world, all presented with a unique blend of dark humor and philosophical depth.

    The 1816th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. Tales Of The Dying Earth

    This book is a seminal work in the science fantasy genre, set in a far future where the sun is dimming and magic has risen to prominence alongside decaying technology. The collection of interlinked stories explores the adventures and misadventures of various eccentric and morally ambiguous characters, including skilled wizards, cunning rogues, and enigmatic beings. They navigate a world filled with ancient ruins, arcane spells, and exotic creatures, all under the looming shadow of an expiring Earth. The narrative is renowned for its rich language, imaginative landscapes, and the intricate societies that inhabit this twilight realm.

    The 4268th Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. The Eyes Of The Overworld

    In this picaresque fantasy novel, the roguish anti-hero, seeking a magical artifact known as the Eyes of the Overworld, embarks on a series of misadventures across a bizarre and vividly depicted landscape. His quest for the Eyes, which grant the wearer the ability to see the world as a utopia, leads him through encounters with eccentric characters, strange societies, and perilous situations. Driven by his own selfish desires and cunning nature, he manipulates and deceives his way through the richly imagined world, revealing the author's satirical take on human nature and the pursuit of personal gain at the expense of others.

    The 5509th Greatest Book of All Time
  4. 4. Madouc

    The book concludes a fantasy series with a tale of a young, resourceful princess who discovers that her origins are not as noble as she believed. As she embarks on a quest to find her true parentage, she becomes entangled in a web of intrigue involving magical objects, ancient prophecies, and the fate of her kingdom. Alongside a cast of colorful characters, she must navigate a world of political machinations and eldritch dangers, ultimately playing a pivotal role in the resolution of a long-standing conflict between powerful supernatural forces. Her journey is one of self-discovery, adventure, and the challenge of upholding her sense of justice in a complex and often morally ambiguous landscape.

    The 10908th Greatest Book of All Time