Jack Vance
John Holbrook Vance is an American
United States
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Mystery fiction
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, fantasy
Fantasy literature
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 and science fiction author. Most of his work has been published under the name Jack Vance. Vance has published 11 mysteries as John Holbrook Vance and 3 as Ellery Queen
Ellery Queen (house name)
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. Other pen names (each used only once) included Alan Wade, Peter Held, John van See, and Jay Kavanse.

Among his awards are: Hugo Award
Hugo Award
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s, in 1963 for The Dragon Masters
The Dragon Masters
"The Dragon Masters" is a science fiction novella by American author Jack Vance. It was first published in Galaxy magazine, August 1962, and in 1963 in book form, as half of Ace Double F-185...

, in 1967 for The Last Castle, and in 2010 for his memoir This is Me, Jack Vance!; a Nebula Award
Nebula Award
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 in 1966, also for The Last Castle; the Jupiter Award
Jupiter Award
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 in 1975; the World Fantasy Award
World Fantasy Award
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 in 1984 for life achievement and in 1990 for Lyonesse: Madouc; an Edgar
Edgar Award
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 (the mystery equivalent of the Nebula) for the best first mystery novel in 1961 for The Man in the Cage; in 1992, he was Guest of Honor at the WorldCon in Orlando, Florida
Orlando, Florida
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; and in 1997 he was named a SFWA
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 Grand Master
Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award
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Cease the bickering! I am indulging the exotic whims of a beautiful princess and must not be distracted.

Grue: man, ocular bat, the unusual hoon.

Until work has reached its previous stage nympharium privileges are denied to all.

My clever baton holds your unnatural sorcery in abeyance.

My eye went to you like the nectar moth flits to jacynth.

Gid: hybrid of man, gargoyle, whorl, leaping insect.

Mischief moves somewhere near and I must blast it with my magic!

She contrived to twist her body into first one luxurious position, then another.

I become drunk as circumstances dictate.

Am I known as Cugel the Clever for nothing?