Over at Ecstatic Days, JeffV mentions that he’s just re-read Jack Vance’s The Dying Earth, and is delighted to find that it holds up today. I’ve been working with Vance material over the past eighteen months, and I’m really happy to hear that other readers are finding it as fresh and vital as I am. A discussion that’s been going round the backrooms of the Locus offices for the past year is just how influential both Vance and Philip Jose Farmer have proven to be. At one point, time looked to have passed them both by, but more and more it’s becoming clear they’ve had an enormous impact on the field. I hope someone reprints The Best of Philip Jose Farmer in a trade edition soon.