Wow: age 96! I hope he's still writing; Jack Vance is one of my favorite authors.
He's had a terrific career though: the Dying Earth and Demon Princes series, "The Last Castle", "The Dragon Masters" and many more SF stories, in addition to all the mysteries he wrote under the Ellery Queen name.
And now he has a new career as a one man band!
what?! He was Ellery Queen?! Thanks for the video and that particular tidbit of information. Loved those books!
Maybe he sold some stories to EQMM.
There was a NYT profile of Vance a few years ago that said he wrote a few stories using the Ellery Queen pseudonym. That profile only cites three stories. I've read other bio/bibliographies that also stated that he wrote numerous (edit: well, three mysteries, but novels rather than short stories) stories as EQ.
That wiki entry aside, I had thought that Ellery Queen had as many writers behind him as Franklin M. Dixon or QT3's The Narrator.
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JV is IMHO one of the real greats. He's had a quiet influence on a lot of more well-known writers (e.g Dan Simmons, George RR Martin). Perhaps his writing isn't for everyone, being highly stylized. But if you acquire the taste for him, he's an absolute master.Toward the end of their careers, the cousins allowed some crime novels, mainly paperback originals, to be written by various ghostwriters under the Ellery Queen name. These books did not feature the character Ellery Queen as the protagonist. They included three novels featuring "the governor's troubleshooter", Micah "Mike" McCall, and six featuring private eye Tim Corrigan. The prominent science-fiction writer Jack Vance wrote three of these original paperbacks, including the locked room mystery A Room to Die In.