Songs of the Dying Earth: Stories in Honour of Jack Vance by George R.R. MartinToday, in order to honor the magnificent career of Jack Vance, one unparalleled in achievement and impact, George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois, with the full cooperation of Jack Vance, his family, and his agents, suggest a Jack Vance tribute anthology called Songs of the Dying Earth, to encourage the best of todays fantasy writers to return to the unique and evocative milieu of The Dying Earth, from which they and so many others have drawn so much inspiration, to create their own brand-new adventures in the world of Jack Vance s greatest novel.
Half a century ago, Jack Vance created the world of the Dying Earth, and fantasy has never been the same. Now, for the first time ever, Jack has agreed to open this bizarre and darkly beautiful world to other fantasists, to play in as their very own. To say that other fantasy writers are excited by this prospect is a gross understatement; one has told us that hed crawl through broken glass for the chance to write for the anthology, another that hed gladly give up his right arm for the privilege thats the kind of regard in which Jack Vance and The Dying Earth are held by generations of his peers.
Friends of doomed storm chasers react to their deaths
One of the Discovery Channel''s Storm Chasers hanged himself
There are few television programs that my family and I enjoy on a regular basis, but one of them is Storm Chasers on the Discovery Channel. The business of tracking tornadoes has always been interesting to me and to my wife, as well, and for the last few years we have enjoyed following the exploits of Sean Casey and his tank-like Tornado Intercept Vehicle and Reed Timmer and his exuberant and sometimes careless zeal. Concerning Casey, an element of personal drama comes into play when considering that he has spent around half-a-million dollars on his equipment and countless months away from his wife chasing his dream as much as he chases storms: the desire to create an IMAX movie that features footage inside the heart of a twister. For Sean Casey we knew that one of his challenges at least, in the way the show is edited, and there is always that element to be considered was recognizing the need to let go a bit and to trust the team he had put together. He used the talents of year-old meteorologist Matt Hughes to help get him as close as possible to tornadoes, but he constantly second guessed Matt. And consequently, he found it hard to let go of some of the decision-making, causing him to miss many great opportunities while simultaneously frustrating his support team, including Matt.
Storm chaser's dedication, passion remembered
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