Recently, Stephen Michael Sechi was asked how Jack Vance's novel The Dying Earth served as an inspiration for Talislanta. He responded:

For me, it was several things:

I think it's fair to say that Vance is an acquired taste - though he's well-respected by other fantasy and sci-fi writers, he never was hugely popular with the reading public. After I read Eyes of the Overworld I was hooked. Of his many books I think my favorites would be Rhialto the Marvelous, the "Lyonesse" trilogy (more of a traditional fantasy, though still plenty quirky in spots), and his sci-fi books, the "Planet of Adventure" (yow, what a name - publisher's choice, not Vance's, BTW) series and the very strange Palace of Love (gotta like that Mad Poet character) from the "Demon Princes" series.

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