Part one of a lengthy interview with Jack Vance. Vance is one of my favorite authors, ranking in my top five. Vance passed away just over one year ago. He lived and wrote in Oakland, California, where he enjoyed sailing when he wasn't working. The remarkable thing about Vance was his use of the English language: employing words as music, a kind of semantic Mozart. Writing in the New York Times, Carlo Rotella described him as being "a major genius."
Vance's body of work is vast. A good place to start would be his Alastor series, although honestly all that really matters is that you read him, not where you start.