Jack Vance, prolific author across many genres; 96

SAN FRANCISCO — Jack Vance — an award-winning mystery, fantasy, and science fiction author who wrote more than 60 books — died Sunday evening at his home in Oakland. He was 96.

Mr. Vance, whose legal name was John Holbrook, published most of his work as Jack Vance, but he also wrote 11 mysteries as John Holbrook Vance and three as Ellery Queen, as well as under pen names Alan Wade, Peter Held, John van See, and Jay Kavanse.

The New York Times Magazine called him ‘‘one of American literature’s most distinctive and undervalued voices.’’


Mr. Vance collected a number of awards over the years, including Hugo Awards for ‘‘The Dragon Masters’’ in 1963, and ‘‘The Last Castle’’ in 1967.

Although legally blind since the 1980s, Mr. Vance continued to write with the aid of software.