The Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center is affiliated with Boston University. A number of F&SF writers, including L. Sprague de Camp, have donated manuscripts and personal papers there because they also have a relationship with NESFA, the New England Science Fiction Association. So, it is not surprising that Jack Vance or his family have donated his papers there.

A number of university library systems have made an effort to archive the personal papers of Science Fiction authors, with some success. The most surprising one, with a massive collection, is Eastern New Mexico University because it was the home of Jack Williamson who basically brought the study of Science Fiction into higher education. I wonder if any of Jack Vance’s papers are there.


John Rogers - There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.