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Dan Simmons

The Guiding Nose of Ulfänt Banderoz (Excerpt)

, || This literary homage to Jack Vance's Dying Earth begins at a critical moment in the Dying Earth's history, a moment when signs and portents indicate that the long anticipated death of the planet is finally at hand. Against this backdrop, Simmons's protagonist—Shrue the diabolist—learns of the death of Ulfant Banderoz, ancient magus and sole proprietor of the legendary Ultimate Library and Final Compendium of Thaumaturgical Lore.