Check out my latest post up on the blog of Goodman Games... The Dying Earth: A Case for Sword-and-Sorcery.
As I told blog editor Bill Ward after sending this one in I'm not sure I'm entirely thrilled with this piece. I don't like drawing hard lines around what is/is not S&S, like some purity test. The Dying Earth stories are bad-ass, no matter how you classify them. Vance was a master stylist and I love stories like "Liane the Wayfarer" no matter whether you consider them fantasy, science-fiction, heroic fantasy, or some other sub-genre (dying earth?)
I happen to welcome them into the S&S fold for reasons described in the linked piece. Your mileage may vary. Enjoy!