Tag Archives: Vintage SF

Summer of Conan: Robert E. Howard Was the Texan Tolkien

The Conquering Sword of Conan is the final volume in Del Rey’s three-volume collection of every Robert E. Howard Conan story.  I wrote about the second volume, and how Robert E. Howard wrote like Hank Williams sang, last week.  Gregory … Continue reading

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Summer of Conan: Robert E. Howard Wrote Like Hank Williams Sang

The Bloody Crown of Conan is the second of Del Rey’s three-volume collection of Robert E. Howard’s Conan yarns.  Including Howard’s only Conan novel, it has the fewest stories of any volume in the collection.  The Bloody Crown of Conan … Continue reading

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Summer of Conan: Howard’s True Forebears are in Post-Apocalyptic Fiction, not Epic Fantasy

Hither came Conan, the Cimmerian, black-haired, sullen-eyed, sword in hand, a thief, a reaver, a slayer, with gigantic melancholies and gigantic mirth, to tread the jeweled thrones of the Earth under his sandalled feet. The first volume of Del Rey’s … Continue reading

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Announcing a Summer of Conan – Index

“I was born in the midst of a battle,” he answered, tearing a chunk of meat from a huge joint with his strong teeth. “The first sound my ears heard was the clang of swords and the yells of the … Continue reading

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Throwback SF Thursday: The Gondwane Epic by Lin Carter

The full Gondwane Epic runs six books.  Lin Carter apparently planned ten.  I have the first four chronologically—The Warrior of World’s End, The Enchantress of World’s End, The Immortal of World’s End, and The Barbarian of World’s End (there are … Continue reading

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Throwback SF Thursday: Announcing the Winner of the Leigh Brackett Giveaway

I am happy to announce the winner of Leigh Brackett giveaway.  The random number generator does not lie.  The winner is PC Bushi.  In place of his Dark Lord of Jack Vance he shall have a queen!  Beautiful and as … Continue reading

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Throwback SF Thursday: The Secret of the Sinharat and People of the Talisman by Leigh Brackett

My exposure to Brackett had been all of one short story, but for some reason I’ve long associated her with Edgar Rice Burroughs. After reading these two novellas, I think the better comparison is to Robert E. Howard (more on … Continue reading

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