In Lands That Never Were: Tales of Swords and Sorcery from The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
Gordon Van GelderISBN: 1568583141;
For more than half a century, the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction has been the leading forum for the most literate sf and fantasy. Hence it may surprise many F&SF stalwarts when they discover this new and entertaining anthology culled from its pages but devoted to swords-and-sorcery fantasy--a subgenre generally confined to less noble publications. The quality of writing on view is nonetheless up to F&SF standards, and the writers include many familiar names, from Fritz Leiber, whose award-winning "Ill Met in Lankhmar" features his popular swashbuckling thieves Fafhrd and Gray Mouser, to Ursula LeGuin, who contributes one of her Earthsea tales. An engaging, early Conan the Barbarian episode by Robert E. Howard and L. Sprague de Camp opens the volume, and Jeffrey Ford's satirical jab at similar barbarian swordsmen, "The Fantasy Writer's Assistant," concludes. In between are enough dragons, wizards, and medieval skulduggery to satisfy even the most demanding swords-and-sorcery...
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