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In Lands That Never Were: Tales of Swords and Sorcery from The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
     

In Lands That Never Were: Tales of Swords and Sorcery from The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction

by Gordon Van Gelder (Editor)
 

Long before Arnold attempted a pale copy, Conan the Barbarian held sway over the land, and all was swell. Neither man nor woman, beast nor spirit could rival him. Then, for many a day, he disappeared ... but lo, now he's back! Conan is featured, together with some of fantasy's favorite characters, in this compendium of swordplay and wizardry, fleet-footed thieves

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Long before Arnold attempted a pale copy, Conan the Barbarian held sway over the land, and all was swell. Neither man nor woman, beast nor spirit could rival him. Then, for many a day, he disappeared ... but lo, now he's back! Conan is featured, together with some of fantasy's favorite characters, in this compendium of swordplay and wizardry, fleet-footed thieves and flat-footed palace guards, witches and man-eating leopards, giants and giant slugs. In Lands That Never Were also Includes introductions to each story by the editor.

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The Barnes & Noble Review
The aptly titled In Lands That Never Were is an adventure-packed 12-story anthology featuring tales of swords and sorcery from some of the genre's greatest writers, including Robert E. Howard, L. Sprague de Camp, Fritz Leiber, and Ursula K. Le Guin.

Notable stories include Yoon Ha Lee's "Counting the Shapes," a singularly original tale about a heroic mathemagician who uses theorems to defeat an invading demon emperor and his army, and Le Guin's "Darkrose and Diamond," an Earthsea yarn about a young man with great magical ability who ultimately rejects an invitation to a prestigious wizard's college in order to pursue his childhood sweetheart. After giving up everything that he loves -- music and magic -- he returns home to find Rose with another man. With nothing left to live for, he vows to do anything to win her back.

Editor Gordon Van Gelder says it best: "Our need for fantasy, our wish to escape into adventures in worlds that never were, is eternal." This collection, which includes some of the best adventure tales ever published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, spans almost four decades. From Golden Age classics like Howard and de Camp's Conan tale "The Hall of the Dead" and Leiber's "Ill Met in Lankhmar" to stories from modern-day masters like Jeffrey Ford and Pat Murphy, In Lands That Never Were shows why the demand for escapist literature is indeed unending. Paul Goat Allen

Publishers Weekly
James Gunn has updated and added 20,000 more words to his celebrated 1962 vampire novel, The Immortals, the basis for an ABC-TV Movie of the Week in 1969 and the 1970 television series. Warner Bros. has recently renewed the film rights for another 18 months. (Sept.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781568583143
Publisher:
Running Press Book Publishers
Publication date:
08/28/2004
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.44(w) x 8.26(h) x 0.79(d)

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