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Swordsmen in the Sky Frazetta Cover Paperback – 1964

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE (1964)
  • ASIN: B003KN4ULE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,908,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When it was published in 1964, this book was already an anachronism - reprinting work from 1933 to 1951, of the old blood and thunder school of sci-fi and planetary adventure that was being overtaken by the more cerebral and experimental sci-fi of the mid-60's. And you know what? It totally
rocks. The TOC:

Swordsman Of Lost Terra by Poul Anderson;
People of the Crater by Andre Norton;
The Moon That Vanished by Leigh Brackett;
A Vision of Venus by Otis Adelbert Kline;
Kaldar, World of Antares by Edmond Hamilton.

I have to say that my enjoyment of "Lost Terra" was somewhat affected by a rogue rodent which had apparently gnawed the top corner of pages 1-20 odd (to mice, maybe old books are like fine wine or aged whisky). Only a few words were missing from each page, but it broke the immersion into the story every page, and it was hard work until I got to undamaged pages. Then it was great, a future earth story where the earth is now tidally locked to the sun, with one side always facing away, and only a thin temperate band suitable for life.

Norton's stuff wasn't Witch World, but a hollow earth type story. Also great fun.

Brackett tells a stirring tale of the seas of Venus, and a strange godhead that is widely sought after. This being Brackett, its beautiful, and the hardbitten hero goes through a transformation from broken drug-addled ruin to reclaiming his manhood that’s also worth the price of entry. Kline's Vision of Venus is just a few pages long, and the least of the contents of this book in every sense: but its not bad per se, once you get past the framing device that was the custom in those days. Its nowhere near as good as Brackett's work about the same planet.
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