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Five giants sitting at a table

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An extra post, because there’s a photo I found yesterday online, and I think it would fit nicely this sword & sorcery-themed week.

Here’s the pic…

five giants

It’s from 1975.
Now, from left to right, you get…

Fritz Leiber Jr. – probably the greatest author of fantasy of the 20th century, bar none. Author of the Fafhrd & Gray Mouser series, which is required reading, and the man who coined the expression “sword & sorcery” in the first place.

Lester Del Rey – legendary author and editor, he’s the Del Rey in “Del Rey Books“.

Lyon Sprague de Camp – science fiction and fantasy writer and scholar, whose Harold Shea books were the first fantasy I ever read, and the man responsible for the Lancer/Ace Conan reprints.

Andrew J. Offutt – whose Conan pastiches delighted me even if they feature a most un-Conanish Conan, and a fine author in his own right.

Lin Carter – another legendary editor, the man responsible for Ballantine’s Adult Fantasy series of books, which rescued from obscurity a number of seminal fantasy works.

Five legends, five authors and editors that shaped my reading tastes back when I was a teenager, captured in a single shot.

Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

One thought on “Five giants sitting at a table

  1. All those men in one shot; wow!


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