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by Erik Mona,Pierce Watters,James Sutter,Christopher Carey,Leigh Brackett

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Author:
Erik Mona,Pierce Watters,James Sutter,Christopher Carey,Leigh Brackett
ISBN13:
978-1601251527
ISBN:
1601251521
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Paizo Inc. (May 12, 2009)
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Science Fiction
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The Sword of Rhiannon is an improvement over A World Is Born, Brackett’s novella that I read earlier last year. She stepped up her game in the intervening eight years. I found it interesting that she tried to make this sword & sorcery tale a sword & science tale instead.

The Sword of Rhiannon is an improvement over A World Is Born, Brackett’s novella that I read earlier last year. The science is, again, kind of thin, but I like that excuse for the power of the ancient cursed god better than magic would have been. I also continue to love the imagery she creates and the world-building she does. Just picturing a lush, green Mars filled with all kinds of people: I like that. The Sword of Rhiannon.

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It was first published Sea-Kings of Mars and Otherworldly Stories in "Thrilling Wonder" Magazine in 1949 (cover artist Earle Bergey). It is like Indiana Jones looted Cthulhu's tomb! This really is a gem. Written before Sci-Fi and Fantasy really became substantial genres of their own, the summary of this sounds Sci-Fi but really is Fantasy.

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The Sword of Rhiannon. A collection of the best stories by one of fantasy and science fiction's most evocative writers, including Sea Kings of Mars, which combines high adventure with a strongly romantic vision of an ancient, sea-girt Martian civilisation. Leigh Brackett (1915-1978) was an accomplished and prolific writer of fantasy and SF, as well as a Hollywood screen writer (she received a posthumous Oscar for the script for The Empire Strikes Back). She was married to the SF writer Edmond Hamilton.

Historical adventure fiction is one of the primary roots of swords & sorcery. The Swords and Sorcery blog takes a look at Henry Kuttner's ELAK of ATLANTIS! swordssorcery. From it you get the same fast-paced adventure in exotic settings. Swords & Sorcery: a blog: Elak of Atlantis - antediluvian antics.

Books, Planet Stories® . The Paizo Warehouse will be closed for inventory from January 6th-January 10th, 2020. More details can be found in our Customer Service forum. For lovers of the planetary romance, the other-world adventure, or the sword and sorcery tale rife with abominable creatures and darker magics, you can't go wrong with these classic tales of the imagination. Dave Truesdale, Fantasy & Science Fiction magazine.

Planet Stories published the novella "Lorelei of the Red Mist", in which the .

Planet Stories published the novella "Lorelei of the Red Mist", in which the protagonist is a thief called Hugh Starke. Brackett finished the first half before turning it over to Ray Bradbury, so that she could leave to work on the screenplay of the movie The Big Sleep, based on a Chandler novel. Brackett returned to science fiction writing after her movie work, in 1948. The latter was later published as The Sword of Rhiannon, a vivid description of Mars before its oceans evaporated.

The Sword of Rhiannon is a science fantasy novel by American writer Leigh Brackett, set in her usual venue of Mars. A 1942 Brackett story, "The Sorcerer of Rhiannon", also uses the name; however, it is the name of a place rather than a character. The novel was first published in the June 1949 issue of Thrilling Wonder Stories as "Sea-Kings of Mars". Its first book publication was in the early Ace Double D-36 with Conan the Conqueror by Robert E. Howard.

A Handi-Book Mystery. Leigh Brackett, The Sword of Rhiannon. Planet Stories was launched at the same time as Planet Comics and ran for 71 issues between 1939 and 1955. Purchased at Fremont swap meet, Seattle, May 4, 2014. Art by Frank Kelly Freas for "Lorelei of the Red Mist" by Ray Bradbury & Leigh Brackett in "Tops in Science Fiction" (Fall 1953) by Leo Boudreau. Flipside is Conan the Conqueror by Robert E Howard. It didn’t pay enough to attract the best authors to its pages on a regular basis but it did manage to attract well-known names on occasion, including Ray Bradbury, Leigh Brackett, Isaac Asimov, Clifford Simak and Philip K. Dick.

Greed pulls the archaeologist Matt Carse into the forgotten tomb of the Martian god Rhiannon and plunges the unlikely hero into the Red Planet’s fantastic past, when vast oceans covered the land and the legendary Sea-Kings ruled from terraced palaces of decadence and delight. Talented enough to co-write The Big Sleep film with William Faulkner and imaginative enough to pen the original screenplay for The Empire Strikes Back, Leigh Brackett is a giant in the science-fiction field, and The Sword of Rhiannon is one of her most popular adventure tales.
  • FYI, I compared the paperback version with the pulp magazine version "Sea Kings of Mars" and, as far as I can tell, they are identical.

    No point in reviewing the book. You either have a soft spot for pulp sf or you don't.

  • Old school book, timeless appeal. Love the story, characters, and feel. Will be getting more from this author.

  • Classics

  • I first read this back in the late 60's when I came across a dog-eared copy at a used bookstore. Having already read the Barsoom series by Edgar Rice Burroughs, I quickly got caught-up in this story that starts and ends on a dying Mars. Back then, the fact that most of the story takes place on a "wet" Mars was more fantasay than science fiction. Today, we know that there once was a "wet" Mars. It's a great book by a great author, Leigh Brackett.

  • First published in 1949 as "The Sea-Kings Of Mars", The Sword Of Rhiannon is among the best science fantasy stories to emerge from the later golden age of science fiction. Leigh Brackett was one of the few women writing in the science fiction and fantasy fields during this time. She would later go on to marry another SF writer, Edmond Hamilton, and write extensively for Hollywood. One of her last works was treatment for the second Star Wars movie.

    The Sword of Rhiannon is a planetary adventure novel which takes place on Mars. This is not the Mars we know today with little air, but the one of 1940's, where it was still assumed to have canals and a breathable atmosphere. This is the same Mars which would figure so eloquently into Ray Bradbury and Edgar Rice Burroughs stories. Here, Mars is a place of exotic landscapes which offers the terrestrial traveler the chance for adventure and redemption.

    The book begins with Matthew Carse and appears to be set in the near future. Carse has come to Mars as an archeologist and is studying the lost civilizations of the planet. Most of the scenery is arid, the vast oceans of Mars haven dried-up millenia ago. One night a tomb robber lures him outside the city boundaries where he is living to examine an undiscovered find. The tomb, the robber explains, is that of Rhiannon, the ancient and accursed bringer of knowledge to the humanoid races of Mars. Carse finds the tomb, but falls into an inter-dimensional void holding the sword from the tomb. When he emerges from the void, he still finds himself inside the tomb, but the Mars outside in the one which existed a million years ago.

    Trapped in the past, he makes his way back to the city, which is now a port town on a vast ocean. He's rescued from a mob who thinks he's a foreign spy. But his saviour, a fat thief named Boghaz, has recognized the sword Carse is carrying as being the legendary one belonging to Rhiannon. He tries to steal it for himself, but both men are captured by the city guard and press-ganged into service as galley slaves on a royal ship. The vessel is carrying the haughty Princess Ywain of Sark on a diplomatic mission to one of her father's allies in their continual war against the Sea-King freebooters. Eventually, Lady Ywain recognizes the sword and what it represents. Her actions set-off a chain of events which involve Carse leading a mutiny on the ship and joining up with the Sea-Kings. However, Carse is aware of a phantom presence which has been inside his mind since he left the tomb.

    Brackett's style is romantic and atmospheric. She writes of women walking along the canals with bells tinkling in the evening. Of the Martian moons rising over the seas. Her characters have names such as "Ironbeard". Mars is a place for mythic transformation in her mind. It's the Mars of Lawrence of Arabia and The Man Who Would Be King. Since she was writing in the 1940's, you can feel a the lure of exotic lands in her descriptions.

    Her characters are multi-faceted too. The archaeologist who ends up leading a war ship. The thief who becomes a great leader. And the princess humbled by the eloquence of a man from distant lands. I'm surprised this short novel doesn't have a better following.

    The Sword Of Rhiannon is an epic science fantasy tale. It ranks with the best works of Robert E Howard and Charles Saunders.
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  • If my memory serves me (and that is becoming more problematic as each year passes), I first read this work in either 1958 or 1959. The edition I read, the one being reviewed here, hit the stands in 1953 and sold for .40 cents. Even in 1958 this was a Kingly sum. Anyway, I still have that old book and recently while digging through ancient boxes moldering in my attic I "rediscovered," and I must tell you that I enjoyed this current reading as much as I did the first way back when.

    If you take Indiana Jones and his adventures and then take John Carter and throw attributes into the mix along with just a bit of mystic interference from Gods and such...think Homer, then you will get the picture.

    Matt Carse, our hero, is a sort of futuristic Indiana Jones...investigating and digging through interplanetary ruins in a sort of mercenary sort of way, far in the future. Now while rummaging through places he should not have been digging on the now barren planet of Mars, his body is sort of inhabited by a mythical "god" and Carse is placed into the position of having to fight all this ancient beings battles allover again. Enter the personification of John Carter!

    There is much swashbuckling action, maidens to rescue (Although the maid in this adventure is a bit different that some of the young ladies Burroughs gave us and actually did not need all that much rescuing - truth be told). The action is swift and graphic and the author keeps the story moving right a long which is expected in this sort of work. Of course we have an extra factor thrown in with this adventure with the fact that Matt Carse is not only fighting his own battles, but he is also battling for Earth's future! Good grief! The pressure!

    In the few novels in this genre Leigh Brackett wrote, she has been favorably compared to ERB. I cannot deny, despite being a loyal Burroughs follower, that the lady sure came pretty close as to story line, and most certainly writing skills. In my opinion Brackett does a much better job with dialog than Burroughs, and is funny to boot. If you enjoyed the John Carter of Mars series, then you most certainly will enjoy this one.

    Do note though that with all books of this sort, the reader must gear up their credulity a bit but I will tell you that Brackett handles this aspect of the fantasy of that era better than most. There is logic to what she writes if you do not examine it too closely...hey, just read it and enjoy it.

    Don Blankenship
    The Ozarks