Sunday, 10 December 2017
Swords (Or "S&SX3")
Sf includes "Sword and Science," e.g., John Carter.
Historical fiction includes "sword and sandals," e.g., Ben Hur.
Poul Anderson wrote:
Conan The Rebel (see above);
The Broken Sword (fantasy);
other fantasy novels;
The Golden Slave (historical);
Rogue Sword (historical);
"Son of the Sword" (prehistorical);
The High Crusade (historical sf) -
- and Flandry fences twice (sf).
Thus, Andersonian comprehensiveness.
SM Stirling's Emberverse:
loss of science;
return to "sword and sandals";
also, return of sorcery.
These reflections were prompted by reading an account of a slave galley in Stirling's Prince Of Outcasts.