• Title: The Best of L. Sprague de Camp
  • Author: L. Sprague de Camp
  • ISBN: 9780345254740
  • Page: 306
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • The Best of L Sprague de Camp This contains Hyperpilosity Language for Time Travelers The Command The Merman Employment The Gnarly Man Reward of Virtue Nothing in the Rules The Hardwood Pile The Reluctant Shaman The Inspector s Te
    This contains Hyperpilosity Language for Time Travelers The Command The Merman Employment The Gnarly Man Reward of Virtue Nothing in the Rules The Hardwood Pile The Reluctant Shaman The Inspector s Teeth The Ameba The Guided Man Judgment Day A Gun for Dinosaur The Emperor s Fan Two Yards of Dragon and The Little Green Men.

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    1. This volume provides a generous collection of the science-fiction and fantasy of L. Sprague de Camp. There is also a non-fiction essay on language, three poems, and a short auto-biographical "Afterword".The tone of most of the stories is lightly satiric and humorous but "Judgement Day" is a powerful and very dark piece indeed. Personally, I think that the author's work is at its best in the collaborations with Fletcher Pratt. Nonetheless, though the quality of the individual selections is variab [...]

    2. L. Sprague de Camp (1907-2000) was one of the first science fiction writers that I read, particularly his short stories. This book is a collection of his short stories, many of which I read and even remember (!), especially "A Gun for Dinosaur," "The Gnarly Man," and "Judgment Day." "A Gun for Dinosaur" remains my favorite of all his short stories, although now I find the idea of utilizing a time machine to send safaris back to the Mesozoic to hunt dinosaurs to be a ludicrous idea. But I still e [...]

    3. De Camp is always pretty solid, and this collection of some of his stories (plus one famous essay about how English might change over the coming centuries) is pretty good. My favorites would be "The Command" and "Hyperpilosity" (two very early sci-fi pieces) and "The emperor's fan" and "Two yards of dragon," two later fantasy tales. "Hyperpilosity" is a satirical story, perhaps most interesting because De Camp describes a prion-based disease long before prions were even known to exist. "The comm [...]

    4. A collection of short stories by L Sprague De Camp with a forward by Poul Anderson. Contents: "L. Sprague de Camp — Engineer and Sorcerer" by Poul Anderson "Hyperpilosity" "Language for Time Travelers" "The Command" "The Merman" "Employment" "The Gnarly Man" "Reward of Virtue" (poem) "Nothing in the Rules" "The Hardwood Pile" "The Reluctant Shaman" "The Inspector's Teeth" "The Guided Man" "The Ameba" (poem) "Judgment Day" "A Gun for Dinosaur" "The Emperor's Fan" "Two Yards of Dragon" "The Litt [...]

    5. I smiled, I giggled, I learnt. De Camp's short stories are unlike any other, no matter whether he attempt horror, fantasy or science fiction, the result is always similarly whimsical. In reality I feel that these stories should be quizzically frowned at, or shrugged off as juvenile and absurd, but it's hard to do so. Despite utter madness such as mankind becoming hairy and liking it, an intelligent bear saving the world, or the reanimation of a mammoth fossil, these stories are all tongue-in-che [...]

    6. De Camp was a master of a special style of short story that was published in the pulp magazines of the Forties and Fifties. These are humorous stories in which one element of fantasy or speculative science gets introduced into the everyday world and the consequences are logically worked out. For example, what if a virus caused all its victims to grow fur, or what if dryads turned out to be real. I love this type of story, but very few writers attempt this style anymore.

    7. I can't compare to much other stuff he's written. I'd read Lest Darkness Fall, and maybe one other book by him.The stories were pretty hit and miss. A couple were great. Some were ok. A couple didn't really have anything in them. I wouldn't say any were BAD, at least. It was a light read-after reading The Brothers Karamazov, that was my main concern.

    8. Good solid old time SF. A lot of stories from the 30's including, "Employment" from 1939. About bringing back pre-historic creatures through their DNA.An idea like that would make a good movie.

    9. This collection was remarkable for the out of the box and humorous nature of the stories. I also especially enjoyed De Camp's dialogue. He takes pains to write in the vernacular of whatever character he's speaking for.Excellent collection of stories, well worth the read.

    10. DeCamp was a contemporary of Asimov, Bradbury, Heinlein, etc, who got his start in John Campbell's Astounding Science Fiction magazine, as most of 'em did. This is a collection of his short stories. They range from entertaining to mildly profound.

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