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Hoi, Jeff, and a rotating roster of guests discuss the classic adventure, fantasy, horror, science fiction, and weird fiction that inspired the creation of Dungeons & Dragons, the world's first roleplaying game.

Hoi, Jeff, and a rotating roster of guests discuss the classic adventure, fantasy, horror, science fiction, and weird fiction that inspired the creation of Dungeons & Dragons, the world's first roleplaying game.
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Hoi, Jeff, and a rotating roster of guests discuss the classic adventure, fantasy, horror, science fiction, and weird fiction that inspired the creation of Dungeons & Dragons, the world's first roleplaying game.

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English


Episodes

Episode 17 - Robert E. Howard, L. Sprague de Camp, & Lin Carter’s “Conan of Cimmeria”

12/4/2017
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Hoi and Jeff discuss Robert E. Howard, L. Sprague de Camp, & Lin Carter’s “Conan of Cimmeria”. Full show notes to follow.

Duration: 00:44:34


Episode 16 - L. Sprague de Camp's "Lest Darkness Fall"

11/27/2017
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Hoi and Jeff discuss L. Sprague de Camp's "Lest Darkness Fall" Full show notes to follow.

Duration: 00:49:13


Episode 15 - Lin Carter's "Giant of World's End"

11/20/2017
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Hoi and Jeff discuss Lin Carter's "Giant of World's End". Complete show notes to follow.

Duration: 00:47:35


Episode 14 - Sterling E. Lanier's "Hiero's Journey"

11/13/2017
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Hoi and Jeff discuss Sterling E. Lanier's "Hiero's Journey". Full shgw notes forthcoming.

Duration: 00:58:27


Episode 13 - Gardner F. Fox's "Kothar: Barbarian Swordsman"

11/6/2017
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Hoi and Jeff discuss Gardner F. Fox's "Kothar: Barbarian Swordsman". Full show notes forthcoming.

Duration: 00:53:51


Episode 12 - Michael Moorcock's "The Stealer of Souls"

10/30/2017
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Hoi and Jeff discuss Michael Moorcock’s "The Stealer of Souls". Full show notes forthcoming...

Duration: 00:54:59


Episode 11 - John Bellairs's "The Face in the Frost"

10/16/2017
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At first glance John Bellairs’s The Face in the Frost is a bit of an anomaly, both in his own body of work and in Appendix N. It is the only Bellairs work cited by Gary Gygax in Appendix N, and ended up being Bellairs’s first and only fantasy novel directed at adults. Bellairs began work on The Face in the Frost in the late 1960s after reading J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. He created his protagonist Prospero as a reaction to the might and nobility of Gandalf, rendering Prospero...

Duration: 00:52:35


Episode 10 - Roger Zelazny's "Jack of Shadows"

10/2/2017
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Hoi, Jeff, and a rotating roster of guests discuss the classic adventure, fantasy, horror, science fiction, and weird fiction that inspired the creation of Dungeons & Dragons, the world’s first roleplaying game. The Appendix N: Inspirational and Educational Reading, from the AD&D Dungeon Masters Guide, form the works of fiction that inspired Dungeons & Dragons and the Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG. The Appendix N Book Club is our opportunity to discuss these books.

Duration: 00:55:39


Episode 9 - Poul Anderson's Three Hearts and Three Lions

9/25/2017
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Poul Anderson’s Three Hearts and Three Lions was originally serialized in 1953 in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction--eight years later a revised and expanded version of the tale would see print in hardcover from Doubleday, followed by an Avon paperback in 1962. It has remained sporadically in print ever since, largely overshadowed by Anderson’s more famous science fiction works. Although Anderson was best known during the first half of his writing career as a science fiction...

Duration: 00:55:52


Episode 8 - Philip José Farmer's "The Maker of Universes"

9/18/2017
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In retrospect, the publication of Philip José Farmer’s The Maker of Universes (Ace Books, 1965) marks the beginning of the most productive and rewarding phase of Farmer’s writing career. It can hardly have seemed that way at the time, as Farmer was toiling away as a technical writer in Scottsdale, Arizona to support himself and his family. Even though Farmer had been a published writer as of 1946 and had even won his first Hugo Award in 1953 (as “Best New SF Author or Artist”), commercial...

Duration: 00:54:41


Episode 7 – Fletcher Pratt's "The Blue Star"

9/4/2017
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Fletcher Pratt’s The Blue Star first saw print in the hardcover anthology Witches Three (Twayne Publishers, 1952), which also included Fritz Leiber’s Conjure Wife and James Blish’s “There Shall be No Darkness”. Pratt himself was the uncredited editor of the Witches Three, which ended up being the second and final volume in the short-lived “Twayne Triplets” series of themed hardcover fantastic fiction anthologies. Witches Three and The Blue Star in particular were positively reviewed at the...

Duration: 00:47:09


Episode 6 – Edgar Rice Burrough's "At the Earth's Core"

8/21/2017
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Edgar Rice Burroughs’ first Pellucidar book At the Earth’s Core was part of the supernova period at the beginning of his writing career, wherein he managed to write 25 novels between 1911-1915! The serialization of At the Earth’s Core in All-Story Weekly magazine in 1914 represents the extraordinary feat of launching three major literary franchises in a mere three years, following on the Mars/Barsoom series and the Tarzan series. Pellucidar's Hollow Earth setting with its weird timeless...

Duration: 00:53:32


Episode 5 – J.R.R. Tolkien's “The Hobbit"

8/7/2017
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The Hobbit first came to Oxford University professor J.R.R. Tolkien when he was grading papers in the early 1930s. Coming upon a blank page in an exam book, he suddenly wrote “In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.” Tolkien worked on The Hobbit for the next several years before submitting it for publication in 1936 as a children’s book to George Allen & Unwin, then known mainly as an academic publishing house. The publisher Stanley Unwin paid his ten-year-old son Rayner a shilling...

Duration: 00:52:46


Episode 4 - Jack Vance's "The Dying Earth" with special guest Gavin Norman

7/31/2017
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Special guest Gavin Norman (author of The Complete Vivimancer and Theorems & Thaumaturgy) joins us to discuss Jack Vance‘s The Dying Earth! Jack Vance originally wrote the loosely connected stories that comprise The Dying Earth while serving in the United States Merchant Marine during World War II. Vance’s fiction had started appearing in pulp magazines as early as 1945, and The Dying Earth marked his first book publication when it was released in digest-sized paperback in 1950 by Hillman...

Duration: 00:59:58


Episode 2 – Robert E. Howard, L. Sprague de Camp, & Lin Carter's "Conan"

7/14/2017
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Conan (Lancer Books, 1967) by Robert E. Howard, L. Sprague de Camp, and Lin Carter was part of first comprehensive paperback edition of the Conan saga. Conan was the fifth volume published, although it is first in the internal chronology--later printings of the series numbered the books in chronological order. When Lancer when out of business in 1973, Ace Books picked up and completed the series, keeping it in print until the mid 1990s. In a now controversial move, series editors de Camp...

Duration: 00:55:52


Episode 1 - L. Sprague de Camp & Fletcher Pratt's "The Compleat Enchanter"

7/4/2017
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Hoi and Jeff discuss L. Sprague de Camp & Fletcher Pratt's "The Compleat Enchanter"

Duration: 00:52:47


Episode 0 - The Appendix N (and why we care)

6/29/2017
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Hoi and Jeff explain what the Appendix N is and why they care.

Duration: 00:30:51