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L. Sprague De Camp

Lyon Sprague de Camp was an American writer of science fiction, fantasy, and non-fiction. In a career spanning 60 years, he wrote over 100 books, including novels and works of non-fiction, including biographies of other fantasy authors. He was a major figure in science fiction in the 1930s and 1940s.

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The Tritonian Ring

L. Sprague De Camp

Celebrated author L. Sprague de Camp recaptures our imaginations with this accounting of the relationship between of God and Man in a tale that critic Groff Conklin says is “…in the Conan tradition in every sense of the word, though better written.”

When the Gods of the West assemble to talk about ...

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The Arrows of Hercules

L. Sprague De Camp

Set in the time of Dionysios I of Syracuse, at the beginning of the 4th century BC, The Arrows of Hercules tells the tale of Zopyros of Tarentum, an engineer who invents an improved type of catapult.

He is quickly drafted by Dionysios into Syracuse's war efforts against Carthage, which sets him on ...

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The Best of L. Sprague de Camp

L. Sprague De Camp

A science fiction collection by one of the all-time greats of science fiction, L. Sprague de Camp. These stories and poems exemplify de Camp’s unique outlook on life and mankind and are told with a quiet but sharp irony that became his trademark. Bold, inventive and humorous, this collection is a m...

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The Bronze God of Rhodes

L. Sprague De Camp

The Bronze God of Rhodes is written as the memoirs of Chares of Lindos, a Greek sculptor born on the island of Rhodes. A pupil of Lysippos, Chares eventually built the Colossus of Rhodes, now considered to be one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

These memoirs present the trials and tribul...

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The Dragon of the Ishtar Gate

L. Sprague De Camp

Jefferson Kopal, the privileged son of a wealthy family, knows he is a coward and a failure. He dreads appearing for and then barely passes the Space Navy test to qualify for service as an officer-something that has been an integral part of his family's tradition.

He is assigned to the remote Borde...

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The Glory That Was

L. Sprague De Camp

A true tour de force for de Camp, The Glory That Was brings together many of the themes the author excelled in writing about, including time travel and alternate history.

Earth in the twenty-seventh century is ruled by a constitutional monarchy, though both the World Emperor and his Prime Minister ...

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The Golden Wind

L. Sprague De Camp

The Golden Wind is the last of the five classic historicals de Camp wrote (both historically and chronologically). The novel tells of the early adventures of Eudoxus of Cyzicus and Hippalus in their original voyages from Egypt to India by sea.

Eudoxus was a Greek navigator who is credited with expl...

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Lest Darkness Fall & Related Stories

L. Sprague De Camp

Rarely do books greatly influence a genre as Lest Darkness Fall has had on science fiction. Frequently quoted as one of the “favorite” books of many of the masters of the field, this book by L. Sprague de Camp helped establish time-travel as a solid sub-genre of science fiction.

An indication of th...

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Rogue Queen

L. Sprague De Camp

Rogue Queen is a ground-breaking novel by L. Sprague de Camp that was one of the first science fiction books to deal with sexual themes, paving the way for more daring works by future authors.

Part of the Viagens Interplanetarias series, the story takes place on a planet circling the star Lalande 2...

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An Elephant for Aristotle

L. Sprague De Camp

What finer way for Alexander the Great to honor his old tutor Aristotle than to send him an actual Indian elephant? After capturing a magnificent specimen from an Indian ruler, Alexander tasks Leon of Atrax, a cavalry commander, to deliver the animal to Aristotle in Athens. Leon leads a motley crew ...

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