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L. Sprague de Camp

L. Sprague de Camp and Catherine Crook de Camp

Pseudonym Lyman R. Lyon
Born November 27, 1907(1907-11-27)
New York City, New York
Died November 6, 2000 (aged 92)
Plano, Texas
Occupation Novelist, short story author, essayist, historian
Genres Science fiction, Fantasy, Alternate History, Historical fiction, History

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Lyon Sprague de Camp, (November 27, 1907November 6, 2000) was an American science fiction and fantasy author. In a writing career spanning fifty years he wrote over one hundred books, including both novels and notable works of nonfiction, such as biographies of other important fantasy authors. is the 331st day of the year (332nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1907 (MCMVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Monday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... is the 310th day of the year (311th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... Motto: (traditional) In God We Trust (official, 1956–present) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City Official language(s) None at the federal level; English de facto Government Federal Republic  - President George W. Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence - Declared - Recognized... Note that this partial list contains some authors whose works of fantastic fiction would today be called science fiction, even if they predate, or did not work in that genre. ... The definition of a fantasy author is somewhat diffuse, and a matter of opinion - Jules Verne considered H. G. Wells to be a fantasy author - and there is considerable overlap with science fiction authors and horror fiction authors. ...

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Life

De Camp was born in New York City. Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ...


Trained as an aeronautical engineer, De Camp received a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology in 1930 and Master of Science degree in Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology in 1933. The California Institute of Technology (commonly referred to as Caltech)[1] is a private, coeducational research university located in Pasadena, California, in the United States. ... Stevens Institute of Technology is a technological university located on a 55 acre (223,000 m²) campus in Hoboken, New Jersey, USA, founded in 1870 on the basis of an 1868 bequest from Edwin A. Stevens. ...


He married Catherine Crook in 1940, with whom he collaborated on numerous works of fiction and nonfiction beginning in the 1960s. Catherine Adelaide Crook de Camp, (b. ...

L. Sprague de Camp (centre) with Robert A. Heinlein and Isaac Asimov
L. Sprague de Camp (centre) with Robert A. Heinlein and Isaac Asimov

During World War II, de Camp worked at the Philadelphia Naval Yard with fellow authors Isaac Asimov and Robert A. Heinlein. He rose to the rank of Lieutenant Commander in the Naval Reserve. Download high resolution version (1200x966, 143 KB)Robert Heinlein, L. Sprague de Camp, and Isaac Asimov, Philadelphia Navy Yard, 1944. ... Download high resolution version (1200x966, 143 KB)Robert Heinlein, L. Sprague de Camp, and Isaac Asimov, Philadelphia Navy Yard, 1944. ... Robert Anson Heinlein (July 7, 1907 – May 8, 1988) was one of the most popular, influential, and controversial authors of hard science fiction. ... Isaac Asimov (January 2?, 1920?[1] – April 6, 1992), pronounced , originally Исаак Озимов but now transcribed into Russian as Айзек Азимов [1], was a Russian-born American author and professor of biochemistry, a highly successful writer, best known for his works of science fiction and for his popular science books. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... The Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, formerly Navy Yard, was the first naval shipyard of the United States. ... Isaac Asimov (January 2?, 1920?[1] – April 6, 1992), pronounced , originally Исаак Озимов but now transcribed into Russian as Айзек Азимов [1], was a Russian-born American author and professor of biochemistry, a highly successful writer, best known for his works of science fiction and for his popular science books. ... Robert Anson Heinlein (July 7, 1907 – May 8, 1988) was one of the most popular, influential, and controversial authors of hard science fiction. ...


He was a member of the all-male literary banqueting club the Trap Door Spiders, which served as the basis of Isaac Asimov's fictional group of mystery solvers the Black Widowers. De Camp himself was the model for the Geoffrey Avalon character. For other uses, see Trapdoor spider. ... Isaac Asimov (January 2?, 1920?[1] – April 6, 1992), pronounced , originally Исаак Озимов but now transcribed into Russian as Айзек Азимов [1], was a Russian-born American author and professor of biochemistry, a highly successful writer, best known for his works of science fiction and for his popular science books. ... Starting in 1971, Isaac Asimov wrote a series of mystery short stories about a men-only dinner club called the Black Widowers. ...


He was also a member of the Swordsmen and Sorcerers' Guild of America (SAGA), a loose-knit group of Heroic Fantasy authors founded in the 1960s, some of whose works were anthologized in Lin Carter's Flashing Swords! anthologies. The Swordsmen and Sorcerers Guild of America (SAGA) is the name of a literary group of American fantasy authors active from the 1960s through the 1980s, noted for their contributions to the fantasy subgenre of heroic fantasy or Sword and Sorcery. ... Heroic fantasy is a sub-genre of fantasy literature which chronicles the tales of heros and their conquests in imaginary lands. ... Linwood Vrooman Carter (June 9, 1930 - February 7, 1988) was an American author of science fiction and fantasy, as well as an editor and critic. ... Flashing Swords! #1 edited by Lin Carter, Dell Books, 1973 Flashing Swords! was a series of fantasy anthologies published by Dell Books from 1973 to 1981 under the editorship of Lin Carter. ...


The de Camps moved to Plano, Texas in 1989. De Camp died there on November 6, 2000, seven months after the death of his wife of sixty years, Catherine Crook de Camp. He died on what would have been her birthday, three weeks shy of his own 93rd birthday. His ashes were inurned with those of his wife in Arlington National Cemetery. Nickname: Location within the state of Texas Coordinates: , County Government  - Mayor Pat Evans Area  - City 185. ... For other uses, see Texas (disambiguation). ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 310th day of the year (311th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


De Camp's personal library of about 1,200 books was acquired for auction by Half Price Books in 2005. The collection included books inscribed by fellow writers such as Isaac Asimov and Carl Sagan, as well as de Camp himself. Half Price Books, Records, Magazines, Incorporated is a family-owned chain of bookstores in the United States. ... Isaac Asimov (January 2?, 1920?[1] – April 6, 1992), pronounced , originally Исаак Озимов but now transcribed into Russian as Айзек Азимов [1], was a Russian-born American author and professor of biochemistry, a highly successful writer, best known for his works of science fiction and for his popular science books. ... Insert non-formatted text here Carl Edward Sagan (November 9, 1934 – December 20, 1996) was an American astronomer and astrobiologist and a highly successful popularizer of astronomy, astrophysics, and other natural sciences. ...


Works

De Camp was a materialist who wrote works examining society, history, technology and myth. He published numerous short stories, novels, non-fiction works and poems during his long career. In philosophy, materialism is that form of physicalism which holds that the only thing that can truly be said to exist is matter; that fundamentally, all things are composed of material and all phenomena are the result of material interactions; that matter is the only substance. ... For other uses, see Society (disambiguation). ... This article is about the study of the past in human terms. ... By the mid 20th century humans had achieved a mastery of technology sufficient to leave the surface of the Earth for the first time and explore space. ... For other uses, see Mythology (disambiguation). ...


De Camp had the mind of an educator, and a common theme in many of his works is a corrective impulse regarding similar previous works by other authors. A highly rational and logical thinker, he was frequently disturbed by what he regarded as logical lapses and absurdities in others' writings. Thus, his response to Mark Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court was to write a similar time travel novel in which the method of time travel was rationalized and the hero's technical expertise both set at a believable level and constrained by the technological limitations of the age. In like fashion he reimagined space opera and planetary romances in his "Viagens Interplanetarias" series, and the prehistoric precursor civilizations characteristic of much heroic fantasy in his "Pusadian series." When he was not debunking literary conventions he was often explaining them, as with the early "Harold Shea" stories co-written with Fletcher Pratt, in which the magical premises behind a number of bodies of myths and legends were accepted as a given but examined and elucidated in terms of their own systems of inherent logic. De Camp's explanatory tendency also carried over into his non-fictional writings. Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910),[1] better known by the pen name Mark Twain, was an American humanist,[2] humorist, satirist, lecturer and writer. ... A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthurs Court is an 1889 novel by American humorist and writer Mark Twain. ... Time travel is a concept that has long fascinated humanity—whether it is Merlin experiencing time backwards, or religious traditions like Mohammeds trip to Jerusalem and ascent to heaven, returning before a glass knocked over had spilt its contents. ... Classic pulp space opera cover, with the usual cliché elements. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Sword and Planet. ... The Continent Makers and Other Tales of the Viagens by L. Sprague de Camp, Twayne Publishers, 1953 The Viagens Interplanetarias series is a sequence of science fiction stories by L. Sprague de Camp, begun in the late 1940s and written under the influence of contemporary space opera and sword and... Heroic fantasy is a sub-genre of fantasy literature which chronicles the tales of heros and their conquests in imaginary lands. ... The Tritonian Ring and Other Pusadian Tales by L. Sprague de Camp, Twayne Publishers, 1953 The Pusadian series is a sequence of fantasy stories by L. Sprague de Camp, begun in the early 1950s and written under the influence of Robert E. Howards Conan stories. ... The Roaring Trumpet in Unknown, May 1940 The Harold Shea Stories is a name given to a series of five fantasy stories by the collaborative team of L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt and to its later continuation by de Camp alone, Christopher Stasheff, Holly Lisle, John Maddox Roberts... Murray Fletcher Pratt (1897–1956) was a science fiction and fantasy writer; he was also well-known as a writer on naval history and on the American Civil War. ... For other uses, see Mythology (disambiguation). ... A legend (Latin, legenda, things to be read) is a narrative of human actions that are perceived both by teller and listeners to take place within human history and to possess certain qualities that give the tale verisimilitude. ...


Science Fiction

De Camp's science fiction is marked by a concern for linguistics and historical forces. His first published story was "The Isolinguals" in the September 1937 issue of Astounding Science Fiction. His most highly regarded works in the genre are his time travel and alternate history stories, including Lest Darkness Fall (1939), "The Wheels of If" (1940), "A Gun for Dinosaur" (1956), "Aristotle and the Gun" (1958) and The Glory That Was (1960) – in the last of which the "time travel" actually turns out to be a tour de force of historical recreation. Year 1937 (MCMXXXVII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Astounding Stories was a seminal science fiction magazine founded in 1930. ... Time travel is a concept that has long fascinated humanity—whether it is Merlin experiencing time backwards, or religious traditions like Mohammeds trip to Jerusalem and ascent to heaven, returning before a glass knocked over had spilt its contents. ... Alternate history (fiction) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... Lest Darkness Fall is an alternate history science fiction novel written in 1939 by author L. Sprague de Camp. ... Year 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1940 (MCMXL) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display the full 1940 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... A car from 1956 Year 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Jan. ... The Glory That Was by L. Sprague de Camp, Avalon, 1960 The Glory That Was is a science fiction novel by L. Sprague de Camp. ... Year 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


His most extended work was his "Viagens Interplanetarias" series, set in a future where Brazil is the dominant power, particularly a subseries of sword and planet novels set on the planet Krishna beginning with The Queen of Zamba. His most influential Viagens novel was the non-Krishna work Rogue Queen, a tale of a hive society undermined by interstellar contact, which was one of the earliest science fiction novels to deal with sexual themes. The Continent Makers and Other Tales of the Viagens by L. Sprague de Camp, Twayne Publishers, 1953 The Viagens Interplanetarias series is a sequence of science fiction stories by L. Sprague de Camp, begun in the late 1940s and written under the influence of contemporary space opera and sword and... Sword and Planet is a subgenre of speculative fiction that features rousing adventure stories set on other planets, and usually featuring Earthmen as protagonists. ... The Queen of Zamba by L. Sprague de Camp, Ace Books, 1982 The Queen of Zamba is a science fiction novel written by L. Sprague de Camp, the first book of his Viagens Interplanetarias series and its subseries of stories set on the fictional planet Krishna. ... Rogue Queen by L. Sprague de Camp, Doubleday, 1951 Rogue Queen is a science fiction novel written by L. Sprague de Camp, a volume in his Viagens Interplanetarias series. ...


De Camp wrote a number of less-known but significant works that explored such topics as racism, which he considered to be more accurately described as ethnocentrism. He pointed out that no scholar comparing the merits of various ethnicities has ever sought to prove that his own ethnicity was inferior to others, a point that is not actually true (see, for example, the idea of the Model Minority). Manifestations Slavery Racial profiling Lynching Hate speech Hate crime Genocide (examples) Ethnocide Ethnic cleansing Pogrom Race war Religious persecution Blood libel Paternalism Police brutality Movements Policies Discriminatory Race / Religion / Sex segregation Apartheid Redlining Internment Ethnocracy Anti-discriminatory Emancipation Civil rights Desegregation Integration Equal opportunity Counter-discriminatory Affirmative action Racial quota... Christopher Columbus 1492 voyage is seen by many Europeans as the discovery of the Americas, despite the fact that humans first reached it some 12,000 years prior. ... April 1984 cover of Newsweek featuring an article on the success of Asian American students Model minority refers to a minority ethnic, racial, or religious group whose members achieve a higher degree of success than the population average. ...


Fantasy

De Camp was best known for his light fantasy, particularly the "Harold Shea" series and "Gavagan's Bar" series, both written in collaboration with his longtime friend Fletcher Pratt. The pair also wrote a number of stand-alone novels similar in tone to the Harold Shea stories, of which the most highly regarded is Land of Unreason, and de Camp produced a few more on his own. The Roaring Trumpet in Unknown, May 1940 The Harold Shea Stories is a name given to a series of five fantasy stories by the collaborative team of L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt and to its later continuation by de Camp alone, Christopher Stasheff, Holly Lisle, John Maddox Roberts... Tales from Gavagans Bar by L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt, Bantam Books, 1980 Tales from Gavagans Bar is a collection of short stories by science fiction and fantasy authors L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt, illustrated by the latters wife Inga Pratt. ... Murray Fletcher Pratt (1897–1956) was a science fiction and fantasy writer; he was also well-known as a writer on naval history and on the American Civil War. ... Land of Unreason by Fletcher Pratt and L. Sprague de Camp, Ballantine Books, 1970 Land of Unreason is a fantasy novel written by Fletcher Pratt and L. Sprague de Camp. ...


De Camp was also known for his sword and sorcery, a fantasy genre he was instrumental in reviving through his editorial work on and continuation of Robert E. Howard's "Conan" cycle. He himself wrote three sword and sorcery sequences of note. The early "Pusadian series," composed of the novel The Tritonian Ring and several short stories, is set in an antediluvian era similar to Howard's. This article is about a fantasy sub-genre. ... Robert Ervin Howard (January 22, 1906 – June 11, 1936)[1] was a classic American pulp writer of fantasy, horror, historical adventure, boxing, western, and detective fiction. ... This article is about the fictional character. ... The Tritonian Ring and Other Pusadian Tales by L. Sprague de Camp, Twayne Publishers, 1953 The Pusadian series is a sequence of fantasy stories by L. Sprague de Camp, begun in the early 1950s and written under the influence of Robert E. Howards Conan stories. ... The Tritonian Ring is a fantasy novel written by L. Sprague de Camp as part of his Pusadian series. ... According to the Bible, the only survivors from the antediluvian period were Noah and his family. ...


More substantial is the later "Novarian series," of which the core is the Reluctant King trilogy, beginning with The Goblin Tower, de Camp's most accomplished effort in the genre. The trilogy features the adventurer Jorian, ex-king of Xylar. Jorian's world is an alternate reality to which our own serves as an afterlife. Other novels in the sequence include The Fallible Fiend, a satire told from the point of view of a demon, and The Honorable Barbarian, a follow-up to the trilogy featuring Jorian's brother as the hero. The Reluctant King by L. Sprague de Camp, Nelson Doubleday, 1985 The Novarian series is a sequence of fantasy stories by L. Sprague de Camp, written between 1968 and 1989. ... The Reluctant King is the overall title of a trilogy of fantasy novels written by L. Sprague de Camp as part of his Novarian series, as well as the 1983 omnibus collection gathering the books together into one volume. ... The Goblin Tower by L. Sprague de Camp, Del Rey Books, 1983 The Goblin Tower is a fantasy novel written by L. Sprague de Camp, the first book of both his Novarian series and the Reluctant King trilogy featuring King Jorian of Xylar. ... The Fallible Fiend is a fantasy novel written by L. Sprague de Camp, the third book of his Novarian series. ... The Honorable Barbarian by L. Sprague de Camp, Del Rey Books, 1989 The Honorable Barbarian is a fantasy novel written by L. Sprague de Camp, the fifth and final book of his Novarian series. ...


A late third series, composed of The Incorporated Knight and The Pixilated Peeress, is set in the medieval era of another alternate world sharing the geography of our own, but in which a Neapolitan empire filled the role of Rome and no universal religion like Christianity ever arose, leaving its nations split among competing pagan sects. The setting is borrowed in part from Mandeville's Travels. The Incorporated Knight by L. Sprague de Camp and Catherine Crook de Camp, Phantasia Press, 1987 The Incorporated Knight is a fantasy novel written by L. Sprague de Camp and Catherine Crook de Camp, the first book in a sequence of two. ... The Pixilated Peeress by L. Sprague de Camp and Catherine Crook de Camp, Del Rey Books, 1991 The Incorporated Knight is a fantasy novel written by L. Sprague de Camp and Catherine Crook de Camp, the second book in a sequence of two. ... Full-page portrait of Sir John Mandeville. ...


Historical fiction

De Camp also wrote historical fiction set in the era of classical antiquity from the height of the Persian Empire to the waning of the Hellenistic period, which form a loosely-connected series based on their common setting and occasional cross references. They were also linked by a common focus on the advancement of scientific knowledge, de Camp's chosen protagonists being explorers, artisans, engineers, innovators and practical philosophers rather than famous names from antiquity; these are relegated to secondary roles. The best known of his historical novels is The Dragon of the Ishtar Gate. A historical novel a novel in which the story is set among historical events, or more generally, in which the time of the action predates the lifetime of the author. ... Persia redirects here. ... The term Hellenistic (derived from Héllēn, the Greeks traditional self-described ethnic name) was established by the German historian Johann Gustav Droysen to refer to the spreading of Greek culture over the non-Greek people that were conquered by Alexander the Great. ... The Dragon of the Ishtar Gate by L. Sprague de Camp, Doubleday, 1961 The Dragon of the Ishtar Gate is an historical novel by L. Sprague de Camp, first published in hardcover by Doubleday in 1961, and in paperback by Lancer Books in 1968. ...


Nonfiction

De Camp enjoyed debunking doubtful history and pseudoscientific claims of the supernatural, and to describe how ancient civilizations produced structures and architecture thought by some to be beyond the technologies of their time, such as the Pyramids of Ancient Egypt. Works in this area include Lost Continents, Citadels of Mystery and The Ancient Engineers. A Debunker is an individual who strongly believes that certain claims are false, exaggerated, unscientific or pretentious and therefore discredits and exposes them. ... A typical 18th century phrenology chart. ... The span of recorded history is roughly 5,000-5,500 years, with cuneiform possibly being the oldest form of writing. ... This article is about building architecture. ... For other meanings, see pyramid (disambiguation). ... The pyramids are the most recognizable symbols of the civilization of ancient Egypt. ... Lost Lands are islands or continents believed by some to have existed during pre-history, but to have since disappeared as a result of catastrophic geological phenomena. ... Ancient Ruins and Archaeology by L. Sprague de Camp and Catherine Crook de Camp, Doubleday, 1964 Ancient Ruins and Archaeology is a 1964 science book by L. Sprague de Camp and Catherine Crook de Camp, one of their most popular works. ... The Ancient Engineers is a 1963 science book by L. Sprague de Camp, one of his most popular works. ...


Among his many other wide-ranging non-fiction works were The Great Monkey Trial (about the Scopes Trial), The Ragged Edge of Science, Energy and Power, The Heroic Age of American Invention, The Day of the Dinosaur (which argued, among other things, that evolution took hold after Darwin because of the Victorian interest spurred by recently popularized dinosaur remains, corresponding to legends of dragons), and The Evolution of Naval Weapons (a United States of America government textbook). The Great Monkey Trial is a 1968 book on the Scopes Trial by L. Sprague de Camp. ... The Scopes Trial (, often called the Scopes Monkey Trial) was an American legal case that tested a law passed on March 13, 1925, which forbade the teaching, in any state-funded educational establishment in Tennessee, of any theory that denies the story of the Divine Creation of man as taught... The Ragged Edge of Science is a 1980 science book by L. Sprague de Camp, illustrated by Don Simpson and published by Owlswick Press. ... Energy and Power is a 1962 science book for children by L. Sprague de Camp, illustrated by Weimer Pursell and Fred Eng, published by Golden Press as part of The Golden Library of Knowledge Series. ... The Heroic Age of American Invention by L. Sprague de Camp, Doubleday, 1961 The Heroic Age of American Invention is a 1961 science book for children by L. Sprague de Camp, published by Doubleday. ... The Day of the Dinosaur is a 1968 science book by L. Sprague de Camp and Catherine Crook de Camp, illustrated with plates, published by Doubleday. ... For other people of the same surname, and places and things named after Charles Darwin, see Darwin. ... The Victorian era of the United Kingdom marked the height of the British Industrial Revolution and the apex of the British Empire. ... Orders & Suborders Saurischia Sauropodomorpha Theropoda Ornithischia Thyreophora Ornithopoda Marginocephalia Dinosaurs were vertebrate animals that dominated the terrestrial ecosystem for over 160 million years, first appearing approximately 230 million years ago. ... For other uses, see Legend (disambiguation). ... Chinese dragon, color engraving on wood, Chinese school, 19th Century The dragon is a mythical creature typically depicted as a large and powerful serpent or other reptile with magical or spiritual qualities. ... The Evolution of Naval Weapons is a 1947 government textbook by L. Sprague de Camp, published by the Training Activity Bureau of Naval Personnel. ...


The author also wrote pioneering biographies of many key fantasy writers, most as short articles, but two as full-length studies of the prominent but personally flawed authors Robert E. Howard and H. P. Lovecraft. The latter was the first major independent biography of the now-famous horror writer. De Camp's "warts and all" approach to his subjects has been branded by some fans, particularly those of Lovecraft, as unflattering and unbalanced. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Robert Ervin Howard (January 22, 1906 – June 11, 1936)[1] was a classic American pulp writer of fantasy, horror, historical adventure, boxing, western, and detective fiction. ... This article is about the author. ... FANatic was an American TV show that was shown on the MTV network in the late 1990s. ...


Awards

L. Sprague de Camp was the guest of honor at the 1966 World Science Fiction Convention and won the Nebula Award as a Grandmaster (1978) and the Hugo Award in 1997 for his autobiography, Time and Chance. In 1976, he received the World Science Fiction Society's Gandalf Grand Master award. In 1995, he won the first Sidewise Award for Alternate History Lifetime Achievement Award. Year 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. ... It has been suggested that World Science Fiction Society be merged into this article or section. ... The Nebula is an award given each year by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), for the best science fiction/fantasy fiction published in the United States during the two previous years (see rolling eligibility below). ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... The 2005 Hugo Award with base designed by Deb Kosiba. ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ... Year 1976 Pick up sticks(MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The World Science Fiction Society is an unincorporated literary society whose purpose is to promote interest in Science Fiction. ... The Gandalf Grand Master Award for life achievement in fantasy writing was awarded annually by the World Science Fiction Society from 1974 to 1980. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... The Sidewise Award for Alternate history was established in 1995 to recognize the best alternate history stories and novels of the year. ...


Selective bibliography

Main article: List of L. Sprague de Camp works

The most significant of de Camp's works as published in book form include the following:


Science Fiction

Lest Darkness Fall is an alternate history science fiction novel written in 1939 by author L. Sprague de Camp. ... Alternate history (fiction) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... The Wheels of If and Other Science Fiction is a 1948 collection of science fiction stories by L. Sprague de Camp, first published in hardback by Shasta and in paperback by Berkley Books in 1970. ... Genus Homo by L. Sprague de Camp and P. Schuyler Miller, Berkley Books, 1961 Genus Homo is a science fiction novel by L. Sprague de Camp and P. Schuyler Miller. ... Peter Schulyer Miller (February 21, 1912-October 13, 1974) was an American science fiction writer and critic. ... This article is about the book. ... The Hand of Zei by L. Sprague de Camp, Ace Books, 1982 The Hand of Zei is a science fiction novel written by L. Sprague de Camp, the second book of his Viagens Interplanetarias series and its subseries of stories set on the fictional planet Krishna. ... The Continent Makers and Other Tales of the Viagens by L. Sprague de Camp, Twayne Publishers, 1953 The Viagens Interplanetarias series is a sequence of science fiction stories by L. Sprague de Camp, begun in the late 1940s and written under the influence of contemporary space opera and sword and... Rogue Queen by L. Sprague de Camp, Doubleday, 1951 Rogue Queen is a science fiction novel written by L. Sprague de Camp, a volume in his Viagens Interplanetarias series. ... The Continent Makers and Other Tales of the Viagens by L. Sprague de Camp, Twayne Publishers, 1953 The Continent Makers and Other Tales of the Viagens is a 1953 collection of stories by science fiction and fantasy author L. Sprague de Camp, first published in hardcover by Twayne Publishers, and... The Continent Makers and Other Tales of the Viagens by L. Sprague de Camp, Twayne Publishers, 1953 The Viagens Interplanetarias series is a sequence of science fiction stories by L. Sprague de Camp, begun in the late 1940s and written under the influence of contemporary space opera and sword and... Cover art from The Virgin & the Wheels by L. Sprague de Camp, Popular Library, 1976, featuring a scene from The Virgin of Zesh The Virgin of Zesh is a short science fiction novel written by L. Sprague de Camp, the fifth book of his Viagens Interplanetarias series and the third... The Continent Makers and Other Tales of the Viagens by L. Sprague de Camp, Twayne Publishers, 1953 The Viagens Interplanetarias series is a sequence of science fiction stories by L. Sprague de Camp, begun in the late 1940s and written under the influence of contemporary space opera and sword and... Daniel F. Keyes (born August 9, 1927 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York) is an American author best known for his award-winning short story Flowers for Algernon. Keyes was given the Author Emeritus honor by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America in 2000. ... Flowers for Algernon is a science fiction story and play written by Daniel Keyes. ... The Glory That Was by L. Sprague de Camp, Avalon, 1960 The Glory That Was is a science fiction novel by L. Sprague de Camp. ... A Gun for Dinosaur and Other Imaginative Tales is a 1963 collection of writings by science fiction and fantasy author L. Sprague de Camp, first published in hardback by Doubleday and in paperback by Curtis Books in 1969. ... by L. Sprague de Camp, Nelson Doubleday, 1978 The Best of L. Sprague de Camp is a 1978 collection of writings by science fiction and fantasy author L. Sprague de Camp, first published in hardback by Nelson Doubleday and in paperback by Ballantine Books the same year. ...

Fantasy

The Roaring Trumpet in Unknown, May 1940 Harold Shea was a name given to a series of stories by L. Sprague deCamp, Fletcher Pratt, and in some cases Christopher Stasheff. ... Murray Fletcher Pratt (1897–1956) was a science fiction and fantasy writer; he was also well-known as a writer on naval history and on the American Civil War. ... The Roaring Trumpet in Unknown, May 1940 The Harold Shea Stories is a name given to a series of five fantasy stories by the collaborative team of L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt and to its later continuation by de Camp alone, Christopher Stasheff, Holly Lisle, John Maddox Roberts... Land of Unreason by Fletcher Pratt and L. Sprague de Camp, Ballantine Books, 1970 Land of Unreason is a fantasy novel written by Fletcher Pratt and L. Sprague de Camp. ... Murray Fletcher Pratt (1897–1956) was a science fiction and fantasy writer; he was also well-known as a writer on naval history and on the American Civil War. ... The Undesired Princess & the Enchanted Bunny by L. Sprague de Camp and David Drake, Baen Books, 1990 The Undesired Princess is a 51,000 word fantasy novella written by L. Sprague de Camp. ... For other uses, see Aristotle (disambiguation). ... Tales from Gavagans Bar by L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt, Bantam Books, 1980 Tales from Gavagans Bar is a collection of short stories by science fiction and fantasy authors L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt, illustrated by the latters wife Inga Pratt. ... Murray Fletcher Pratt (1897–1956) was a science fiction and fantasy writer; he was also well-known as a writer on naval history and on the American Civil War. ... The Tritonian Ring and Other Pusadian Tales by L. Sprague de Camp, Twayne Publishers, 1953 The Tritonian Ring and Other Pusadian Tales is a 1953 collection of stories by science fiction and fantasy author L. Sprague de Camp, first published in hardcover by Twayne Publishers. ... The Tritonian Ring and Other Pusadian Tales by L. Sprague de Camp, Twayne Publishers, 1953 The Pusadian series is a sequence of fantasy stories by L. Sprague de Camp, begun in the early 1950s and written under the influence of Robert E. Howards Conan stories. ... The Tritonian Ring is a fantasy novel written by L. Sprague de Camp as part of his Pusadian series. ... Tales of Conan by Robert E. Howard and L. Sprague de Camp, Gnome Press, 1955 Tales of Conan is a 1955 collection of four fantasy short stories written by Robert E. Howard and L. Sprague de Camp featuring Howards seminal sword and sorcery hero Conan the Barbarian. ... Robert Ervin Howard (January 22, 1906 – June 11, 1936)[1] was a classic American pulp writer of fantasy, horror, historical adventure, boxing, western, and detective fiction. ... This article is about the fictional character. ... Conan the Adventurer by Robert E. Howard and L. Sprague de Camp, Lancer Books, 1966 Conan the Adventurer is a 1966 collection of four fantasy short stories written by Robert E. Howard and L. Sprague de Camp, featuring Howards seminal sword and sorcery hero Conan the Barbarian. ... Robert Ervin Howard (January 22, 1906 – June 11, 1936)[1] was a classic American pulp writer of fantasy, horror, historical adventure, boxing, western, and detective fiction. ... This article is about the fictional character. ... The Goblin Tower by L. Sprague de Camp, Del Rey Books, 1983 The Goblin Tower is a fantasy novel written by L. Sprague de Camp, the first book of both his Novarian series and the Reluctant King trilogy featuring King Jorian of Xylar. ... The Reluctant King by L. Sprague de Camp, Nelson Doubleday, 1985 The Novarian series is a sequence of fantasy stories by L. Sprague de Camp, written between 1968 and 1989. ... The Fallible Fiend is a fantasy novel written by L. Sprague de Camp, the third book of his Novarian series. ... The Reluctant King by L. Sprague de Camp, Nelson Doubleday, 1985 The Novarian series is a sequence of fantasy stories by L. Sprague de Camp, written between 1968 and 1989. ...

Other

The Dragon of the Ishtar Gate by L. Sprague de Camp, Doubleday, 1961 The Dragon of the Ishtar Gate is an historical novel by L. Sprague de Camp, first published in hardcover by Doubleday in 1961, and in paperback by Lancer Books in 1968. ... This article is about a fantasy sub-genre. ... This article is about a fantasy sub-genre. ...

Nonfiction

Inventions and Their Management is a science book by Alf K. Berle and L. Sprague de Camp, based on the earlier book Inventing and Patenting by Alf K. Berle and Howard Wilcox. ... Lands Beyond by L. Sprague de Camp and Willy Ley, Rinehart, 1952 Lands Beyond is a 1952 study of geographical myths by L. Sprague de Camp and Willy Ley, first published by Rinehart. ... Willy Ley (October 2, 1906 - June 24, 1969) was a science writer and space advocate who helped popularise rocketry and spaceflight in Germany and the United States in the early-mid twentieth century. ... Science-Fiction Handbook by L. Sprague de Camp, Hermitage House, 1953 Science-Fiction Handbook is a guide to writing and marketing science fiction and fantasy by L. Sprague de Camp and Catherine Crook de Camp. ... Catherine Adelaide Crook de Camp, (b. ... Lost Lands are islands or continents believed by some to have existed during pre-history, but to have since disappeared as a result of catastrophic geological phenomena. ... The Ancient Engineers is a 1963 science book by L. Sprague de Camp, one of his most popular works. ... The Great Monkey Trial is a 1968 book on the Scopes Trial by L. Sprague de Camp. ... The Scopes Trial (, often called the Scopes Monkey Trial) was an American legal case that tested a law passed on March 13, 1925, which forbade the teaching, in any state-funded educational establishment in Tennessee, of any theory that denies the story of the Divine Creation of man as taught... This article is about the author. ... Literary Swordsmen and Sorcerers by L. Sprague de Camp, Arkham House, 1976 Literary Swordsmen and Sorcerers: the Makers of Heroic Fantasy is a 1976 work of collective biography on the formative authors of the heroic fantasy genre by L. Sprague de Camp, published by Arkham House. ... Catherine Adelaide Crook de Camp, (b. ... Robert Ervin Howard (January 22, 1906 – June 11, 1936)[1] was a classic American pulp writer of fantasy, horror, historical adventure, boxing, western, and detective fiction. ... Winners of the Hugo Award for best non-fiction book. ...

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NAME De Camp, L. Sprague
ALTERNATIVE NAMES Lyon, Lymon R.
SHORT DESCRIPTION American author
DATE OF BIRTH 27 November 1907
PLACE OF BIRTH New York City, New York, United States
DATE OF DEATH 6 November 2000
PLACE OF DEATH Plano, Texas, United States
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