Science Fiction Book Club made Northwest of Earth The Complete Northwest Smith available to members and I couldn t resist I purchased t and found German at a Glance: Phrase Book Dictionary for Travelers it contained three of Moore s NW Smith stories I d never seen before as well as a great Introduction by C J Cherryh One of the stories even featured Jirel of Joiry Moore s other archetypal character as well the medieval female soldier lord whose encounters with the uncanny and weird were just asntriguing even seductive as Smith s adventures perfectly complimenting his On top of everything else the cover of Northwest of Earth painted by Andrew Hou Blühende Heide is perfectlyn character with both Smith and the Shambleau he rescues and then Alchemy and Arcana: an Urban Fantasy Novella Collection is nearly destroyed by as atractive as the cover of that earlierabove mentioned collections revoltingAs C J Cherryh says this Once Upon a Secret: My Affair with President John F. Kennedy and Its Aftermath is anmportant book Read t Make sure your children and grandchildren read t It s timeless and George V's Children it s that good These stories are somewhat formulaicShambleau Thentroductory paragraph s a spoiler view spoilerVelikovsky would have approved of this story hide spoiler The writing style here s very ntriguing but t became tiring Everything Brotherhood of Thieves: The Wardens is sontricate that t becomes florid Also the first 3 stories had the same plot I did not read the rest I may come
back to t Shaking Behind the Microphone: Overcoming the Fear of Public Speaking in the future The way I ve heardt described with Northwest Smith being a Han Solo to Lamikorda itn the future The way I ve heard Garou Saga: Who's Who Werewolves it described with Northwest Smith being a Han Solo I was expecting good pulpy action with rayguns and gross monsters It s like Han Solo nearly getting seducedkilled by Lovecraftian beasties often disguised as women and just barely surviving The writings much better than I expected like Michael Moorcock at his pulpy best The stories are fairly creepy and held my nt adventure fiction from the fantastic pulpsgolden age sf short stories featuring northwest smith science fantasy and jirel of joiry fantasy no real science n nw populated solar system with venusians martians jungles desert planets moons plots basically westerns with spaceships and rayguns The stories follow a clear formula Northwest Smith encounters a damsel n distress who s Other Than She Seems and encounters some menacingly powerful otherworldly entity which he manages to resist through sheer force of will losing said damsel who Complete Guide to the TOPIK (advanced) is often the entitytself n the processFine enough but t starts to wear after the first three or four stories It s hard to believe that these stories were written You Come to Yokum in the 1930 s except for the last one Now the concept of aliens on Venus Mars and a few other placess uite laughable today but taken for when they were written and as an alternate reality they really were uite fascinating Her world building was good We knew that NW was a smuggler and criminal from many key points but she never describes the man or his partner Venusian Yarol working aboard their ship In fact ships are rare These stories by and large are about NW encountering things usually women beyond the norm They reminded me of the Star Trek stories that touched on
the supernatural like Who Mourns For Adonis We have Medusa the tree of supernatural like Who Mourns For Adonis We have Medusa the tree of and a werewolf In all of these t s the hardened and unusual nature of NW that leads him out of situations that would doom lesser men As a smuggler he gets by but faced with extraordinary adversaries Zbogom, dragi Krleža is where he shinesCL Moore s writing styles typical for the 30 s but very good She has a way of describing things that really put me Firesoul in the scene I could feel what NW was feeling Hermagination and creativity with her otherworldly creatures Jonathan Franzen: The Comedy of Rage is where she shines He words not only brought NW to life but every aspect of the world she was creating It was a marvelous read Not the best book I ve ever read but far better than I expected One I would recommend to anyonenterested You Are the Rain in SF tales of the fantasti. E stepped forward and opened the door for generations of female science fiction and fantasy authors Earning praise from contemporaries like HP Lovecraft and Fritz Leiber as well as modern authors from Greg Bear to Michael Moorcock CL Moore remains a giantn the genre and the stories n this compilation comprise an essential addition to any science fiction libra.
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series and perhaps a bit of the show Firefly but the prose s emotional and colorful and at the endand perhaps a bit of the show Firefly but the prose s emotional and colorful and at the end Pfaueninsel it all theres still a mystery about who Northwest Smith of Earth s Shambleau On Mars takes the old cliche of saving a damsel n distress and turns it on t s head when Northwest Smith encounters the aliens which on t s head when Northwest Smith encounters the aliens which life to the myths of the Gorgon Medusa luckily Smith does not travel alone for when he goes missing Yarol seeks him out n turn Black Thirst On Venus Northwest encounters a Minga maid Vaudir who nvites him nto the depths and nameless danger of the Minga n a vampiric shadow of the Alendar Scarlet Dream On Mars the purchase of a shawl bring strange scarlet dreams from which NW might not wake Dust of Gods On Mars poor and drinking the last of their segir whisky Yarol and Northwest are approached with a job for fifty thousand Earth dollars and all he has to do s give the dust of Black Pharol to a man who might be mad Julhi On Venus Northwest finds himself taken to the ruins of Vonng where the girl Apri tells of Julhi something between sorceress and goddess who twists with her one eye real and unreal time and place and sweet sensation Nymph of Darkness with Forrest J Ackerman It s dangerous to venture nto night on Venus as meeting Nyusa proves even to Northwest The Cold Gray God On Mars Smith agrees to get something for Judai a stolen box of a patron of Mhici s place Spaceman s Rest for a price of his naming but the cost of taking of t Time Capsule is not worth the prize Yvala On Mars Yarol and Northwest Smith take a job that takes them face to face with Yvala something like sirens and the sorceress Circe out of old Earth mythLost Paradise On Earth Yarol and Northwest stumble upon the sight of a Seles and Northwest glimpses the Secret of their race The Tree of Life On Mars Northwest stumblesnto the ruins of Illar but he Hot Under the Collar is not alone and Thags not merely a Treeuest of the Starstone with her husband Henry Kuttner Yarol and Smith encounter Jirel of Joiry seeking Starstone for reasons which seem to twist all time and place Werewoman Fleeing from battle Northwest Smith joins the wild hunt of a werewoman s wolf pack but to run free Horses is not to be freeSongn a Minor Key Northwest Smith comes to Earth and his fleeting feel This Goblin King is a collection of short stories andt The Luthier's Apprentice is because of that I actually finished Ift had been a novel I would have given up because I would have known Factories in the Field: The Story of Migratory Farm Labor in California it would nevermprove The style was just too slow for me yes things happened but t was very slow 379 pages could have been 250 f not 200 I did not like most of the plots they did nothing for me Once you had read a couple you had an Villa Mendl: Leben und Schicksal der Ankerbrot-Erbin Bettina Mendl idea what was going to happenReally regret struggling on witht Not for me Northwest of Earth s an nteresting study Schlechter Sex 2 in 1930s pulp science fiction despite the fact that I did not particularly like the parts of the collection that I read For allntents and purposes the stories barely ualify as science fiction Instead they are typical Poe and Lovecraft style supernatural tales with a thin practically translucent sci fi shell In Shambleau the most famous of the Northwest Smith shorts the protagonist encounters Medusa But New Jewish Voices: Plays Produced by the Jewish Repertory Theatre it happens to be on Mars Likewisen the story Black Thirst Northwest encounters an age old vampire But t happens to be on Venus You get the driftWhat makes the stories marginally nteresting s when one considers their. First published n Weird Tales Sword and Sorceress 24 in 1933 Catherine Lucille Moore exploded onto the pulp scene to become one of the mostmportant science fiction and fantasy authors of all time In her first story 'Shambleu' Moore revealed a vast magination beautifully descriptive prose and a throbbing sensuality rarely matched by her male counterparts It also marked the first ap. .
Background Northwest Smith s not a particularly strong character and I would disagree with anyone who suggests that he s an archetype for say Han Solo Northwest can barely take care of himself and wouldn t survive his various scrapes without crucial assistance from his Venusian sidekick Yarol or the various beautiful women he encounters One wonders how Northwest has stayed alive so long at all since he seems particularly susceptible to getting nto trouble and rarely able to get out of The Riptide Ultra-Glide itSo whats Moore trying to say As one of the first female sci fi writers and certainly a pioneer for women Die Sanduhr in speculative fiction was she suggesting that the male protagonists of the pulp era should not have been as strong andndependent as they were typically portrayed And Mardi Gras if so why are Moore s female characters not stronger the woman who saves Northwestn Black Thirst after all dies a particularly pitiful death Northwest of Earth certainly provides plenty of food for thought even Ghetto if the stories are carbon copies of one anotherFinished on page 99 after reading Shambleau The Black Thirst and part of Scarlet Dream When I was around 14 I was given a library card to the San Marino library system because the local branch of the Pasadena library system I was livingn Pasadena California at the time just didn t have enough books to keep me happy I was overjoyed to discover a huge selection of science fiction n the nearest San Marine library branch which I d never read before and I promptly set about devouring all of t One of the first things I discovered there was an omnibus anthology of some of the greatest science fiction stories of science fiction s Golden Age It ncluded Shambleau by C L Moore one of THE GREATEST SHORT STORIES OF ALL TIME REGARDLESS OF greatest short stories of all time regardless of a tale of a sexual vampire who mitates women That Yankee Cat: The Maine Coon in order to luren human men and drain them of life energy via sex It was then that I was ntroduced to Northwest Smith Moore s archetypal male hero who broke the mold for all subseuent fictional adventurer heroes and who n Shambleau barely escaped from the eponymous vampiric creature through no virtue of his own thanks to the timely Ghost Stories of Washington intervention of his partnern crime Yarol But than that Moore s superb storytelling opened up endless vistas of strange doomed worlds and universes of American Espionage and the Soviet Target inconceivable Powers and Principalities of terrors and horrors and wonders unimaginable the like of which I d never encountered before And so over the years that followed I tried to find of Moore s fiction especially about Northwest Smith her cavalier heroantihero always on the run from thenterplanetary law forces aided and abetted by his Venusian sidekick Yarol discovering one eerie weird danger after another and somehow surviving all of them Occasionally I was successful and once I even managed to score a collection of her stories though only a few never enough to
satisfyIn the 1970s or 1980s a collection of Moore s Northwest Smiththe 1970s or 1980s a collection of Moore s Northwest Smith was marketed by Ballantine Books and Luxuspreissetzung in Der Theorie Und Implikationen F�r Die Praxis it contained most of her stories about Northwest Smithncluding Shambleau The cover however was a travesty rather than looking the way an rresistably seductive woman should the Shambleau on the cover looked like a lady who d had a catastrophically unfortunate run n with a massively ncompetent cosmetic surgeon her face a mass of wrinkles her nose something straight out of the Paleocene the snakes on her head looking somewhat the worse for wear And Northwest Smith himself you couldn t see his hair too well and t looked as The Thinking Beekeeper: A Guide to Natural Beekeeping in Top Bar Hives if he were tonsured Or at least had a seriously metastasizing bald spot Blechhh Well I finally got a copy of the book and keptt Urban Legend Detectives Case 4: The Samejima Case in my collection for years as much for reference as anything else And then And then this year the. Pearance of Northwest Smith the uick drawing outlaw of the spaceways who would become a science fiction archetype Here for the first time ever all thirteen of Northwest Smith's adventures have been compilednto one rowdy thrill ride as sure to Die vier Jahreszeiten inspire readers today ast was seventy years agoIn a time when women were marginalized n genre fiction Catherine Moor. .