Mal is spot-on about the short story format helping to maintain the S&S feel. He's also right that things began to slowly decline after the third volume.
Cool. I've read Philip Jose Farmer's contribution, the novella, "Spiders of the Purple Mage" and really enjoyed it. That was in Volume 2, but I read it in The Book of Philip Jose Farmer. I believe I have Volumes 1 and 3 of Thieves' World, but haven't read them yet.
Back on the Old Forum, I found out that many people don't know Stephen Brust's "Taltos" series should be considered S&S. In very basic terms, it could be called "Zelazny's Corwin of Amber meets a gentler version of Moorcock's Melnibone".
Vlad Taltos is a (human), horny, competent thug/assassin in a non-human, magical empire.
Post by Jason Aiken on May 25, 2016 19:30:44 GMT -5
Swordsmen in the Sky edited by Donald A. Wollheim
Picked this anthology up to get the Poul Anderson short story, but it's also sporting stories by Leigh Brackett, Andre Norton, and Edmond Hamilton. It seems like half of these are s&s disguised as sword and planet tales.