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Northwest of Earth The Complete Northwest Smith

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 giant in the genre and the stories in this compilation comprise an essential addition to any science fiction libra. The writing style here is very intriguing but it became tiring Everything is so intricate that it becomes florid Also the first 3 stories had the same plot I did not read the rest I may come back to it in the future

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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 compiled into one rowdy thrill ride as sure to inspire readers today as it was seventy years agoIn a time when women were marginalized in genre fiction Catherine Moor. These stories are somewhat formulaicShambleau The introductory paragraph is a spoiler view spoilerVelikovsky would have approved of this story hide spoiler

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First published in Weird Tales in 1933 Catherine Lucille Moore exploded onto the pulp scene to become one of the most important science fiction and fantasy authors of all time In her first story 'Shambleu' Moore revealed a vast imagination beautifully descriptive prose and a throbbing sensuality rarely matched by her male counterparts It also marked the first ap. 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 living in 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 in the nearest San Marine library branch which I d never read before and I promptly set about devouring all of it 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 included Shambleau by C L Moore one of the greatest short stories of all time regardless of genre a tale of a sexual vampire who imitates women in order to lure in human men and drain them of life energy via sex It was then that I was introduced to Northwest Smith Moore s archetypal male hero who broke the mold for all subseuent fictional adventurer heroes and who in Shambleau barely escaped from the eponymous vampiric creature through no virtue of his own thanks to the timely intervention of his partner in crime Yarol But than that Moore s superb storytelling opened up endless vistas of strange doomed worlds and universes of 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 the interplanetary 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 Smith stories was marketed by Ballantine Books and it contained most of her stories about Northwest Smith including Shambleau The cover however was a travesty rather than looking the way an irresistably seductive woman should the Shambleau on the cover looked like a lady who d had a catastrophically unfortunate run in with a massively incompetent 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 it looked as if he were tonsured Or at least had a seriously metastasizing bald spot Blechhh Well I finally got a copy of the book and kept it in my collection for years as much for reference as anything else And then And then this year the Science Fiction Book Club made Northwest of Earth The Complete Northwest Smith available to members and I couldn t resist I purchased it and found 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 as intriguing even seductive as Smith s adventures perfectly complimenting his On top of everything else the cover of Northwest of Earth painted by Andrew Hou is perfectly in character with both Smith and the Shambleau he rescues and then is nearly destroyed by as atractive as the cover of that earlierabove mentioned collection is revoltingAs C J Cherryh says this is an important book Read it Make sure your children and grandchildren read it It s timeless and it s that good


About the Author: C.L. Moore

WikipediaCatherine Lucille Moore was an American science fiction and fantasy writer as C L Moore She was one of the first women to write in the genre and paved the way for many other female writers in speculative fictionMoore met



10 thoughts on “Northwest of Earth The Complete Northwest Smith

  1. says:

    The way I've heard it described with Northwest Smith being a Han Solo prototype 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

  2. says:

    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 living in 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 in the nearest San Marine library branch which I

  3. says:

    Catherine Lucille Moore or CL Moore was a contemporary of HP Lovecraft and Fritz Leiber praised by Michael Moorcock and Greg Bear my collecti

  4. says:

    adventure fiction from the fantastic pulpsgolden age sf short stories featuring northwest smith science fantasy and jirel of joiry fantasy no real science in nw populated solar system with venusians martians jungles desert planets moons plots basically westerns with spaceships and rayguns on the other no overarching world for jire

  5. says:

    These stories are somewhat formulaicShambleau The introductory paragraph is a spoiler view spoilerVelikovsky would have approved of this story hide spoiler

  6. says:

    This is a collection of short stories and it is because of that I actually finished If it had been a novel I would have given up becau

  7. says:

    The stories follow a clear formula Northwest Smith encounters a damsel in distress who is Other Than She Seems and encounters some men

  8. says:

    The writing style here is very intriguing but it became tiring Everything is so intricate that it becomes florid Also the first 3 stories had the same plot I did not read the rest I may come back to it in the future

  9. says:

    Northwest of Earth is an interesting study in 1930s pulp science fiction despite the fact that I did not particularly like the parts of the collection that I read For all intents and purposes the stories barely ualify as s

  10. says:

    It's hard to believe that these stories were written in the 1930's except for the last one Now the concept of aliens on Venus Mars and a few other places is uite laughable today but taken for when they were written

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