a work (story, film, etc.) in the fantasy genre
I have sold practically all my extra fantasies by my SFD ad, and now have only a few stf tales, some new ones offered, to list: [...]
Fantasy or pure science, let 'em all come. But don’t attempt to camouflage either way. Mr. Smith was at his best when he wrote the ‘Singing Flame’ stories, and they were undoubtedly fantasy. But if he had tried to suggest that the science contained therein materially added to the interest he would have been quite wrong. Read as fantasies, Mr. Smith’s stories are wonderful. Treat them as having a real scientific basis and they flop.
Smith wrote for us a series of twelve Skylark stories, besides other fantasies. His career with Astounding began when he wrote The Skylark of Valeron, a book which attracted the attention of many of the world’s foremost scientists.
Keep your eyes open for stories off the beaten track. Give us an occasional fantasy like H. P. Lovecraft’s ‘The Colour out of Space’ and ‘The Shadow out of Time’. (I realize that this is easy to say and hard to do as such works don’t grow on trees or pop up in every mail.)
CALL HIM DEMON was the best fantasy, and the best TWS yarn I've seen in months.
Since you like the galloping Kuttner fantasies, look for LANDS OF THE EARTHQUAKE in the issue after next!
While readable, the collection is quite undistinguished, the brightest light being one of C. L. Moore’s early fantasies, ‘Scarlet Dream,’ which still engenders in the reviewer some of the color that gave C. L. Moore her early reputation.
While some of his pieces are conventional science fiction, he had produced many enjoyable Dunsanian fantasies laid in the lost continents of Hyperborea and Atlantis, in the legendary medieval land of Malneant, in the future continent Zothique, and on the magic-haunted planet Xiccarph.
I think that science fiction, to be worthy of critical literary praise, should approximate the standards of these four novels and of the fantasies mentioned just above.
Tom Smith is a filker of epic proportions, which he blames on all that Pepsi and pizza. He made his reputation as The World’s Fastest Filker here at MarCon—just ask Moonwolf—and he can crank out silly parodies, hilarious shtick, dark fantasies, poignant romances, and mind-shattering puns with equal ease.
Forrest J. Ackerman
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