Best of
Fantasy

1981

Fire and Flight


Wendy Pini - 1981
    The elves are burnt out of their ancestral home by vengeful humans. Betrayed by cowardly trolls, the elfin tribe, led by Cutter, Blood of Ten Chiefs, must cross the Burning Wastelands to find a faven they've never seen. Can the Wolfriders survive? If they do, what surprises await them at Sorrow's End?

Sandkings


George R.R. Martin - 1981
    Now, in search of some new pets to satisfy his cruel pursuit of amusement, Simon finds a new shop in the city where he is intrigued by a new lifeform he has never heard of before... a collection of multi-colored sandkings. The curator explains that the insect-like animals, no larger than Simon's fingernails, are not insects, but animals with a highly-evolved hive intelligence capable of staging wars between the different colors, and even religion - in the form of worship of their owner. The curator's warning to Simon about the regularity of their feeding, unfortunately, was not taken seriously... Contents:- The Way of Cross and Dragon- Bitterblooms- In the House of the Worm- Fast-Friend- The Stone City- Starlady- Sandkings

The Atlas of Middle-Earth


Karen Wynn Fonstad - 1981
    Here is the definitive guide to the geography of Middle-earth, from its founding in the Elder Days through the Third Age, including the journeys of Bilbo, Frodo, and the Fellowship of the Ring. Authentic and updated -- nearly one third of the maps are new, and the text is fully revised -- the atlas illuminates the enchanted world created in THE SILMARILLION, THE HOBBIT, and THE LORD OF THE RINGS.Hundreds of two-color maps and diagrams survey the journeys of the principal characters day by day -- including all the battles and key locations of the First, Second, and Third Ages. Plans and descriptions of castles, buildings, and distinctive landforms are given, along with thematic maps describing the climate, vegetation, languages, and population distribution of Middle-earth throughout its history. An extensive appendix and an index help readers correlate the maps with Tolkien's novels.

The Many-Coloured Land


Julian May - 1981
    Each sought his own brand of happiness. But none could have guessed what awaited them. Not even in a million years....

The End of the Story


Clark Ashton Smith - 1981
    Series editors Scott Conners and Ronald S. Hilger excavated the still-existing manuscripts, letters and various published versions of the stories, creating a definitive "preferred text" for Smith's entire body of work. This first volume of the series, brings together 25 of his fantasy stories, written between 1925 and 1930, including such classics as "The Abominations of Yondo," "The Monster of the Prophecy," "The Last Incantation" and the title story.

Jumanji


Chris Van Allsburg - 1981
    "Mr. Van Allsburg's illustrations have a beautiful simplicity of de-sign, balance, texture, and a subtle intelligence beyond the call of illustration." -- New York Times Book Review

Journeys of Frodo: An Atlas of J.R.R.Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings"


Barbara Strachey - 1981
    Based on clear and detailed descriptions given in the text and on the original maps that appear The Lord of the Rings, as well as Tolkien's own paintings and drawings of the landscape and features of Middle-earth, this book clearly shows Frodo's route, together with the paths taken by other principal characters. The maps provide enough detail to help the reader envisage the country through which the narrative moves, and each one also has extensive notes about the journey. Having loved the volumes of The Lord of the Rings since they first appeared, Barbara Strachey wanted fuller and more detailed maps to go with them. Though not a professional cartographer or artist, she finally decided to create them herself. For nearly 20 years her efforts have provided readers of The Lord of the Rings with a new and more vivid idea of Middle-earth and her book remains an essential Tolkien's great masterpiece.

The Steel of Raithskar


Randall Garrett - 1981
    He regained consciousness as a well man in the desert... only it wasn't a desert on Earth, and he was a man only because he was still male. More surpises awaited him in the exotic city of Raithskar - he was called Markasset, a master swordsman, son of a powerful leader, and a man on the run, accused of murder and the theft of a precious, sacred jewel. With the aid of Keeshah, a great war-cat with which he shared a telepathic link, he set out to clear his newfound name...

Heritage and Exile


Marion Zimmer Bradley - 1981
    This is the complex and compelling tale of the early life of Regis Hastur, Darkover’s greatest monarch. But Heritage also spins the terrifying and heartbreaking story of those who sought to control the deadly Sharra Matrix and tells how Lew Alton met and lost his greatest love, Marjorie Scott. This is the unforgettable showdown between those Darkovan lords who would bargain away their world for the glories of Terran science and those who would preserve the special matrix powers that are at once the prize and the burden of the Darkover.Sharra’s Exile: The most dangerous magical implement on all of Darkover was the infamous, legendary Sharra Matrix. Embodying the image of a chained woman wreathed in flames, it was the last remaining weapon of the Age of Chaos—an era of uncontrolled laran warfare which had almost destroyed all life on Darkover. The Sharra Matrix has been exiled offworld to one of the far-flung planets of the Terran Empire, in the protective custody of one who had suffered gravely from its use: Comyn Lord Lew Alton. But when Lew was called back to Darkover to contend for his rights, he had no choice but to bring this dangerous matrix back with him, and once Sharra Matrix was back, her flaming image spread far and wide, setting in motion events which would change the lands, the seven Domains, and the entire future of Darkover.

The Wizard Children of Finn


Mary Tannen - 1981
    The whilstler turns out to be Finn, an enchanted boy who has been watching the McCools, hoping to make friends with them. Fiona and Bran are caught up with him in a magical spell that flings them back through time to Finn's homeland, the Ireland of two thousand years ago. They journey on foot across ancient Ireland -- over two rivers, battling wild beasts, traveling toward the awesome celebration of Samhain, where their fate is to be decided. Fiona becomes Finn's poet, spinning their adventures into poems, while Bran remembers the tales perfectly and recites them. Together, the McCools document the story of Finn, a boy on the brink of manhood whom they grow to love, but cannot begin to understand.

The Silver Metal Lover


Tanith Lee - 1981
    In this unforgettably poignant novel, Lee has created a classic tale--a beautiful, tragic, erotic, and ultimately triumphant love story of the future.For sixteen-year-old Jane, life is a mystery she despairs of ever mastering. She and her friends are the idle, pampered children of the privileged class, living in luxury on an Earth remade by natural disaster. Until Jane's life is changed forever by a chance encounter with a robot minstrel with auburn hair and silver skin, whose songs ignite in her a desperate and inexplicable passion.Jane is certain that Silver is more than just a machine built to please. And she will give up everything to prove it. So she escapes into the city's violent, decaying slums to embrace a love bordering on madness. Or is it something more? Has Jane glimpsed in Silver something no one else has dared to see--not even the robot or his creators? A love so perfect it must be destroyed, for no human could ever compete?

Advanced Dungeons and Dragons: Fiend Folio


Don Turnbull - 1981
    The Fiend Folio is a collection of monsters for use with Advanced Dungeons & Dragons, similar in format to the original Monster Manual and effectively a supplement to that book.

A Circle in the Sea


Steve Senn - 1981
    Through the powers of a ring, a 13-year-old girl with problems adjusting to her new school enters an undersea world where she becomes a dolphin and aids the whales in retaliating against slaughter by whalers.

One Unicorn


Gale Cooper - 1981
    A fantasy about a princess and a unicorn that grows up with her.

The Earth Witch


Louise Lawrence - 1981
    Young Owen nearly loses his life when he unknowingly falls in love with the Earth Witch.

Dwellers of the Forbidden City


David Zeb Cook - 1981
    Somewhere in the heart of the steaming jungle lies the answer to the whispered tales - rumors of a magnificent city and foul, horrid rituals! Here a brave party might find riches and wonders - or death! Is your party brave enough to face the terrors of the unknown and find - the Forbidden City!

Dungeons & Dragons (Basic Set, With Introductory Module)


Gary Gygax - 1981
    The game was not brought in line with AD&D but instead further away from that ruleset, and thus the basic D&D game became a separate and distinct product from TSR’s flagship game AD&D. The former was promoted as a continuation of the tone of original D&D, while AD&D was an advancement of the mechanics.

Mail-Order Wings


Beatrice Gormley - 1981
    "Money-back guarantee!" Andrea knew it couldn't be true, but she sent in her money for the wings kit anyway. What happened next was wonderful beyond imagining--and then very, very frightening.

A Book of Witches


Ruth Manning-Sanders - 1981
    The Old Witch (England) 2. Rapunzel (Germany) 3. Lazy Hans (Germany) 4. The Twins and the Snarling Witch (Russia) 5. Esben and the Witch (Denmark) 6. Prunella (Italy) 7. The Donkey Lettuce (Germany) 8. Hansel and Gretel (Germany)9. Tatterhood (Norway) 10. The White Dove (Denmark) 11. Johnny and the Witch Maidens (Bohemia) 12. The Blackstairs Mountains (Ireland)

Pork


Cris Freddi - 1981
    and sets in motion this powerful - and unusual - collection of animal stories for adults.There is mystery and terror in the great woodland, and there is love. It is a world where fear and death and the survival of the fittest are the pitiless underlying themes. Though they are loosely linked, the stories are written to be read as separate tales, usually with a single main character: an ugly, love-lost squirrel, a wantonly savage stoat, a bat, a veteran hare running before the hounds. They are suspense thrillers or romantic interludes, pure adventure narratives, even horror stories; they all draw us deep into the stern forest through the elements we share with the animals - cold and dark, rain and sun, suspicion, loyalty, the need for warmth and the safety of shelter - above all, the feeling that, even in a world where death is inevitable, there is always enough to make life worth living.The style is clear, straightforward, often very simple, but there is passion as well as knowledge in the book. It brings the wild creates fiercely to life, in a disturbing way, with menace and unease - but vividly, in a literary debut of great imaginative strength.

The Little Moon Theater


Irene Haas - 1981
    A troupe of actors roams the land giving performances and meeting an odd assortment of characters including an endearing fairy godmother.

A Treasury of Modern Fantasy


Terry Carr - 1981
    Wolheim / Thirteen O'Clock by C. M. Kornbluth / Trouble with Water by H. L. Gold / The Woman of the Wood by A. Merritt / The Rats in the Walls by H. P. Lovecraft / Sail On! Sail On! by Philip Jose Farmer / The Loom of Darkness by Jack Vance / The Hellbound Train by Robert Bloch / Come and Go Mad by Fredric Brown / Narrow Valley by R. A. Lafferty / Divine Madness by Roger Zelazny / Longtooth by Edgar Pangborn / Man Overboard by John Collier / Descending by Thomas M. Disch / My Dear Emily by Joanna Russ / Our Fair City by Robert A. Heinlein / They Bite by Anthony Boucher / Call Him Demon by Henry Kuttner / Daemon by C. L. Moore / There Shall Be No Darkness by James Blish / The Coming of the White Worm by Clark Ashton Smith / One Ordinary Day, with Peanuts by Shirley Jackson / Piper at the Gates of Dawn by Richard Cowper / Nine Yards of Other Cloth by Manly Wade Wellman / Yesterday Was Monday by Theodore Sturgeon / Through a Glass - Darkly by Zenna Henderson / The Montavarde Camera by Avram Davidson / Within the Walls of Tyre by Michael Bishop / Four Ghosts in Hamlet by Fritz Leiber / Displaced Person by Eric Frank Russell / The Black Ferris by Ray Bradbury.

The Toothpaste Genie


Sandy Frances Duncan - 1981
    But she soon finds out the genie is an apprentice -- he turns every wish into a disaster!

Peter Pan and Wendy


Walt Disney Company - 1981
    The classic J M Barrie story retold by the Walt Disney Studios, using the characters from the 1953 Walt Disney film 'Peter Pan'.

The Mummy


Ian Thorne - 1981
    Recounts the plots of the 1932 Boris Karloff thriller "The Mummy" and of several later films in which ancient mummies return to life.

Caverns


Kevin O'Donnell Jr. - 1981
    O'Donnell. As the title implies, the focus is on a character named McGill Feighan. In this first book, the origin of McGill and the start of his adventerous life is revealed. "Caverns" is at first a light-hearted read, but you soon find yourself drawn into the life of the hero, his triumphs and despair. McGill is a "flinger", a person who can teleport anything (himself, other people, things) anywhere that he's been before. But even for a flinger, he does not lead a normal life due to unusual events in his life, when he was a newborn. Much of the story revolves around McGill's growing-up and learning to deal with his powers, as well as the assortment of people and aliens that take an interest in his life (both good and bad).

Dmitri


Jamey Cohen - 1981
    THE DOOMSDAY CLOCK IS TICKING.It is Monday, May tenth, and in a sixteenth-century palace, nine-year-old Dmitri Ivanovich, son of Ivan the Terrible and heir to the Russian throne, has less than a week to live unless he can find a way to escape an assassin's blade....It is Monday, May tenth, and in twenty-first century America, college senior John Greene is about to participate in a simple hypnosis experiment - an experiment that will catapult him into a terrifying battle for his very existence....It is Monday, May tenth, and in a world where time has lost all meaning, beautiful graduate student Marina Kuryev can only wait and watch in helpless horror as the man she loves is caught in a lethal conflict with a boy long-dead....

Frankenstein Meets Wolfman


Ian Thorne - 1981
    A werewolf who wishes to be released from his curse and die visits Frankenstein's ruined castle to learn the secrets of life and death.

Unsilent Night


Tanith Lee - 1981
    The contents include "Sirriamnis," a story of the calling of a savage magic to a civilized post in ancient Greece (written specifically for this book); "Cyrion In Wax," the latest adventure of a swordsman with a wit to challenge sorcerers; and a selection of previously unpublished poems.Tanith Lee was born in London in 1947. She began writing at the age of nine, and sold her first book, The Dragon Hoard (Macmillan), when she was nineteen. She has since written 21 other books, including Death's Master (DAW), which recently won the British Fantasy Award for Best Novel. She has also written radio plays, television scripts, and many short stories. Boskone XVIII marks her first appearance as Guest of Honor at an American SF convention.

The Dragon of Og


Rumer Godden - 1981
    For centuries the Dragon of Og has taken for food two bullocks a month from the lord's herd, but a new lord declares the custom must end, and so begins a battle of wits.

We Are All Legends


Darrell Schweitzer - 1981
    The derivative '70s swords and sorcery deserved to be washed away, but some worthwhile works disappeared as well. Two lost series that deserved far better are Karl Edward Wagner's Kane books and Darrell Schweitzer's Sir Julian stories. Both series are well written and intelligent, and they share an even rarer trait: the dark, brooding sensibility that helped make Robert E. Howard's sometimes purple (and always scarlet) Conan stories so popular and memorable. Now the Wildside Press has reprinted We Are All Legends, the long-unavailable collection of 13 linked stories about Sir Julian, the Crusader damned by God after a night spent with a Satanic witch. Julian roams Europe and the East, and strange lands not found on any map, seeking to escape his fate. In "The Lady of the Fountain," Julian's encounter with a lamia may destroy both the knight and his closest companion. In "The Veiled Pool of Mistorak," Faerie lords send Julian on a grim quest to find a city that exists no more and a man doomed ever to live. In "The One Who Spoke with the Owls," the penniless knight accepts a job before learning its terms and wakes to discover he has been hired to slay a pagan witch. "The Castle of Kites and Crows" presents a vision of cosmic reality that will chill the soul of anyone raised in a Christian faith. While the first-person narration occasionally makes Julian sound more self-absorbed than accursed, We Are All Legends is a fine entertainment that merits the attention of fantasy and horror fans. --Cynthia Ward

The Company of Wolves


Angela Carter - 1981
    The first story is about a witch that turned a whole wedding ceremony into wolves. She likes them coming to her cabin and howling their misery for it soothes her. The following story is about a young lady and a man that are about to have sex on their wedding night. As they get ready, the husband says he needs to stop and relieve himself in the forest. The wife waits and he never returns. Off in the distance you can hear a wolf howling. She then figures her husband will never return and marries a new man. With her new husband she bears children. Her first husband comes back and sees his wife and the story unravels... Later we meet a girl walking in the woods. She was loved by everyone and feared nothing. She made a deal with a hunter; whoever can get to the grandmothers house first wins. If the hunter wins she owes him a kiss. She lets the hunter win because she wants to kiss him. The hunter arrives at the grandmothers house but she's frail and sick, holding a Bible for protection. The last thing she sees is the young man at the foot of her bed.... "See! sweet and sound she sleeps in granny's bed, between the paws of the tender wolf."

The World of Tiers, Volume 1


Philip José Farmer - 1981
    1 - The Maker of Universes (1965)p. 171 - The Gates of Creation (1966)The Maker of UniversesWhen Robert Wolff found a strange horn in an empty house, he held the key to a different universe. To blow that horn would open up a door through space-time and permit entry to a cosmos whose dimensions and laws were not those our starry galxy knows.For that other universe was a place of tiers, world upon world piled upon each other like the landings of a sky-piercing mountain. The one to blow that horn would ascend those steps, from creation to creation, until he would come face to face with the being whose brain-child it was.But what if that maker of universes was a madman? Or an imposter? Or a super-criminal hiding from the wrath of his own superiors?THE MAKER OF UNIVERSES is unlike any science-fiction novel you have ever read, it is wonderfully unique.The Gates of CreationImagine a whole series of separate universes, made to suit the whims of a race of super-beings. Imagine these universes with their own laws, cultures, creatures, and ecologies -- all existing solely to please the fancies of their individual master.Then imagine one such universe constructed as a diabolical trap to destroy a single person -- the man called Robert Wolff, one of the race of universe-makers, and once of Earth. When the satanic Master-Lord, Urizen, kidnap's Wolff's wife, he forces Wolff to enter the deadly universe of ambushes, filled with every kind of tortuous snare that the evil mind of the Master-Lord can advise.Wolff has only his courage and his wits with which to combat this cosmic maze -- unless he can perform a miracle, he and Chryseis are doomed.

Flesh/Lord Tyger


Philip José Farmer - 1981
    But Earth had become a new world. Where science and technology had reigned, now there were agricultural and tribal warfare. And mankind worshipped the Goddess and was content. They named Stagg "Sunhero" and performed the secret rites. Endowed with the virility of a nation, and with foot-high antlers throbbing on his head, he set out on an orgiastic cross-country jaunt. He was the Sunhero, king of the Earth and all its willing women. But how long he would hold his throne, only the Goddess could say...Lord TygerMy Mother is an ape. My Father is God. I come from the land of ghosts. So sings Ras Tyger, Philip Jose Farmer's monumental incarnation of a modern-day Jungle Lord. Savage, heroic, and beautiful, he is master of the world. And he rules his kingdom with sex, savagery, and sublime innocence. Until one day, with the landing of the great whirling "birds," the insane reality of his existence begins to unfold...and plunges him into an incredible quest for the truth which cannot end until he comes face to face - with God.