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Baker's Dozen: 13 Short Fantasy Novels

by Martin Greenberg Isaac Asimov Charles Waugh

Thirteen short (40 to 60 page) novels of fantasy full of adventure, magic, swords, sorcery, demons, monsters and so on; including -- POUL ANDERSON, The Gate of the Flying Knives--A Thieves' World tale wherein the hero ruefully decides that the rewards of chivalry are not as desirable as they may seem. SUZY McKEE CHARNAS, Unicorn Tapestry--The tale of a modern-day encounter with a vampire that explores different perceptions of the same reality. AVRAM DAVIDSON, Sleep Well of Nights--A prophetic dream leads to hidden treasure and buried secrets in the eerie jungles of South America. SIR H. RIDER HAGGARD, Black Heart and White Heart--An arrogant hunter in Zulu territory learns too late that magic serves those who believe in its power. ROBERT E. HOWARD, Red Nails--Conan the Cimmerian meets his match in a defiant, courageous female when the two are caught in a war to the death between dueling clans. JOHN JAKES, Storm in a Bottle--In a story of wizardry and betrayal, a captive attempts to break the curse of drought that is strangling the land of his overlords. FRITZ LEIBER, Ill Met in Lankhmar --The 1970 Nebula Award winner for Best Novella. Two thieves in a fantastic and awful city invite a dreadful end by stealing in others' territory. MICHAEL MOORCOCK, The Lands Beyond the World--Elric, Prince of Melibone, travels through the Crimson Gate to another world where he confronts the powerful magic of an ancestor. JANET MORRIS, A Man and His God--Another Thieves' World story about Tempus of Sanctuary who fights a terrible destiny and triumphs over his past transgressions to find himself and his own god. ANDRE NORTON, Spider Silk--A blind woman journeys to a dangerous land to obtain the secret of exquisite weaving and learns a greater secret no seeker before her has lived to tell. THOMAS BURNETT SWANN, Where Is the Bird of Fire?--A faun's heartbreaking story of the enchanted land of the gods and of the brothers Romulus and Remus before the building of Rome. JACK VANCE, Guyal of Sfere--A story of coming-of-age in a far world, in a far distant time, wherein Guyal of Sfere defies a great power in his quest for love and knowledge. ROGER ZELAZNY, Tower of Ice--In a fantastic frozen land a brave knight seeks an evil wizard, saves a princess, and forces a cataclysmic battle between good and evil.

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