L Sprague De Camp Bibliography Website

Bibliography of science fiction, fantasy, historical fiction and nonfiction writer L. Sprague de Camp:

Science Fiction[edit]

The Viagens Interplanetarias[edit]

Main article: Viagens Interplanetarias

Reginald Rivers[edit]

  • "A Gun for Dinosaur" (1956 - collected in A Gun for Dinosaur and Other Imaginative Tales (1963), The Best of L. Sprague de Camp (1978), Rivers of Time (1993), Aristotle and the Gun and Other Stories (2002) and Years in the Making: the Time-Travel Stories of L. Sprague de Camp (2005))
  • "The Cayuse" (1993 - collected in Rivers of Time (1993))
  • "Crocamander Quest" (1992 - collected in Rivers of Time (1993))
  • "Miocene Romance" (1993 - collected in Rivers of Time (1993))
  • "The Synthetic Barbarian" (1992 - collected in Rivers of Time (1993))
  • "The Satanic Illusion" (1992 - collected in Rivers of Time (1993))
  • "The Big Splash" (1992 - collected in Rivers of Time (1993))
  • "The Mislaid Mastodon" (1993 - collected in Rivers of Time (1993) and Aristotle and the Gun and Other Stories (2002))
  • "The Honeymoon Dragon" (1993 - collected in Rivers of Time (1993) and Aristotle and the Gun and Other Stories (2002))
  • Rivers of Time (collection) (1993)

Johnny Black[edit]

  • "The Command" (1938 - collected in The Best of L. Sprague de Camp (1978); rewritten as "The Bear Who Saved the World" (1977, with Catherine Crook de Camp))
  • "The Incorrigible" (1939)
  • "The Emancipated" (1940)
  • "The Exalted" (1940)

Drinkwhiskey Institute[edit]

  • "Some Curious Effects of Time Travel" (1942 - collected in Scribblings (1972))
  • "The Anecdote of the Negative Wugug" (1942 - collected in Scribblings (1972))
  • "The Anecdote of the Movable Ears" (1943 - collected in Scribblings (1972))
  • "The Lusts of Professor Adams" (1972 - collected in Scribblings (1972))

Other science fiction novels and collections[edit]

Other science fiction short stories[edit]

  • "The Isolinguals" (1937 - collected in Years in the Making: the Time-Travel Stories of L. Sprague de Camp (2005))
  • "Hyperpilosity" (1938 - collected in The Wheels of If and Other Science Fiction (1948) and The Best of L. Sprague de Camp (1978))
  • "The Merman" (1938 - collected in The Wheels of If and Other Science Fiction (1948) and The Best of L. Sprague de Camp (1978))
  • "Ananias" (1939)
  • "Divide and Rule" (1939 - collected in Divide and Rule (1948))
  • "Employment" (1939 - collected in The Best of L. Sprague de Camp (1978))
  • "Living Fossil" (1939)
  • "The Blue Giraffe" (1939)
  • "The Gnarly Man" (1939 - collected in The Wheels of If and Other Science Fiction (1948), The Best of L. Sprague de Camp (1978), Aristotle and the Gun and Other Stories (2002) and Years in the Making: the Time-Travel Stories of L. Sprague de Camp (2005))
  • "The Hairless Ones Come" (1939)
  • "Asokore Power" (1940)
  • "Inverse Variation" (1940)
  • "Juice" (1940 - collected in Sprague de Camp's New Anthology of Science Fiction (1953))
  • "The Warrior Race" (1940 - collected in The Wheels of If and Other Science Fiction (1948) and Years in the Making: the Time-Travel Stories of L. Sprague de Camp (2005))
  • "The Wheels of If" (1940 - collected in The Wheels of If and Other Science Fiction (1948) and The Virgin & the Wheels (1976))
  • "Invaders From Nowhere" (1941)
  • "The Best-Laid Scheme" (1941 - collected in The Wheels of If and Other Science Fiction (1948))
  • "The Stolen Dormouse" (1941 - collected in Divide and Rule (1948))
  • "The Contraband Cow" (1942 - collected in The Wheels of If and Other Science Fiction (1948))
  • "The Hibited Man" (1949)
  • "Throwback" (1949 - collected in A Gun for Dinosaur and Other Imaginative Tales (1963))
  • "In-Group" (1952 - collected in A Gun for Dinosaur and Other Imaginative Tales (1963))
  • "Proposal" (1952 - collected in Sprague de Camp's New Anthology of Science Fiction (1953))
  • "The Blunderer" (1952)
  • "The Guided Man" (1952 - collected in A Gun for Dinosaur and Other Imaginative Tales (1963) and The Best of L. Sprague de Camp (1978))
  • "The Ordeal of Professor Klein" (1952)
  • "The Saxon Pretender" (1952 - collected in Sprague de Camp's New Anthology of Science Fiction (1953))
  • "The Soaring Statue" (1952)
  • "The Space Clause" (1952 - collected in Sprague de Camp's New Anthology of Science Fiction (1953) and Footprints on Sand (1981))
  • "Cornzan the Mighty" (1955 - collected in A Gun for Dinosaur and Other Imaginative Tales (1963))
  • "Gratitude" (1955 - collected in A Gun for Dinosaur and Other Imaginative Tales (1963))
  • "Judgment Day" (1955 - collected in A Gun for Dinosaur and Other Imaginative Tales (1963) and The Best of L. Sprague de Camp (1978))
  • "Possession" (1955)
  • "Impractical Joke" (1956 - collected in A Gun for Dinosaur and Other Imaginative Tales (1963))
  • "Internal Combustion" (1956 - collected in A Gun for Dinosaur and Other Imaginative Tales (1963))
  • "New Arcadia" (1956 - collected in A Gun for Dinosaur and Other Imaginative Tales (1963))
  • "The Egg" (1956 - collected in A Gun for Dinosaur and Other Imaginative Tales (1963))
  • "Wyvernhold" (1956)
  • "A Thing of Custom" (1957 - collected in A Gun for Dinosaur and Other Imaginative Tales (1963))
  • "Let's Have Fun" (1957 - collected in A Gun for Dinosaur and Other Imaginative Tales (1963))
  • "Aristotle and the Gun" (1958 - collected in A Gun for Dinosaur and Other Imaginative Tales (1963), Aristotle and the Gun and Other Stories (2002) and Years in the Making: the Time-Travel Stories of L. Sprague de Camp (2005))
  • "Heretic in a Balloon" (1977 - collected in The Great Fetish (1978))
  • "The Witches of Manhattan" (1978 - collected in The Great Fetish (1978))
  • "The Round-Eyed Barbarians" (1992)

Fantasy[edit]

Harold Shea[edit]

Main article: Harold Shea

Original series[edit]

  1. "The Roaring Trumpet" (May 1940) (L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt)
  2. "The Mathematics of Magic" (Aug. 1940) (L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt)
  3. "The Castle of Iron" (Apr. 1941, expanded to novel length as The Castle of Iron, 1950) (L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt)
  4. "The Wall of Serpents" (1953) (L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt)
  5. "The Green Magician" (1954) (L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt)

Later series[edit]

  1. "Professor Harold and the Trustees" (1992) (Christopher Stasheff)
  2. "Sir Harold and the Gnome King" (1990) (L. Sprague de Camp)
  3. "Sir Harold and the Monkey King" (1992) (Christopher Stasheff)
  4. "Knight and the Enemy" (1992) (Holly Lisle, from an outline by L. Sprague de Camp and Christopher Stasheff)
  5. "Arms and the Enchanter" (1992) (John Maddox Roberts, from an outline by L. Sprague de Camp and Christopher Stasheff)
  6. "Enchanter Kiev" (1995) (Roland J. Green & Frieda A. Murray)
  7. "Sir Harold and the Hindu King" (1995) (Christopher Stasheff)
  8. "Sir Harold of Zodanga" (1995) (L. Sprague de Camp)
  9. "Harold Shakespeare" (1995) (Tom Wham)
  10. "Return to Xanadu" (2005) (Lawrence Watt-Evans)

Collected editions[edit]

  • The Incomplete Enchanter (1941) (L. Sprague DeCamp and Fletcher Pratt), includes: "The Roaring Trumpet" and "The Mathematics of Magic"
  • The Castle of Iron (1950) (L. Sprague DeCamp and Fletcher Pratt), a novel-length expansion of the original story
  • Wall of Serpents (1960) (L. Sprague DeCamp and Fletcher Pratt), includes: "The Wall of Serpents" and "The Green Magician"
  • The Compleat Enchanter (1975 omnibus including The Incompleat Enchanter and The Castle of Iron) (with Fletcher Pratt)
  • The Complete Compleat Enchanter (1989 omnibus including: "The Roaring Trumpet" and "The Mathematics of Magic" [aka The Incompleat Enchanter], The Castle of Iron and Wall of Serpents) (with Fletcher Pratt)
  • The Enchanter Reborn (1992) (L. Sprague DeCamp and Christopher Stasheff), includes: "Professor Harold and the Trustees," "Sir Harold and the Gnome King," "Sir Harold and the Monkey King," "Knight and the Enemy," and "Arms and the Enchanter"
  • The Exotic Enchanter (1995) (L. Sprague DeCamp and Christopher Stasheff), includes: "Enchanter Kiev," "Sir Harold and the Hindu King," "Sir Harold of Zodanga," and "Harold Shakespeare"
  • The Mathematics of Magic: The Enchanter Stories of L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt (2007 omnibus including The Incompleat Enchanter, The Castle of Iron, Wall of Serpents, Sir Harold and the Gnome King and "Sir Harold of Zodanga") (with Fletcher Pratt)

Gavagan's Bar[edit]

  • "The Gift of God" (1950) (L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt)
  • "Corpus Delectable" (1953) (L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt)
  • "The Better Mousetrap" (1950) (L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt)
  • "Elephas Frumenti" (1950) (L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt)
  • "Beasts of Bourbon" (1951) (L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt)
  • "The Love-Nest" (1953) (L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt)
  • "The Stone of the Sages" (1953) (L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt)
  • "Where To, Please?" (1952) (L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt)
  • "The Palimpsest of St. Augustine" (1953) (L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt)
  • "More Than Skin Deep" (1951) (L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt)
  • "No Forwarding Address" (1953) (L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt)
  • "When the Night Wind Howls" (aka "Methought I Heard a Voice") (1951) (L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt)
  • "My Brother's Keeper" (1953) (L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt)
  • "A Dime Brings You Success" (1953) (L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt)
  • "The Rape of the Lock" (1952) (L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt)
  • "All That Glitters" (1953) (L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt)
  • "Here, Putzi!" (1953) (L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt)
  • "Gin Comes in Bottles" (1953) (L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt)
  • "The Black Ball" (1952) (L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt)
  • "The Green Thumb" (1953) (L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt)
  • "Caveat Emptor" (1953) (L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt)
  • "The Eve of St. John" (1953) (L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt)
  • "The Ancestral Amethyst" (1952) (L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt)
  • "The Untimely Toper" (1953) (L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt)
  • "Oh, Say! Can You See?" (1959) (L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt)
  • "Bell, Book, and Candle" (1959) (L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt)
  • "There'd Be Thousands in It" (1978) (L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt)
  • "One Man's Meat" (1953) (L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt)
  • "The Weissenbroch Spectacles" (1954) (L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt)
  • Tales from Gavagan's Bar (1953 collection, expanded 1978) (L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt)

Pusadian Series[edit]

Main article: Pusadian series

Novarian series[edit]

Main article: Novarian series

Neo-Napolitanian series[edit]

W. Wilson Newbury[edit]

  • "Balsamo's Mirror" (1976 - collected in The Purple Pterodactyls (1980) and Years in the Making: the Time-Travel Stories of L. Sprague de Camp (2005))
  • "The Lamp" (1975 - collected in The Purple Pterodactyls (1980))
  • "Algy" (1976 - collected in The Purple Pterodactyls (1980) and Footprints on Sand (1981))
  • "The Menhir" (1977 - collected in The Purple Pterodactyls (1980))
  • "Darius" (1977 - collected in The Purple Pterodactyls (1980))
  • "United Imp" (1977 - collected in The Purple Pterodactyls (1980))
  • "Tiki" (1977 - collected in The Purple Pterodactyls (1980))
  • "Far Babylon" (1976 - collected in The Purple Pterodactyls (1980))
  • "The Yellow Man" (1978 - collected in The Purple Pterodactyls (1980))
  • "A Sending of Serpents" (1979 - collected in The Purple Pterodactyls (1980))
  • "The Huns" (1978 - collected in The Purple Pterodactyls (1980))
  • "The Purple Pterodactyls" (1976 - collected in The Purple Pterodactyls (1980))
  • "Dead Man's Chest" (1977 - collected in The Purple Pterodactyls (1980))
  • "The Figurine" (1977 - collected in The Purple Pterodactyls (1980))
  • "Priapus" (1977 - collected in The Purple Pterodactyls (1980))
  • The Purple Pterodactyls (collection) (1980)

Conan[edit]

Novels[edit]

Collections[edit]

Short stories[edit]

Other fantasy novels and collections[edit]

Other fantasy short stories[edit]

  • "Nothing in the Rules" (1939 - collected in The Reluctant Shaman and Other Fantastic Tales (1970), The Best of L. Sprague de Camp (1978) and Aristotle and the Gun and Other Stories (2002))
  • "Retirement" (1940)
  • "The Hardwood Pile" (1940 - collected in The Reluctant Shaman and Other Fantastic Tales (1970) and The Best of L. Sprague de Camp (1978))
  • "Mr. Arson" (1941 - collected in The Undesired Princess (1951) and The Reluctant Shaman and Other Fantastic Tales (1970))
  • "The Last Drop" (1941) (with L. Ron Hubbard)
  • "The Undesired Princess" (1942 - collected in The Undesired Princess (1951))
  • "The Wisdom of the East" (1942 - collected in The Reluctant Shaman and Other Fantastic Tales (1970))
  • "The Ghosts of Melvin Pye" (1946 - collected in The Reluctant Shaman and Other Fantastic Tales (1970))
  • "The Reluctant Shaman" (1947 - collected in The Reluctant Shaman and Other Fantastic Tales (1970) and The Best of L. Sprague de Camp (1978))

Edited[edit]

Fantasy anthologies[edit]

Other[edit]

Historical Fiction[edit]

Novels[edit]

Short stories[edit]

Poetry[edit]

Nonfiction[edit]

Biography[edit]

History[edit]

Science[edit]

Other[edit]

Edited[edit]

Gedenkschriften[edit]

Lyon Sprague de Camp who has died aged 92, was one of the last survivors of the golden age of science fiction and fantasy. His first story was published in America in Astounding Stories (better known as Astounding Science Fiction) magazine in 1937, shortly before its famous editor John W Campbell took it over. He retained his association with Campbell and Astounding for many decades.

But it was the launch in 1939 of a shorter-lived sister magazine, Unknown, that opened the doors for de Camp. Here he was able to explore the fantasy genre for which he is better known though there was often a blurring of boundaries between the two in his work. His SF was fantastical, while his fantasy was, if not scientific, at least rational.

In what is generally considered his best SF novel, Lest Darkness Fall (1941), an American accidental time traveller goes back to the late Roman Empire well researched and beautifully realised - and attempts to introduce printing and other modern technology to stop the Empire's collapse; he is frustrated by his lack of specific knowledge and tools.

In his best fantasy novel, The Incomplete Enchanter (1940), written with Fletcher Pratt, the protagonist discovers a mental and mathematical means of travelling to other worlds of probability. Aiming for the world of Irish mythology, he ends up instead entangled in Norse myth, and in a later trip, in the land of Spenser's Faerie Queene. He too is frustrated; his gun won't work in this alternate reality, and his copy of the Boy Scout Handbook becomes unreadable.

The Incomplete Enchanter has reappeared with its sequels under a bewildering variety of similar titles; it was reissued in Britain just last month as The Compleat Enchanter in Millennium's Fantasy Masterworks series. Like much of de Camp's work, it is something of a light-hearted romp; in many ways he laid the groundwork for comic fantasists such as Terry Pratchett and Tom Holt.

In a 1947 essay, Humour in Science Fiction, de Camp wrote, "The mere fact that a narrative depends for its appeal upon humour doesn't excuse the author from writing a good story. The yarn still needs structure, characterisation, movement, narrative hook, build-up, climax, and all the rest." This is a lesson that many of today's lesser humorous fantasists could do with learning. De Camp also completed several of Robert E Howard's Conan the Barbarian novels, and wrote a biography of the writer; his biography of HP Lovecraft was well regarded.

Born in New York City, de Camp was a trained engineer. He studied aeronautical engineering at California Institute of Technology, taking a masters degree in 1933. He went on to work in patents, and then in defence engineering. His first (co-written) book was Inventions and Their Management (1937), and over the years he wrote The Evolution of Naval Weapons (1947), The Heroic Age of American Invention (1961), The Story of Science in America (1967), and other non-fiction books. During the second world war he was an engineer at the Philadelphia Naval Yard alongside fellow SF luminaries, Isaac Asimov and Robert A Heinlein.

For most of his life, though, he was a writer and editor, and clearly loved his work, producing more than 40 novels and 60 other books, including short story collections, books of verse, anthologies, and much non-fiction. He once wrote, "I esteem my readers, since they enable me to live without working. I merely do what I like to do - write - and people are rash enough to pay me for doing it."

Much of his work was co-written with his wife, Catherine; they married in 1939, and she died last April. Perhaps their best-known collaboration was Ancient Ruins and Archaeology (1964), published in Britain under the title Citadels of Mystery. This takes a serious look at some of the most famous legendary and mythological sites, including Stonehenge, Troy and Easter Island.

However eclectic his work, L Sprague de Camp was best known for his fantasy and science fiction. In a rather backhanded compliment, SF writer and historian Brian W Aldiss once wrote that de Camp "never produces masterpieces, but is nonetheless rarely dull". De Camp may not have been one of the very top-rank SF and fantasy writers, but both genres would have been much poorer without him, and this was recognised by his peers with a Grand Master Award from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and by his fans with a World Fantasy Convention Award.

He is survived by two sons.

• Lyon Sprague de Camp, writer, born November 27 1907; died November 6 2000

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