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Meme goes fantasy

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When Gollancz began publishing their SF Masterworks series, they did the same for a Fantasy Masterworks series. But it stopped after fifty books. There was also a Crime Masterworks series, but I’m not sure how long that one lasted. Anyway, usual memetic rules apply: bold those you’ve read, italicise those you own but haven’t read… which would be all of them for me: I bought each one as they were published.

1 – The Book of the New Sun, Volume 1: Shadow and Claw – Gene Wolfe
2 – Time and the Gods – Lord Dunsany
3 – The Worm Ouroboros – E.R. Eddison
4 – Tales of the Dying Earth – Jack Vance
5 – Little, Big – John Crowley
6 – The Chronicles of Amber – Roger Zelazny
7 – Viriconium – M. John Harrison
8 – The Conan Chronicles, Volume 1: The People of the Black Circle – Robert E. Howard
9 – The Land of Laughs – Jonathan Carroll
10 – The Compleat Enchanter: The Magical Misadventures of Harold Shea – L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt

11 – Lud-in-the-Mist – Hope Mirrlees
12 – The Book of the New Sun, Volume 2: Sword and Citadel – Gene Wolfe
13 – Fevre Dream – George R. R. Martin
14 – Beauty – Sheri S. Tepper
15 – The King of Elfland’s Daughter – Lord Dunsany
16 – The Conan Chronicles, Volume 2: The Hour of the Dragon – Robert E. Howard
17 – Elric – Michael Moorcock
18 – The First Book of Lankhmar – Fritz Leiber
19 – Riddle-Master – Patricia A. McKillip
20 – Time and Again – Jack Finney

21 – Mistress of Mistresses – E.R. Eddison
22 – Gloriana or the Unfulfill’d Queen – Michael Moorcock
23 – The Well of the Unicorn – Fletcher Pratt
24 – The Second Book of Lankhmar – Fritz Leiber
25 – Voice of Our Shadow – Jonathan Carroll
26 – The Emperor of Dreams – Clark Ashton Smith
27 – Lyonesse I: Suldrun’s Garden – Jack Vance
28 – Peace – Gene Wolfe
29 – The Dragon Waiting – John M. Ford
30 – Corum: The Prince in the Scarlet Robe – Michael Moorcock

31 – Black Gods and Scarlet Dreams – C.L. Moore
32 – The Broken Sword – Poul Anderson
33 – The House on the Borderland and Other Novels – William Hope Hodgson
34 – The Drawing of the Dark – Tim Powers
35 – Lyonesse II and III: The Green Pearl and Madouc – Jack Vance
36 – The History of Runestaff – Michael Moorcock
37 – A Voyage to Arcturus – David Lindsay
38 – Darker Than You Think – Jack Williamson
39 – The Mabinogion – Evangeline Walton
40 – Three Hearts & Three Lions – Poul Anderson

41 – Grendel – John Gardner
42 – The Iron Dragon’s Daughter – Michael Swanwick
43 – WAS – Geoff Ryman
44 – Song of Kali – Dan Simmons
45 – Replay – Ken Grimwood
46 – Sea Kings of Mars and Other Worldly Stories – Leigh Brackett
47 – The Anubis Gates – Tim Powers
48 – The Forgotten Beasts of Eld – Patricia A. McKillip
49 – Something Wicked This Way Comes – Ray Bradbury
50 – The Mark of the Beast and Other Fantastical Tales – Rudyard Kipling

Not such a good showing for me there, but then I do tend to read more sf than fantasy (and, in fact, more literary fiction than fantasy). Some of the books in the series I’d have said were sf not fantasy (Beauty, The Book of the New Sun), but it remains an excellent selection. I just need to read more of them…

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  1. Ok, I’m including those that I own/have read even if they’re not fantasy masterwork editions:

    1 – The Book of the New Sun, Volume 1: Shadow and Claw – Gene Wolfe
    2 – Time and the Gods – Lord Dunsany
    3 – The Worm Ouroboros – E.R. Eddison
    4 – Tales of the Dying Earth – Jack Vance (Only the first part of this four volume set)
    5 – Little, Big – John Crowley
    6 – The Chronicles of Amber – Roger Zelazny
    7 – Viriconium – M. John Harrison
    8 – The Conan Chronicles, Volume 1: The People of the Black Circle – Robert E. Howard
    9 – The Land of Laughs – Jonathan Carroll
    10 – The Compleat Enchanter: The Magical Misadventures of Harold Shea – L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt

    11 – Lud-in-the-Mist – Hope Mirrlees
    12 – The Book of the New Sun, Volume 2: Sword and Citadel – Gene Wolfe (Only the first part of this two volume set)
    13 – Fevre Dream – George R. R. Martin
    14 – Beauty – Sheri S. Tepper
    15 – The King of Elfland’s Daughter – Lord Dunsany
    16 – The Conan Chronicles, Volume 2: The Hour of the Dragon – Robert E. Howard
    17 – Elric – Michael Moorcock
    18 – The First Book of Lankhmar – Fritz Leiber
    19 – Riddle-Master – Patricia A. McKillip
    20 – Time and Again – Jack Finney

    21 – Mistress of Mistresses – E.R. Eddison
    22 – Gloriana or the Unfulfill’d Queen – Michael Moorcock
    23 – The Well of the Unicorn – Fletcher Pratt
    24 – The Second Book of Lankhmar – Fritz Leiber (only one part of this three volume set)
    25 – Voice of Our Shadow – Jonathan Carroll
    26 – The Emperor of Dreams – Clark Ashton Smith (I’ve proabaly read about half of these stories in other colletions)
    27 – Lyonesse I: Suldrun’s Garden – Jack Vance
    28 – Peace – Gene Wolfe
    29 – The Dragon Waiting – John M. Ford
    30 – Corum: The Prince in the Scarlet Robe – Michael Moorcock

    31 – Black Gods and Scarlet Dreams – C.L. Moore
    32 – The Broken Sword – Poul Anderson
    33 – The House on the Borderland and Other Novels – William Hope Hodgson (I’ve read only “House on the Borderland
    34 – The Drawing of the Dark – Tim Powers
    35 – Lyonesse II and III: The Green Pearl and Madouc – Jack Vance
    36 – The History of Runestaff – Michael Moorcock
    37 – A Voyage to Arcturus – David Lindsay
    38 – Darker Than You Think – Jack Williamson
    39 – The Mabinogion – Evangeline Walton
    40 – Three Hearts & Three Lions – Poul Anderson

    41 – Grendel – John Gardner
    42 – The Iron Dragon’s Daughter – Michael Swanwick
    43 – WAS – Geoff Ryman
    44 – Song of Kali – Dan Simmons
    45 – Replay – Ken Grimwood
    46 – Sea Kings of Mars and Other Worldly Stories – Leigh Brackett
    47 – The Anubis Gates – Tim Powers
    48 – The Forgotten Beasts of Eld – Patricia A. McKillip
    49 – Something Wicked This Way Comes – Ray Bradbury
    50 – The Mark of the Beast and Other Fantastical Tales – Rudyard Kipling

    • You seem to have done a bit better than me. Admittedly, there are one or two on the list I might have read – for instance, I read loads of Conan books when I was a kid, so I might well have read all the ones collected in the two omnibuses (omnibi? :-)). And I have vague suspicion I’ve read Something Wicked This Way Comes, but they may be because I remember the film…

      • Yeah, I didn’t read the Conan Masterwork editions. I’ve just read all the stories in other collections.

  2. Well not being a big fantasy reader I’ve not read any of those titles (why isn’t Tolkien included?!?)
    I do have this on my shelf tho:
    49 – Something Wicked This Way Comes – Ray Bradbury

    • why isn’t Tolkien included?

      Because Gollancz don’t have the rights to those books, presumably?

    • No Mervin Peake either…

      Personally though, I’m glad. This series has been great for showing me how much great fantasy there is out there, far more interesting in most cases, than “Lord of the Rings”.

  3. why isn’t Tolkien included?

    Because Gollancz don’t have the rights to those books, presumably?

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