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If you’ve wondered in from Gemma Brocato’s blog post or are just starting your hop here with me, get set for some dinner parties of epic proportions.
Today’ s challenge comes from Susan Scott Shelley – Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? Given the choice of any authors in the world (living or deceased), who would you want as a guest?
I’ve written a lot about one of my favorite authors, Anne McCaffrey, but today, because we can invite multiple authors, I’ve chosen four authors that influenced me at a much younger age. Of course, Anne is welcome at the party as well, and would probably bring out even more interesting discussion.
In my pre-teen and early teen years I was a huge fan of comic books. I still love and appreciate this wonderful graphic art form. And it was because of this my eye was drawn to the first book series I ever sat down and read…and reread…and reread.
Robert E. Howard’s epic Conan series.
Out of Howard’s tragic life came this lumbering hero who over the course of his tales transformed from slave to rogue to adventurer to king of a mighty nation. The legacy left behind by his tragic suicide included eighteen published Conan stories and a host of other starts, scraps and outlines.
In the late 1960’s an effort was put forth to complete the series and put the stories in chronological order. Three other authors added their expertise to finish the tales Howard started. Put out by the now extinct Lancer book brand, eleven of the twelve books came out before the company went out of business in 1973. (I was pissed. I wanted that 12th book.) My original Lancer editions did not survive an open window and a pouring rainstorm. (Yeah, I was devastated.)
Luckily, sometime after that Ace books picked up the series and added the 12th (chronologically the 11th) book, completing the series.
So, after that rather lengthy explanation, who am I inviting to my party???
Robert E. Howard, of course, and the authors who completed the series: L. Sprague De Camp, Lin Carter, and Bjorn Nyberg. I think it would be fascinating to see if they finished the series as Howard would have. The discussion would be priceless.
And be sure to check out Wagers Gone Awry, one of her latest, and the first in a wonderful new series (I just finished reading this and it’s awesome!)