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Andrew M. Butler

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781846318344

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317798

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The Rise of Fantasy: Swords and Planets

The Rise of Fantasy: Swords and Planets

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(p.65) 5 The Rise of Fantasy: Swords and Planets
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Solar Flares
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846317798.006

Science fantasy boomed in the 1970s, especially in the second half of the decade. Just as some of the science fiction publications of the period recalled Mary Shelley, H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, sword and planet fiction looked back to Robert E. Howard and Edgar Rice Burroughs through their Conan and Barsoom stories, respectively. This chapter focuses on science fantasy, including films inspired by Burroughs's novels and John Boorman's Zardoz (1973). It also examines the Tolkienesque tradition and the response to it, as well as bestselling fiction by Robert Silverberg, Anne McCaffrey and Piers Anthony. The chapter concludes with a discussion of fantasy in music and role-playing games.

Keywords:   Edgar Rice Burroughs, science fiction, science fantasy, novels, films, John Boorman, Zardoz, music, role-playing games, Anne McCaffrey

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