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stories in various cycles of fiction
Posted by: solon (IP Logged)
Date: 30 January, 2020 10:32AM
I'd like to find out all the titles that are in a specific cycle of stories; such as all the fiction in the Zothique cycle and what titles are in the Averoigne cycle. Is there a place to get that info?

Re: stories in various cycles of fiction
Posted by: kojootti (IP Logged)
Date: 30 January, 2020 05:25PM
I've decided to write down a list of all the noteworthy story cycles, including Zothique and Averoigne which you ask for!

Hyperborea:

The Tale of Satampra Zeiros
The Testament of Athammaus
The Door to Saturn
Ubbo-Sathla
The Weird of Avoosl Wuthoqquan
The White Sybil
The Ice Demon
The Seven Geases
The Coming of the White Worm
The Theft of the Thirty-Nine Girdles

There is also "The Muse of Hyperborea," though it's a prose poem and not necessarily part of any cycle. Very beautiful and fitting though.

Averoigne:

The End of the Story
The Satyr
A Rendezvous in Averoigne
The Holiness of Azedarac
The Maker of Gargoyles
The Colossus of Ylourgne
The Mandrakes
The Disinterment of Venus
The Beast of Averoigne
Mother of Toads
The Enchantress of Sylaire

And also Smith's wonderful poem "Averoigne."

Zothique:

The Empire of the Necromancers
The Isle of the Torturers
The Charnel God
The Dark Eidolon
The Voyage of King Euvoran
The Weaver in the Vault
The Tomb Spawn
The Witchcraft of Ulua
Xeethra
The Last Hieroglyph
Necromancy in Naat
The Black Abbot of Puthuum
The Death of Ilalotha
The Garden of Adompha
The Master of the Crabs
Morthylla

He also wrote a script for a play set in Zothique titled "The Dead Will Cuckold You." And also an excellent poem, simply titled "Zothique."

Poseidonis:

The Last Incantation
A Voyage to Sfanamoƫ
The Double Shadow
The Death of Malygris

He also wrote an incomplete script for a play set in Poseidonis called "The Fugitives" which can be found on this site. There is also the poem "Tolometh" which describes an idol worshiped in Poseidonis.

Aihai (Mars):

The Vaults of Yoh-Vombis
The Dweller in the Gulf
Vulthoom

He also wrote several paragraphs of an incomplete story set on Aihai called "Mnemoka," which concerns some kind of space mercenary and a Martian drug. It can be viewed here on this site.



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 30 Jan 20 | 05:27PM by kojootti.

Re: stories in various cycles of fiction
Posted by: parcivalrex (IP Logged)
Date: 31 January, 2020 10:55AM
What a great list!

As Poseidonis is considered last remnant of the lost continent of Atlantis, you might want to add the Atlantis material to the Poseidonis cycle.

A Vintage from Atlantis
From a letter (aka The Muse of Atlantis) (prose poem)
Atlantis: a poem (poem)

Yours,

Frank

Re: stories in various cycles of fiction
Posted by: kojootti (IP Logged)
Date: 31 January, 2020 12:26PM
Ah, somehow I never considered that! But it's true. As Poseidonis is just the tip of Atlantis, I think Smith's Atlantean art is worth trying too, especially "From A Letter" and "A Vintage from Atlantis."

In his Ballantine Hyperborea book, Lin Carter concocted a cycle out of Smith's prose poems about the world's rim, which includes "The Abominations of Yondo," "The Desolation of Soom," and "The Passing of Aphrodite." He guessed that Smith was making a cycle with these stories, but I highly doubt that. It seems to me they are all unrelated besides the vague setting of the edge of the world, which was likely used for the poetic effect. Even so, perhaps others can see what I cannot and maybe there is something of a "cycle" to them.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 31 Jan 20 | 12:28PM by kojootti.

Re: stories in various cycles of fiction
Posted by: Sawfish (IP Logged)
Date: 1 February, 2020 12:00PM
kojootti Wrote:
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> Ah, somehow I never considered that! But it's
> true. As Poseidonis is just the tip of Atlantis, I
> think Smith's Atlantean art is worth trying too,
> especially "From A Letter" and "A Vintage from
> Atlantis."
>
> In his Ballantine Hyperborea book, Lin Carter
> concocted a cycle out of Smith's prose poems about
> the world's rim, which includes "The Abominations
> of Yondo," "The Desolation of Soom," and "The
> Passing of Aphrodite." He guessed that Smith was
> making a cycle with these stories, but I highly
> doubt that. It seems to me they are all unrelated
> besides the vague setting of the edge of the
> world, which was likely used for the poetic
> effect. Even so, perhaps others can see what I
> cannot and maybe there is something of a "cycle"
> to them.

I tend to agree about Yondo. It's been vividly stuck in my mind all these years (like Vintage From Atlantis) that I can recall enough about it to conclude that it was merely a general use of the "edge of the world" device--to basically tell the reader that s/he's entered a region where previous rules do not apply--nor is it to be utopian in tone but, rather, eschatological.

I think that Yondo, and others like it, are why I continue to re-read CAS.

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