Lin Carter

Linwood Vrooman Carter was born in St. Petersburg, Florida on June 9, 1930. He served in the United States Infantry during the Korean conflict and then attended Columbia University. He worked as a copywriter before he began writing full-time. He was a member of the Trap Door Spiders and the Swordsmen and Sorcerer's Guild of America. He was an avid science fiction and fantasy fan his entire life. His first professional publication was Masters of the Metropolis which appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in 1957.

Carter was extremely prolific, publishing an average of 6 books a year in the late 1960s. He was a grand self-promoter, often citing his own writings in his nonfiction and always including his own pieces in the anthologies he edited. His work is often considered derivative, something he himself readily admitted, often identifying his models in the introduction of his novels.

Carter developed oral cancer in 1985, the surgery for which left him disfigured. He began to drink heavily after his surgery and when the disease resurfaced in 1988 it spread to his throat leading to his death in 1988.

The Man Without a Planet

"MISSION TO AN EMBATTLED NEBULA - When Raul Linton, Commander of Space Navy, returned from the bloody Third Imperial War in 3468 A. D., he was a disillusioned hero. Defiantly stripping off his medals and ribands, Raul roamed the Inner Cluster of stars in search of some meaning. But close on his trail was the Imperium Government spy, Pertinax - known as the Snake - who was out to prove Raul a traitor. And then Raul Linton met up with Sharl of the Yellow-Eyes, who proposed a daring scheme of intergalactic action which would at once restore the Sharl's exiled Queen Innald to her rightful place on the throne of Valadon - but to join this mission, Raul would have to fight openly against his own government...Another swashbuckling adventure by the author of Thongor of Lemuria and The Star Magicians."

Original Publication: Ace, 1966
This Edition: Ace, 1966
Cover Art: Peter Michael
Format: Paperback

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Ace Double #G-606 with John T. Phillifent's Time to Live (as by John Rackham)

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The Star Magicians

"For 6,000 years the great Carine Empire ruled the galaxy - but slowly, under remorseless erosion of centuries, the Empire faded as its Imperial bloodline ran out in weaklings who paid tribute to the wild, untamed Barbarians of the Rim. Finally came the day when the Barbarian legions struck at Carina itself, destroying in a single day and night the mightiest empire in galactic history. In the ages that followed, the rest of the empire decayed, its individual suns and worlds losing contact, isolated Star-Kings fighting to hold their own cultures together...and failing. Ironically, the Barbarians themselves remained the only coordinated power among the Near Stars. Their fleets drifted the star-trails, looting and destroying everything in their way. One world alone stood against the dark night of savagery that waas engulfing the galaxy - Parlion, the planet of the Star Magicians. And at last came the final battle for civilization in the stars."

Original Publication: Ace, August 1966
This Edition: Ace, August 1966
Cover Art: Kelly Freas
Format: Paperback

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Ace Double #G-588 with John Baxter's The Off-Worlders

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The Flame of Iridar

"From out of the gloom in the dungeon where Chandar, Prince of Orn, awaited a tortured death, Sarkond the Enchanter shimmered into reality. His emerald eyes gleamed with an inhuman lustre as, with a soundless command, and without a touch, he mysteriously released the chains which bound Chandar. The prize Sarkond then offered Chandar was freedom, the price - the timeless struggle between two opposing forces...a man who used the secret powers of the universe for his own schemes...a man who vowed to stop him by his own strength and wits."

Original Publication: Belmont Books, May 1967
This Edition: Belmont Books, May 1967
Cover Art: Unknown
Format: Paperback

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Belmont Double #B50-759 with Kris Neville's Peril of the Starmen

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Jandar of Callisto

"Jander the alien enslaved on Callisto, moon of Jupiter, a world of black and crimson jungles where the hand of every man is lifted in eternal enmity against every other.a savage, hostile world on which he is first held prisoner by the fearsome insect-men, only to be freed for a more binding slavery in the deadly clutches of the insidious Sky Pirates...and in the incalculable aura of the beautiful princess Darloona who elicits love almost beyond the limits of his mortal soul..."

Original Publication: Dell, December 1972
This Edition: Dell, December 1972
Cover Art: Vincent DiFate
Format: Paperback

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When the Green Star Calls

"Unknown World for Conquest! To him, his native Earth was a prison of the mind and body. For him, only the lure of the wonder world that revolved in the rays of the nameless green star was worth the struggle to live. And finally the call came.But awaiting him there was only the body of a primitive youth, while the city of his beloved princess was far away. And once revived, he found himself the puppet of a half-mad experimenter in immortality and the companion of the last living monster of a race that had once been ruler of that world. Lin Carter, master of fantasy, had produced another marvelous novel in the Burroughs-Merritt tradition to stand alongside his Under the Green Star."

Original Publication: DAW, July 1973
This Edition: DAW, July 1973
Cover Art: Luis Dominguez
Format: Paperback

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By the Light of the Green Star

"Miscast in the role of assassin, inhabiting the stolen body of a stalwart savage, the star-wanderer from Earth found himself in dangers beyond even his wildest imaginings. His friends had fled, his princess with them, and awaiting him were the islands of the sky with their merciless masters, the prowlers of the dark tree bottoms with their horrible steeds, and the treachery of his comrades in captivity. But this was what he had left his safe home on Earth for - and his adventures BY THE LIGHT OF THE GREEN STAR, however knife-edge, were the very staff of life to him! Roy Krenkel illustrates this third marvel adventure of Lin Carter's bestselling saga."

Original Publication: DAW, July 1974
This Edition: DAW, July 1974
Cover Art: Roy Krenkel
Format: Paperback

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The Valley Where Time Stood Still

"M'Cord watched his Martian guide disappear. Together M'Cord and the others descended the great stone steps carved out of the rock incalculable aeons ago. It was only as they approached the valley floor that they saw that the desert seen from above was an illusion created by the thick mist masking what they lay below. Ahead of M'Cord, the wolf-like Martian outlaw who had brought the expedition this far hesitated a moment. Then he plunged through the mist and disappeared. Now it was M'Cord's turn to follow...to discover and master the ultimate secret of Mars and the universe...or else be destroyed by the dark forces that ruled - The Valley Where Time Stood Still."

Original Publication: Doubleday, December 1974
This Edition: Popular Library, February 1976
Cover Art: Carlos Ochagavia
Format: Paperback

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In the Green Star's Glow

"He was Karn, the savage of the sky-high trees. He was protector and defender of the princess Naimh, whose very city was lost in the mapless jungles of the world under the Green Star. But he was also an Earthling, whose helpless body lay in suspended animation in a guarded mansion in New England. It was his alien mind that drove Karn through perils that no other would dare. But dare he must - for though that alien planet was replete with dangers and treachery, with lost castles of forgotten science and armies of mindless monsters, there was a cause to be won and a love to be rescued. It's Lin Carter in the grand climax of his best marvel- adventure series in the tradition of Burroughs and Merritt."

Original Publication: DAW, January 1976
This Edition: DAW, January 1976
Cover Art: Michael Whelan
Format: Paperback

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Renegade of Callisto

"Far from his adopted hime, the Golden City of Shondakor, Koja, self-exiled insectoid of the Yathoon Horde, has blundered into the savage land he had renounced, accompanied only by little Taran, ward of Prince Jandar. Lost in the treacherous scarlet plains, the two are hurled to separate, unnamable fates - Taran forsaken in shackles, along with the lovely Princess Xara, while the renegade Koja is locked on a perilous course of vengeance for the evils done to his clan. All destinies collide at the Great Yathoon Games in the Hidden Valley of Sargol - the impenetrable citadel girdled by a seething moat of flames. In the spine-tingling tradition of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Lin Carter again transports us to a strange and sublime landscape pulsating with the flash of swords, secret splendors, and ever-lurking danger."

Original Publication: Dell, August 1978
This Edition: Dell, August 1978
Cover Art: Ken W. Kelly
Format: Paperback

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Also included is an essay by Lin Carter titled Darza, the Chess Game of Callisto. Interior artwork Thanator: The Jungle Moon by Lin Carter

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Tolkien: A Look Behind The Lord of the Rings

Original Publication: Ballantine, March 1969
This Edition: Ballantine, May 1978
Cover Art: Curtis Woodbridge
Format: Paperback

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Journey to the Underground World

"The legends of a fabled land of the lost have floated for centuries around the bazaars of North Africa and the sand-surrounded oases of the vast Sahara. They tell of treasure caravans that have never returned, of weird monsters forgotten by time, of savage peoples surviving out of antiquity. Eric Carstairs had heard these tales but until he met Professor Potter he did not really believe them. But the famous palentologist had the location of the entrance to the Underground World pinned down, and wanted only a man of courage to fly him there. Carstairs and Potter took the chance - and pierced the pit to Zanthodon, a world within a world, where cavemen and cavebeasts roamed side by side with dinosaur monsters of millions of years ago. Lin Carter launches a new series of adventures that will rank with his Green Star and Callisto books - and will delight the millions who have yearned for the road to Pellucidar!"

Original Publication: DAW, November 1979
This Edition: DAW, November 1979
Cover Art: Josh Kirby
Format: Paperback

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Also included is Appendix: A Stone Age Glossary by Lin Carter.

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Kellory the Warlock

"Kel-lo-ry - It is the Old Tongue, and its meaning is : "I will avenge." Kellory - the last of the Black Kings of Illyrion. His fighting arm maimed, his homeland stolen, his tribe mercilessly slaughtered by the dread Thungoda Horde, he seeks revenge with the only weapon left to him - sorcery. But the secret arts of witchcraft are not easily surrendered by the Brotherhood of Darkness.... Across the Sea of Sand, with its plethora of terrifying spells and whispering spirits of the night, Kellory seeks the grimoire of Yaohim - the Book of Shadows - for only within its enigmatic pages will he find the sacred magic that will vanquish his enemies, if he can decipher its mystery before its too late. An exciting tale of swords and sorcery from Lin Carter."

Original Publication: Doubleday, April 1984
This Edition: Doubleday, April 1984
Cover Art: Steve Marchesi
Format: Paperback

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