Saturday, October 17, 2020

Recording of "The Best Sword & Sorcery of the 20th Century" panel now available

Last night I spent the better part of 2 1/2 hours in an interesting, rambling discussion about sword-and-sorcery with the likes of Howard Andrew Jones, Jeff Goad, Bill Ward, and Jason Ray Carney, part of the ongoing Bride of Cyclops Con online convention. It was a blast. We covered a lot of ground in that time--the definition of S&S, its literary roots, must-read stories, a few dark horses, the late Charles Saunders, book porn (I couldn't stop myself from flashing multiple book covers), and many other fun side-trails and asides.

I'm far more comfortable behind the keyboard than on-camera, but I have to say the time flew by and I spent most of the panel grinning ear-to-ear. I hope I had a few insights to add about my favorite subgenre. I want to thank Howard and the folks over at Goodman Games for the opportunity.  

The highlight for me was learning that Jason owns a first edition, signed, hard-cover copy of Poul Anderson's The Broken Sword. That almost broke my geekmeter.

Check out the recording of the panel here.

7 comments:

Paul R. McNamee said...

Cool panel.

Brian Murphy said...

Thanks, it was fun, and an excellent group.

Really it was just a forum for showing off my bookcases:)

Joe Allegretti said...

As someone just getting into Sword and Sorcery, and now reading your book, Brian, this panel was both informative and highly entertaining. Thanks so much. Joe Allegretti

Brian Murphy said...

You're welcome Joe! I welcome any and all comments on Flame and Crimson. And if you liked it please leave a review on Amazon or Goodreads... it helps.

Cora Buhlert said...

That was a great panel. I've been a sword and sorcery fan for years, but even I still got book recommendations to check out.

Brian Murphy said...

Great to hear that Cora! My work here is done :)

I picked up a couple titles myself (Margaret St. Clair, Darryl Schweitzer).

Cora Buhlert said...

I'm a fan of Margaret St. Clair, but The Shadowpeople was new to me. Looking forward to digging into it.