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Pen-names: Lyman R. Lyon
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"The Blue Giraffe"
© Astounding, Aug 1939
--1971 Astounding/Analog All-Time Poll /19 (tie)
--/ cool sf story
--/ humour award

"The Blunderer"
© Fantastic Story, 1952

"The Command"
(Johnny Black)
© Astounding, Oct 1938
--/ cool sf story

"Curious Time Phenomena"
© Astounding, Sep 1939

"Divide & Rule" (nv)
© Unknown, Apr 1939
book: Fantasy Press, 1948
--/ cool sf novel

"The Effects of Time Travel"
(also as "Some Curious Effects of Time Travel")
© Astounding, Apr 1942

"Elephas Frumenti"
(with Fletcher Pratt)
(Gavagan Bar series)
© F&SF, Jan 1950
--/ cool f story
--/ humour award

(as by Lyman R. Lyon)
© Astounding, May 1939
The Best Of Sprague De Camp, 1978
--/ cool sf story

"Eudoric's Unicorn"
(Eudoric Dambertson)
© The Year's Best Fantasy Stories # 3, 1977
Footprints on Sand, 1981

"The Exalted"
(Johnny Black)
© Astounding, Nov 1940
--/ cool sf story

"The Eye of Tandyla"
© Fantastic Adventures, May 1951
Fantastic Stories, Nov 1965
The Tritonian Ring, 1953
--/ cool f story

"The Fallible Fiend" (nv)
(Novaria series)
© Fantastic, Dec 1972
novel: 1973, Signet Books
--/ cool f novella
--/ humour award

"The Galton Whistle"
(also as "Ultrasonic God')
(Viagens series)
© Future SF, Jul 1951
The Continent Makers & Other Tales of the Viagens, 1953

"The Gem in the Tower"
(with Lin Carter)
(Conan series)
© Conan the Swordsman, 1978


"The Gnarly Man"
© Unknown, Jun 1939
Fantastic Story Magazine, Jul 1953

The Wheels Of If, 1948

A humorous story about an immortal Neanderthal. He goes through life avoiding trouble, so he has a lot of knowledge about the small things in history.
review: 01-Jul-06 (read in 2002)


© Astounding, Apr 1938
The Wheels of If, 1948


"The Incorrigible"
(Johnny Black)
© Astounding Stories, 1939
--/ cool sf story

These were the times when L. Sprague de Camp was writing breezy, funny and light-hearted, with little ambition getting in a way of the story. Simple and (still pretty average) fare.


"The Isolinguals"
© Astounding, Sep 1937

© 1940, Super Science Stories

"The Lamp"
(also as "The Lamp from Atlantis")
(Willy Newbury series)
© F&SF, Mar 1975

"The Lamp from Atlantis"
(also as "The Lamp")
(Willy Newbury series)
© F&SF, Mar 1975

"Lest Darkness Fall" (nv)
© Unknown, 1941
book: Galaxy Publ, 1949
--/ cool f novel
--/ style award

"Let's Have Fun"
© Science Fiction Quarterly, May 1957
--/ cool sf story

"Living Fossil"
© Astounding, Feb 1939

"The Merman"
© Astounding, Dec 1938
The Wheels of If, 1948

"The Rug and the Bull"
© Flashing Swords! # 2, 1974

"The Soaring Statue"
© Other Worlds, 1952

"Some Curious Effects of Time Travel"
(also as "The Effects of Time Travel")
© Astounding, Apr 1942

"The Stolen Dormouse" (nv)
© Astounding, Mar 1941

"A Thing Of Custom"
© Fantastic Universe, Jan 1957
Gun For Dinosaur, 1963

"The Treasure of Tranicos"
(with Robert E. Howard)
(also as "The Black Stranger")
© Fantasy Magazine, Mar 1953

King Conan, Robert E. Howard, 1953
Conan the Usurper, 1967

"Ultrasonic God"
(also as "The Galton Whistle")
(Viagens series)
© Future SF, Jul 1951
The Continent Makers & Other Tales of the Viagens, 1953

"The Warrior Race"
© Astounding, Oct 1940


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