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Northwest of Earth The Complete Northwest Smith ( PDF ) AUTHOR C.L. Moore

Review Northwest of Earth The Complete Northwest Smith

First published in Weird Tales in 1933 Catherine Lucille Moore exploded onto the pulp scene to become one of the most important science fiction and fantasy authors of all time In her first story 'Shambleu' Moore revealed a vast imagination beautifully descriptive prose and a throbbing sensuality rarely matched by her male counterparts It also marked the first ap. When I was around 14 I was given a library card to the San Marino library system because the local branch of the Pasadena library system I was living in Pasadena California at the time just didn t have enough books to keep me happy I was overjoyed to discover a huge selection of science fiction in the nearest San Marine library branch which I d never read before and I promptly set about devouring all of it One of the first things I discovered there was an omnibus anthology of some of the greatest science fiction stories of science fiction s Golden Age It included Shambleau by C L Moore one of the greatest short stories of all time regardless of genre a tale of a sexual vampire who imitates women in order to lure in human men and drain them of life energy via sex It was then that I was introduced to Northwest Smith Moore s archetypal male hero who broke the mold for all subseuent fictional adventurer heroes and who in Shambleau barely escaped from the eponymous vampiric creature through no virtue of his own thanks to the timely intervention of his partner in crime Yarol But than that Moore s superb storytelling opened up endless vistas of strange doomed worlds and universes of inconceivable Powers and Principalities of terrors and horrors and wonders unimaginable the like of which I d never encountered before And so over the years that followed I tried to find of Moore s fiction especially about Northwest Smith her cavalier heroantihero always on the run from the interplanetary law forces aided and abetted by his Venusian sidekick Yarol discovering one eerie weird danger after another and somehow surviving all of them Occasionally I was successful and once I even managed to score a collection of her stories though only a few never enough to satisfyIn the 1970s or 1980s a collection of Moore s Northwest Smith stories was marketed by Ballantine Books and it contained most of her stories about Northwest Smith including Shambleau The cover however was a travesty rather than looking the way an irresistably seductive woman should the Shambleau on the cover looked like a lady who d had a catastrophically unfortunate run in with a massively incompetent cosmetic surgeon her face a mass of wrinkles her nose something straight out of the Paleocene the snakes on her head looking somewhat the worse for wear And Northwest Smith himself you couldn t see his hair too well and it looked as if he were tonsured Or at least had a seriously metastasizing bald spot Blechhh Well I finally got a copy of the book and kept it in my collection for years as much for reference as anything else And then And then this year the Science Fiction Book Club made Northwest of Earth The Complete Northwest Smith available to members and I couldn t resist I purchased it and found it contained three of Moore s NW Smith stories I d never seen before as well as a great Introduction by C J Cherryh One of the stories even featured Jirel of Joiry Moore s other archetypal character as well the medieval female soldier lord whose encounters with the uncanny and weird were just as intriguing even seductive as Smith s adventures perfectly complimenting his On top of everything else the cover of Northwest of Earth painted by Andrew Hou is perfectly in character with both Smith and the Shambleau he rescues and then is nearly destroyed by as atractive as the cover of that earlierabove mentioned collection is revoltingAs C J Cherryh says this is an important book Read it Make sure your children and grandchildren read it It s timeless and it s that good

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Northwest of Earth The Complete Northwest Smith

Pearance of Northwest Smith the uick drawing outlaw of the spaceways who would become a science fiction archetype Here for the first time ever all thirteen of Northwest Smith's adventures have been compiled into one rowdy thrill ride as sure to inspire readers today as it was seventy years agoIn a time when women were marginalized in genre fiction Catherine Moor. This is a collection of short stories and it is because of that I actually finished If it had been a novel I would have given up because I would have known it would never improve The style was just too slow for me yes things happened but it was very slow 379 pages could have been 250 if not 200 I did not like most of the plots they did nothing for me Once you had read a couple you had an idea what was going to happenReally regret struggling on with it Not for me

C.L. Moore Æ 9 Review

E stepped forward and opened the door for generations of female science fiction and fantasy authors Earning praise from contemporaries like HP Lovecraft and Fritz Leiber as well as modern authors from Greg Bear to Michael Moorcock CL Moore remains a giant in the genre and the stories in this compilation comprise an essential addition to any science fiction libra. Northwest of Earth is an interesting study in 1930s pulp science fiction despite the fact that I did not particularly like the parts of the collection that I read For all intents and purposes the stories barely ualify as science fiction Instead they are typical Poe and Lovecraft style supernatural tales with a thin practically translucent sci fi shell In Shambleau the most famous of the Northwest Smith shorts the protagonist encounters Medusa But it happens to be on Mars Likewise in the story Black Thirst Northwest encounters an age old vampire But it happens to be on Venus You get the driftWhat makes the stories marginally interesting is when one considers their background Northwest Smith is not a particularly strong character and I would disagree with anyone who suggests that he is an archetype for say Han Solo Northwest can barely take care of himself and wouldn t survive his various scrapes without crucial assistance from his Venusian sidekick Yarol or the various beautiful women he encounters One wonders how Northwest has stayed alive so long at all since he seems particularly susceptible to getting into trouble and rarely able to get out of itSo what is Moore trying to say As one of the first female sci fi writers and certainly a pioneer for women in speculative fiction was she suggesting that the male protagonists of the pulp era should not have been as strong and independent as they were typically portrayed And if so why are Moore s female characters not stronger the woman who saves Northwest in Black Thirst after all dies a particularly pitiful death Northwest of Earth certainly provides plenty of food for thought even if the stories are carbon copies of one anotherFinished on page 99 after reading Shambleau The Black Thirst and part of Scarlet Dream


10 thoughts on “Northwest of Earth The Complete Northwest Smith

  1. says:

    The way I've heard it described with Northwest Smith being a Han Solo prototype I was expecting good pulpy action with rayguns and gross monsters It's like Han Solo nearly getting seducedkilled by Lovecraftian beasties often disguised as women and just barely surviving The writing is much better than I expected like Michael Moorcock at his pu

  2. says:

    When I was around 14 I was given a library card to the San Marino library system because the local branch of the Pasadena library system I was living in Pasadena California at the time just didn't have enough books to keep me happy I was overjoyed to discover a huge selection of science fiction in the nearest San Marine library branch which I'd never read before and I promptly set about devouring all of it One of the first things

  3. says:

    Catherine Lucille Moore or CL Moore was a contemporary of HP Lovecraft and Fritz Leiber praised by Michael Moorco

  4. says:

    adventure fiction from the fantastic pulpsgolden age sf short stories featuring northwest smith science fantasy and jirel of joiry fantasy no real science in nw populated solar system with venusians martians jungles desert planets moons plots

  5. says:

    These stories are somewhat formulaicShambleau The introductory paragraph is a spoiler view spoilerVelikovsky would have a

  6. says:

    This is a collection of short stories and it is because of that I actually finished If it had been a novel I would have given up because I would have known it would never improve The style was just too slow for me yes things happened but it was very slow 379 pages could have been 250 if not 200 I did not like most of the plots they did nothing for me Once you had read a couple you had an idea what was going to happenReally regret

  7. says:

    The stories follow a clear formula Northwest Smith encounters a damsel in distress who is Other Than She Seems and encounters some menacingly powerful otherworldly entity which he manages to resist through sheer force of will losing said damsel

  8. says:

    The writing style here is very intriguing but it became tiring Everything is so intricate that it becomes florid Also the fi

  9. says:

    Northwest of Earth is an interesting study in 1930s pulp science fiction despite the fact that I did not particularly like the parts of the collection that I read For all intents and purposes the stories barely ua

  10. says:

    It's hard to believe that these stories were written in the 1930's except for the last one Now the concept of aliens on Venus Mars and a few other places is uite laughable today but taken for when they were written and as an alternate reality they really were uite fascinating Her world building was good We knew that NW was a smuggler and criminal from many key points but she never describes the man or his partner Venusian Yarol