Carmin Vance joins us to discuss L. Sprague de Camp and Lin Carter’s “Conan the Buccaneer”, barriers for entry into the hobby, weird descriptions of breasts, sword and sorcery as escapism, black amazon warriors, reading non-Howard Conan stories, the man-eating trees of Nubia, ritual magic, the bellybuttons of the Easter Island statues, reading with an open mind, and much more!
4 thoughts on “Episode 68 – L. Sprague de Camp & Lin Carter’s “Conan the Buccaneer” with special guest Carmin Vance”
I am a big fan of the original REH stories (although they are products of their time), but have recently been trying to obtain the DeCamp/Carter series as well. Appendix N research, you know.
I managed to get this one a couple of months back, and re-read it for the first time since maybe 8th or 9th grade. Crom! but the descriptions of women were problematic. Cringe-worthy, really. But, at the same time, as you three pointed out, there is also a lot of potential meat for gaming proudly thrusting from those pages. There are definitely some worthy ideas to be gleaned from therein.
The description of Lin Carter as a smart man, but not a deep man, jibes with the impression I get from his work.
All the best!
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Lin Carter’s introduction about swords and sorcery being pure escapism just sounds like a 1971 version of “keep your SJW politics out of my videogames/movies/comic books” i.e. bog standard nerd reactionism
I read this story in Savage Sword of Conan in issues 40-43. I really enjoyed it. Carter’s portrayal of the amazon women was cringe but it is fun imaginative fantasy adventure.
It reads much better as a comic book due Roy Thomas writing it and John Buscema and Tony DeZuniga on art.