Terrifying barbarians, cunning mages, and daring heroes run rampant through these exceptional examples of the exciting sword and sorcery genre. In "Tower of the Elephant," Conan takes up jewel thievery but proves to be far better with his sword. "The Flamer Bringers" finds antihero Elric infiltrating a band of bloodthirsty mercenaries and outwitting a powerful sorcerer. "Become a Warrior" is the unexpected tale of a child who loses all she holds dear, only to gain unforeseen power and unlikely revenge. Further entries come from early legends such as Jack Vance and Catherine Louise Moore, the next wave of talents including Fritz Leiber and Michael Moorcock, and modern trendsetters like George R.R. Martin, Karl Edward Wagner, and David Drake. This essential, fast-paced anthology is a chronological gathering of influential, inventive, and entertaining fantasy--sure to appeal to action-oriented fans.
David G. Hartwell is a senior editor at Tor/Forge Books and the publisher of the" New York Review of Science Fiction." He is the author of "Age of Wonders," the editor of the anthologies "The Dark Descent" and "The World Treasury of Science Fiction," and the coeditor of two anthologies of the best Canadian science fiction, "Northern Stars" and "Northern Suns." He lives in Pleasantville, New York. Jacob Weisman is the founder, editor, and publisher at Tachyon Publications. His writing has appeared in the" Cooper Point Journal," the" Nation," "Realms of Fantasy," the" Seattle Weekly," and in the college textbook, "Sport in Contemporary Society." He is the series editor for anthologies including "The Secret History of Fantasy," "The Urban Fantasy Anthology," and "Crucified Dreams: Tales of Urban Horror." He lives in San Francisco.