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David "PiperFan" JohnsonPerson was signed in when posted
06:32 UT

Just added several new images to the Terro-human Future History Gallery at Zarthani.net:


The most exciting being this previously-unknown illustration for "Naudsonce" from the cover of a German anthology.


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David Johnson
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Can you name these two characters?

1) A "gentleman of about thirty . . . perhaps the biggest-chested and longest-armed man I ever saw. He had yellow hair, a thick yellow beard, clear-cut features, and large grey eyes set deep in his head. I never saw a finer-looking man, and somehow he reminded me of an ancient Dane."
2) A retired military officer who "was broad, of medium height, dark, stout, and rather a curious man to look at. He was so very neat and so very clean-shaved, and he always wore an eye-glass in his right eye. It seemed to grow there, for it had no string, and he never took it out except to wipe it. At first I thought he used to sleep in it, but afterwards I found that this was a mistake. He put it in his trousers pocket when he went to bed. . . ."
You might be forgiven for guessing, respectively, Otto Harkaman from ~Space Viking~ and Carlos von Schlichten from ~Uller Uprising~ but these are actually descriptions of the characters Sir Henry Curtis and Captain John Good from H. Rider Haggard's ~King Solomon's Mines~. I've been reading (listening to the audiobook of) ~Mines~ and can not help but recognize many of the influences Beam must have found there.
Most recently I've been struck by a scene where the protagonist, Allan Quatermain, demonstrates to some primitive natives who have never scene a rifle how it "kills at a distance with sound" by shooting an antelope grazing in the distance. It's like something right out of "Naudsonce" (or the other way 'round, actually).
It's a good yarn, if you haven't read it, and worth revisiting if you haven't in a while.

"You had a wonderful civilization here. . . . You could have made almost anything of it. But it's too late now. You've torn down the gates; the barbarians are in." - Lucas Trask (H. Beam Piper), ~Space Viking~ ~
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