Saturday, March 12, 2016
Crossover Cover: Quest of the Starstone
In this story by C. L. Moore and Henry Kuttner, Jirel of Joiry steals the Starstone jewel from the sorcerer Franga, who summons the outlaw Northwest Smith and his Venusian companion Yarol from the future to retrieve it for him. The 1500 date given for this story does not fit with references to weapons of the Middle Ages in this and other Jirel stories by Moore, or with her appearance in the year 1225 in Olivier Legrand’s story “Lost in Averoigne,” and must be considered an error. Moore’s Northwest Smith stories take place in a future where mankind has colonized other worlds, all of which are inhabitable. This would place Smith’s adventures in an alternate reality to the CU, Jirel’s native world.