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.

1 comment:

  1. Those old Weird Tales covers were really something. I'm surprised they were published in the 30s. That's probably one of the more safe for work. Some of the others were basically porn.

    I need to read my collection of Jirel stories. I enjoyed the collection of Northwest Smith stories. One of which contain a Cthulhu mythos reference.