The Classic Science Fiction Podcast

CSFP 003 - The Phoenix on the Sword by Robert E. Howard

April 12, 2020

The Phoenix on the Sword is the first Conan story Robert E. Howard wrote but tells a story from later in the character's life.

I read this from the Del Rey collection The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian, one of a trilogy of books that collects all the original Conan stories chronologically, and returns the text to Howard's original state. 

The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian (Conan the Barbarian Book 1) by [Robert E. Howard, Mark Schultz, Patrice Louinet]

I've been a fan of Conan since I was twelve, but I first read the paperbacks from the 60s and 70s, which were apparently chopped up by editors who are now persona non grata among Howard enthusiasts. 

I love the passion in this story. You can probably tell from my voice that it was fun to read, and I have a hard time believing it's almost 100 years old at this point.

This episode is sponsored by The Messenger by JN Chaney and Terry Maggert

The Messenger: A Mecha Scifi Epic by [J.N. Chaney, Terry Maggert]

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