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Richard A. Lupoff (1935–2020)

Autor(a) de Philip Jose Farmer's The Dungeon: The Black Tower

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About the Author

Richard Allen Lupoff was born on February 21, 1935 in Brooklyn, New York. He studied at the University of Miami. His main work was in science fiction and mystery, but he also wrote humor and satire, nonfiction and reviews. He also edited science-fantasy anthologies. He was best known for co-editing mostrar mais fanzine XERO, which won a Hugo Award in 1963, with his wife Pat Lupoff and Bhob Stewart. In his early career he worked as a technical writer. His first book was a biography published in 1965, Edgar Rice Burroughs: Master of Adventure. In 1967, he began publishing fiction works, One Million Centuries was the first. Some of his other works include Sacred Locomotive Flies (1971), Sword of the Demon (1977), The Triune Man (1976), Space War Blues (1978), Into the Aether (1974), the Twin Planet series, Circumpolar! (1987), and the Sun's End series, Sun's End (1984), and Galaxy's End (1988). He sometimes wrote under the pseudonyms, using Addison E. Steele for Buck Rogers tie-ins, and Ova Hamlet for parodies of famous science fiction authors. Richard Lupoff died on October 22, 2020 in California. He was 85. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos


Obras por Richard A. Lupoff

Philip Jose Farmer's The Dungeon: The Black Tower (1988) — Autor — 465 exemplares
Edgar Rice Burroughs: Master of Adventure (1965) — Autor — 205 exemplares
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1978) 154 exemplares
All in Color for a Dime (1970) — Editor — 130 exemplares
Space war blues (1978) 117 exemplares
Suns End (1984) 113 exemplares
Buck Rogers: That Man on Beta (1979) — Autor — 112 exemplares
Sword of the Demon (1976) 112 exemplares
Circumpolar (1984) 107 exemplares
Lovecraft's Book (1985) 96 exemplares
The Comic Book Killer (1988) — Autor — 85 exemplares
The Comic-Book Book (1974) — Editor — 67 exemplares
Countersolar! (1987) 57 exemplares
One Million Centuries (1967) 56 exemplares
The Crack in the Sky (1976) 54 exemplares
Sandworld (1976) 49 exemplares
The Triune Man (1976) 45 exemplares
Galaxys End (1988) 41 exemplares
Into the Aether (1974) — Autor — 39 exemplares
What If? Volume 2 (1981) — Editor — 29 exemplares
The Classic Car Killer (1992) 27 exemplares
What If? Volume 1 (1980) — Editor — 27 exemplares
The Outer Limits, Volume Two (1997) 23 exemplares
Sacred Locomotive Flies (1971) 22 exemplares
Terrors (2005) 21 exemplares
The Best of Xero (2004) — Editor — 21 exemplares
No mind of man; three original novellas of science fiction (1973) — Contribuidor — 20 exemplares
The Adventures of Professor Thintwhistle and His Incredible Aether Flyer (1997) — Author, Script Writer — 17 exemplares
The Emerald Cat Killer (2010) 16 exemplares
The Bessie Blue Killer (1994) 15 exemplares
Before...12:01...and After (1996) 14 exemplares
The Radio Red Killer (1997) 14 exemplares
The Forever City (Millennium) (1987) 14 exemplares
Claremont Tales (2001) 14 exemplares
The Sepia Siren Killer (1994) 14 exemplares
The Silver Chariot Killer (1996) 11 exemplares
Claremont Tales II (2002) 10 exemplares
The Cover Girl Killer (1995) 9 exemplares
The Ova Hamlet papers (1979) 5 exemplares
Dreams (2011) 3 exemplares
Upward Nobility (1979) 3 exemplares
The Universal Holmes (2007) 3 exemplares
Black Mist 3 exemplares
Visions (2009) 2 exemplares
Jubilee 2 exemplares
Stroka Prospekt : a story (1982) 2 exemplares
Nebogipfel at the End of Time (1979) 2 exemplares
Rookie Cop (2015) 2 exemplares
12:01 PM 2 exemplares
Easy Living 1 exemplar
The Second Drug 1 exemplar
12:03 P.m. 1 exemplar
The Compleat Ova Hamlet (2007) 1 exemplar
Nothing Personal 1 exemplar
Dreamer's Dozen (2015) 1 exemplar
Murders Galore (2015) 1 exemplar
Vorstoss in den Äther (1985) 1 exemplar
Writer Volume 2 (2014) 1 exemplar
12:02 P.m. 1 exemplar
Writer Volume 3 (2016) 1 exemplar
Ancient Evil Returns (2018) 1 exemplar
What If? Volume 3 (2013) 1 exemplar
Cairo Good-bye 1 exemplar
Writer Volume 1 (2013) 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos (1989) — Contribuidor — 982 exemplares
Again, Dangerous Visions (1972) — Contribuidor — 980 exemplares
Shadows Over Baker Street: New Tales of Terror! (2003) — Contribuidor — 718 exemplares
The Science Fiction Century (1997) — Contribuidor — 530 exemplares
The Mammoth Book of Comic Fantasy (1998) — Contribuidor, algumas edições502 exemplares
The Hastur Cycle (1993) — Autor — 208 exemplares
The New Lovecraft Circle (1996) — Contribuidor — 185 exemplares
The Mammoth Book of Sorcerers' Tales (2004) — Contribuidor — 161 exemplares
Cthulhu’s Reign (2010) — Contribuidor — 151 exemplares
Sherlock Holmes Through Time and Space (1984) — Contribuidor — 148 exemplares
The Mammoth Book of Perfect Crimes & Impossible Mysteries (2006) — Contribuidor — 144 exemplares
The Best American Mystery Stories 2004 (2004) — Contribuidor — 134 exemplares
A Season in Carcosa (2012) — Contribuidor — 123 exemplares
The Mammoth Book of Locked-Room Mysteries and Impossible Crimes (2000) — Contribuidor — 118 exemplares
The Dunwich Cycle (1995) — Contribuidor — 116 exemplares
Made in Goatswood (1995) — Contribuidor — 114 exemplares
The Best Science Fiction of the Year #5 (1976) — Contribuidor — 106 exemplares
Sherlock Holmes: The Hidden Years (2004) — Contribuidor — 105 exemplares
Under the Moons of Mars: New Adventures on Barsoom (2012) — Contribuidor — 105 exemplares
The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 13 (2002) — Contribuidor — 103 exemplares
The Mammoth Book of New Jules Verne Adventures (2005) — Contribuidor — 98 exemplares
Weird Shadows Over Innsmouth (2000) — Contribuidor — 95 exemplares
New Dimensions Science Fiction Number 5 (1975) — Contribuidor — 92 exemplares
The Mammoth Book of Historical Crime Fiction (2011) — Contribuidor — 91 exemplares
My Sherlock Holmes: Untold Stories of the Great Detective (2003) — Contribuidor — 90 exemplares
Black Mist (1997) — Contribuidor — 85 exemplares
Hardboiled Cthulhu: Two-Fisted Tales of Tentacled Terror (2006) — Contribuidor — 83 exemplares
Wheel of Fortune (1995) — Contribuidor — 78 exemplares
Warriors of Blood and Dream (1995) — Contribuidor — 78 exemplares
Royal Whodunnits: Tales of Right Royal Murder and Mystery (1999) — Contribuidor — 70 exemplares
The Worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs (2013) — Contribuidor — 68 exemplares
Alternate Tyrants (1997) — Contribuidor — 59 exemplares
All Star Zeppelin Adventure Stories (2004) — Contribuidor — 57 exemplares
Sherlock Holmes: The American Years (2010) — Contribuidor — 56 exemplares
Investigations of Avram Davidson (1999) — Editor, algumas edições55 exemplares
New Dimensions IV (1974) — Autor — 51 exemplares
Strange Gods (1974) — Contribuidor — 41 exemplares
The Silver Gryphon (2003) — Autor — 41 exemplares
Horrors Beyond (2007) — Contribuidor — 40 exemplares
Chrysalis (1977) — Contribuidor — 36 exemplares
Walls of Fear (1990) — Contribuidor — 33 exemplares
Spirits of Christmas (1989) — Contribuidor — 31 exemplares
Chrysalis 2 (1978) — Contribuidor — 28 exemplares
Poe's Lighthouse (2006) — Contribuidor — 28 exemplares
And the Gods Laughed (1987) — Introdução, algumas edições27 exemplares
Berserkers (1973) — Contribuidor — 27 exemplares
Horrors Beyond 2: Stories of Strange Creations (2007) — Contribuidor — 24 exemplares
Welcome to Reality: The Nightmares of Philip K. Dick (1991) — Contribuidor — 24 exemplares
Future Corruption (Anthology 12-in-1) (1975) — Contribuidor — 22 exemplares
Worlds of Cthulhu (2012) — Contribuidor — 20 exemplares
Tales Out Of Dunwich (2004) — Contribuidor — 19 exemplares
Best Science Fiction of the Year: 1, Part Two (1978) — Contribuidor — 19 exemplares
The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction June 1974, Vol. 46, No. 6 (1974) — Contribuidor, algumas edições16 exemplares
Return of Skull Face (1977) — Autor, algumas edições15 exemplares
The Anthology of Dark Wisdom: The Best of Dark Fiction (2009) — Contribuidor — 14 exemplares
Away from the here and now : stories in pseudo-science (1947) — Introdução, algumas edições7 exemplares
Beyond Reality (1979) — Contribuidor — 6 exemplares
Amazing Stories Vol. 45, No. 5 [January 1972] (1972) — Autor — 4 exemplares
Amazing Stories Vol. 50, No. 4 [March 1977] (1977) — Autor — 4 exemplares
Left Coast Crimes: A Collection of Short Stories — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares
Pair O' Jacks (2011) — Introdução — 1 exemplar
Prince Pax (2013) — Introdução, algumas edições1 exemplar


Conhecimento Comum




Clive Folliot ha alcanzado por fin el noveno y último nivel de la Mazmorra, donde se decidirá su destino, el de sus compañeros y el de sus enemigos, a quienes halla y pierde sucesiva y alternadamente, y siempre se queda con la duda de si lo que ha visto es auténtico o una imagen mental creada por los Señores de la Mazmorra para confundirlo.
A pesar de todo, Clive no cesa en su objetivo: identificar y vencer a sus enemigos y determinar qué papel tiene su padre, el barón, y su hermano Neville en el misterio que lo rodea.… (mais)
Natt90 | 2 outras críticas | Dec 13, 2022 |
Good review of the writing and publishing history of the great ERB. If you are a fan of Burroughs this is full of interesting information.
ikeman100 | 4 outras críticas | Feb 12, 2022 |
This is my second book by Lupoff. I liked the first one better. Great possibilities but bad ending.
ikeman100 | 1 outra crítica | Nov 26, 2020 |
The Black Tower (1988) is full of forced action and lost opportunity. In any event, I thank the Goodreads Sword & Sorcery groupread that enabled me to revisit a series I thought I missed out on. If you like to be constantly bait-n-switched without reason, then this book is for you. Since it is the anchor for the series, I don't plan on reading more.

The Concept: Set ~1870, the aristocratic Englishman Major Clive Folliot goes exploring across the world for his missing brother Neville. The premise has a "lost world" pulp vibe (i.e., an alien world in which the protagonist is teleported/transported to and cannot return to earth) and that world is essentially a hostile prison for beings across time & space. A few instances, the book evoked emotions I last felt while watching the 1967 TV series The Prisoner or the 2004-2010 TV series The Lost. As the introduction explains, Byron Preiss had asked Philip José Farmer to edit and oversee the Dungeon series. Richard A. Lupoff was chosen to lead this (but it is unclear if Farmer selected him) with Volume 1: The Black Tower (1988).

What worked:
-Farmer's introduction to the series & the concept of the "Dungeon"
-The pull of the mysterious disappearance of Neville; this premise kept me in the book the duration.
-Bonus sketches/illustrations ostensibly drawn by the protagonist
-Occasional, brief scenes that deserved more than a paragraph (i.e., the plight of enthralled giants, and the impregnation of spider eggs into human bodies)
-User Annie's futuristic (~1999) language (which mention motherboards, and downloading); for a 1988 novel, this take on future vocabulary was entertaining and fairly accurate.

What did not work:
(1) The promise behind the cover and title: The cover by Robert Gould is awesome. It has stuck in my head for 30+ yrs. However, it promises a Heroic Fantasy or Sword & Sorcery story, and the book is Sci-Fi adventure. My initial, ignorant impression was that the book may be like the 1984 Deathtrap Dungeon experience in which a hero is trapped a grim prison and must fight his way out (at least that cover matched the milieu).I don't think Major Clive Folliot ever wears a cape while wielding a sword either. The first third of this book is set in ~1870; then it's a mix of modern and futuristic elements. "The Black Tower" title seems off too; there is a black tower which is termed the City of Q'oorna, run by a khalif who spares the explorer's crew and puts them into a dungeon of sexy women! (an exclamation used to mirror the author's style) ... but we do not return to this tower or khalif, so...whatever.

(2) Embarrassing Sexism: Clive's constant desire to have sex with every woman undermines his deep feelings for Annabella Leighton, his love interest (stuck on earth as he explores the Dungeon). It is laughable to read chapter after chapter with him observing women as sex objects; expect descriptions of boobs, hips, and lips. Clive even has carnal desires for his relatives stuck in the dungeon! Cripes. Here's my favorite as Clive meets an alien lady with alabaster white skin:
"The magnificent woman touched the emerald that lay against her bosom, and Clive found himself wondering at the likely color of the areolae of her breasts." (p310)
(3) The conflict is "Clive vs.... ??? ". Maybe the conflict is against the Q'oornans (which are labels for people/things that might be ruling the strange Dungeon) but Clive fights people/things that are not Q'oornan constantly. Several prisons and military outpost exist, but they are all run by other prisoners. The final climax is not at the original Black Tower (i.e., the center of Q'oorna, the first outpost we experience in The Dungeon proper, and the title of the book) but features some other random tower with other random antagonists.

(4) The cool stuff relating to the main mystery is sidelined. Beyond the Black Tower bait-n-switch, the few links to a real story are sparse. For example, Clive's brother's notebook appears abruptly (mysteriously providing communications), then disappears for a long time; when it eventually reappears, it is given scant attention. On the other hand, the book is full of random conflicts that don't matter from chapter-to-chapter. In short, the pretense of "mystery" allows Clive to randomly explore, attack, befriend, and wander without reason.

(5) The author seemed lost: The formula was clear for each chapter: introduce new ideas then toss them. Many times the main story arc was disregarded and we are treated to campy, fireside discussions amongst the characters echoing the author's lack of direction. Here is my own distillation of these silly discussions:
"Why are we banding together?"
[no answer since no ones knows why]
"What should we do now that we are stuck again?"
"Let me tell you, the plot calls for us to do something, dammit sah (~sir)!"
When first stumbling into the Dungeon, and climbing a mountain, the characters find themselves stuck (they can't descend). But wait, there is a mysterious coffin here...and it seems tall. Yes it is. In fact, there is a trap bottom under the body and inside are ropes to climb down. Perfect, let's take them and go! (That is actually a true spoiler of a minor scene) and it represents the constant pseudo-action. Essentially, the action has to keep going, and every few pages when the group is in a bind, a meaningless solution presents itself.

Conversely, in the middle of action sequences we are treated with forced sides, i.e., when Shriek is introduced and spearman threatens the group, Clive decides to calmly experiment with telepathy to someone back "home" (for a few pages of dialogue).

Instead of closing the loop on the key story arcs, the final chapter (named "Chang Guafe") even springs a new character on us. In Farmer's intro, he actually calls out Chang as being a great element (maybe, but it is poorly placed in the story, and poorly utilized).
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SELindberg | 2 outras críticas | Sep 26, 2020 |



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