L Sprague de Camp Books In Order

Harold Shea Books In Order

  1. The Incomplete Enchanter (1941)
  2. The Castle of Iron (1941)
  3. Wall of Serpents (1953)
  4. The Enchanter Reborn (1992)
  5. The Exotic Enchanter (1995)
  6. The Compleat Enchanter (1976)
  7. The Intrepid Enchanter (1988)
  8. The Complete Compleat Enchanter (1989)

Krishna Books In Order

  1. The Queen of Zamba (1977)
  2. The Hand of Zei (1963)
  3. The Hostage of Zir (1977)
  4. The Tower of Zanid (1958)
  5. The Prisoner of Zhamanak (1982)
  6. The Bones of Zora (1983)
  7. The Swords of Zinjaban (1991)

Novaria Books In Order

  1. The Goblin Tower (1968)
  2. The Clocks of Iraz (1971)
  3. The Fallible Fiend (1973)
  4. The Unbeheaded King (1983)
  5. The Honorable Barbarian (1989)

Incorporated Knight Books In Order

  1. The Incorporated Knight (1987)
  2. The Pixilated Peeress (1991)


  1. Lest Darkness Fall (1941)
  2. Land of Unreason (1942)
  3. The Carnelian Cube (1948)
  4. Divide and Rule (1948)
  5. Genus Ho*mo (1950)
  6. Rogue Queen (1951)
  7. The Undesired Princess (1951)
  8. Solomon’s Stone (1957)
  9. An Elephant for Aristotle (1958)
  10. The Bronze God of Rhodes (1960)
  11. The Glory That Was (1960)
  12. The Dragon of the Ishtar Gate (1961)
  13. The Arrows of Hercules (1965)
  14. The Day of the Dinosaur (1968)
  15. The Golden Wind (1969)
  16. Citadels of Mystery (1972)
  17. The Great Fetish (1978)
  18. The Spell of Conan (1980)
  19. Conan the Barbarian (1982)
  20. The Blade of Conan (1982)
  21. The Stones of Nomuru (1988)
  22. The Undesired Princess and the Enchanted Bunny (1990)
  23. The Venom Trees of Sunga (1992)
  24. None But Lucifer (2002)


  1. Divide and Rule / The Sword of Rhiannon (1990)
  2. Pugnacious Peacemaker / The Wheels of If (1990)
  3. Lest Darkness Fall / To Bring the Light (1996)
  4. L. Sprague de Camp SF Gateway Omnibus (2014)


  1. The Wheels of If (1948)
  2. The Tritonian Ring (1951)
  3. The Continent Makers (1953)
  4. Tales from Gavagan’s Bar (1953)
  5. Heroes and Hobgoblins (1962)
  6. Gun for Dinosaur (1963)
  7. The Best of L Sprague de Camp (1969)
  8. The Purple Pterodactyls (1979)
  9. Footprints on Sand (1981)
  10. The Virgin of Zesh and the Tower of Zanid (1982)
  11. Blond Barbarians and Noble Savages (1986)
  12. Rivers of Time (1993)
  13. Down in the Bottomlands (1999)
  14. Aristotle and the Gun (2002)
  15. Years In The Making (2005)
  16. The Mathematics of Magic (2007)
  17. Lest Darkness Fall & Related Stories (2011)

Anthologies edited

  1. Swords and Sorcery (1963)
  2. The Fantastic Swordsmen (1967)
  3. Warlocks and Warriors (1971)
  4. 3000 Years of Fantasy and Science Fiction (1972)
  5. Tales Beyond Time (1973)
  6. Literary Swordsmen and Sorcerers (1976)

Non fiction

  1. Inventions Patents and Their Management (1959)
  2. The Great Monkey Trial (1968)
  3. Lost Continents (1970)
  4. Darwin and His Great Discovery (1972)
  5. Great Cities of the Ancient World (1972)
  6. Al Azif (1973)
  7. The Ancient Engineers (1974)
  8. Dark Valley Destiny (1975)
  9. Lovecraft (1975)
  10. Science fiction handbook (1975)
  11. The Ragged Edge of Science (1976)
  12. The Fringe of the Unknown (1983)
  13. Lands Beyond (1993)
  14. The Ape-man Within (1995)
  15. Time and Chance (1996)
  16. Rubber Dinosaurs And Wooden Elephants (1996)

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L Sprague de Camp Books Overview

The Incomplete Enchanter

First volume of the Magical Misadventures of Harold Shea. Wonderful stuff!

The Exotic Enchanter

Careening through a mythological universe, partners Harold Shea and Reed Chalmers travel to the Russia of Prince Igor, the worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs, and the island of Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

The Compleat Enchanter

The Mathematics of Magic was probably the greatest discovery of the ages at least Professor Harold Shea thought so. With the proper equations, he could instantly transport himself back in time to all the wondrous lands of ancient legend. But slips in time were a hazard, and Shea’s magic did not always work at least, not quite as he expected…
This omnibus volume of all of the Magical Misadventures of Harold Shea contains The Incomplete Enchanter, The Wall of Serpents and Castle of Iron

The Complete Compleat Enchanter

Due to popular demand, Harold Shea of The Compleat Enchanter has had new adventures which have been published separately as The Enchanter Completed. Now, Baen Books presents a single volume of all the adventures of Harold Shea, master logician and wizard without peer.

The Hand of Zei

Dirk Barnevelt knew he wasn’t a hero, but somebody had to find the explorer who’d vanished on the low tech planet, Krisha and to do that, somebody had to single handedly rescue a beautiful princess from bloodthirsty pirates and to do that, somebody had to lead the fleet against an impregnable fortress, while fending off a superior navy. And whoever managed all that was going to be a hero whether he knew it or not!

The Prisoner of Zhamanak

Percy Mjipa, diplomat adventurer, and Alicia Dyckman, interplanetary runaway, both aliens on the alien world of Krishna, are swept up in wildly treacherous and wildly funny imperial intrigue…
. The Prisoner of Zhamanak is the fourth of L. Sprague de Camp’s Krishna book interplanetary romance in the tradition of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Martian Tales.

The Fallible Fiend

Ordered to spend a year’s servitude on the human plane, Zdim the demon, a mild mannered scholar of logic and philosophy, becomes the city of Ir’s last chance when a barbarian armada threatens to attack.

The Incorporated Knight

Preferring trade to chivalry, practical minded Eudoric Dambertson reluctantly sets out to kill a dragon to appease his would be father in law and learns some discomfiting truths about dragon aying. Reissue. AB. PW.

The Pixilated Peeress

Discovering the countess Yvette hiding behind a bush without any clothes on, Sergeant Thorolf is soon enlisted to take her to Rhaetia, a wizard, in order that he might change her form and help her elude her pursuers.

The Blade of Conan

Mass Market Paperback, Ace Books Penguin Putnam~mass

The Undesired Princess and the Enchanted Bunny

The Undesired Princess finds the overly practical Rollin Hobart transported to a far from sensible world, while in The Enchanted Bunny, ghostwriter Joe Johnson falls into the middle of a fairy tale. Reissue.

None But Lucifer

A masterpiece of the science fiction/fantasy genre as it had developed before its Golden Age, during the ’20’s and ’30’s.

Horace Gold wrote it for John Campbell at Unknown Magazine, he collaborated with de Camp to arrive at the final manuscript, and it was published in installments in 1939. Never before issued as a book, though it was highly praised when it appeared in Unknown and has had an underground following ever since then.

Gold’s novel is based on the Faust premise: William Hale, in the depths of the Depression in NY City, undertakes to outwit the Devil with a foolproof plan. The story unfolds in a series of vivid scenes and encounters. The premise is brilliant and it gives an unusual twist to its themes, as well as rendering in high detail and with a full cast of characters a wonderfully film noire metropolis, from the Salvation Army mission and the vagrant flophouse to the lavish apartments of the wealthy ‘captains of industry’ of that time.

Lest Darkness Fall / To Bring the Light

In Lest Darkness Fall, twentieth century academic Martin Padway travels through time to prevent the fall of the Roman Empire, while in To Bring the Light, Herosilla must forge the birth of Roman civilization.

The Purple Pterodactyls

Paperback edition reprints the Phantasia hardcover. These stories originally appeared in The magazines Fantasy & Science Fiction, Fantastic, Escape!, and Fantasy Crossroads. Contains: A Sending of Serpents 1979; The Huns 1978; The Yellow Man 1978; Dead Man’s Chest 1977; The Menhir 1977; Tiki 1977; United Imp 1977; Balsamo’s Mirror 1976; The Purple Pterodactyls 1976; The Lamp 1975; Priapus 1977; The Figurine 1977; Far Babylon 1976; Darius 1977; Algy 1976.

Footprints on Sand

Footprints on Sand is a selection of short stories, verse, non fiction, and excerpts drawn from almost every facet of the de Camps’ diverse writings fantasy, science fiction, children’s stories; poems fabulous, romantic, and pragmatic; notes on prehistory, the evolution of weaponry, the development of imaginative fiction, the origins of engineering; of Atlantis, Conan, and magic. Included in this book is a section of tributes from such friends and admirers as Poul Anderson, Isaac Asimov, Lin Carter, Robert A. Heinlein, Patricia Jackson, Andrew Offutt, and George Scithers. On August 12, 1939, a New York school teacher, Catherine A Crook, married a young science fiction writer, otherwise unemployed, named L. Sprague de Camp. They have since collaborated on six non fiction books, two anthologies of science fiction, and two sons. Catherine de Camp has herself written two books on money management, and has edited an anthology of children’s science fiction. She spends much of her time editing and revising her husband’s work, handling the family finances, and dealing with publishers, tax collectors, and ticket and passport offices. L. Sprague de Camp began writing full time in 1938 after leaving the Fowler Becker Publishing Co., and since then has authored more than 80 books, hundreds of magazine articles, and vast numbers of short stories and poems. The de Camps live in Villanova, Pennsylvania, and when not writing, reading, or traveling, spend time listening to classical music, gardening, occasionally sailing, and horseback riding.

Years In The Making

L. Sprague de Camp was a master of the time travel and alternate history story. In many respects his novel Lest Darkness Fall founded alternate history, while ‘Aristotle and the Gun’ is probably one of the best stories about tinkering with history ever written. In addition we include stories of time travel both backwards and forwards and de Camp’s wonderful essay ‘Language for Time Travelers’. This is a collection of L. Sprague de Camp’s SF best stories and essays dealing with time travel. It is the first volume of a projected series of stories and novels by L. Sprague de Camp.

The Mathematics of Magic

Harold Shea is a psychologist who dreams of adventure, but never gets beyond learning to fence and occasionally showing up at staff meetings dressed in horseback riding garb. But when he learns that his boss, Dr. Reed Chalmers, has developed a theory which allows a person to transport himself to any world he can imagine, Harold Shea decides to give it a whirl. This volume includes all the De Camp and Pratt Enchanter stories.

Lest Darkness Fall & Related Stories

Rarely do books have such a great influence on a genre as Lest Darkness Fall has had on science fiction. Frequently quoted as one of the ‘favorite’ books of many of the masters of the field, this book by L. Sprague de Camp helped establish time travel as a solid sub genre of science fiction. An indication of the influence and longevity of the book is by the number of best selling writers who have written stories in direct response to, or influenced by, Lest Darkness Fall. This new volume also includes three such stories by Frederik Pohl, David Drake and S. M. Stirling written over a period of forty three years a testament to the timelessness of the book. Similar, thematically, to Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, the book tells the tale of Martin Padway who, as he is walking around in modern Rome, is suddenly transported though time to 6th Century Rome. Once in ancient Rome, Padway now Martinus Paduei Quastor embarks on an ambitious project of single handedly changing history. L. Sprague de Camp was a student of history and the author of a number of popular works on the subject. In Lest Darkness Fall he combines his extensive knowledge of the workings of ancient Rome with his extraordinary imagination to create one of the best books of time travel ever written.

Lost Continents

A leading authority examines the facts and fancies behind the Atlantis theme in history, science, and literature. Sources include the classical works from which Plato drew his proposal of the existence of an island continent, Sir Thomas More’s Utopia, the Lemurian Continent theory, K. T. Frost’s equation of Atlantis with Crete, and many other citations of Atlantis in both famous and lesser known literature. Related legends are also recounted and refuted, and reports include accounts of actual expeditions searching for the sunken continent and attempts to prove its existence through comparative anatomy and zoology.

The Ancient Engineers

From the dawn of history to the rise of the scientific method in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, invention and technology advanced with painful slowness. The reason was not that men were stupid during those thousands of years it was the fact that most people were simply too busy trying to keep alive. The imagination and daring that leisure and security could divert to other ends were limited to a tiny group. It is about these brave men whose genius enabled the Egyptians to build their pyramids, the Phoenicians to cross stormy seas, the Romans to erect magnificent public buildings that this carefully researched and fascinatingly written account of the advance of early technology has been written. Mr. de Camp describes the methods used by early irrigators, architects, and military engineers to build and maintain structures to serve their rulers’ wants. He tells, for example, how the Pharaohs erected obelisks and pyramids, how Nebuchadnezzar fortified Babylon, how Dionysios’ ordnance department invented the catapult, how the Chinese built the Great Wall, and how the Romans fashioned their roads, baths, sewers, and aqueducts. He recounts many intriguing anecdotes: an Assyrian king putting up no parking signs in Nineveh; Plato inventing a water clock with an alarm to signal the start of his clas*ses; Heron of Alexandria designing a coin operated holy water fountain; a Chinese emperor composing a poem to be inscribed on a clock invented by one of his civil servants. The Ancient Engineers will delight students of technology and invention for its accurate portrayal of the foundations of modern engineering as well as lovers of history for its penetrating look at the material background of civilization and its unusual explanations of the world’s social evolution.

The Fringe of the Unknown

Here is a fascinating study by L Sprague de Camp of controversial and often little known happenings in science and technology, with an emphasis on the wayward activities of those who dabble in fringe science.

The Ape-man Within

Why do people behave in such unreasonable, ineffective ways? Why can’t we get along? Renowned science writer L. Sprague de Camp explains that some of our counterproductive and self destructive tendencies are the result of humans spending over a million years foraging through the African savannah for food, grubbing for edible roots, and chasing other scavengers away from the kills of abler predators. In these activities we see our highly competitive nature and our tendency to view others as adversaries. De Camp examines our global ‘wrong headedness’ by considering the qualities that served as survival traits in our primitive past. This book is social anthropology at its best!

Time and Chance

Time and Chance is the autobiography of Hugo, World Fantasy and SFWA Grand Master Award winning author, L. Sprague de Camp. It is a fascinating insight into a man who began writing in the late 1930’s and remained an active voice in the genre up until his death in the last year of the twentieth century, and who was a prime mover in the formation of the fields of Science Fiction and Fantasy as we know them today.

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