The Purple Pterodactyls
Infobox Book |
name = The Purple Pterodactyls
image_caption = Dust-jacket for "The Purple Pterodactyls"
L. Sprague deCamp
cover_artist = Vaclav Vaca
language = English
genre = Fantasy
media_type = Print (Hardback)
pages = 228 pp
isbn = ISBN 0932096026
"The Purple Pterodactyls" is a
1980collection of short stories by science fictionand fantasyauthor L. Sprague de Camp, first published in hardcover by Phantasia Pressand in paperback by Ace Books. The pieces were originally published between 1975 and 1979 in the magazines " The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction", "Fantastic", "Escape!", and " Fantasy Crossroads".
The book collects the author's fifteen tales of ensorcelled financier W. Wilson Newbury, an ordinary man continually encountering extraordinary situations. His French wife Denise also appears in most of the tales.
In two of the stories ("The Huns" and "Darius") de Camp reuses the characters of Virgil Hathaway and Henri Michod, who originally appeared in his early stories "The Reluctant Shaman" (1947) and "The Hardwood Pile" (1940), set in the fictional town of Gahato in upstate New York. Two other stories ("Balsamo's Mirror" and "Far Babylon") feature characters recognizable as real-life authors
H. P. Lovecraftand Robert E. Howard, though neither is actually named.
*"The Yellow Man"
*"A Sending of Serpents"
*"The Purple Pterodactyls"
*"Dead Man's Chest"
Continuation and tie-in
A sixteenth story of Newbury, "The Ensorcelled ATM", authored by Michael F. Flynn, appeared in
Harry Turtledove's 2005 tribute anthology honoring L. Sprague de Camp, "". It ties Newbury's adventures in with the classic "Gavagan's Bar" fantasies written by de Camp in collaboration with Fletcher Pratt.
*cite book | last=Chalker | first=Jack L. | authorlink=Jack L. Chalker | coauthors=Mark Owings | title=The Science-Fantasy Publishers: A Bibliographic History, 1923-1998 | location=Westminster, MD and Baltimore | publisher=Mirage Press, Ltd.| pages=507 | date=1998
*cite book | last=Laughlin | first=Charlotte | coauthors=Daniel J. H. Levack | title=De Camp: An L. Sprague de Camp Bibliography | location=San Francisco | publisher=Underwood/Miller | pages=82-83 | date=1983
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