Sign of the Labrys, by Margaret St. Clair, paperback fantasy novel

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Sign of the Labrys, by Margaret St. Clair, paperback fantasy novel

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Sign of the Labrys, by Margaret St. Clair, paperback fantasy novel

“Women Are Writing Science-Fiction!

Original! Brilliant!! Dazzling!!!

Women are closer to the primitive than men. They are conscious of the moon-pulls, the earth-tides. they possess a buried memory of humankind’s obscure and ancient past which can emerge to uniquely colour and flavour a novel.

Such a woman is Margaret St. Clair, author of this novel. Such a novel is this, SIGN OF THE LABRYS, the story of a doomed world of the future, saved by recourse to ageless, immemorial rites…

Fresh! Imaginative!! Inventive!!!”

 

 

 

1963 Corgi edition

 

 

Terrible back cover blurb aside, this obscure paperback is a really important novel in the context of D&D and fantasy role-playing. Of all the works mentioned as “inspirational” by Gary Gygax in Appendix N of the AD&D Dungeon Master’s Guide, this is the one most obviously about dungeon-crawling. Jeffro Johnson, author of ‘Appendix N: The Literary History of Dungeons & Dragons’: “The archetypal Gygaxian dungeon really does have a literary antecedent, and it’s here in this book.”

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