L Sprague de Camp’s ZEI Novels in the Edgar Rice Burroughs Tradition


L Sprague de Camp’s ZEI Novels in the Edgar Rice Burroughs Tradition



“On a fine clear morning, the sun rose redly over the rim of the Banjao Sea.  The rising sun, which the Krishnans call Roqir and the Earthmen call Tau Ceti, cast its ruddy rays slantwise across a vast floating swamp…”



The Search for Zei/The Hand of ZeiThe Search for Zei/The Hand of Zei by L Sprague de Camp – a Book Review
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Edgar Rice Burroughs was a favourite fantasy writer in my youth. Besides all that swashbuckling adventuring and exotic worldscaping, I loved the lightness of his story telling, the humour. Not too many could out-do Burroughs, but L. Sprague de Camp accomplished that deed.

De Camp’s “The Search for Zei/The Hand of Zei” is his best. Set on the medieval-level planet Krishna, the Zei stories remain a long-time fave. In addition, this Ace Double edition had wonderful cover art by Emsh.

“Twenty-five degrees north of the equator on the planet Krishna lies the Banjoa Sea, the largest body of water on this planet. And in this Sea is found the Sunqar, home of legend and Mystery.  Here under the scorching rays of the hot high sun, the beaked galleys of Dur and the tubby round-ships of Jazmurian slowly rot in the unbreakable grip of a vast floating continent of sea vine.”

The writer of these words, Dirk Barnevelt, didn’t know that he would soon be venturing across this “barbaric planet” himself.

He was a writer, not a hero.

Rollicking adventure!

==>> To Read More About Science Fantasy Adventuring in the Burroughs Tradition, see Edgar Rice Burroughs: A Tribute to Tarzan’s Creator, A Personal Hero


Brian Alan Burhoe



L Sprague de Camp’s ZEI Novels in the Edgar Rice Burroughs Tradition

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About Brian Alan Burhoe

A Graduate of the Holland College Culinary Course, Brian Alan Burhoe has cooked in Atlantic Coast restaurants and institutional kitchens for over 30 years. He is a member of the Canadian Culinary Federation. Brian's articles reflect his interests in food service, Canadian history, imaginative literature, wildlife writing, animal rights, wilderness preservation and our best friends -- our dogs. See his CIVILIZED BEARS!
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