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The Appendix N Podcast - Episode 37 - The Mathematics of Magic by L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt

January 25, 2017
Follow along with the amazing adventures of Harold Shea, spellcasting psychologist! Travel from the world of Norse mythology to the romantic fantasy of Spencer’s Faerie Queene. How will Harold best the Blatant Beast? Find out, as you listen to our thrilling discussion!
Lyon Sprague de Camp
November 27, 1907 - November 6, 2000 (age 92)
Murray Fletcher Pratt
April 25, 1897 (Buffalo, NY) - June 10, 1956 (age 59)
American writer of science fiction, fantasy and history
Best known for his works on naval history and the American Civil War, and for collaborations on fiction with L. Sprague de Camp
Attended Hobart College and wrote for various magazines
“The Fletcher Pratt Naval War Game” — a set of rules for naval wargaming, involving tiny wooden ships, published prior to WW2
“The Roaring Trumpet”
Unknown, May 1940
Harold Shea
Reed Chalmers
“The plotline of the story is based on the myths of Thor's expedition to Jotunhem as told in the Gylfaginning section of Snorri Sturluson's Prose Edda, and the Völva's prophecy regarding Ragnarok in the poem Völuspá, preserved in the Poetic Edda.”
“The Mathematics of Magic”
Unknown, August 1940
Spencer’s Faerie Queen
Harold Shea
Reed Chalmers
Lady Britomart
Lady Florimel
Both stories first appeared in book form in The Incomplete Enchanter, 1941, Henry Holt and Company
My guest:
Chris Constantin
Dark Revelations the Roleplaying Game -
Jeffrey Wikstrom
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Geoffrey Winn
twitter - @geoffreydwinn
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