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World Fantasy Convention. The Fourth World Fantasy Convention, Program - Page 4. October 13, 1978 - October 15, 1978. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. November 22, 2019. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/1984_003/item/907/show/883.

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World Fantasy Convention. (October 13, 1978 - October 15, 1978). The Fourth World Fantasy Convention, Program - Page 4. Fritz Leiber Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention Flyers & Programs. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/1984_003/item/907/show/883

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Title The Fourth World Fantasy Convention, Program
Creator (LCNAF)
  • World Fantasy Convention
Date October 13, 1978 - October 15, 1978
Description A program book for the Fourth World Fantasy Convention.
Donor Leiber, Fritz; Leiber, Justin
Subject.Topical (LCSH)
  • Science fiction conventions
  • Fantasy fiction
  • Science fiction
Subject.Name (LCNAF)
  • Leiber, Fritz
  • World Fantasy Convention
  • Austin, Alicia
  • Wilson, Gahan
Subject.Geographic (TGN)
  • Fort Worth, Texas
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  • brochures
Language English
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  • Text
Original Item Location ID 1984-003, Box 57, Folder 38
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Original Collection Fritz Leiber Papers
Digital Collection Fritz Leiber Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention Flyers & Programs
Digital Collection URL http://digital.lib.uh.edu/1984_003
Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
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Transcript Weird and Wonderful I he approaching Fourth World Fantasy Convention turns my thoughts back to the shimmering Silver Age of Weird Tales (1923-1937—1 arbitrarily pick the dates of Lovecraftfs first contribution and his death; it includes the entire writing career of Robert E. Howard) and, almost immediately following, the brief Platinum flaring of Unknown (1939-19^3), without which magazines these conventions would hardly have come to be. I think of the achievments of the men and women who made these eras to be, and in particular how much I owe them for the forming of my own tastes and writing techniques and literary- values (and many another, and younger writer, I am sure, building as I have upon them, both in sympathy and in reaction), and of how fantasy has fared since—and fares today. Lovecraft surely did more than any other writer to introduce the materials of science and science fiction (he called it a sense of the cosmic) into the tale of supernatural terror, though Wells and Conan Doyle had both been doing a little of this sort of thing, while Howard's equal achievment was in skillfully blending myth, action, heroic adventure, and supernatural horror into what we've since come to call the sword-and-sorcery story, or tale of swords and sorcery. I just managed to make contact with that special sort of Weird Tales silver electricity before it began to dim down a bit (though by no means going out — consider Bloch, Bradbury, and Wellman). ' I mean, I had the good fortune to correspond with Lovecraft for a very few hectic and terribly exciting months before his death. Today I've been reading the four of his letters to me and the three of those to my wife Jonquil and some of his other last missives excerpted in Vol. 5 of his Selected Letters (Arkham House, 1976). . There's a temptation for me to get nostalgic (and why not?) looking back those forty years with all the changes, big and small. It was the Depression then — things were uninflated. First class letters were three cents (20 to addresses in the same city), air mail six cents, postcards a penny (today's rates show 500 to 1,000 percent increases). Eating was cheaper too. In a letter to my wife he demonstrated how he managed each day on a dime for breakfast, two for dinner: a doughnut for a cent and a half, six cents for cheese, coffee with condensed milk and sugar two and a half cents — that's ten cents; then (dinner) a dime for a can of Rath's Chili (or of Boiardi's Meat Balls and Spaghetti — that must have been before they fancied it up and phonetecized it to Chef Boy-ar-dee), two and a half cents for two slices of bread, same for coffee, a nickle for pie or cake — that's twenty cents. And that was the year he unprecedentedly made living expenses with $630 from Astounding for a three-part serial and a big novella, At the Mountains of Madness and "The Shadow Out of Time."