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World Fantasy Convention. The Fourth World Fantasy Convention, Program - Page 13. October 13, 1978 - October 15, 1978. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. November 17, 2019. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/1984_003/item/907/show/892.

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World Fantasy Convention. (October 13, 1978 - October 15, 1978). The Fourth World Fantasy Convention, Program - Page 13. 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/892

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World Fantasy Convention, The Fourth World Fantasy Convention, Program - Page 13, October 13, 1978 - October 15, 1978, Fritz Leiber Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention Flyers & Programs, Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries, accessed November 17, 2019, https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/1984_003/item/907/show/892.

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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
Genre (AAT)
  • brochures
Language English
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  • Text
Original Item Location ID 1984-003, Box 57, Folder 38
ArchivesSpace URI /repositories/2/archival_objects/5310
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
Repository URL http://info.lib.uh.edu/about/campus-libraries-collections/special-collections
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Transcript ■ a book he finds in the Haight Ashbury section of San Francisco. Drunk at the time, he can't remember the najne or the location of the shop where it was bought, and he can't retrace his steps. The book is called Megapol- isomancy, A New Science of Cities, by Thibaut de Castries. It is about the psychological and spiritual "paradental" effects of huge amounts of steel, concrete, and people accumulating in the big cities. An even bigger find is the little notebook-diary bound with it, once the property of Clark Ashton Smith. Smith met de Castries in San Francisco in the twenties and became a sort of acolyte of the old crank until he couldn't stand it any more. De Castries had been the darling of the bohemian culture in San Francisco at the turn of the century. However brief they are., those passages where George Sterling and Jack London appear, are my favorite parts of the book. Our Lady of Darkness may well be the most self-reflective horror novel ever written. Leiber is in total control of his form, and the char- a ^ers almost come to life. The book is true to its tradition, and wonderful in its erudition and originality of thought. Important not only because it entertains, but because it is also socially relevant. Another recent masterpiece of Leiber's needs to be mentioned. "Dark Wings," one of Leiber's best stories, is the story of a young woman who meets her animus, her male self, in the form of an identical twin. Later in the story the animus becomes a kind of bird-woman. The story is lightly amusing, even warm, at first, but it builds to a horrifying climax. The scientific establishment would have us believe everything has an explanation— that enough facts stacked up will produce a clear future of who and what we are. In his horror fiction Leiber is telling us this is not so. There is a point where the inanimate grows fangs and tears at you, and the unreal becomes chillingly real. As we begin to doubt the effectiveness of our technology, due to our many obvious mistakes, we plant the seed of superstition, which blooms quickly among the more sensitive members of our society. Leiber's fiction is nothing if not humanistic and I think he does much to further literature and the human cause. Fritz Leiber is an important American artist. His lack of recognition outside the cultish world of science fiction is a crime. I think his position as Guest of Honor at the 4th World Fantasy Convention is a step in the right direction. See you there. Suggestions for Further Reading Nights Black Agents, Arkham House, 19^7; Ballantine, 1961 Night Monsters,, Ace, 19&9 Shadows with Eyes, Ballantine, 1962 Novels Conjure Wife, Twayne, 1953> and many subsequent paperback publications Our Lady of Darkness, Berkley Putnam, 1977 - 12