Saturday, December 11, 2010
In the Fullness of Time
Reading through the annotations in The Last Hieroglyph, the fifth volume of the collected fantasies of Clark Ashton Smith, I noted that several times Smith mentioned in letters that he hoped to eventually see his stories of Zothique and Hyperborea collected into individual volumes. Smith didn't live to see this dream realized but it did eventually occur. Lin Carter, while he was editor of the fabled Ballantine Adult Fantasy series, compiled volumes of both story sequences as well as two other books, Poseidonis and Xiccarph, which collected shorter sequences with unrelated but similarly themed stories.
In the notes to the final section of Poseidonis, Carter mentions that he hoped to get all of Smith's stories back into print. For various reasons this didn't work out for Carter, but his dream, like Smith's, did eventually come to pass.