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Fletcher Pratt

Tales from Gavagan's Bar

L. Sprague de Camp
Fletcher Pratt


  • The Gift of God
  • Corpus Delectable
  • The Better Mousetrap
  • Elephas Frumenti
  • Beast of Bourbon
  • The Love Nest
  • The Stone of the Sages
  • "Where to, Please?"
  • The Palimpsest of St. Augustine
  • More Than Skin Deep
  • No Forwarding Address
  • When the Night Wind Howls
  • My Brother's Keeper
  • A Dime Brings You Success
  • The Raoe of the Lock
  • All That Glitters
  • Here, Putzi!
  • Gin Comes in Bottles
  • The Black Ball
  • The Green Thumb
  • Caveat Emptor
  • The Eve of St. John
  • The Ancestral Amethyst

The Blue Star

Fletcher Pratt

Lalette Asterhax could not escape her destiny. She was a hereditary witch in a world where witchcraft was banned by ecclesiastical and temporal powers. And any man who possessed her would then gain possession of her precious Blue Star... and all the powers it could bestow.

Rodvard Bergelin was a reluctant revolutionary... a rogue who had a date with destiny. Although he lusted after a rich baron's daughter, Rodvard was ordered to seduce the saucy witch-maiden. Then all the magical powers of that strange blue jewel would be his... for as long as he remained faithful to Lalette!

The Carnelian Cube: A Humorous Fantasy

L. Sprague de Camp
Fletcher Pratt

Arthur Cleveland Finch was an eminently practical man. Naturally he didn't believe that the carnelian cube was a "dream-stone" with supernatural powers. But, of course, if he were going to wish himself into another world, he would choose one where everything was perfectly rational.

Finch got his wish - with a bang! And he soon discovered that one man's rationality can easily be another man's nightmare. He awoke a poet in a strange place where status meant everything and a man could be tried for umpteen kinds of crimes for reciting a poem in public.

So, being optimistic as well as practical, Finch tried again - and again. And the worlds kept getting wilder, more improbable, and funnier - but more dangerous, too. The question was, could Finch find Utopia¿ before losing his skin?

The Land of Unreason

Fletcher Pratt
L. Sprague de Camp

On Midsummer's Eve, as everybody knows, you should leave a bowl of milk out for the fairies. Unfortunately - or fortunately - Fred Barber, an American diplomat convalescing in Yorkshire, didn't take the obligation with proper seriousness. He swapped the milk for a stiff dose of Scotch. So he had only himself to blame if the fairies got a bit muddled. Barber found himself in an Old English Fairyland. At the Court of King Oberon, to be precise. The natural - or supernatural - laws there were, to say the least of it, distinctly odd. Things kept changing. This made the mssion with which he was entrusted, as the price of his return to the normal world, even harder than he expected. He had to penetrate the Kobold Hills, where it was said that swords were being made, and discover if an ancient enemy had returned. He was given a magic wand - but not told how to use it. Through the fields and forests he went, meeting dryads and sprites, ogres and two-headed eagles, on the way. Danger, seduction and magic lay all around him. And, as the adventure continued, somehow it darkened and became more seriousness. At the end of Fred Barber's quest lay a shattering revelation.

The Well of the Unicorn

Fletcher Pratt

Robbed of lands and heritage by the rapacious Vulkings, young Airar Alvarson had only his limited gift for sorcery to aid him against a world of savage intrigues. Then he met a mysterious sorcerer and was given a strange iron ring -- a ring that led him into a futile conspiracy and soon had him fleeing for his life.

Driven by enchantments and destiny, he found himself leading a band of warriors against the mighty empire of the Vulkings. With him was a warrior maid who mocked him while she sought to serve by fair means or foul. Then he met the Imperial Princess who preached the peace of the Well but it soon became apparent she would bring him only turmoil and strife!

Double Jeopardy

Galaxy Science Fiction: Book 30

Fletcher Pratt

Double Jeopardy is a science fiction fix-up novel by Fletcher Pratt.

It was first published in hardcover by Doubleday in 1952, and is a combination of two shorter pieces, the novellas "Double Jeopardy" and "The Square Cube Law," originally published in the magazine Thrilling Wonder Stories in the issues for April, 1952 and June, 1952, respectively.

The story features Pratt's detective hero George Helmfleety Jones in two adventures dealing with the ramifications of a newly discovered matter-duplication process. The first concerns a case of industrial espionage involving the bootlegging of duplicated drugs, and includes Jones's marriage to a duplicated woman. The second is a locked-room mystery in which a fortune is somehow stolen from a sealed, pilotless cargo plane.

The Compleat Enchanter: The Magical Misadventures of Harold Shea

Incomplete Enchanter

L. Sprague de Camp
Fletcher Pratt

Omnibus edition containing: "The Roaring Trumpet", "The Mathematics of Magic" and "The Castle of Iron".

The Incomplete Enchanter

Incomplete Enchanter: Book 1

L. Sprague de Camp
Fletcher Pratt

A mash-up of "The Roaring Trumpet" and "The Mathematics of Money".

The Castle of Iron

Incomplete Enchanter: Book 2

L. Sprague de Camp
Fletcher Pratt

It's like this... I am a psychologist at a university in Ohio - very solid state, solid job.

What with ont thing and another my wife happens to be a fictional character from a poem. This is hard to explain. When she disappears into another world, it si much harder to explain - particularly to the cops.

When I follow her with a magic carper, a werewold, and some spells that don't quite work - it's impossible to explain.

Unless, of course, you read the book....

Wall of Serpents

Incomplete Enchanter: Book 3

L. Sprague de Camp
Fletcher Pratt

The Mathematics of Magic was probably the greatest discovery of the ages - at least Professor Harold Shea thought so. With the proper equations, he could instantly transport himself back in time to all the wondrous lands of ancient legend. But slips in time were a hazard, and Shea's magic did not always work - at least, not quite as he expected...

Alien Planet

Science Fiction from the Great Years: Book 3

Fletcher Pratt

This novel is an expansion of "A Voice Across the Years," a story first published in Amazing Stories Quarterly, Winter 1932.

Two Earthmen, Merrick Wells and Alvin Schierstedt, meet Ashembe of Murashema, who has come from beyond the stars on an urgent mission.

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