My powers of clairvoyance detect that some Tékumel fans are bored by detailed catalogues of old miniatures, so let’s take a break from that for a moment. Let’s discuss instead an exciting new find I made several days ago.
You will find in various places references to Barker’s pre-Tekumel writing in sci-fi fanzines. While Barker’s correspondence apparently contains a large corpus of creative writing (e.g. “The Petal Throne,” which was contained in a letter to Lin Carter), I have so far identified just five articles (not all stories) by the young Phil Barker that were published in fanzines. Three of these articles appeared in the Portland, Oregon fanzine “Fanscient” published by Donald Day:
No. 9 Fall 1949: “Egyptian Mythology in Fantastic Literature”
No. 11 Spring 1950: “The Language Problem”
No. 12, Summer 1950: “And the Strong Shall Inherit”
Barker actually only partly wrote “And the Strong Shall Inherit.” The Editor states in the foreword to the issue that he tossed out Barker’s original ending and wrote a new one. Nonetheless, it is this article that is the most interesting because it includes an illustration by Barker that has not, to my knowledge, been previously reproduced.
The story is not set in the world of Tékumel, but I think we can see some of Tékumel in the drawing. In fact, I think I can see a resemblance to Yilrana:
I’ll return to these pre-Tekumel writings in the future, but in the next post we will return to miniatures!