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This article is from the Arthurian Booklist FAQ, by Cindy Tittle Moore tittle@io.com with numerous contributions by others.

17 Arthurian references (fictional) (Arthurian Booklist)

Barr, Mike and Brian Bolland. Camelot 3000, 1981, DC Comics. 12 issue
limited series later bound into a trade paperback. Rides the fine
lines between clever and stupid, inspired and tacky. Futuristic story
about a reincarnated (and ethnically mixed) Round Table, aliens, etc.

Cherryh, C.J., Port Eternity (DAW Books, New York, c1982). Science
fiction novel with arthurian elements and references.

Coney, Michael Greatrex, Fang, the Gnome. (Signet/New American
Library, ISBN 0-451-15847-4). The main characters are Fang, Nyneve,
Avalona (the non-human who teaches Nyneve) and Merlin (Avalona's son).
Arthurian characters who appear: Tristam and Iseult, Arthur, and
Galahad - with the other characters appearing only in "the Game"
played by Nyneve, Avalona and Merlin. The Game is used to enter an
alternate reality and influence the characters there. Eventually the
other reality merges with that of Earth and the Arthurian story
becomes a reality.

Coney, Michael Greatrex. King of the Scepter'd Isle. New York, London,
Victoria, Ontario, Auckland: Penguin Books, 1990 (Previously published
in hardcover by NAL Books, no date given). The sequel to Fang the
Gnome.

Cooper, Susan, Over Sea, Under Stone, The Dark Is Rising, The Green
Witch, The Grey King, Silver on the Tree. Celtic derived fantasy, some
references to Arthur. While these are "juveniles" they present good
reading for adults as well.

Crow, Donna Fletcher. Glastonbury: The Novel of Christian England.
Wheaton: Good News, 1992. Has only 100 pages or so on Arthur's time.
Seems to be like Sarum - spanning the ages.

Davies, Robertson, The Lyre of Orpheus.

Drake, David, The Dragon Lord, (Berkeley Pub. Group, 1979. ISBN
0-399-12380-6). This is about an Irish soldier fighting in Arthur's
army. All the usual characters are there, fairly prominently, but they
are not the protagonists.

Kay, Guy Gavriel, The Summer Tree, The Wandering Fire and The Darkest
Road. Also known collectively as "The Fionavar Tapestry." Arthur,
Lancelot and Guinevere are, in various forms, called back to assist in
defeating The Unraveller in the one True World, Fionavar. In addition,
the tale is steeped in Celtic mythology and part of the fun is
matching characters back to specific myths and legends.

Knowles, Sir James, The Legends of King Arthur and his Knights,
(London, New York: Warne and Co., 1895).

Laubenthal, Sanders Anne. Excalibur (Ballantine Books, 1973 ISBN
0-345- 25635-23-195). Present day fiction concerning the current
Pendragon, a Welsh archaelogist, searching for Excalibur in Mobile,
Alabama (where legend says Prince Madoc of Wales hid it after Arthur's
final defeat) while another takes a Grail quest at the same time.
Morgan and Morgause oppose them. There is a strong Celtic flavor to
the conflict. Out of print.

Lewis, C.S., That Hideous Strength (part of a three book set). While
it does have much non-Arthurian material, it does deal a good bit with
the line of the Pendragons and one of the characters is the awakened
Merlinus Ambrosius.

Monroe, Douglas. The 21 Lessons of Merlyn.Llewellyn Publications, St.
Paul, MN, 1993 A study in druid magic and lore. It combines a
fictional tale with instructions on various druidic magic techniques.
ISBN 0-87542-496-1.

Saberhagen, Fred. Dominion. Dracula and Merlin have a longstanding
feud that threatens to undermine their resistance to the real source
of trouble -- Nimue. Set in modern day, this book is readable if a bit
ambiguous.

Spenser, Edmund, The Faerie Queene. An excellent work and is Arthurian
at least in some of its sections, and should be comprehensible to
anyone who can read Malory.

Vance, Jack, Suldrun's Garden, The Green Pearl, Madouc (New York :
Berkeley Publishing Group, c1983/c1985/c1989). Collectively known as
the Lyonesse, and the first book is sometimes titled Lyonesse. These
books are written so as to involve themselves in the origin of the
round table and one or two of the knights found in Arthurian legend.

Walton, Evangeline, Prince of Annwn, The Children of Llyr, The Song of
Rhiannon and The Island of the Mighty (Del Rey, 1970). Modern
reworkings of The Mabinogion. Excellently written. May be hard to
find. Recently reissued in large tradeback.

Wagner, Matt. Mage: The Hero Discovered, 1984. Comico Comics. 15 issue
mini-series reprinted into 5 MageBooks. Return of Arthur to present
day. Good story, good artwork. Part one of a projected Trilogy. Wagner
has delayed finishing the other two, tentatively titled The Hero
Defined and The Hero Denied, but rumors talk of a 1995 release.

Wein, Elizabeth. The Winter Prince (Atheneum, 1992). A young adult
novel, told from the point of view of Mordraut (Mordred) about his
love-hate relationship with his father Artos and his half-brother and
sister.

Zelazny, Roger. The Last Defender of Camelot. Anthology. Avon, 1988.
ISBN 0-380-70316-5. Only the title story involves Lancelot and the
Holy Grail; the rest of the book is science fiction.

 

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