APPENDIX N

I was a late bloomer to tabletop RPG's, and D&D in general. I only started to get really involved in DMing in 2015, after discovering the OSR/DIY community and reaping the wealth of knowledge contained therein. Since then, I've written a few (unpublished, amateur, unprofitable) systems/hacks myself, which led me to pick up the original AD&D Players Handbook for inspiration. There, I found the infamous Appendix N.

I knew what had to be done. I'm a voracious reader, like Gygax himself; so what better way to explore the origins of the game than by reading the stuff that inspired it? I'll be using a modified version of Martin Ralya's 100-Book Appendix N Reading List, updating whenever I finish writing my review of the most recent read. In keeping with the spirit of things, I'll also be buying pre-1979, first-edition (whenever possible), print versions of these books, so I should have a pretty cool collection by the time I'm done.

Without further delay, here's the list:

Poul Anderson
Bellairs, John
Brackett, Leigh
Brown, Fredric
  • From These Ashes: The Complete Short Science Fiction of Fredric Brown (Compilation)
Burroughs, Edgar Rice
  • The Mars Series
    • A Princess of Mars (1912)
    • The Gods of Mars (1914)
    • The Warlord of Mars (1918)
    • Thuvia, Maid of Mars (1920)
    • The Chessmen of Mars (1922)
    • The Master Mind of Mars (1928)
    • A Fighting Man of Mars (1931)
    • Swords of Mars (1936)
    • Llana of Gathol (1948)
    • John Carter of Mars (1964)
  • The Pellucidar Series
    • At the Earth's Core (1914)
    • Pellucidar (1923)
    • Tanar of Pellucidar (1928)
    • Tarzan at the Earth's Core (1929)
    • Back to the Stone Age (1937)
    • Land of Terror (1944)
    • Savage Pellucidar (1963)
  • The Venus Series
    • Pirates of Venus (1934)
    • Lost on Venus (1935)
    • Carson of Venus (1939)
    • Escape on Venus (1946)
    • The Wizard of Venus (1970)
Carter, Lin
  • The World's End Series
    • The Warrior of World's End (1974)
    • The Enchantress of World's End (1975)
    • The Immortal of World's End (1976)
    • The Barbarian of World's End (1977)
    • The Pirate of World's End (1978)
    • Giant of World's End (1969)
de Camp, L. Sprague
  • The Fallible Fiend (1973)
  • Lest Darkness Fall (1939)
de Camp, L. Sprague and Pratt, Fletcher
  • The Carnelian Cube (1948)
  • The Harold Shea Series
    • The Roaring Trumpet (1940)
    • The Mathematics of Magic (1940)
    • The Castle of Iron (1950)
    • The Wall of Serpents (1953)
    • The Green Magician (1954)
Derleth, August
  • On the Trail of Cthulhu (Compilation)
Dunsany, Lord
  • The King of Elfland's Daughter (1924)
  • The Gods of Pegāna (1905)
  • A Dreamer's Tales (1910)
  • Don Rodriguez: Chronicles of Shadow Valley (1922)
  • The Charwoman's Shadow (1926)
Farmer, Philip Jose
  • The World of Tiers Series
    • The Maker of Universes (1965)
    • The Gates of Creation (1966)
    • A Private Cosmos (1968)
    • Behind the Walls of Terra (1970)
    • The Lavalite World (1977)
Fox, Gardner
  • The Kothar Series
    • Kothar: Barbarian Swordsman (1969)
    • Kothar of the Magic Sword (1969)
    • Kothar and the Demon Queen (1969)
    • Kothar and the Conjurer's Curse (1970)
    • Kothar and the Wizard Slayer (1970)
  • The Kyrik Series
    • Kyrik: Warlock Warrior (1975)
    • Kyrik Fights the Demon World (1975)
    • Kyrik and the Wizard's Sword (1976)
    • Kyrik and the Lost Queen (1976)
Howard, Robert E.
  • The Conan Series
    • The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian (Compilation)
    • The Bloody Crown of Conan (Compilation)
    • The Conquering Sword of Conan (Compilation)
Lanier, Sterling
  • Hiero's Journey (1973)
Lieber, Fritz
  • The Fafhrd and Gray Mouser Series
    • Swords and Deviltry (1970)
    • Swords Against Death (1970)
    • Swords in the Mist (1968)
    • Swords Against Wizardry (1968)
    • The Swords of Lankhmar (1968)
    • Swords and Ice Magic (1977)
Lovecraft, H.P.
  • The Complete Cthulhu Mythos (Compilation)
Merritt, A.
  • Creep, Shadow, Creep! (1934)
  • Dwellers in the Mirage (1932)
  • The Moon Pool (1919)
Moorcock, Michael
  • The Hawkmoon Series
    • The Jewel in the Skull (1967)
    • The Mad God's Amulet (1968)
    • The Sword of the Dawn (1968)
    • The Runestaff (1969)
  • The Stealer of Souls (1963)
  • Stormbringer (1965)
Norton, Andre
  • The Many Worlds of Andre Norton (Compilation)
Offutt, Andrew J.
  • Swords Against Darkness III (1978)
Pratt, Fletcher
  • The Blue Star (1952)
Saberhagen, Fred
  • Changeling Earth (1973)
St. Clair, Margaret
  • The Shadow People (1969)
  • Sign of the Labrys (1963)
Tolkien, J.R.R.
  • The Hobbit (1937)
  • The Ring Series
    • The Fellowship of the Ring (1954)
    • The Two Towers (1954)
    • The Return of the King (1954)
Vance, Jack
  • The Dying Earth (1950)
  • The Eyes of the Overworld (1966)
Weinbaum, Stanley
  • The Best of Stanley Weinbaum (Compilation)
Wellman, Manly Wade
  • Who Fears the Devil? (Compilation)
Williamson, Jack
  • The Best of Jack Williamson (Compilation)
Zelazny, Roger
  • Jack of Shadows (1971)
  • The Amber Series
    • Nine Princes in Amber (1970)
    • The Guns of Avalon (1972)
    • Sign of the Unicorn (1975)
    • The Hand of Oberon (1976)
    • The Courts of Chaos (1978)