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A Proposed Subject Outline from James LaFond to Richard Barrett: 9/2/21
Richard, the autumn abatement of extreme eye pain seems to be here. I will be willing to do podcasts limited to one hour on the following topics. The content suggestions should be expanded by at least one on your side.
-1. Your Idea of Fighting Fitness for the Adventure Reader
Edgar Rice Burroughs and Robert E. Howard treatments of this as well as fitness advertisements in old comic books would be a lively course of discussion.
My offering: The Combat Space
-2. Aryan Conquest of Europe
Elements in the Odyssey and Beowulf, and in Howard's Kull, Conan, Mac Art and Mak Morn settings
My offering; Sons of Aryas, Beasts of Aryas
-3. Slavery in Heroic Fiction
Iron Shadows in the Moon, Candide, The Count of Monte Cristo
My offering: Sold
-4. Labor in Heroic Fiction part 1 and 2
Steve Costigan, Isle of the Black One, Soldier of the Mist and Soldier of Arete, John Henry, Sargent York
-5. Part 2 History
Arete [agonistics] and Virtus and the infantry advantage in antiquity, Victor Davis Hansen on American GIs in WWII
My offering: Flood, Ditcher
-6. Magic in Heroic Fiction
The Magic Goes Away, People of the Black Circle, Shadow of the Torturer
My offering: Prentice Dolphin
-7 Race in Heroic Fiction
Black Canaan, the Black Stranger, The Last White Man, Worms of the Earth
My offering: Last Whiteman
-8. Sports in Heroic Fiction
Almuric, Pellucidar, Venus and the Land That Time Forgot cycles by ERB, John Norman's Gor and Tarl Cabot
My Offerings: Poet and Cube
-9. Dogs in Heroic Fiction
Jack London, Old Yeller, Beyond the Black River
My offering: Out of Time
-10. Middle Earth
Contrasting Tolkien's work with Beowulf and Howard's Black Collusus and A Witch Shall be Born
My offering: Haft
-11. Kingship in Heroic Fiction and Myth
Tolkien's kings, Howard's mythic kings, Odysseus and Agamemnon
My offering: Under an Iron Crown
-12. Horror in Heroic Fiction
Howard's horrifics in Solomon Kane, Kull, Bran Mak Morn, Cormac Mac Art, Conan and Pellucidar
My offerings: The Jericho Bone, Yusef of the Dusk, Ire and Ice
-13. Dying Races in Heroic Fiction
Morcook's Elric of Melnibone, Howard's Xuthal of the Dusk, The Devil in Iron and Red Nails
My offering: Wonderfall
-14. Lost Worlds in Heroic Fiction
Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar and other lost worlds, Conan and the Jewels of Gwallor
My offering: zilch!
-15. Time Travel in Heroic Fiction
Poul Anderson the Shield of Time, Larry Niven Out of Time
My Offering: The Sunset Saga, Thunderbird, Hurt Stoker
-16. Post Apocalyptic Settings for Heroic Fiction
Road Warrior, Book of Eli, Poul Anderson's Vault of the Ages
My offerings: Who Writes the Songs of Night, Prentice Dolphin
-17. Ancient Future Settings
Poul Anderson, Gene Wolf, Jack Vance's Dying Earth
My offerings: Supplicant Song and Confessor
-18. Dystopian Settings
Phillip K. Dick
My offerings: Skulker Jones, Last Whiteman, Organa
-19. Military Adventures
Janissaries Jerry Pournelle, Hienlein's Starship Troopers
Epoch of the Far Dawn
My offering: Ire and Ice
-20. Generation Ship Yarns
Uplift by David Brin, Litany of the Long Sun and Saga of the Short Sun by Gene Wolfe
My offering: The Consultant
-21. Alien Invasion
Alice B. Sheldon's Screwfly Solution, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Battle Los Angeles
My offerings: Little Feet Going Nowhere, Planet Buzzkill
-22. Rampage Fiction
Great Depression origins, Conan Queen of the Black Coast, Black Vulmea's Vengeance
My offerings: Menthol Rampage, Buzz Bunny, Fat Girl Dancing
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ShepNov 27, 2021

Re: #1 There is a list of Doc Savage’s daily training protocols online.
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