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Standard Disclaimer:

This is a brief discussion of David Lindsay and, of course, of some speculative-fiction books by Lindsay.

This discussion and list does not necessarily include every book by Lindsay: it includes only those books that I both know and like. Just as with the author list itself, omission of a particular item may mean I didn’t think highly enough of the omitted item, or it may simply mean that I have not yet sufficient familiarity with it. (In a very few cases, I have listed some books merely on the strength of my opinion of the author: all such books are clearly marked below, as throughout these lists, with a hash mark (#) before the title so you know what’s what.)

I don’t pretend that this discussion is a deep analysis. My intent is no more than to give you a rough idea of what kinds of tales Lindsay tells, how those tales are usually told, and what makes them and Lindsay worthy; in sum, to help you rank David Lindsay (and the works by Lindsay listed here) on your personal literary “to do” list.


Secondary Disclaimer:
This page has not been updated in a long while; consequently, external links (if any) may lead to dead or moribund pages. I am now cleaning up these pages as fast as I can, but I am one man and it may take me a while to get to every page needing link checking (or even the “Other Resources” section added). Sorry. Please be patient.

A Few Words About David Lindsay

Regrettably, I have not yet had an opportunity to write an essay on this author, but the "Other Resources" section below will lead you to some information about the "Notable Books" listed farther down this page.

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Other David Lindsay Resources

David Lindsay Resources on the Web

Lindsay is another author with a regrettably common name, making internet searches tedious. Curiously--"curious" because Lindsay is now a nearly lost author too commonly thought of, when thought of at all, as a one-book writer--there are not one but two web sites dedicated to his works; those two are The Violet Apple and The Muspel Homepage (which seems rather out of date). But there is not much else about Lindsay the writer or his works as a body.

There are, however, quite a few write-ups about that one book, A Voyage to Arcturus, and those include Michael Moorcock at The Guardian; Paul M. Kieniewicz at SciFiDimensions; "Diamat" at SF and Fantasy Masterworks; Steven H Silver at The SF Site; "Wilder Shores of Longing", a brief appreciatory note by Paul Newman at Abraxas; and George Conrad Gould at Suite101.

Other useful Lindsay-related links include: a review of The Devil's Tor by Michael Stokes Walton at Abraxas; another review of The Devil's Tor, by Douglas A. Anderson at Fantasy and Science Fiction (a "Curiosities" feature); some notes on The Haunted Woman at The Horror Mall; a discussion of Lindsay's non-fiction "Sketch Notes for a New System of Philosophy" by David Power (in "Living out the Consequences") at Abraxas; and a brief biography from the Newquay Voice.

A curiosity is the hard-to-believe fact that a movie (of sorts) was made from Voyage; it seems as unfilmable a book as ever was written, but someone tried.


David Lindsay Resources in Print

There are several books:


Notable Science-Fiction and Fantasy Books by David Lindsay ***


(For more possible titles by this author, see the “Unrated Books by Rated Authors” page.)


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