A very badly written sword and sorcery
novella. It was written in the 1970s by 16-year-old Jim Theis and features the adventures of a wandering swordsman called Grignr
. While the story does in fact have a plot to it -- a very standard one much like the Conan the Barbarian
stories -- it is so badly executed that it has passed into the legends of science fiction fandom
A scintillating, many fauceted scarlet emerald, a brilliant gem seeming to possess a life all of its own. A priceless gleaming stone, capable of domineering the wealth of conquering empires...the eye of Argon.