1970's swordsman series?

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I started reading a series of at least 7 books in the late 1970's. I only had books 1,2,4 and 7 - got them at a used book store at the time, so they may have been written in the 50's or 60's as well. I remember the series starting out on earth, with the main character learning sword play from a master. I remember there being some move he learned that was unbeatable. At some point I believe he discovers a portal to another world through a trap door. His skill with a sword is important to his success on this new world. That's about all I can remember. It's not one of the more popular or better known series - I've already checked those off the list. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I'd really like to finish the series. :)
 

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Philip Jose Farmer wrote a series of 7 books about The World of the Tiers. The World of the Tiers is several civilizations, and Our Hero is known by unique names in these civilizations-- and he's learned different fighting techniques. Travel is through >gates<, usually 2 semi-circles of metal, that when touched together open the gate and allow travel to another place within the worlds. Our Hero entered the worlds accidentally when a gate was opened on our Earth, and he was in position for it to move him.

Although Our Hero has learned several fighting skills, I don't recall if swordplay was paramount.
 

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Philip Jose Farmer wrote a series of 7 books about The World of the Tiers. The World of the Tiers is several civilizations, and Our Hero is known by unique names in these civilizations-- and he's learned different fighting techniques. Travel is through >gates<, usually 2 semi-circles of metal, that when touched together open the gate and allow travel to another place within the worlds. Our Hero entered the worlds accidentally when a gate was opened on our Earth, and he was in position for it to move him.

Although Our Hero has learned several fighting skills, I don't recall if swordplay was paramount.
Appreciate the effort, but not the series I'm looking for. It does sound interesting though. :)
 

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I started reading a series of at least 7 books in the late 1970's. I only had books 1,2,4 and 7 - got them at a used book store at the time, so they may have been written in the 50's or 60's as well. I remember the series starting out on earth, with the main character learning sword play from a master. I remember there being some move he learned that was unbeatable. At some point I believe he discovers a portal to another world through a trap door. His skill with a sword is important to his success on this new world. That's about all I can remember. It's not one of the more popular or better known series - I've already checked those off the list. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I'd really like to finish the series. :)

Might help if you let us know which series you are sure it is not.
 

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Piers Anthony’s Apprentice Adept series? Starts with Split Infinity, has seven books, swordplay, and starts on Earth.
 

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Piers Anthony’s Apprentice Adept series? Starts with Split Infinity, has seven books, swordplay, and starts on Earth.
I've read those. Not the series I'm looking for. Appreciate the thought.
 

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I started reading a series of at least 7 books in the late 1970's. I only had books 1,2,4 and 7 - got them at a used book store at the time, so they may have been written in the 50's or 60's as well. I remember the series starting out on earth, with the main character learning sword play from a master. I remember there being some move he learned that was unbeatable. At some point I believe he discovers a portal to another world through a trap door. His skill with a sword is important to his success on this new world. That's about all I can remember. It's not one of the more popular or better known series - I've already checked those off the list. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I'd really like to finish the series. :)

Could it possibly be the Witch World Series by Andre Norton ?:unsure:
 

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What, all 37 of them? ;)
I haven't read them all.... but there have been comments on-line! IIRC, one comment said that one of the volumes didn't have as much sex as the earlier volumes.
 

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That actually sounds like one of Lin Carter's Ganymede series, a la Burroughs. Did they also have flying ships made from lacquered paper and a companion rather like a giant preying mantis?

Correction: it was on Callisto.
 
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