Then of course the real reason that I love this issue
The mind flayers !
According to Wiki "The mind flayer appears in the first edition Monster Manual (1977).The mind flayer appears in the first edition Monster Manual (1977). Roger E. Moore authored "The Ecology of the Mind Flayer," which featured in Dragon #78 (October 1983).
The Sunset World articles also had a metric ton of encounter tables for these Mind Flayer ravaged worlds. There were lots of familiar faces on those tables with ropers, trappers, & lots of others. The idea of the Mind Flayer as both invader & provider of invasive species was a new idea.
The whole issue had a very pulpy/Lovecraftian feel to it. The world presented is stark, weird, & very non canon now. That's fine with me. I'm using these versions of the flayer & the "Sun Set World"
The githyanki/illithid relationship was inspired by Larry Niven's World of Ptavvs. That's not the only science fictional origin though. According to Wiki yet again.
George Martin's githyanki
This puts a brand new spin on the Mind Flayer relationship & might have some bearing on how the Githyanki were used in the ancient past. Its just a passing thought. All in all this is a hell of a Halloween issue of Dragon & remains one of my favorites
Perhaps its time for a Sun Set World mini revival. This material could easily be used with any retroclone OSR revival material much of it is actually edition neutral.