His admirers include Stephen King, Harlan Ellison, John Jakes and Peter Straub. The New York Times called his work "fast moving, ironic and delightful." He is the winner of every major American accolade in the field of fantastic literature: the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award and the World Fantasy Convention's Grandmaster Award. This incredible volume includes some of his greatest tales, a startling novella about ghosts in modern California, and a brilliant look at his own distinguished career. Here is Fritz Leiber at his best....
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About the Author
Fritz Leiber (1910-1992) was an American author, actor, and chess expert. He wrote primarily in the genres of horror, science fiction, and fantasy. He is best remembered for his fantasy series Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser which is credited with originating the Sword and Sorcery genre. In 1958 his book The Big Time won the Hugo Award for best novel, which he would go on to win again in 1964 withThe Wanderer. He was posthumously inducted into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame in 2001.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is an unusual collection. It starts with a new (as of the books publication in ¿84) novella. This is followed by a collection of stories identified as Leiber¿s ¿finest stories¿. Then, the last 112 pages of the 365 page collection is Leiber¿s autobiography. The autobiography is almost a microcosm of the book. At times interesting, at times of passing interest, and at times material to be waded through in order to get to the other side.The novella ¿The Ghost Light¿ which leads the collection is good enough. It is not a particular classic, but it is a decent ghost story. Then the reader wanders into one of the blockbusters - ¿Coming Attraction¿ ¿ Leiber¿s story of an America where things are going and have gone wrong. I hadn¿t thought of this story in a long time, and coming across it here was great. Then a few more stories (that were fine as far as they go) followed by ¿Gonna Roll the Bones¿, Leiber¿s unforgettable submission for Harlan Ellison¿s Dangerous Vision collection. Then a couple more stories (including a Grey Mouser tale.) (And, I¿ll jump in at this point and ask, if this is considered his finest stories, how can it not include ¿Catch That Zeppelin¿?)Finally, the autobiography. It looks as though it is meant to be a rambling account, and it does succeed in rambling. Yes, we learn about Leiber. And we learn about the genesis of some of the stories in the collection. And it is apparent that the author is an interesting person who has had interesting times. However, the telling is less than interesting, and trying to get through the autobiography turned into one of the most trying aspects of reading this collection.There are great stories here (but not all the great ones), there are good stories here, and there are some that are just okay. And there is that autobiography that could have been so much, but turned into so little. This book does not do justice to the greatness that is Fritz Leiber¿s writing.