Fritz Leiber

Fritz Reuter Leiber, Jr. was born December 24, 1910 in Chicago, Illinois. He traveled with his parents Shakespeare Company before graduating from the University of Chicago in 1932. He married in 1936 to Jonquil Stephens. After working in aircraft production during WWII, he settled in Southern California to write full-time. Leiber is probably best remembered as the creator of Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser series of novels, written over fifty years. These books stand as early progenitors of the sword and sorcery fantasy genre and had a huge influence on the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game so much so that royalty payments from TSR allowed Leiber to live comfortably during the last years of his life. He died September 5, 1992 after attending a science fiction convention in Ontario; He was 81.

The Big Time

Original Publication: Ace Double, 1961
This Edition: Ace, 1967
Cover Art: Hoot von Zitzewitz
Format: Paperback

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You're All Alone

"The Twelve Commandments *Always keep up appearances *Always be doing something *Always be first or last *Always be alone *Always have a route of escape *Never hesitate, or you're lost *Never do anything odd - it wouldn't be noticed *Never run - They're faster *Never touch anyone - Danger! Machinery! *Some animals are really alive *Never look at a stranger - it might be one of them"

Original Publication: Ace, May 1972
This Edition: Ace, May 1972
Cover Art: Jack Woolhiser
Format: Paperback

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The Green Millennium

"Phil Gish didn't enjoy his life - he had no purpose and no hopes for the future. He could have sought pleasure in All Amusements park, like so many others, but he could never bring himself to sample its erotic and aberrated offerings. And then he found the green cat perched on his window. Phil had the feeling that there was something different about this animal and he was right. By the time the extraordinary and grotesque adventure was finished nothing would ever be the same again."

Original Publication: Abelard Press, 1953
This Edition: Ace, May 1976
Cover Art: Stephen Hickman
Format: Paperback

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Swords and Deviltry

"Here is the legendary epic of how the greatest heroes in the annals of fantasy met for the first time! Fafhrd, the white-furred princling of the barbaric cold waste; the gray mouser, a wizardling of the whitest magic. Little did they realize, as they suspiciously eyed each other one night in murky Lankhmar, that they were two long-sundered, matching halves of a greater hero - that they would be comrades through a thousand quests and a hundred life-times of adventures!"

Original Publication: Ace, May 1970
This Edition: Ace, November 1973
Cover Art: Jeff Jones
Format: Paperback

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Contents: Induction, The Snow Woman, The Unholy Grail and III Met in Lankhmar Review:


The Best of Fritz Leiber

"First there was the best of Stanley G. Weinbaum and now there is The Best of Fritz Leiber Now - in one superlative volume - 22 super science-fiction tales by a master storyteller - plus 16 more fabulous stories - including the award-winning "Gonna Roll the Bones," The Tale of a Man who shoots craps with the devil!"

Original Publication: Sphere, May 1974
This Edition: Ballantine, November 1974
Cover Art: Dean Ellis
Format: Paperback

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Contents: The Wizard of Nehwon by Poul Anderson and By Fritz Leiber: Gonna Roll the Bones, Sanity, Wanted - An Enemy, The Man Who Never Grew Young, The Ship Sails at Midnight, The Enchanted Forest, Coming Attraction, Poor Superman, The Pail of Air, The Foxholes of Mars, The Big Holiday, The Night He Cried, The Big Trek, Space-Time for Springers, Try and Change the Past, A Deskful of Girls, Rump-Titty-Titty-Turn-TAH-Tee, Little Old Miss Macbeth, Mariana, The Man Who Made Friends with Electricity, The Good New Days and America the Beautiful

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The Book of Fritz Leiber

"Author's prospectus: "There will be over sixty thousand worlds in all. "The stories will make up two-thirds of them. "There will be ten stories, all of them previously un-anthologized, most of them of recent origin. "All the chief types of story I do will be represented: hard science fiction, Fafhrd-Mouser (sword &Sorcery), romantic science fiction, Change War stories, cat stories, Lovecraft-related stories, supernatural-horror stories. "The non-fiction will amount to about ten items. They will be of all sorts and closely related to the fiction. There will be book reviews, a pop. science fiction article in the Asimov vein, my 'Monsters and Monster Lovers,' and so on. "Stories and articles will alternate in the book, illuminating each other." And that's the way it worked out, proving that Anthony Boucher was right when he said "Fritz Leiber stands very firmly in the front rank of modern science fiction writers," and that Lin Carter was correct in saying, "Fritz Leiber is probably the finest living writer of sword & sorcery.""

Original Publication: DAW, January 1974
This Edition: DAW, November 1976
Cover Art: George Barr
Format: Paperback

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Contents: The Spider, Monsters and Monster Lovers, A Hitch in Space, Hottest and Coldest Molecules, Kindergarten, Those Wild Alien Words :I, Crazy Annaoj, Debunking the I Machine, When the Last Gods Die, King Lear, Yesterday House, After Such Knowledge, Knight to Move, Weird World of the Knight, To Arkham and the Stars, "The Whisperer" Re-examined, Beauty and the Beasts, Masters of Mace and Magic and Cat's Cradle

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The Worlds of Fritz Leiber

"THE WORLDS OF FRITZ LEIBER is a brand new collection of some of the finest SF, Fantasy and Horror stories produced by the internationally acclaimed author of THE BIG TIME. It is a collection handpicked by the author and contains two Change-War stories, a Fafhrd and Gray Mouser tale, Catch That Zeppelin (the winnder of the 1976 Nebula Award) and eighteen other outstanding stories. But no one could describe the book better than Fritz Leiber himsef: "I believe this collection represents me completely, provides a fuller measure of the rage of my creative efforts, than any other. Welcome to my worlds!""

Original Publication: Ace, November 1976
This Edition: Ace, November 1976
Cover Art: Patrick Woodroffe
Format: Paperback

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Contents: Hatchery of Dreams, The Goggles of Dr. Dragonet, Far Reach to Cygnus, Night Passage, Nice Girl With Five Husbands, When the Change-Winds Blow, 237 Talking Statues Etc., The Improper Authorities, Our Saucer Vacation, Pipe Dream, What's He Doing in There?, Friends and Enemies, The Last Letter, Endfray of the Ofay, Cyclops, Mysterious Doings in the Metropolitan Museum, The Bait, The Lotus Eaters, Waif, Myths My Great-Grandmother Taught me, Catch that Zeppelin! and Last

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Changewar

"It is happening right now: the war through Time. The battleground is the eternal present. The objective is to alter the past. And the goal is to seize control of the future. The warriors are ordinary people, like yourself..."Have you ever worried about your memory, becuase it doesn't seem to be bringing you exactly the same picture of the past from one day to the next? Have you ever been afraid that your personality was changing because of forces beyond your knowledge or control? Have you ever thought that the whole universe might be a crazy, mixed-up dream? If you have, you've had hints of the Changewar."

Original Publication: Ace, May 1983
This Edition: Ace, May 1983
Cover Art: Joe Chiodo
Format: Paperback

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Contents: Try and Change the Past, The Oldest Soldier, Damnation Morning, When the Change-Winds Blow, Knight to Move, A Deskful of Girls and No Great Magic

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The Ghost Light

"His admirers include Stephen King, Harlan Ellison, John Jakes and Peter Straub. The New York Times called his work "fast-moving, ironic and delightful." Poul Anderson as written, "Perhaps no other modern writers except James Branch Cabell and Vladimir Nabokov have gotten such fund out of the human tragicomedy; and they, for all their wit, have never had Leiber's uninhabited gusto." He is the winner of every major American accolade in the firld of fantastic literature: the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award, and the World Fantasy Convention's Grandmaster Award. Most significantly, this appreciation has endured over five decades of his career. Today Fritz Leiber is considered to be one of the deans of American fantasy. His novel, Conjure Wife, stands with the works of Hawthorne and Poe as a classic tale of terror. In his first new book in four years, Fritz Leiber presents a startling, contemporary ghost story set in Northern California: the novella, The Ghost Light. In a long autobiographical essay, Not Much Disorder and Not So Early Sex, he looks back poignantly on his distinguished and fascinating career. Also featured, with a new introduction, are the quintessential Fritz Leiber stories Gonna Roll the Bones, Four Ghosts in Hamlet, Space Time for Springers, and more."

Original Publication: Berkley, April 1984
This Edition: Berkley, April 1984
Cover Art: John Jude Palencar
Format: Trade Paperback

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Contents: The Ghost Light, Coming Attraction, A Deskful of Girls, Space-Time for Springers, Four Ghosts in Hamlet, Gonna Roll the Bones, Bazaar of the Bizarre, Midnight by the Morphy Watch and Black Glass. Also included autobiographical essay Not Much Disorder and Not So Early Sex

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