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Roger Zelazny

(Roger Joseph Zelazny)
USA (1937 - 1995)

aka Harrison Denmark

Roger Zelazny made his name with a group of novellas which demonstrated just how intense an emotional charge could be generated by the stock imagery of sf; the most famous of these is 'A Rose for Ecclesiastes' in which a poet struggles to convince dying and sterile Martians that life is worth continuing. Zelazny continued to write excellent short stories throughout his career. Most of his novels deal, one way or another, with tricksters and mythology, often with rogues who become gods, like Sam in Lord of Light, who reinvents Buddhism as a vehicle for political subversion on a colony planet.

The fantasy sequence The Amber Chronicles, which started with Nine Princes in Amber, deals with the ruling family of a Platonic realm at the metaphysical heart of things, who can slide, trickster-like through realities, and their wars with each other and the related ruling house of Chaos. Zelazny never entirely fulfilled his early promise -who could?- but he and his work were much loved, and a potent influence on such younger writers as George R. R. Martin and Neil Gaiman.

He won the Nebula award three times (out of 14 nominations) and the Hugo award six times (out of 14 nominations). His papers are housed at the Albin O. Khun Library of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC).

Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Mystery
Changeling Saga
1. Changeling (1980)
2. Madwand (1981)
     aka Madworld
Wizard World (omnibus) (1989)


Series contributed to
Anthologies edited

Non fiction
Anthologies containing stories by Roger Zelazny
The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction 14th Series (1965)
An ABC of Science Fiction (1966)
The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction 181 (1966)
Nebula Award Stories 1 (1966)
Dangerous Visions 3 (1967)
New Worlds of Fantasy (1967)
     aka Step Outside Your Mind
World's Best Science Fiction 1967 (1967)
     aka World's Best SF 3rd Series
World's Best Science Fiction 1968 (1968)
Best SF Stories from New Worlds (1969)
Worlds of If 129 (1969)
Best SF 7 (1970)
On Our Way to the Future (1970)
Partners in Wonder (1971)
This Side of Infinity (1972)
An Exaltation of Stars (1973)
Modern Science Fiction (1974)
The Best Science Fiction of the Year 4 (1975)
Nebula Award Stories 10 (1975)
The Best from Galaxy, Volume IV (1976)
The Black Magic Omnibus Volume 1 (1976)
Nebula Award Stories 11 (1976)
Realms of Wizardry (1976)
Trips in Time (1977)
100 Great Science Fiction Short Short Stories (1978)
The Best of Analog (1979)
Dragons of Light (1980)
The Year's Best Fantasy Stories 6 (1980)
After the Fall (1980)
The Science Fiction Hall of Fame Volume Four (1981)
A Treasury of Modern Fantasy (1981)
Unicorns! (1982)
The Best Science Fiction of the Year 11 (1982)
Fantasy Annual V (1982)
100 Great Fantasy Short Short Stories (1984)
Random Access Messages of the Computer Age (1984)
Machines That Kill (1984)
Great Science Fiction of the 20th Century (1987)
A Very Large Array (1987)
Hidden Turnings (1989)
A Century of Fantasy 1980-1989 (1990)
Vampires: The Greatest Stories (1991)
Card Sharks (1993)
The Norton Book of Science Fiction (1993)
Christmas Forever (1993)
The Best of Whispers (1994)
Nebula Award-Winning Novellas (1994)
Omni Visions Two (1994)
Reel Future (1994)
The Good Old Stuff (1995)
Superheroes (1995)
Angels! (1995)
The Vampire Omnibus (1995)
Chicks in Chainmail (1995)
Cthulhu 2000 (1995)
Fantastic Alice (1995)
Wheel of Fortune (1995)
Castle Fantastic (1996)
Year's Best SF (1996)
Modern Classics of Fantasy (1997)
The Science Fiction Century (1997)
Cyber-Killers (1997)
Dragons (1997)
The Mammoth Book of Fantasy All-Time Greats (1998)
     aka The Fantasy Hall of Fame
A Magic-Lover's Treasury of the Fantastic (1998)
Vampire and Werewolf Stories (1998)
The Unexplained (1998)
Isaac Asimov's Camelot (1998)
My Favorite Science Fiction Story (1999)
Explorers (2000)
Short stories
The Last Inn on the Road (with Dannie Plachta)
Love Is an Imaginary Number
The Monster and the Maiden
The Salvation of Faust
Horseman! (1962)
Passion Play (1962)
The Great Slow Kings (1963)
King Solomon's Ring (1963)
A Museum Piece (1963)
A Rose for Ecclesiastes (1963)Hugo (nominee)
The Stainless Steel Leech (1963) (as by Harrison Denmark)
A Thing of Terrible Beauty (1963)
Collector's Fever (1964)
The Graveyard Heart (1964)
But Not the Herald (1965)
Devil Car (1965)Nebula Awards (nominee)
The Doors of His Face, the Lamps of His Mouth [short story] (1965)Hugo (nominee)
Nebula Awards
The Furies (1965)
He Who Shapes (1965)Nebula Awards
Thelinde's Song (1965)
Comes Now the Power (1966)Hugo (nominee)
Divine Madness (1966)
For a Breath I Tarry (1966)Hugo (nominee)
The Keys to December (1966)Nebula Awards (nominee)
This Moment of the Storm (1966)Nebula Awards (nominee)
Auto-da-Fe (1967)
Damnation Alley [short story] (1967)Hugo (nominee)
Death and the Executioner (1967)
The Man Who Loved the Faioli (1967)
The Mortal Mountain (1967)Nebula Awards (nominee)
This Mortal Mountain [short story] (1967)
Corrida (1968)
Song of the Blue Baboon (1968)
Come to Me Not In Winter's White (1969) (with Harlan Ellison)
The Eve of RUMOKO (1969)
'Kjwalll'kje'k'koothailll'kje'k (1973)
The Engine at Heartspring's Center (1974)Nebula Awards (nominee)
The Game of Blood and Dust (1975)
Home is the Hangman [short story] (1975)Hugo
Nebula Awards
Is There a Demon Lover in the House? (1977)
No Award (1977)
Stand Pat, Ruby Stone (1978)
Garden of Blood (1979)
Halfjack (1979)
The Last Defender of Camelot [short story] (1979)
Exeunt Omnes (1980)
Fire and/or Ice (1980)
The George Business (1980)
A Very Good Year (1980)
And I Alone Am Escaped to Tell Thee (1981)
The Horses of Lir (1981)
Unicorn Variations [short story] (1981)Hugo
Walpurgisnacht (1981)
Loki 7281 (1984)
24 Views of Mount Fuji, by Hokusai (1985)Nebula Awards (nominee)
Dayblood (1985)
Permafrost (1986)Nebula Awards (nominee)
Kalifriki of the Thread (1989)
The Long Sleep (1993)
Prince of the Powers of this World (1993)
The Long Crawl of Hugh Glass (1994)
Blue Horse, Dancing Mountains (1995)
Epithalamium (1995)
Lady of Steel (1995)
The Three Descents of Jeremy Baker (1995)
Hall of Mirrors (1996)

Hugo Best Short Story nominee (1964) : A Rose for Ecclesiastes
Hugo Best Short Story nominee (1966) : The Doors of His Face, the Lamps of His Mouth [short story]
Hugo Best Novel winner (1966) : This Immortal
Nebula Awards Best Short Story nominee (1966) : Devil Car
Nebula Awards Best Novellette winner (1966) : The Doors of His Face, the Lamps of His Mouth [short story]
Nebula Awards Best Novella winner (1966) : He Who Shapes
Hugo Best Short Story nominee (1967) : Comes Now the Power
Hugo Best Novellette nominee (1967) : For a Breath I Tarry
Nebula Awards Best Short Story nominee (1967) : This Moment of the Storm
Hugo Best Novella nominee (1968) : Damnation Alley [short story]
Hugo Best Novel winner (1968) : Lord of Light
Nebula Awards Best Novellette nominee (1968) : The Keys to December
Nebula Awards Best Novel nominee (1968) : Lord of Light
Nebula Awards Best Novellette nominee (1968) : The Mortal Mountain
Nebula Awards Best Novel nominee (1970) : Isle of the Dead
Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature Best Book nominee (1971) : Nine Princes in Amber
Hugo Best Novel nominee (1972) : Jack of Shadows
Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature Best Book nominee (1973) : The Guns of Avalon
Nebula Awards Best Short Story nominee (1975) : The Engine at Heartspring's Center
Hugo Best Novel nominee (1976) : Doorways in the Sand
Hugo Best Novella winner (1976) : Home is the Hangman [short story]
Nebula Awards Best Novel nominee (1976) : Doorways in the Sand
Nebula Awards Best Novella winner (1976) : Home is the Hangman [short story]
Hugo Best Novellette winner (1982) : Unicorn Variations [short story]
Hugo Best Novella winner (1986) : 24 Views of Mount Fuji, by Hokusai
Nebula Awards Best Novella nominee (1986) : 24 Views of Mount Fuji, by Hokusai
Hugo Best Novellette winner (1987) : Permafrost
Nebula Awards Best Novellette nominee (1987) : Permafrost
Nebula Awards Best Novel nominee (1995) : A Night in the Lonesome October

Books about Roger Zelazny
Roger Zelazny recommends

Fourth Mansions (1969)
R A Lafferty
"Lafferty has the power which sets fire behind your eyeballs."

Dying of the Light (1977)
George R R Martin
"A gem, cut with verve and polished with abundant skill, coloured, highlighted by a master."

Nightworld (1978)
(Nightworld, book 1)
David Bischoff
"Wonderful! A journey in the company of ood travelers through a landscape of old menaces newly twisted -- a cleanly written adventure story."

The Many-Coloured Land (1981)
(Pliocene Exiles, book 1)
Julian May
"Julian May has woven a many-coloured tapestry of exotic adventure...I anticipate with pleasure its further unrolling in the book to come."
Death by Dreaming
Death by Dreaming (1981)
Jon Manchip White
"A midwinter night's dream of a tale."
Jitterbug (1984)
Mike McQuay
"McQuay's in fine form here... a fast, tough, surprising book."

A Place Among the Fallen (1986)
(Omaran Saga, book 1)
Adrian Cole
"Adrian Cole has a magic touch."

Hardwired (1986)
(Hardwired, book 1)
Walter Jon Williams
"A tough, sleek juggernaut of a story ... It has all my favorite things - blood, love, fire, hate and a high ideal or two. I wish I'd written this one."
Station Gehenna
Station Gehenna (1987)
Andrew Weiner
"Intense... burning like a trail of gunpowder from the first page to the last."
The Wild Blue and the Gray
The Wild Blue and the Gray (1991)
William Sanders
"God damn! I liked Sanders' new book! It pushes all the right buttons for me - a great protagonist, WWI fighter pilots, terrific background, and - mainly - a fine story with really clever twists. It was one of those where I just wanted to keep going, though he did choose a satisfying place to stop. THE WILD BLUE AND THE GRAY is an absolutely captivating story by one of the hottest new talents in the business. Subtle, strong, gutsy, humorous - it's got it all. Watch this man. You won't regret it."

The Dream Vessel (1992)
(Merquan Chronicle, book 2)
Jeff Bredenberg
"I feel Jeff Bredenberg is a writer to watch closely. He has had three books published to date, and there is enough in them to satisfy many categories of readers: Even his minor characters are interesting; his settings, from Fun City to Caribbean ports, are sufficiently exotic to hold any interest yet always well thought-out and appropriate to their times; he writes sustained action sequences which twist like mating serpents; his themes are important ones; and his voice is different from anyone else's in the business. He is still at the beginning of his career, and it is hard to guess what he will do next, save that it is likely to be very good."
Dreambuilder (1992)
(Soulsmith, book 2)
Tom Deitz
"Tom Deitz, already a good storyteller, has gotten even better."
The Thread That Binds the Bones
The Thread That Binds the Bones (1993)
(Chapel Hollow, book 1)
Nina Kiriki Hoffman
"A thing of high quality and mesmeric appeal."

Seance for a Vampire (1994)
(Vlad Tepes, book 8)
Fred Saberhagen
"Holmes, Watson, and Dracula - back again and in top form - in a tale that mesmerizes the reader."

Travellers In Magic (1994)
Lisa Goldstein
"A fine writer."

The Moon and the Sun (1997)
Vonda N McIntyre
"Vonda McIntyre writes skilfully...tracing an exciting trail through darkness and danger."
The Book of Jhereg
The Book of Jhereg (1999)
(Vlad Taltos)
Steven Brust
"Watch Steven Brust. He surprises you."
Demons (2000)
John Shirley
"John Shirley's prophet-in-the-cyberwilderness voice deserves high billing among the best."
The Wanderer
The Wanderer (2001)
(Rulers of Hylor, book 4)
Katya Reimann and Cherry Wilder
"It is a privilege to visit the landscapes of her imagination"

Jubilee (2001)
Jack Dann
"A reality magician... And just when you think he has inoculated you against surprise, he will surprise you again. He's that good."
The Buried Pyramid
The Buried Pyramid (2004)
Jane Lindskold
"One of the brightest new writers to come along in years."

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