Night Shade Books is set to release Fritz Leiber: Selected Stories.
Known in his lifetime primarily to readers of science fiction and fantasy, Fritz Leiber is now recognized as one of the finest writers of popular fiction of the twentieth century. An intimate of H. P. Lovecraft, Leiber crafted the twentieth century’s first great stories of urban horror, created the sword and sorcery tale almost single-handedly, and wrote strong, resonant science fiction. Nothing less than a visionary American author, Leiber is considered by critics and fans alike to be one of our most original and versatile storytellers.
The seventeen tales selected for this volume showcase Leiber’s virtuoso range and unforgettable characters: from the fabled, decadent streets of god-haunted Lankhmar to the eerie underworld of a Martian gambling hall; from a sunless, frozen Earth to the shattered, bombed, and violent wreckage of a post-atomic New York, and beyond. Edited by anthologist Jonathan Strahan and Locus magazine founder Charles N. Brown, Fritz Leiber: Selected Stories presents a wide sampling of his best short fiction so that a new generation of twenty-first century readers can continue to discover and enjoy his groundbreaking and memorable fiction.
Introduction by Neil Gaiman
“The Girl With the Hungry Eyes”
“A Pail of Air”
“A Deskful of Girls”
“Space Time for Springers”
“Ill Met in Lankhmar”
“Four Ghosts in Hamlet”
“Gonna Roll the Bones”
“The Inner Circles” (aka “The Winter Flies”)
“America the Beautiful”
“Bazaar of the Bizarre”
“Midnight by the Morphy Watch”
“Catch That Zeppelin!”
“The Curse of the Smalls and the Stars”
Fritz Reuter Leiber, Jr. (1910-1992) was an American author of fantasy, horror, and science fiction. The son of a pair of Shakespearian actors, Leiber was also an actor, expert chess player, and champion fencer. Born in Chicago in 1910, Leiber spent his youth touring with his parents’ theater company. He graduated with honors in philosophy from the University of Chicago in 1932. Leiber married Jonquil Stephens in 1936. In 1938, their son Justin was born. After Jonquil’s death in 1969, Fritz Leiber moved to San Francisco, where he died on September 5, 1992.
Leiber’s formative sword-and-sorcery story, “Two Sought Adventure,” was published in Unknown magazine in 1939. Subsequent stories and novels would appear in such magazines as Astounding, Dangerous Visions, Fantastic, Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Galaxy, Other Worlds, Star Science Fiction Stories, and Weird Tales. A number of Leiber’s works have been adapted for film or television.
In addition to multiple Hugo, Nebula, Derleth, Lovecraft, and World Fantasy Awards, Fritz Leiber received the Grand Master of Fantasy (Gandalf) Award in 1975, World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement in 1976, the Bram Stoker Lifetime Achievement Award in 1987, and the Grand Master Nebula Award in 1981
To order: Trade Hardcover, 368 pages – $24.95 – Selected Stories
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