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Midnight by The Morphy Watch

I can only admit to being an occasional chess player, at school around 12 or 13 I was in the school team, that was the height of my achievements, Fritz on the other hand was rated expert and chess pops up in many of the stories, indeed a knight can be seen on the cover of his first collection, Adepts Gambit.

Perhaps his most famous, certainly the most collected chess story is ‘Midnight by The Morphy Watch’, written in 1974 and first published in Worlds of If.

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Worlds of If

Covers are only shown where they are for one of Fritz’s stories.

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http://www.lankhmar.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/WOFIFFEB1959.jpgPipe Dream 1959 / 02
The Sixty Four Square Madhouse1962 / 05
http://www.lankhmar.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/WOFIFSEP1962.jpgThe Snowbank Orbit1962 / 09
http://www.lankhmar.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/WOFIFSEP1965.jpgThe Moon Duel1965 / 09
Answering Service1967 / 12
Endfray for Ofay1969 / 03
Midnight by the Morphy Watch1974 / 07

Selected Stories

A very good compilation from 2010, containing a fair spread of stories.

The Leiber Chronicles

First published in 1990 by Dark Harvest as a Hardback

A quite superb selection. Billed as 50 years of Fritz Leiber many of the stories are uncollected before and the others are classics.

Notable Editions: Numbered, lettered and slipcased editions released

Kirkus Review
The cream of octogenarian Leiber’s fantasies, holding 50 years of stories (44 selections) in one giant volume that can be seen as the capstone of Leiber’s storytelling–although he has written some well-remembered novels (Gather, Darkness and Conjure Wife, filmed excellently as Burn, Witch, Burn). The present collection includes the second earliest swords-and-sorcery fantasy in Leiber’s Grey Mouser and Fafhrd series “”Two Sought Adventure”” (1939) and the latest, “”The Curse of the Smalls and the Stars”” (1983). “”Curse”” may be Fafhrd and Grey Mouser’s swan song, in that they die–for a while. If their deaths turn out to be only flirtations with death, the farewell notes seem to have sounded.

There’s not a dumb story in the book, though some–such as “”Poor Superman,”” the story of a gigantic artificial intelligence–have been outdone by others. Leiber’s classiest acts are here: “”The Automatic Pistol,”” in which a dead hood’s pistol pursues his murderer; “”Smoke Ghost””–a juicy updating of just what a modern ghost should be like (“”A smoky composite face with the hungry anxiety of the unemployed, the neurotic restlessness of the person without purpose, the jerky tension of the high-pressure metropolitan worker. . .the aggressive whine of the panhandler. . .and a thousand other twisted emotional patterns. Each one overlying yet blending with the other, like a pile of semi-transparent masks. . .””); “”Gonna Roll the Bones,”” “”Ship of Shadows,”” “”Ill Met in Lankhmar,”” and the ironic antidefamation fantasy “”Belsen Express””–which is a gasser. Leiber’s best collection ever.

Contains the following short stories (listed in alphabetical order)


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Heroes and Horrors

First published in 1978 by Whispers as a Hardback

When first published Heroes and Horrors was a collection of ‘uncollected’ stories. It contains two Fafhrd & Mouser stories which would later appear in The Knight and Knave of Swords. It is illustrated throughout by Tim Kirk and edited by Stuart Schiff.

A paperback edition of Heroes and Horrors was also released by Pocket Books in 1980

Heroes and Horrors reviews & articles

MarzAat Review

Contains the following short stories (listed in alphabetical order)


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The Ghost Light

First published in 1984 by Berkeley as a Paperback

Released as a celebration of his work, it is perhaps the most wide ranging of his collections. Fafhrd & the Mouser, cats, chess and sex ,all of Fritz’s preoccupations, are covered. It also contains a fascinating autobiographical essay.

Notable Editions: Berkley HB limited to 750 copies signed by Leiber.

An audiobook is also available from Audible/Amazon.

Contains the following short stories (listed in alphabetical order)

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