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Selected Stories

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

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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The Best of Fritz Leiber

First published in 1974 by Sidgewick & Jackson as a Hardback

This is a wide ranging collection of his stories and, as an introduction to his work, probably the best available. It concentrates on his SF/Fantasy but doesn’t contain Fafhrd & Mouser stories, or his horror stories such as ‘Smoke Ghost’. It opens with a brief introduction by Leiber , some editions contains a warm tribute by Poul Anderson. Amazon claim to have a Kindle Version, this is called ‘Selected Stories‘ and is a different collection.

Review over at The Black Gate

“Twenty two stories by this talented author whose work has ranged widely across the genres of fantasy and SF. The Hugo and Nebula award winning ‘Gonna Roll The Bones’ is an effective horror story. ‘Space Time For Springers’ is a delightful tale about cats. Other powerful pieces, which more closely fit the definition of SF, include ‘Coming Attraction’ and ‘America the Beautiful’.”
The Ultimate Guide to Science Fiction – David Pringle

Contains the following short stories (listed in alphabetical order)

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