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In the Beginning

First published in 1983 by Cheap Street as a Hardback

In the Beginning is a collection of the short stories Fritz wrote while he was training to be an Episcopal Minister.

Notable editions: 128 numbered copies signed by Leiber, 10 lettered copies signed by Leiber, 32 numbered and 7 lettered leatherbound copies.

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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Gummitch and Friends

First published in 1992 by Donald M Grant as a Hardback

Gummitch and Friends collects together all the Gummitch Stories as well as a lot of other cat stories. It contains some lovely illustrations as well as some poetry by Margo Skinner (Leiber), Karen Anderson and Poul Anderson.

The Book is dedicated to Margo, his second wife, and she writes of their wedding day.

A limited edition, slip cased version was released, with tributes from people such as Stephen King and Harlan Ellison included as Fritz died at the time of publication.

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Kreativity for Kats

The pocket size limited edition collection from Wildside Press

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