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Masters of Science Fiction: Fritz Leiber


Masters of Science Fiction: Fritz Leiber was first published in 2016 by Centipede Press as a Hardback
A lovely collection of SF stories, published by Centipede, who always do a lovely job with their book.  The good selection of stories selected by John Pelan is complimented by a great cover.  Released in both signed and unsigned editions.

http://centipedepress.com/sf/msfleiber.html
Contains the following short stories (listed in alphabetical order)

A Pail of Air

A Rite of Spring

America the Beautiful

Black Glass

Bullet with His Name

Catch That Zeppelin!

Coming Attraction

Deadly Moon

Far Reach to Cygnus

Femmequin 973

Friends and Enemies

Mariana

Moon Duel

Mysterious Doings in the Metropolitan Museum

Night Passage

Poor Superman

Sanity

Ship of Shadows

Space-Time for Springers

The Big Trek

The Black Ewe

The Foxholes of Mars

The Good New Days

The Man Who Was Married to Space and Time

The Mutant's Brother

The Ship Sails at Midnight

The Snowbank Orbit

The Winter Flies

Time Fighter

Time in the Round

Wanted - An Enemy

Yesterday House

A Pail of Air


A Pail of Air was first published in 1964 by Ballantine as a Paperback
A Pail of Air contains his excellent satirical stories; The Beat Cluster, Pipe Dream, Bread Overhead, The Last Letter and Rum-Titty-Titty-Tum-Tah-Tee.  The stories seem to be culled from Galaxy magazine.  Nice cover art by Richard Powers.  A lot of these stories can be found in Deadly Moon which is still available.
A Pail of Air reviews & articles
A Pail of Air  review at Science Fiction Ruminations
Contains the following short stories

A Pail of Air

Bread Overhead

Coming Attraction

Nice Girl with Five Husbands

Pipe Dream

Rump-Titty-Titty-Tum-TAH-Tee

The 64-Square Madhouse

The Beat Cluster

The Foxholes of Mars

The Last Letter

Time Fighter

Selected Stories

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

The Secret Songs

First published in 1964 by Ballantine as a Paperback

Contains a very wide range of stories, covering all the periods of his writing . Although duplicated heavily in The Best of Fritz Leiber, the inclusion of such stories as The Girl with Hungry Eyes, Smoke Ghost and The Secret Songs make it an excellent collection. Available in the UK only.

“SF and Fantasy stories of considerable variety and idiosyncrasy, many of them reprinted from earlier Leiber collections. As well as early standards like ‘The Smoke Ghost’, it include some interestingly unclassifiable tales from the 1960s such as ‘The Winter Flies’; and the title piece. ‘Every story in the book is finished with a craftsman’s care, and they are all thoroughly readable. M. John Harrison – New Worlds”.

Contains the following short stories (listed in alphabetical order)


A Pail of Air

Coming Attraction

Mariana

No Great Magic

Rump-Titty-Titty-Tum-TAH-Tee

Smoke Ghost

The Girl with the Hungry Eyes

The Man Who Made Friends with Electricity

The Moon Is Green

The Secret Songs

The Winter Flies

 

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)


237 Talking Statues Etc

A Bad Day for Sales

A Pail of Air

A Rite of Spring

Alice and the Allergy

America the Beautiful

Bazaar of the Bizarre

Belsen Express

Catch That Zeppelin!

Coming Attraction

Endfray of the Ofay

Four Ghosts in Hamlet

Gonna Roll the Bones

Horrible Imaginings

Ill Met in Lankhmar

Mariana

Midnight by the Morphy Watch

Poor Superman

Rump-Titty-Titty-Tum-TAH-Tee

Sanity

Ship of Shadows

Smoke Ghost

The 64-Square Madhouse

The Automatic Pistol

The Bait

The Beat Cluster

The Button Molder

The Curse of the Smalls and the Stars

The Death of Princes

The Girl with the Hungry Eyes

The Glove

The Haunted Future

The Hound

The Jewels in the Forest

The Man Who Made Friends with Electricity

The Man Who Never Grew Young

The Moon Is Green

The Night He Cried

The Winter Flies

Try and Change The Past

Wanted - An Enemy

What's He Doing In There?

When the Change-Winds Blow

Yesterday House

 

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 one of 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)


A Deskful of Girls

A Pail of Air

America the Beautiful

Coming Attraction

Gonna Roll the Bones

Little Old Miss Macbeth

Mariana

Poor Superman

Rump-Titty-Titty-Tum-TAH-Tee

Sanity

Space-Time for Springers

The Big Holiday

The Big Trek

The Enchanted Forest

The Foxholes of Mars

The Good New Days

The Man Who Made Friends with Electricity

The Man Who Never Grew Young

The Night He Cried

The Ship Sails at Midnight

Try and Change The Past

Wanted - An Enemy

 

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