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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

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Selected Stories

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

Ship of Shadows

A Collection containing many of Fritz's award winning 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)


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 Worlds of Fritz Leiber

First published in 1976 by Ace as a Paperback

This is one of the best collections available. Compared to The Best of Fritz Leiber the stories are all a little more off centre, and probably give a fairer view of his work overall.

“A fine, fat gathering of sf anf fantasy stories by an old master (whose light has shone more clearly in the Fantasy category). It includes the Hugo and Nebula award winning tale ‘Catch That Zeppelin!. Pleasingly the book contains no overlaps with The Best of Fritz Leiber, published two years earlier. It is, in effect, a second ‘Best of…’ selection.”
The Ultimate Guide to Science Fiction – David Pringle

Contains the following short stories (listed in alphabetical order)


237 Talking Statues Etc

Catch That Zeppelin!

Cyclops

Endfray of the Ofay

Far Reach to Cygnus

Friends and Enemies

Hatchery of Dreams

Last

Mysterious Doings in the Metropolitan Museum

Myths My Great-Granddaughter Taught Me

Nice Girl with Five Husbands

Night Passage

Our Saucer Vacation

Pipe Dream

The Bait

The Goggles of Dr. Dragonet

The Improper Authorities

The Last Letter

The Lotus Eaters

Waif?

What's He Doing In There?

When the Change-Winds Blow

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