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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


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Day Dark, Night Bright

Day Dark, Night Bright first published in 2002 by Midnight House as a Hardback

Another fine collection from Darkside Press / John Pelan, I remember faxing my copy of Femmequin 973 and the 64 Square madhouse to John to help…

Darkside Press; limited to 500 numbered copies

Midnight House is pleased to announce a landmark event for devotees of the best in science fiction: a new collection of stories by Fritz Leiber! Assembled here we have a selection of some of Fritz Leiber’s most renowned tales with a liberal dose of rarities that have been unavailable in any form for many years. Considered by many to be the greatest writer in the field of fantastic fiction, Fritz Leiber’s long and productive career spanned fifty years. This present collection assembles stories from sources ranging from the pulp magazines of the 1940’s to modern “slicks” like Esquire. read more

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

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