Roger Zelazny

Roger Zelazny

Roger Zelazny (1937–1995) was an American writer of fantasy and science fiction short stories and novels. He won the Nebula award three times and the Hugo award six times, including two Hugos for novels This Immortal (1965) and the novel Lord of Light (1967).

Zelazny was born in Ohio, the only child of Polish immigrant Joseph Zelazny and Irish-American Josephine Sweet. In high school, Roger Zelazny was the editor of the school newspaper and joined the Creative Writing Club. He was accepted to Columbia University in New York to study English and specialized in Elizabethan and Jacobean drama, graduating with an M.A. in 1962.

Between 1962 and 1969 Zelazny worked for the Social Security Administration in Cleveland and then in Baltimore, spending his evenings writing science fiction. He deliberately progressed from short-shorts to novelettes to novellas and finally to novel-length works by 1965. On 1969 he quit to become a full-time writer, and thereafter concentrated on writing novels in order to maintain his income.

Zelazny was married twice, in 1964 in 1966.

Zelazny was considered one of the leading lights of the ”New Wave” movement in science fiction in the 1960s. He incorporated elements from literary novels of the mainstream into his fiction, and experimented with allusion, lyricism, and mythic imagery. His stories often involved characters from myth, depicted in the modern world. Zelazny's fiction was also highly influenced by wisecracking detective fiction. He was also apt to include modern elements, such as cigarettes, in his fantasy worlds.

A frequent theme is gods or people who become gods. Another recurrent theme is the ”absent father” (or father-figure).


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Books by Roger Zelazny
This Immortal 7.76   8
The Dream Master 8.00   3
Lord of Light 8.62   8
Four for Tomorrow 8.26   4
Creatures of Light and Darkness 9.76   4
Isle of the Dead 8.66   3
Damnation Alley 6.58   35
Nine Princes in Amber (The Chronicles of Amber #1) 7.92   91
Jack of Shadows 8.60   5
The Doors of His Face, The Lamps of His Mouth 7.76   4
The Guns of Avalon (The Chronicles of Amber #2) 7.82   62
Today We Choose Faces 8.00   1
To Die in Italbar 8.00   3
Sign of the Unicorn (The Chronicles of Amber #3) 8.66   12
The Hand of Oberon (The Chronicles of Amber #4) 8.76   13
Doorways in the Sand 8.00   3
Bridge of Ashes 8.00   2
My Name Is Legion 8.26   4
Deus Irae 7.66   3
The Courts of Chaos (The Chronicles of Amber #5) 8.46   13
Roadmarks 6.76   4
Changeling (Wizard World #1) 8.00   1
The Last Defender of Camelot 8.00   1
Madwand (Wizard World #2) 8.00   1
A Rhapsody in Amber N/A
The Changing Land 8.00   2
Dilvish, the Damned 8.00   2
Eye of Cat 7.80   5
Coils 6.00   1
Unicorn Variations 8.00   1
Berserker Base N/A
Trumps of Doom (The Chronicles of Amber #6) 8.20   5
Blood of Amber (The Chronicles of Amber #7) 7.40   5
Sign of Chaos (The Chronicles of Amber #8) 7.20   5
A Dark Travelling N/A
Frost & Fire 8.00   1
Knight of Shadows (The Chronicles of Amber #9) 7.60   5
Wizard World 8.00   1
The Black Throne 4.00   1
The Mask of Loki 8.00   2
Prince of Chaos (The Chronicles of Amber #10) 7.20   5
Gone to Earth (Author's Choice Monthly #27) N/A
Bring Me the Head of Prince Charming (Millenial Contest #1) 6.50   2
Flare N/A
Here There Be Dragons / Way Up High N/A
If at Faust You Don't Succeed (Millenial Contest #2) 6.00   2
A Night in the Lonesome October 8.34   6
Wilderness 8.00   1
A Farce to Be Reckoned With (Millenial Contest #3) 6.00   1
Forever After 8.00   2
Donnerjack 8.00   1
Psychoshop N/A
Lord Demon 8.00   2
The Great Book of Amber: The Complete Amber Chronicles 1-10 10.00   1
Manna from Heaven N/A
The Dead Man's Brother N/A
Threshold (The Collected Stories of Roger Zelazny #1) N/A
Power & Light (The Collected Stories of Roger Zelazny #2) N/A
This Mortal Mountain (The Collected Stories of Roger Zelazny #3) N/A
Last Exit to Babylon (The Collected Stories of Roger Zelazny #4) N/A
Nine Black Doves (The Collected Stories of Roger Zelazny #5) N/A
The Road to Amber (The Collected Stories of Roger Zelazny #6) 9.00   1
The Ides of Octember: A Pictorial Bibliography of Roger Zelazny N/A

Speculative Fiction Novels (58)

(The Collected Stories of Roger Zelazny #6)
2009 | science fiction, fantasy, short stories
(The Collected Stories of Roger Zelazny #5)
2009 | science fiction, fantasy, short stories
(The Collected Stories of Roger Zelazny #4)
2009 | science fiction, fantasy, short stories
(The Collected Stories of Roger Zelazny #3)
2009 | science fiction, fantasy, short stories
(The Collected Stories of Roger Zelazny #2)
2009 | science fiction, fantasy, short stories
(The Collected Stories of Roger Zelazny #1)
2009 | science fiction, fantasy, short stories

2003 | science fiction, fantasy, short stories
(The Chronicles of Amber)
1999 | fantasy, collection

1999 | fantasy

1998 | science fiction

1997 | science fiction
(Millenial Contest #3)
1995 | fantasy

1993 | fantasy, horror
(Millenial Contest #2)
1993 | fantasy

1992 | fantasy, childrens, short stories

1992 | science fiction
(Author's Choice Monthly #27)
1991 | science fiction, short stories
(The Chronicles of Amber #10)
1991 | fantasy
(Millenial Contest #1)
1991 | fantasy

1990 | fantasy

1990 | fantasy
(The Chronicles of Amber #9)
1989 | fantasy
(Wizard World)
1989 | fantasy, collection

1989 | science fiction, fantasy, short stories
(The Chronicles of Amber #8)
1987 | fantasy

1987 | science fiction, fantasy, young adult
(The Chronicles of Amber #7)
1986 | fantasy
(The Chronicles of Amber #6)
1985 | fantasy

1983 | science fiction, fantasy, non-fiction, short stories
(Dilvish Series)
1982 | fantasy > sword and sorcery, short stories

1982 | science fiction

1982 | science fiction
(Dilvish Series)
1981 | fantasy > sword and sorcery
(Wizard World #2)
1981 | fantasy

1981 | science fiction, short stories
(Wizard World #1)
1980 | fantasy

1980 | science fiction, fantasy, short stories

1979 | science fiction, fantasy
(The Chronicles of Amber #5)
1978 | fantasy
(The Chronicles of Amber #4)
1976 | fantasy

1976 | science fiction

1976 | science fiction

1976 | science fiction, short stories

1976 | science fiction
(The Chronicles of Amber #3)
1975 | fantasy

1973 | science fiction

1973 | science fiction
(The Chronicles of Amber #2)
1972 | fantasy

1971 | science fiction, fantasy

1971 | science fiction, short stories
(The Chronicles of Amber #1)
1970 | fantasy

1969 | science fiction

1969 | science fiction

1969 | science fiction

1967 | science fiction

1967 | science fiction, short stories

1966 | science fiction

1966 | science fiction

Comics and Anthology (2)


1995 | fantasy, anthology
(Berserker sequence)
1984 | science fiction, anthology

Others non-spefi books (3)


2010 | non-fiction

2009 | thriller

1994 | history, mainstream