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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Speculative Fiction Novels (58)
2009  Nine Black Doves (The Collected Stories of Roger Zelazny, #5)
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2009  The Road to Amber (The Collected Stories of Roger Zelazny, #6)
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2009  This Mortal Mountain (The Collected Stories of Roger Zelazny, #3)
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2009  Last Exit to Babylon (The Collected Stories of Roger Zelazny, #4)
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2009  Threshold (The Collected Stories of Roger Zelazny, #1)
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2009  Power & Light (The Collected Stories of Roger Zelazny, #2)
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2003  Manna from Heaven
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1999  The Great Book of Amber: The Complete Amber Chronicles 1-10 (The Chronicles of Amber)
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1999  Lord Demon
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1998  Psychoshop
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1997  Donnerjack
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1995  A Farce to Be Reckoned With (Millenial Contest, #3)
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1993  A Night in the Lonesome October
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1993  If at Faust You Don't Succeed (Millenial Contest, #2)
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1992  Here There Be Dragons / Way Up High
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1992  Flare
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1991  Gone to Earth (Author's Choice Monthly, #27)
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1991  Bring Me the Head of Prince Charming (Millenial Contest, #1)
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1991  Prince of Chaos (The Chronicles of Amber, #10)
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1990  The Black Throne
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1990  The Mask of Loki
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1989  Knight of Shadows (The Chronicles of Amber, #9)
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1989  Wizard World (Wizard World)
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1989  Frost & Fire
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1987  A Dark Travelling
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1987  Sign of Chaos (The Chronicles of Amber, #8)
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1986  Blood of Amber (The Chronicles of Amber, #7)
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1985  Trumps of Doom (The Chronicles of Amber, #6)
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1983  Unicorn Variations
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1982  Eye of Cat
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1982  Coils
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1982  Dilvish, the Damned (Dilvish Series)
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1981  The Changing Land (Dilvish Series)
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1981  A Rhapsody in Amber
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1981  Madwand (Wizard World, #2)
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1980  The Last Defender of Camelot
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1980  Changeling (Wizard World, #1)
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1979  Roadmarks
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1978  The Courts of Chaos (The Chronicles of Amber, #5)
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1976  Doorways in the Sand
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1976  Bridge of Ashes
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1976  My Name Is Legion
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1976  Deus Irae
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1976  The Hand of Oberon (The Chronicles of Amber, #4)
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1975  Sign of the Unicorn (The Chronicles of Amber, #3)
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1973  To Die in Italbar
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1973  Today We Choose Faces
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1972  The Guns of Avalon (The Chronicles of Amber, #2)
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1971  Jack of Shadows
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1971  The Doors of His Face, The Lamps of His Mouth
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1970  Nine Princes in Amber (The Chronicles of Amber, #1)
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1969  Isle of the Dead
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1969  Damnation Alley
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1969  Creatures of Light and Darkness
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1967  Lord of Light
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1967  Four for Tomorrow
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1966  This Immortal
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1966  The Dream Master
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Comics and Anthology (2)
1995  Forever After
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1984  Berserker Base (Berserker sequence)
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Others non-spefi books (3)
2010  The Ides of Octember: A Pictorial Bibliography of Roger Zelazny
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2009  The Dead Man's Brother
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1994  Wilderness
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