World Fantasy Award nominee 1989.
A collection of linked stories. Also published under the title Farewell to Lankhmar.
It is an old saying in the world of Nehwon that the fate of adventurers who seek to retire can be excruciatingly dull. So when our two heroes the Gray Mouser and Fafhrd left Lankhmar City to serve the obscure freewomen Cif and Afreyt of remote Rime Isle, wiseacres and trusty gossips alike began to say that the pair were flirting with just such a fate.
Yet the indomitable duo inhabit a world that from time to time imitates that of fancy and romance most cunningly, so as to prevent its creatures sinking into black despair or bored inaction. And it is upon – and indeed above and beneath – the lonely isle of Rime that our heroes meet their most challenging and exciting adventure ever.
Fritz Reuter Leiber, Jr. (1910–1992) was an American author of fantasy, horror, and science fiction. The son of a pair of Shakespearian actors, Leiber was also an actor, expert chess player, and champion fencer. Born in Chicago in 1910, Leiber spent his youth touring with his parents' theater company. He graduated with honors in philosophy from the University of Chicago in 1932. Leiber married Jonquil Stephens in 1936. In 1938, their son Justin was born. After Jonquil's death in 1969, Fritz Leiber moved to San Francisco, where he died on September 5, 1992.
Fritz Leiber's formative sword-and-sorcery story, "Two Sought Adventure," was published in Unknown magazine in 1939. Subsequent stories and novels would ... (more)