Expanded from the novella He Who Shapes (1965).
Zelazny the myth-master, fantasy and SF writer extraordinary, excels himself in this brilliant novel. It is the story of Charles Render, the Shaper, one of the world's handful of neuroparticipant therapists. Render can enter and direct another person's mind. His skills can alter a personality. But the mind is an uncharted and infinite universe, and the Shaper is drawn, unawares, into a fateful vortex which all the arts of the Dream Master cannot avoid.
This is a deeply exciting and inventive novel, rich in intriguing undertones and correspondences with Arthurian and older mythology – in fact, vintage 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 ... (more)