To Die in Italbarby Roger Zelazny
At his touch men died. Where his shadow rested, sometimes nothing remained. Yet it was within his power to cure and heal. To most he was known only as H. But there are malignancies other than physical, and hatreds that cut like poisoned blades. Such was the hate felt by Commander Malacar Miles for the DYNAB worlds. And there was that specialist in exotic pathology, Dr Pels – himself clinically dead, but also amazingly, menacingly alive. They made a threesome which should never, never meet.
Across a universe that spans sterile new worlds and an old but untranquil earth, plots and wild ambitions spark and interweave as fast forces are shaped down to the grasp of one controlling hand. To Die in Italbar is an epic of the imagination that only the incomparable Roger Zelazny could write.
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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.