A collection of short stories and articles.
Author's prospectus: — "There will be over
sixty thousand words in all. — "The stories will make up tow-thirds of
them. — "There will be ten stories, all of them previously
un-anthologized, most of them of recent origin. — "All the chief types
of story I do will be represented: hard science fiction, Fafhrd-Mouser
(sword & sorcery), romantic science fiction, Change War stories, cat stories, Lovecraft-related stories, supernatural-horror stories.
"The non-fiction will amount to about ten items. They will be of all sorts and closely related to the fiction. There will be book reviews, a pop, science article in the Asimov vein, my 'Monsters and Monster Lovers,' and so on.
"Stories and article will alternate in the book, illulminating each other."
And that's the way it worked out, proving that Anthony Boucher was right when he said, "Fritz Leiber stands very firmly in the front rank of modern science fiction writers, " and that Lin Carter was correct in saying, "Fritz Leiber is probalby the finest living writer of sword & sorcery."
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)