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Roger Zelazny was an American author that wrote science fiction and fantasy. The poet was born in 1937 in Euclid, Ohio, to a Polish immigrant and an Irish American. The author attended Euclid Senior High School.
Order of Chronicles Of Amber Series
|1||Nine Princes in Amber||1970||Description / Buy|
|2||The Guns of Avalon||1972||Description / Buy|
|3||The Sign of the Unicorn||1975||Description / Buy|
|4||The Hand of Oberon||1976||Description / Buy|
|5||The Courts of Chaos (Short Story)||1978||Description / Buy|
|6||Trumps of Doom||1985||Description / Buy|
|7||Blood of Amber||1986||Description / Buy|
|8||Sign of Chaos||1987||Description / Buy|
|9||Knight of Shadows||1989||Description / Buy|
|10||Prince of Chaos||1991||Description / Buy|
Order of Chronicles Of Amber Collections
|1||The Chronicles of Amber||1978||Description / Buy|
|2||Seven Tales in Amber (Short Story)||2019||Description / Buy|
Order of Changeling Saga Series
|1||Changeling||1980||Description / Buy|
|2||Madwand||1981||Description / Buy|
|3||Wizard World||1989||Description / Buy|
Order of Dilvish Stories Series
|1||The Changing Land||1981||Description / Buy|
|2||Dilvish, the Damned||1982||Description / Buy|
Order of Francis Sandow Series
|1||Isle of the Dead||1969||Description / Buy|
|2||To Die in Italbar||1973||Description / Buy|
Order of Millennial Contest Series with Robert Sheckley
|1||Bring Me the Head of Prince Charming||1991||Description / Buy|
|2||If at Faust You Don't Succeed||1993||Description / Buy|
|3||A Farce to Be Reckoned With||1995||Description / Buy|
Order of Millenium Series
|1||The Legacy of Lehr||1986||Description / Buy|
|2||Chess With A Dragon||1987||Description / Buy|
|3||A Dark Traveling (Short Story)||1987||Description / Buy|
|4||Project Pendulum||1987||Description / Buy|
|5||The Forever City||1988||Description / Buy|
|6||The Year of the Ransom||1988||Description / Buy|
|7||Joe Gosh||1988||Description / Buy|
|8||A Place of Silver Silence||1988||Description / Buy|
|9||The Homecoming||1989||Description / Buy|
|10||Hong on the Range||1989||Description / Buy|
Order of Roger Zelazny Standalone Novels
|1||This Immortal / …And Call Me Conrad||1966||Description / Buy|
|2||The Dream Master / He Who Shapes||1966||Description / Buy|
|3||Lord of Light||1967||Description / Buy|
|4||Damnation Alley||1968||Description / Buy|
|5||Creatures of Light and Darkness||1969||Description / Buy|
|6||Jack of Shadows||1971||Description / Buy|
|7||Today We Choose Faces||1973||Description / Buy|
|8||Doorways in the Sand||1976||Description / Buy|
|9||Bridge of Ashes||1976||Description / Buy|
|10||Deus Irae||1976||Description / Buy|
|11||Roadmarks||1979||Description / Buy|
|12||To Spin is Miracle Cat (Short Story)||1981||Description / Buy|
|13||Eye of Cat||1982||Description / Buy|
|14||Coils||1982||Description / Buy|
|15||The Black Throne||1990||Description / Buy|
|16||The Mask of Loki||1990||Description / Buy|
|17||Flare||1992||Description / Buy|
|18||A Night in the Lonesome October||1993||Description / Buy|
|19||Wilderness||1994||Description / Buy|
|20||Donnerjack||1997||Description / Buy|
|21||Psychoshop||1998||Description / Buy|
|22||Lord Demon||1999||Description / Buy|
|23||The Dead Man's Brother||2009||Description / Buy|
Order of Roger Zelazny Short Stories/Novellas
|1||For a Breath I Tarry||1966||Description / Buy|
|2||Home is the Hangman||1975||Description / Buy|
|3||Unicorn Variation (Short Story)||1981||Description / Buy|
|4||24 Views of Mt. Fuji, by Hokusai (Short Story)||1985||Description / Buy|
|5||Permafrost||1986||Description / Buy|
Order of Collected Stories Of Roger Zelazny Collections
|1||Threshold||2009||Description / Buy|
|2||Power & Light||2009||Description / Buy|
|3||This Mortal Mountain||2009||Description / Buy|
|4||Last Exit to Babylon||2009||Description / Buy|
|5||Nine Black Doves||2009||Description / Buy|
|6||The Road to Amber||2009||Description / Buy|
|7||The Ides of Octember: A Pictorial Bibliography of Roger Zelazny||2010||Description / Buy|
|8||The Ides of Octember: A Pictorial Bibliography of Roger Zelazny||2010||Description / Buy|
Order of Roger Zelazny Short Story Collections
|1||Four for Tomorrow||1965||Description / Buy|
|2||The Doors of His Face, the Lamps of His Mouth||1971||Description / Buy|
|3||Poems||1974||Description / Buy|
|4||My Name is Legion||1976||Description / Buy|
|5||Unicorn Variations||1977||Description / Buy|
|6||The Illustrated Roger Zelazny||1978||Description / Buy|
|7||The Last Defender of Camelot||1980||Description / Buy|
|8||When Pussywillows Last in the Catyard Bloomed and Other Poems||1985||Description / Buy|
|9||Frost and Fire||1989||Description / Buy|
|10||Here There Be Dragons & Way Up High||1992||Description / Buy|
|11||Manna From Heaven||2003||Description / Buy|
|12||The Magic||2018||Description / Buy|
Order of Roger Zelazny Non-Fiction Books
|1||Roger Zelazny's Visual Guide to Castle Amber||1988||Description / Buy|
Order of Nebula Awards Series
|1||Nebula Awards 1||1966||Description / Buy|
|2||Nebula Awards 3||1968||Description / Buy|
|3||Nebula Awards 4||1968||Description / Buy|
|4||Nebula Awards 5||1969||Description / Buy|
|5||Nebula Awards 22||1988||Description / Buy|
|6||Nebula Awards 29||1995||Description / Buy|
|7||Nebula Awards 30||1996||Description / Buy|
|8||Nebula Awards 31||1997||Description / Buy|
|9||Nebula Awards 34 (2000)||2000||Description / Buy|
|10||Nebula Awards 36 (2002)||2002||Description / Buy|
|11||Nebula Awards 39 (2005)||2005||Description / Buy|
|12||Nebula Awards 43 (2009)||2009||Description / Buy|
|13||Nebula Awards 46 (2012)||2012||Description / Buy|
|14||Nebula Awards 51 (2017)||2017||Description / Buy|
|15||Nebula Awards 53 (2019)||2019||Description / Buy|
Roger Zelazny Anthologies
|1||New Worlds of Fantasy / Step Outside Your Mind||1967||Description / Buy|
|2||Dangerous Visions 3||1967||Description / Buy|
|3||Dangerous Visions||1967||Description / Buy|
|4||Great Short Novels of Science Fiction||1970||Description / Buy|
|5||On Our Way to the Future||1970||Description / Buy|
|6||A Day in the Life||1972||Description / Buy|
|7||Wondermakers 2||1974||Description / Buy|
|8||Fantastic Stories Special - 1975 Sword & Sorcery Annual||1975||Description / Buy|
|9||Nebula Award Stories Ten||1976||Description / Buy|
|10||The Best From Galaxy, Volume IV||1976||Description / Buy|
|11||Science Fiction Discoveries||1976||Description / Buy|
|12||Beyond Tomorrow||1976||Description / Buy|
|13||Other Worlds||1978||Description / Buy|
|14||The Arbor House Treasury of Modern Science Fiction||1980||Description / Buy|
|15||Other Worlds Volume 2||1980||Description / Buy|
|16||Chrysalis 10||1983||Description / Buy|
|17||Berserker Base||1985||Description / Buy|
|18||The Third Omni Book of Science Fiction||1985||Description / Buy|
|19||Terry's Universe: Science fiction's finest writers join in honoring the memory of Terry Carr||1987||Description / Buy|
|20||The Monster Book of Monsters||1988||Description / Buy|
|21||Robert Adams' Book of Soldiers||1988||Description / Buy|
|22||The Best of the Nebulas||1989||Description / Buy|
|23||Hidden Turnings||1989||Description / Buy|
|24||The Seventh Omni Book of Science Fiction||1989||Description / Buy|
|25||Drabble II: Double Century||1990||Description / Buy|
|26||Modern Classics of Science Fiction||1991||Description / Buy|
|27||Sea-Cursed||1994||Description / Buy|
|28||Black Thorn, White Rose||1994||Description / Buy|
|29||Superheroes||1995||Description / Buy|
|30||Warriors of Blood and Dreams||1995||Description / Buy|
|31||Angels!||1995||Description / Buy|
|32||Cthulhu 2000||1995||Description / Buy|
|33||Forever After||1995||Description / Buy|
|34||Modern Classics of Fantasy||1997||Description / Buy|
|35||Explorers||2000||Description / Buy|
|36||Supermen||2002||Description / Buy|
|37||A.I.s||2004||Description / Buy|
|38||Fantasy For Good||2014||Description / Buy|
|39||Shadows & Reflections||2018||Description / Buy|
|40||Robots Through the Ages||2023||Description / Buy|
The people who knew Zelazny called him a bright student. However, they also noticed that he was undisciplined. His gift for the written word was impossible to ignore because he was writing stories for the school’s magazine.
Later on, he graduated from Western Reserve University with a B.A. in English. He also pursued an M.A. at Columbia University, where he took an interest in Elizabethan and Jacobean drama. The author’s stints at the U.S. Social Security Administration kept him busy. But he found time to write science fiction in the evening.
Initially, he experimented with short stories. Then he jumped to novelettes, novellas, and finally, full-length novels. By the late1960s, Zelazny was confident enough in his craft to abandon his day job.
He chose to prioritize novels because they allowed him to maintain his income. Zelazny’s science fiction stories had appeared in ‘Amazing Stories’ and ‘Fantastic Stories of Imagination.’ The author had also made a name for himself in the so-called New Wave, a group of science fiction writers that wanted publishing and the public at large to perceive science fiction as serious literature.
They were more experimental than their predecessors, setting their action adventures in space. Zelazny had all the tools he needed to succeed once he became a full-time writer. His stories took heavy inspiration from myths and magic.
He delved deeply into Norse and Irish mythology, not to mention Japanese legends. His characters were often troubled, to varying degrees, by the absence of their father figures.
It wasn’t uncommon for the author’s martial arts prowess to influence his stories. Zelazny had mastered the epee, a weapon used in the sport of fencing. Although he also studied other martial arts, such as pa Kua and judo.
His characters would manifest the same skills in combat. This was not the only attribute the author’s protagonists inherited from him. His characters loved cigarettes and pipes because the author was equally passionate about the vices.
Admittedly, he abandoned smoking when he realized that it impeded his cardiovascular fitness. It is unclear as to whether he liked science fiction more than fantasy or vice versa. However, he admitted in interviews that fantasy was easier to write.
Science fiction was challenging because he had to justify every concept he created. He couldn’t just pull ideas out of thin air. Zelazny’s readers expected him to explain the world his characters inhabited.
On the other hand, fantasy gave his imagination the freedom to dream. He could do whatever he wanted without having to lay so much groundwork. He once gave the example of four sorcerors summoning an alien creature.
He could write that scene without explaining the nature of the creature. That being said, he still appreciated science fiction because it allowed him to tackle social issues that mattered to him.
Roger Zelazny Awards
Zelazny has won Hugo, Locus, Seiun, Balrog, Prix Tour-Apollo, and Nebula awards.
Best Roger Zelazny Books
The author was married twice. His first marriage ended in divorce. His second marriage produced two sons and a daughter. He died in 1995. Zelazny’s best books include:
Nine Princes In Amber: Corwin woke up in a hospital and quickly realized the truth. Amber was the only true world in the universe. The rest were little more than shadows, including earth. Corwin knew this because he was the son of Oberon, Amber’s king.
To claim the throne of Amber, he must prove his mettle by fighting and overcoming the other princes of Amber.
Lord of Light: The earth was dead. Mortal men had started over on a new planet. They gained mastery over various technologies, using them to conquer death. They are now the dominant species, immortal entities that lord their superiority over smaller life forms.
They have taken inspiration from the Hindu pantheon to fashion a new society. They don’t think anyone can stop them. But they are sorely mistaken. Siddhartha has abandoned his former name. He is now Mahasamatman, the Lord of Light.
Also known as Sam, he will use his gifts to oppose the gods, pulling them out of their heaven and destroying their corruption.
When Does The Next Roger Zelazny book come out?
Roger Zelazny doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is Seven Tales in Amber and was released on January, 9th 2019. It is the newest book in the Chronicles Of Amber Collections.