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Fritz Leiber



"Adept's Gambit"
(Fafhrd & Gray Mouser)
© 1947, Night's Black Agents
also in - Fantastic, May 1964
Swords In The Mist, 1968
--/ third place f novella
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ style award


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"Alice and the Allergy"
© Weird Tales, Sep 1946
--/ fourth place f story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea: ghost allergies
--/ style award
--/ rare find

Hilarious stuff. Some people can be allergic to ghosts, which can prove quite useful and also annoying at the same time. You have to read it to believe it. Maybe Leiber got into a bet that he could write an interesting story about... sneezing. Surely he won here, as this vintage slice of black humour hilarity will brighten up your day.
review: 21-Sep-06 (read in 1988)

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"America the Beautiful"
© The Year 2000,
ed. by Harry Harrison, 1970

--/ cool sf story

"The Automatic Pistol"
© Weird Tales, May 1940
Night's Black Agents, 1947
--/ fourth place f story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award


"A Bad Day for Sales"
© Galaxy, Jul 1953
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ style award


"The Bait"
(Fafhrd & Gray Mouser)
© Whispers, Dec 1973
Swords And Ice Magic, 1977
The Worlds Of Fritz Leiber, 1976
--/ fourth place f story
--/ wonder award
--/ humour award
--/ style award


"Bazaar Of The Bizarre"
(Fafhrd & Gray Mouser)
© Fantastic, Aug 1963
Swords Against Death, 1970
--/ second place f novella
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ style award
--/ idea award
--/ humour award


"Be of Good Cheer"
© Galaxy, Oct 1964
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award

"The Beat Cluster"
© Galaxy, Oct 1961
A Pail Of Air, 1964
--/ cool sf story
--/ idea award

"Belsen Express"
© The 2nd Book of Fritz Leiber, 1975
--short fiction : 1976 World Fantasy W
--/ cool f story
--/ style award

"The Big Time" (nv)
(Change War)
© Galaxy, Mar 1958
book: Ace Books, 1961
--novel or novelette : 1958 Hugo W
--/ fourth place time sf novel
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award


"The Big Holiday"
© F&SF, Jan 1953
The Best Of Fritz Leiber, 1974
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award

"The Bleak Shore"
(Fafhrd & Gray Mouser)
© Unknown, Nov 1940
Swords Against Death, 1970
--/ cool f story

"Bread Overhead"
© Galaxy, Feb 1958
A Pail Of Air, 1964
--/ cool humourous sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ humour award
--/ rare find

"Business of Killing"
© Astounding, Sep 1944
--/ cool sf story
--/ rare find

"The Button Molder"
© Whispers, Oct 1979
--short story : 1980 World Fantasy
--novelette : 1980 Locus /9
--short fiction : 1980 British Fantasy W
--short fiction : 1980 Balrog

--/ third place f story
--/ wonder award
--/ style award


"The Cat's Hotel"
© F&SF, Oct 1983
--/ cool sf story
--/ style award

"Catch That Zeppelin!"
© F&SF, Mar 1975
--short story : 1976 Hugo W
--short story : 1976 Nebula W
--short story : 1976 Locus /11

--/ cool sf story
--/ style award

"The Circle Curse"
(Fafhrd & Gray Mouser)
© 1970, Swords Against Death
--/ cool f story
--/ wonder award

"Claws From The Night"
(also as "Dark Vengeance")
(Fafhrd & Gray Mouser)
© Suspence, Fall 1951
Swords Against Death, 1970
--/ cool f story
--/ wonder award

"Coming Attraction"
© Galaxy, Nov 1950
A Pail of Air, 1964
--short story : 2001 Retro Hugo
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award

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"Conjure Wife" (nv)
© Unknown Worlds, Apr 1943
book: Macmillan, 1953
Dark Ladies, 1999
--all time fantasy novel : 1987 Locus All-Time Poll /28
--/ fourth place f novel
--/ idea award
--/ romance award
--/ style award

All too often Fritz Leiber gets overlooked when people talk about the geniuses of fantasy and science fiction, or even sword and sorcery, which Leiber had a huge role in developing. Leiber is a brilliant stylist, with a poetic and lyrical voice that floats off the page like music; his characters are vivid and real without becoming melodramatic, and his stories are deceptively simple, which just shows that he can do a lot with ideas that appear to be small.

"Conjure Wife" is one of his best books, full of snappy details and totally real-feeling characters. Written in 1943, the plot concerns Professor Norman Saylor who discovers his wife, Tansy, is in fact a witch. Initially annoyed, he asks her to get rid of her charms and such, but then realizes that Tansy just doesn't have a hobby, and that there are other spell-casters out there not as loving or kind as his wife – witches who want Saylor and Tansy dead … or at least out of the way.

As said, that sounds easy … simple, but in the hands of a master like Leiber, Conjure Wife becomes a haunting and powerful book, one that works its own form of unique and powerful magic on anyone who reads it. Conjure Wife -- in fact anything by Leiber -- is something everyone should read. Just be warned: if you do, you too will come under Leiber's wonderful spell.
Review by author M. Christian

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"Dark Vengeance"
(also as "Claws From The Night")
(Fafhrd & Gray Mouser)
© Suspence, Fall 1951
Swords Against Death, 1970
--/ cool f story
--/ wonder award

"The Death of Princes"
© Amazing, Jun 1976
--short story : 1977 Locus /4
--/ cool f story
--/ style award

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"The Eeriest Ruined Dawn World"
© Ides Of Tomorrow, ed. T. Carr, 1976
--/ cool f story
--/ style award

A group of exploring aliens is visiting a planet devastated by rising sea levels. They find it to be empty of life except for one unusual entity. Nice atmospheric story. Love this title.
review: 8-Sep-06 (read in 1987)

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"The Enchanted Forest"
© Astounding Stories, Oct 1950
Ships to the Stars, 1964
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award


"The Foxholes of Mars"
© Thrilling Wonder Stories, Jun 1952
A Pail of Air, 1964
--/ fourth place space sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ emotion award: imperial warfare
--/ style award

"The Girl with the Hungry Eyes"
© Night's Black Agents, 1947
The Secret Songs, 1968
--/ cool f story
--/ style award

"Gonna Roll the Bones"
© Dangerous Visions, ed. H.Ellison, 1967
Ship of Shadows, 1979
--novelette : 1968 Hugo W
--novelette : 1968 Nebula W
--novelette : 1999 Locus All-Time Poll /19

--/ fourth place f story
--/ idea award
--/ style award
--/ wonder award


"The Howling Tower"
(Fafhrd & Gray Mouser)
© Unknown, Jun 1941
Swords Against Death, 1970
--/ cool f story

"I'll Met in Lankhmar" (nv)
(Fafhrd & Gray Mouser)
© F&SF, Apr 1970
Swords and Deviltry, 1970
--novella : 1971 Hugo W
--novella : 1971 Nebula W
--short fiction : 1971 Locus /14
--novella : 1999 Locus All-Time Poll /25

--/ fourth place f novella
--/ style award
--/ adventure award


"I'm Looking for "Jeff"
© Fantastic, Fll 1952
Night Monsters, 1969
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award

"The Inner Circles"
(also as "The Winter Flies")
© F&SF, Oct 1967
The Secret Songs, 1968
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award

"The Jewels in the Forest"
(also as "Two Sought Adventure")
(Fafhrd & Gray Mouser)
© Unknown, Aug 1939
Swords Against Death, 1970
--/ third place f novella
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ style award


"Kindergarten"
© F&SF, Apr 1963
The Book of Fritz Leiber, 1974
--/ cool sf story

"Last"
© F&SF, Mar 1957
The Worlds of Fritz Leiber, 1976
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award


"The Last Letter"
© Galaxy, Jun 1958
A Pail Of Air, 1964
--/ cool humour sf story
--/ wonder award: mail machinery

"Lean Times In Lankhmar"
(Fafhrd & Gray Mouser)
© Fantastic, Nov 1959
Swords In The Mist, 1968
--/ cool f story
--/ style award

"Let Freedom Ring"
© Amazing Stories, Apr 1950
The Night Of The Wolf, 1966
--/ cool sf novella
--/ rare find

"The Man Who Made Friends with Electricity"
© F&SF, Mar 1962
Shadows with Eyes, 1962
The Secret Songs, 1968
--/ cool sf story
--/ idea award

"Mariana"
© Fantastic, Feb 1960
The Secret Songs, 1968
--/ cool sf story

"Mr. Bauer and the Atoms"
© Weird Tales, Jan 1946
--/ cool sf story
--/ idea award
--/ wonder award
--/ rare find


"Moon Duel"
© IF, Sep 1965
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award


"The Moon Is Green"
© Galaxy, Apr 1952
The Secret Songs, 1968
--/ cool sf story

"The Mutant's Brother"
© Astounding, Aug 1943
(prototype for "X-Men")
--/ cool sf story
--/ idea award

"Myths My Great-Grand-Daughter Taught Me"
© F&SF, Jan 1963
The Worlds of Fritz Leiber, 1976
--/ cool f story

"Nice Girl with Five Husbands"
© Galaxy, Apr 1951
A Pail of Air, 1964
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award

"The Night He Cried"
© Star Science Fiction # 1, 1953
The Best Of Fritz Leiber, 1974
--/ third place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ style award
--/ humour award
--/ adventure award


"No Great Magic"
(Change War series)
© Galaxy, Dec 1963
The Change War, 1978

"One Station of the Way"
© Galaxy, Dec 1968
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ style award
--/ adventure award


"A Pail of Air"
© Galaxy, Dec 1951
A Pail of Air, 1964
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award

"A Pail Of Air" (coll)
© Ballantine Books, 1964
--/ cool sf collection
--/ wonder award
--/ humour award

"Pipe Dream"
(Simon Grue)
© IF, Feb 1959
A Pail Of Air, 1964
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ humour award


"The Power of the Puppets"
© Thrilling Mystery Strories, Jan 1942
Shadows with Eyes, 1962
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ style award
--/ idea award


"The Price Of Pain-Ease"
(Fafhrd & Gray Mouser)
© Swords Against Death, 1970
--/ cool f story

"The Princess in the Tower
250,000 Miles High"
© New Dimensions # 7, 1977
--/ cool f story

"A Rite of Spring"
© Universe # 7, ed. Terry Carr, 1977
--novelette : 1978 Nebula
--short fiction : 1978 Locus /4

--/ third place f story
--/ wonder award
--/ style award
--/ emotion award


"Rump-Titty-Titty-Tum-TAH-Tee"
© F&SF, May 1958
A Pail of Air, Fritz Leiber, 1964
--short story : 1959 Hugo

"Sanity"
© Astounding Stories, April 1944
The Night of the Wolf, 1966
--/ cool sf story

"The Secret Songs"
© F&SF, Aug 1962
The Secret Songs, 1968
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award

"The Secret Songs" (coll)
© Rupert Hart-Davis, 1968
--/ cool sf collection
--/ wonder award

"The Seven Black Priests"
(Fafhrd & Gray Mouser)
© Other Worlds, May 1953
Swords Against Death, 1970
--/ cool f novella
--/ adventure award

"The Ship Sails at Midnight"
© Fantastic Adventures, Sep 1950
Ships to the Stars, 1964
Fantastic, July 1967
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award

"Ship of Shadows"
© F&SF, Jul 1969
Ship of Shadows, 1979
--novella : 1970 Hugo W
--novella : 1970 Nebula

--/ third place sf novella
--/ wonder award
--/ style award


"The Silver Eggheads" (nv)
© F&SF, Jan 1959
Ballantine Books, 1960
--/ third place sf novel
--/ wonder award
--/ style award
--/ humour award


"The 64-Square Madhouse"
© IF, May 1962
A Pail Of Air, 1964
--/ cool chess sf story
--/ rare find

"Smoke Ghost"
© Unknown, Oct 1941
Night's Black Agents, 1947
--/ fourth place f story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award


"The Snow Women"
(Fafhrd & Gray Mouser)
© Fantastic, Apr 1970
Swords and Deviltry, 1970
--novella : 1971 Hugo
--novella : 1971 Nebula
--short fiction : 1971 Locus /2

--/ fourth place f story
--/ adventure award

"The Snowbank Orbit"
© IF, Sep 1962
Ships to the Stars, 1964
--/ fourth place f story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award


"Space-Time for Springers"
(Gummitch)
© Star Science Fiction # 4, 1958
Science Fantasy, 1959
--short story : 1999 Locus All-Time Poll /27 (tie)
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award

"The Square Root of Brain"
© New Worlds, Feb 1968
--/ cool sf story

"The Sunken Land"
(Fafhrd & Gray Mouser)
© Unknown, Feb 1942
Swords Against Death, 1970
--/ cool f story

"Swords Against Death" (coll)
(also as "Two Sought Adventure")
(Fafhrd & Gray Mouser)
© 1957, Gnome Press
expanded 1970, Ace Books
--fantasy series : 1998 Locus All-Time Poll
--anthology/collection : 1971 Locus /12

--/ third place f collection
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award


"Swords And Deviltry" (coll)
(Fafhrd & Gray Mouser)
© 1970, Ace Books
--fantasy novel : 1998 Locus All-Time Poll
--fantasy book : 1999 Geffen W

--/ fourth place f collection
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award


"Swords In The Mist" (coll)
(Fafhrd & Gray Mouser)
© 1968, Ace Books
--fantasy novel : 1998 Locus All-Time Poll
--/ fourth place f collection
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award


"Their Mistress, The Sea"
(Fafhrd & Gray Mouser)
© Swords In The Mist, 1968
--/ cool f story

"Thief's House"
(Fafhrd & Gray Mouser)
© Unknown, Feb 1943
Swords Against Death, 1970

"Time Fighter"
© Fantastic Universe, Mar 1957
A Pail Of Air, 1964
--/ cool time sf story
--/ rare find: fandom parody

"Time in the Round"
© Galaxy, May 1957
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award

"Try and Change the Past"
(Change War)
© Astounding, Mar 1958
The Mind Spider and Other Stories, 1961
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award


"Two Sought Adventure" (coll)
(also as "Swords Against Death")
(Fafhrd & Gray Mouser)
© 1957, Gnome Press
--fantasy series : 1998 Locus All-Time Poll
--anthology/collection : 1971 Locus /12

--/ third place f collection
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award


"Two Sought Adventure"
(also as "The Jewels in the Forest")
(Fafhrd & Gray Mouser)
© Unknown, Aug 1939
Swords Against Death, 1970
--/ third place f novella
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ style award


"Under the Thumbs of the Gods"
(Fafhrd & Gray Mouser)
© Fantastic, Apr 1975
Swords and Ice Magic, 1977
--/ third place f novella
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ humour award


"The Unholy Grail"
(Fafhrd & Gray Mouser)
© Fantastic, Oct 1962
Swords and Deviltry, 1970
--short fiction : 1963 Hugo
--/ fourth place f novella
--/ adventure award
--/ wonder award


"The Wanderer" (nv)
© 1964, Ballantine Books
--novel : 1965 Hugo W
--/ fourth place f novel
--/ adventure award
--/ wonder award


"Wanted - An Enemy"
© Astounding, Feb 1945
The Best of Fritz Leiber, 1974
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award

"What's He Doing In There?"
© Galaxy, Dec 1957
The Worlds Of F. Leiber, 1976
--/ cool sf story

"When The Change-Winds Blow"
(Change War series)
© F&SF, Aug 1964
Change War, 1983
--story: Best SF 1965 list
--/ second place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award: space/time winds
--/ style award
--/ emotion award

"When The Last Gods Die"
© F&SF, Dec 1951
The Book Of Fritz Leiber, 1974
--/ third place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ style award


"When The Sea King's Away"
(Fafhrd & Gray Mouser)
© Fantastic, May 1960
Swords In The Mist, 1968
--/ fourth place f novella
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award


"The Winter Flies"
(also as "The Inner Circles")
© F&SF, Oct 1967
The Secret Songs, 1968
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award

"The Wrong Branch"
(Fafhrd & Gray Mouser)
© Swords In The Mist, 1968
--/ cool f story

"X Marks the Pedwalk"
© Worlds Of Tomorrow, Apr 1963
--/ cool traffic sf story
--/ rare find

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