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Encyclopedia > Fritz Leiber
Fritz Leiber portrait by Ed Emshwiller on July 1969 special issue devoted to Leiber.
Fritz Leiber portrait by Ed Emshwiller on July 1969 special issue devoted to Leiber.
Fritz Leiber
Born December 24, 1910
Died September 5, 1992 (aged 81)
Occupation writer
Nationality American
Genres fantasy, horror and science fiction
Influences Robert E. Howard
Influenced Gary Gygax, Stephen King, Emil Petaja, Matthew Stover

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Leiber (pronounced Lie-ber) married Jonquil Stephens on January 16, 1936, and their son Justin Leiber was born in 1938. Jonquil's death in 1969 precipitated a three-year bout of alcoholism, but he returned to his original form with a fantasy novel set in modern-day San Francisco, Our Lady of Darkness — serialized in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction as "The Pale Brown Thing" (1977) — in which cities were the breeding grounds for new types of elementals called paramentals, summonable by the dark art of megapolisomancy, with such activities centering around the Transamerica Pyramid. Our Lady of Darkness won the World Fantasy Award. is the 16th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Justin Fritz Leiber (born 1938) is an American philosopher and son of renowned science fiction writer Fritz Leiber. ... Alcoholism is the consumption of, or preoccupation with, alcoholic beverages to the extent that this behavior interferes with the drinkers normal personal, family, social, or work life, and may lead to physical or mental harm. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... F&SF April 1971, special Poul Anderson issue. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... // Megapolisomancy (fictional occult pseudoscience) Megapolisomancy is a fictional occult science created by Fritz Leiber, an influential American writer of fantasy and science fiction. ... The Transamerica Pyramid. ... First awarded in 1975, the World Fantasy Awards are handed out annually at the World Fantasy Convention (WFC) to recognize outstanding achievement in the field of fantasy. ...


In the last years of his life, Leiber married his second wife, Margo Skinner, a journalist and poet with whom he had been friends for many years. Many people believed that Leiber was living in poverty on skid row, but the truth of the matter was that Leiber preferred to live simply in the city, spending his money on dining, movies and travel. In the last years of his life, royalty checks from TSR, the makers of Dungeons and Dragons, who had licensed the mythos of the Fafhrd and Gray Mouser series, were enough in themselves to ensure that he lived comfortably. TSR, Inc. ... The original Dungeons & Dragons set Dungeons & Dragons (abbreviated as D&D or DnD) is a fantasy role-playing game (RPG) published by Gary Gygax and David Arneson in January 1974. ... Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser are two seminal sword-and-sorcery heroes created by Fritz Leiber (1910–1992). ...


Leiber's death occurred a few weeks after a physical collapse while traveling from a science-fiction convention in Toronto with Skinner. The cause of his death was given as "organic brain disease."


He wrote a short autobiography, "Not Much Disorder and Not So Early Sex," which can be found in the collection The Ghost Light (1984). A critical biography, Witches of the Mind by Bruce Byfield, is available from Necronomicon Press, and an essay examining his literary relationship with Lovecraft appears in S. T. Joshi's The Evolution of the Weird Tale (2004). Leiber's own literary criticism, including several ground-breaking essays on Lovecraft, was collected in the volume Fafhrd and Me (1990), published by Wildside Press. Cover of the first English edition of 1793 of Benjamin Franklins autobiography. ... Necronomicon Press is an American small press publishing house specialising in fiction, poetry and literary criticism relating to the horror and fantasy genres. ... Sunanda Tryambak Joshi (b. ... Wildside Press is an independent publishing company located in Maryland. ...

Contents

Leiber and the theater

As the child of two Shakespearean actors -- Fritz, Sr. and Virginia (née Bronson)-- Leiber was fascinated with the stage, describing itinerant Shakespearean companies in stories like "No Great Magic" and "Four Ghosts in Hamlet," and creating an actor/producer protagonist for his novel A Specter is Haunting Texas. Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... For other uses, see Actor (disambiguation). ... Fritz Reuter Leiber Sr. ... For other usages see Theatre (disambiguation) Theater (American English) or Theatre (British English and widespread usage among theatre professionals in the US) is that branch of the performing arts concerned with acting out stories in front of an audience using combinations of speech, gesture, music, dance, sound and spectacle &#8212... A Specter is Haunting Texas (1968) is a science fiction novel by Fritz Leibers The novel anticipates both the Texasassination of culture and politics in the United States (then and now) and the construction of low gravity orbital communities, presenting a dystopia both alien and terrifyingly familiar. ...


Although his Change War novel, The Big Time, is about a war between two factions, the "Snakes" and the "Spiders", changing and rechanging history throughout the universe, all the action takes place in a small bubble of isolated space-time about the size of a theatrical stage, with only a handful of characters. The Big Time contains an apparent numerical typo; in one chapter-head quotation it is stated that 100,000 metres equals 5.6 miles. (It should be about 60 miles.) No American or British editor has ever corrected this. In special relativity and general relativity, time and three-dimensional space are treated together as a single four-dimensional pseudo-Riemannian manifold called spacetime. ...


He also acted in a few films, once with his father in Warner Bros.' The Great Garrick (1937). “WB” redirects here. ...


Judith Merril (in her July 1969 F&SF appreciation — see below) remarks on Leiber's acting skills when the writer won a sci-fi convention costume ball. Leiber's costume consisted of a cardboard military collar over turned-up jacket lapels, cardboard insignia, an armband, and a spider pencilled large in black on his forehead, thus turning him into an officer of the Spiders, one of the combatants in his Change War stories. "The only other component," Merril writes, "was the Leiber instinct for theatre." Judith Merril (January 21, 1923, New York, New York - September 12, 1997, Canada) was an North American science fiction author and anthologist. ... F&SF April 1971, special Poul Anderson issue. ...


Writing career

Leiber was heavily influenced by H.P. Lovecraft and Robert Graves in the first two decades of his career. From the late 1950s onwards, he was increasingly influenced by the works of Carl Jung, particularly by the concepts of the anima and the shadow. These concepts are often openly mentioned in his stories, especially the anima, which becomes a method of exploring his fascination with but estrangement from the female. Howard Phillips Lovecraft (August 20, 1890 – March 15, 1937) was an American author of fantasy, horror and science fiction, noted for combining these three genres within single narratives. ... Robert von Ranke Graves (24 July 1895 – 7 December 1985) was an English poet, scholar, and novelist. ... Jung redirects here. ... Anima, in Jungian psychology: 1. ... This article or section includes a list of works cited or a list of external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ...


Leiber had a lifelong love affair with cats, which feature prominently in many of his stories. Tigerishka, for example, is a cat-like alien who is sexually attractive to the human protagonist yet repelled by human customs in the novel The Wanderer. Leiber's "Gummitch" stories feature a kitten with an I.Q. of 160, just waiting for his ritual cup of coffee so that he can become human, too. There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ... IQ redirects here. ...


His popularity amongst both fans and his fellow writers was considerable, and his science fiction novels The Big Time (1958) and The Wanderer (1964), along with the short stories "Gonna Roll the Bones" (1967), about a gambler dicing with Death, and "Ship of Shadows" (1970), all won Hugo Awards. "Bones" also won a Nebula Award. This article is about the literary concept. ... The Big Time (1957) is a short science fiction novel (or, arguably, novellette) by Fritz Leiber. ... The Wanderer is the title of a science fiction novel by Fritz Leiber about a wandering planet that enters the Earths solar system. ... Gonna Roll the Bones is a short story by Fritz Leiber, in which Joe Slattermill plays craps with Death. ... Dice games are quite universal. ... Grim Reaper redirects here. ... The 2005 Hugo Award with base designed by Deb Kosiba. ... The Nebula is an award given each year by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), for the best science fiction/fantasy fiction published in the United States during the two previous years (see rolling eligibility below). ...


Many of Leiber's most-acclaimed works are short stories, especially in the horror genre. In such stories as "The Girl With the Hungry Eyes", and "You're All Alone" (AKA "The Sinful Ones"), he is widely regarded as one of the forerunners of the modern urban horror story. (Ramsey Campbell cites him as his single biggest influence.[1]) In his later years, Leiber returned to short story horror in such works as "Horrible Imaginings", "Black Has Its Charms" and the award-winning "The Button Moulder." “Horror story” redirects here. ... John Ramsey Campbell (born January 4, 1946 in Liverpool) is a British writer considered by a number of critics to be one of the great masters of horror fiction. ...


The short parallel worlds story "Catch That Zeppelin!" (1975) added yet another Nebula and Hugo award to his collection. This story shows a plausible alternate reality that is much better than our own, whereas the typical parallel universe story depicts a world that is much worse than our own. "Belsen Express" (1975) won him another World Fantasy Award. Both stories reflect Leiber's uneasy fascination with Nazism -- an uneasiness compounded by his mixed feelings about his German ancestry and his philosophical pacifism during World War II. Parallel universe or alternate reality in science fiction and fantasy is a self-contained separate reality coexisting with our own. ...


Fans awarded him the Gandalf (Grand Master) award at the World Science Fiction Convention in 1975, and in 1981 the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America voted him the recipient of their Grand Master award. The Gandalf Grand Master Award for life achievement in fantasy writing was awarded annually by the World Science Fiction Society from 1974 to 1980. ... It has been suggested that World Science Fiction Society be merged into this article or section. ... Science Fiction Writers of America, or SFWA (pronounced // or //), was founded in 1965 by Damon Knight. ...


He was also a member of the Swordsmen and Sorcerers' Guild of America (SAGA), a loose-knit group of Heroic Fantasy authors founded in the 1960s, some of whose works were anthologized in Lin Carter's Flashing Swords! anthologies. The Swordsmen and Sorcerers Guild of America (SAGA) is the name of a literary group of American fantasy authors active from the 1960s through the 1980s, noted for their contributions to the fantasy subgenre of heroic fantasy or Sword and Sorcery. ... Heroic fantasy is a sub-genre of fantasy literature which chronicles the tales of heros and their conquests in imaginary lands. ... Linwood Vrooman Carter (June 9, 1930 - February 7, 1988) was an American author of science fiction and fantasy, as well as an editor and critic. ... Flashing Swords! #1 edited by Lin Carter, Dell Books, 1973 Flashing Swords! was a series of fantasy anthologies published by Dell Books from 1973 to 1981 under the editorship of Lin Carter. ...


In an appreciation in the July 1969 "Special Fritz Leiber Issue" of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Merril writes of Leiber's connection with his readers: F&SF April 1971, special Poul Anderson issue. ...

That this kind of personal response... is shared by thousands of other readers, has been made clear on several occasions. The November 1959 issue of Fantastic, for instance: Leiber had just come out of one of his recurrent dry spells, and editor Cele Lalli bought up all his new material until there was enough [five stories] to fill an issue; the magazine came out with a big black headline across its cover — LEIBER IS BACK!

Fantastic was a fantastic fiction magazine. ... Cele Goldsmith-Lalli (1933 – January 14, 2002) was an US-American editor. ...

Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser

His legacy appears to have been consolidated by the most famous of his creations, the Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser stories, written over a span of 50 years. The first of these, "Two Sought Adventure", appeared in Unknown in 1939. They are concerned with an unlikely pair of heroes found in and around the city of Lankhmar. (Fafhrd was based on Leiber himself and the Mouser on his friend Harry Fischer.) These stories were among the progenitors of many of the tropes of the sword and sorcery genre (a term coined by Leiber). They are also notable among sword and sorcery stories in that, over the course of the stories, his two heroes mature, take on more responsibilities, and eventually settle down into marriage. Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser are two seminal sword-and-sorcery heroes created by Fritz Leiber (1910–1992). ... Unknown (also known as Unknown Worlds) was a pulp fantasy magazine, edited by John W. Campbell, that was published from 1939 to 1943. ... Lankhmar is a fictional city in the Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser stories by Fritz Leiber. ... In literature, a trope is a familiar and repeated symbol, meme, theme, motif, style, character or thing that permeates a particular type of literature. ... This article is about a fantasy sub-genre. ...


Leiber's Fafhrd and Gray Mouser stories were also award winners and nominees: "Scylla's Daughter" was nominated for a Hugo (1961), and the Hugo and Nebula awards were awarded to "Ill Met in Lankhmar" (1970). Fittingly, Leiber's last major work, "The Knight and Knave of Swords" (1991) brought the series to a satisfactory close while leaving room for possible sequels. In the last year of his life, Leiber was considering allowing the series to be completed by another writer, but his sudden death put an end to the idea.


The stories were influential in shaping the genre, and also directly influential on other works. Joanna Russ' stories about thief and assassin Alyx (collected in 1976 in The Adventures of Alyx) were in part inspired by Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, and Alyx in fact made guest appearances in two of Leiber's stories. Numerous writers have paid homage to the stories. For instance, Terry Pratchett's city of Ankh-Morpork bears something more than a passing resemblance to Lankhmar (wittily acknowledged by Pratchett by the placing of the swordsman-thief "The Weasel" and his giant barbarian comrade "Bravd" in the opening scenes of the first Discworld novel). Joanna Russ (born February 22, 1937), American writer and feminist, is the author of a number of works of Science Fiction (among other types of writing), including The Female Man, an aclaimed SF novel and pioneering meditation on how differing societies might produce very different versions of the same person... The Adventures of Alyx is a 1976 anthology of feminist science fiction stories by Joanna Russ. ... Terence David John Pratchett, OBE (born 28 April 1948) is a British fantasy and science fiction author, best known for his Discworld series. ... Ankh-Morpork is a fictional city-state which prominently features in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series of fantasy novels. ... This article is about the novels. ...


Bibliography

Novels

The Best of Fritz Leiber (1974), 1974 Sphere paperback edition. 368 pages
The Best of Fritz Leiber (1974), 1974 Sphere paperback edition. 368 pages
  • Conjure Wife (originally appeared in Unknown Worlds, April 1943) — This novel relates a college professor's discovery that his wife (and all other women) are regularly using magic against one another and their husbands. It was filmed three times:
    • Weird Woman (1944)
    • Burn, Witch, Burn! (aka Night of the Eagle) (1962)
    • Witches' Brew (aka Which Witch is Which?) (1980)
  • Gather, Darkness! (serialized in Astounding, May, June, and July 1943)
  • The Sinful Ones aka You're All Alone (1953)
  • The Green Millennium (1953)
  • Destiny Times Three (1957)
  • The Big Time (expanded 1961 from a version serialized in Galaxy, March and April 1958, which won a Hugo) — Change War series
  • The Silver Eggheads (1961; a shorter version was published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in 1959)
  • The Wanderer (1964)
  • Ships to the Stars (1964)
  • Tarzan and the Valley of the Gold (1966)
  • The Swords of Lankhmar (1968)
  • A Spectre is Haunting Texas (1969)
  • Night Monsters (1969)
  • The Demons of the Upper Air (1969)
  • You're All Alone (1972)
  • Our Lady of Darkness (1977)
  • The Dealings of Daniel Kesserich (1997) — Lovecraftian novella written in 1936 and lost for decades

Image File history File links Download high resolution version (425x602, 29 KB) Summary I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (425x602, 29 KB) Summary I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Sinister Barrier by Eric Frank Russell Unknown (also known as Unknown Worlds) was a pulp fantasy magazine, edited by John W. Campbell, that was published from 1939 to 1943. ... Not to be confused with Magic (illusion). ... Night of the Eagle is a 1962 horror film directed by Sidney Hayers. ... Astounding Stories was a seminal science fiction magazine founded in 1930. ... The Big Time (1957) is a short science fiction novel (or, arguably, novellette) by Fritz Leiber. ... The Puppet Masters by Robert A. Heinlein in Galaxy, Sept. ... Look up Hugo in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... F&SF April 1971, special Poul Anderson issue. ... The Wanderer is the title of a science fiction novel by Fritz Leiber about a wandering planet that enters the Earths solar system. ... A Spectre is Haunting Texas is a science fiction novel by Fritz Leiber, first published as a novel in 1969. ... H. P. Lovecraft Howard Phillips Lovecraft (August 20, 1890–March 15, 1937) was an American author of fantasy and horror fiction, noted for giving horror stories a science fiction framework. ...

Collections

  • Night's Black Agents (1947)
  • Shadows With Eyes (1962)
  • Night Monsters (1969)
  • The Best of Fritz Leiber (1974). Collection of 22 short stories.
  • The Book of Fritz Leiber (1974)
  • The Second Book of Fritz Leiber (1975)
  • The Leiber Chronicles (1990)

Nights Black Agents is a collection of fantasy and horror short stories by author Fritz Leiber. ...

Short stories

1939
"Two Sought Adventure" aka "The Jewels in the Forest" — Fafhrd & Gray Mouser story
1940
"The Automatic Pistol"
"The Bleak Shore" — Fafhrd & Gray Mouser story
1941
"The Howling Tower" — Fafhrd & Gray Mouser story
"The Power of the Puppets"
"Smoke Ghost"
"They Never Come Back"
1942
"The Hill and the Hole"
"The Hound"
"The Phantom Slayer" aka "The Inheritance"
"Spider Mansion"
"The Sunken Land" — Fafhrd & Gray Mouser story
1943
"Conjure Wife" (novel)
"Gather, Darkness! (novel)
"The Mutant's Brother"
"Thieves' House" — Fafhrd & Gray Mouser story
"To Make a Roman Holiday"
1944
"Business of Killing"
"Sanity" aka "Crazy Wolf"
"Taboo"
"Thought"
1945
"Destiny Times Three" (novella)
"The Dreams of Albert Moreland"
"Wanted — An Enemy"
1946
"Alice and the Allergy"
"Mr. Bauer and the Atoms"
1947
"Adept's Gambit" — Fafhrd & Gray Mouser story
"Diary in the Snow"
"The Man Who Never Grew Young"
1949
"The Girl with the Hungry Eyes"
"In the X-Ray"
1950
"The Black Ewe"
"Coming Attraction"
"The Dead Man"
"The Enchanted Forest"
"Later Than You Think"
"Let Freedom Ring" aka "The Wolf Pack"
"The Lion and the Lamb"
"Martians, Keep Out!"
"The Ship Sails at Midnight"
"You're All Alone"
1951
"Appointment in Tomorrow" aka "Poor Superman"
"Cry Witch!"
"Dark Vengeance" aka "Claws from the Night" — Fafhrd & Gray Mouser story
"Nice Girl with Five Husbands"
"A Pail of Air"
"When the Last Gods Die"
1952
"Dr. Kometevsky's Day"
"The Foxholes of Mars" — appeared in the 1969 anthology The War Book, edited by James Sallis.
"I'm Looking for "Jeff""
"The Moon Is Green"
"Yesterday House"
1953
"A Bad Day for Sales"
"The Big Holiday"
"The Night He Cried" — a notable sf pastiche of Mickey Spillane
"The Seven Black Priests" — Fafhrd & Gray Mouser story
1954
"The Mechanical Bride" (play)
"The Silence Game"
1957
"The Big Trek"
"Femmequin 973"
"Friends and Enemies"
"Last"
"Time Fighter"
"Time in the Round"
"What's He Doing in There?"
1958
"The Big Time" (short novel) — Change War story
"Bread Overhead"
"Bullet With His Name"
"A Deskful of Girls" — Change War story
"The Last Letter"
"Little Old Miss Macbeth"
"The Number of the Beast" — Change War story
"Rump-Titty-Titty-Tum-TAH-Tee"
"Space-Time for Springers" — Gummitch story
"Try and Change the Past" — Change War story
1959
"Damnation Morning" — Change War story
"The House of Mrs. Delgado"
"The Improper Authorities"
"Lean Times in Lankhmar" — Fafhrd & Gray Mouser story
"The Mind Spider" — Change War story
"MS Found in a Maelstrom"
"Our Saucer Vacation"
"Pipe Dream"
"Psychosis from Space"
"The Reward"
"The Silver Eggheads" (novella, later expanded to book-length)
"Tranquility, Or Else!" aka "The Haunted Future" — Change War story
1960
"Deadly Moon"
"Mariana"
"The Night of the Long Knives" aka "The Wolf Pair"
"The Oldest Soldier" — Change War story
"Rats of Limbo"
"Schizo Jimmie"
"When the Sea-King's Away" — Fafhrd & Gray Mouser story
1961
"All the Weed in the World"
"The Beat Cluster"
"The Goggles of Dr. Dragonet"
"Hatchery of Dreams"
"Kreativity for Kats" — Gummitch story
"Scream Wolf"
"Scylla's Daughter" — Fafhrd & Gray Mouser story
"A Visitor from Back East"
1962
"The 64-Square Madhouse"
"The Big Engine" (shortened revision of "You're All Alone")
"A Bit of the Dark World"
"The Creature from Cleveland Depths" aka "The Lone Wolf"
"The Man Who Made Friends with Electricity"
"Mirror"
"The Moriarty Gambit"
"The Secret Songs"
"The Snowbank Orbit"
"The Thirteenth Step"
"The Unholy Grail" — Fafhrd & Gray Mouser story
1963
"237 Talking Statues, Etc."
"Bazaar of the Bizarre" — Fafhrd & Gray Mouser story
"The Casket-Demon"
"The Cloud of Hate" — Fafhrd & Gray Mouser story
"Crimes Against Passion"
"Dr. Adams' Garden of Evil"
"Game for Motel Room"
"A Hitch in Space"
"Kindergarten"
"Myths My Great-Granddaughter Taught Me"
"No Great Magic" — Change War story
"The Spider"
"Success"
"X Marks the Pedwalk"
1964
"Be of Good Cheer"
"The Black Gondolier"
"Lie Still, Snow White"
"The Lords of Quarmall" (with Harry O. Fischer) — Fafhrd & Gray Mouser story
"Midnight in the Mirror World"
"When the Change-Winds Blow" — Change War story
1965
"Cyclops"
"Far Reach to Cygnus"
"Four Ghosts in Hamlet"
"The Good New Days"
"Knight's Move" aka "Knight to Move" — Change War story
"Moon Duel"
"Stardock" — Fafhrd & Gray Mouser story
1966
"The Crystal Prison"
"Sunk Without Trace"
"To Arkham and the Stars" — a Cthulhu Mythos story
1967
"Answering Service"
"Black Corridor" — Change War story
"Gonna Roll the Bones" - winner of Hugo and Nebula awards.
"The Inner Circles" aka "The Winter Flies"
1968
"Crazy Annaoj"
"In the Witch's Tent" — Fafhrd & Gray Mouser story
"One Station of the Way"
"A Specter is Haunting Texas"
"The Square Root of Brain"
"Their Mistress, the Sea" — Fafhrd & Gray Mouser story
"The Turned-off Heads"
"The Two Best Thieves in Lankhmar" — Fafhrd & Gray Mouser story
"When Brahma Wakes"
"The Wrong Branch" — Fafhrd & Gray Mouser story
1969
"Endfray of the Ofay"
"Richmond, Late September, 1849"
"Ship of Shadows"
"When They Openly Walk"
1970
"America the Beautiful"
"The Circle Curse" — Fafhrd & Gray Mouser story
"Ill Met in Lankhmar" — Fafhrd & Gray Mouser story
"The Price of Pain-Ease" — Fafhrd & Gray Mouser story
"The Snow Women" — Fafhrd & Gray Mouser story
1971
"Gold, Black, and Silver"
1972
"Another Cask of Wine"
"The Bump"
"Day Dark, Night Bright"
"The Lotus Eaters"
1973
"The Bait" — Fafhrd & Gray Mouser story
"Cat Three"
"The Sadness of the Executioner" — Fafhrd & Gray Mouser story
"Trapped in the Shadowland" — Fafhrd & Gray Mouser story
1974
"Beauty and the Beasts" — Fafhrd & Gray Mouser story
"Cat's Cradle" — Gummitch story
"Do You Know Dave Wenzel?"
"Midnight by the Morphy Watch"
"Mysterious Doings in the Metropolitan Museum"
"WaIF"
1975
"Belsen Express"
"Catch That Zeppelin!"
"The Glove"
"Night Passage"
"Trapped in the Sea of Stars" — Fafhrd & Gray Mouser story
"Under the Thumbs of the Gods" — Fafhrd & Gray Mouser story
1976
"Dark Wings"
"The Death of Princes"
"The Eeriest Ruined Dawn World"
"The Frost Monstreme" — Fafhrd & Gray Mouser story
"The Terror from the Depths" — a Cthulhu Mythos story
1977
"The Princess in the Tower 250,000 Miles High"
"Rime Isle" — Fafhrd & Gray Mouser story
"A Rite of Spring"
"Sea Magic" — Fafhrd & Gray Mouser story
1978
"Black Glass"
"The Mer She" — Fafhrd & Gray Mouser story
1979
"The Button Molder"
"The Man Who Was Married to Space and Time"
1980
"The Repair People"
1981
"The Great San Francisco Glacier"
1982
"Horrible Imaginings"
"The Moon Porthole"
1983
"The Cat Hotel" — Gummitch story
"The Curse of the Smalls and the Stars" — Fafhrd & Gray Mouser story
1984
"Black Has Its Charms"
"The Ghost Light"
1988
"The Mouser Goes Below" — Fafhrd & Gray Mouser story
"Slack Lankhmar Afternoon Featuring Hisvet" — Fafhrd & Gray Mouser story
1990
"Replacement for Wilmer: A Ghost Story"
1993
"Thrice the Brinded Cat"
2002
"The Enormous Bedroom"

The short story A Pail of Air by Fritz Leiber, which appeared on the radio show X Minus One in March 1956, is narrated by a boy living on Earth after it has been torn from the Suns gravity and captured by a passing dark star. The story is... James Sallis (born 21 December 1944 in Helena, Arkansas) is an author, musician, and respiratory therapist best known for his series of crime novels featuring the character Lew Griffin and set in New Orleans, LA. ... Frank Morrison Spillane (March 9, 1918 – July 17, 2006), better known as Mickey Spillane, was an American author of crime novels, many featuring his signature detective character, Mike Hammer. ... Bazaar of the Bizarre is a sword and sorcery novelette by Fritz Leiber, and part of the canon of stories chronicling his adventurous duo, Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser. ... To Arkham and the Stars is a short story written by Fritz Leiber in the Cthulhu Mythos genre of horror fiction. ... Gonna Roll the Bones is a short story by Fritz Leiber, in which Joe Slattermill plays craps with Death. ... Ill Met in Lankhmar is a novella by Fritz Leiber, recounting the meeting and teaming-up of his adventurous duo, Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser. ... The Snow Women is a sword and sorcery novella by Fritz Leiber, recounting the early history of Fafhrd, a future member of the adventurous duo, Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser. ... The Terror from the Depths is a short story written by Fritz Leiber, part of the Cthulhu Mythos genre of horror fiction. ...

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An interesting feature of The Big Time is that though it is about a war between two factions changing and rechanging history throughout the Universe, all the action takes place in a small bubble of isolated space-time, about the size of a theatrical stage, with only a handful of characters.
(Fafhrd was based on Leiber himself and the Mouser on his friend Harry Fischer.) Although in many ways the stories now appear somewhat clichéd, these stories were, in fact, the progenitors of many of the tropes of the sword and sorcery genre.
Leiber had married Jonquil Stephens on January 16, 1936, and their son Justin Fritz Leiber[?] was born in 1938.
Fritz Leiber - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (999 words)
Leiber married Jonquil Stephens on January 16, 1936, and their son Justin Fritz Leiber was born in 1938.
Leiber was heavily influenced by H.P. Lovecraft and Robert Graves in the first two decades of his career.
Many people believed that Leiber was living in poverty on skid row, but the truth of the matter was that Leiber preferred to live simply in the city, spending his money on dining, movies and travel.
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