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Interviews

Quotes

I see myself as a novelist, period. I mean, the material I work with is what is classified as science fiction and fantasy, and I really don't think about these things when I'm writing. I'm just thinking about telling a story and developing my characters.
Roger Zelazny "A Conversation With Roger Zelazny" (8 April 1978), talking with Terry Dowling and Keith Curtis in Science Fiction Vol. 1, #2 (June 1978)
The work ... abounds in literary, historical and mythological allusions. The sensitivities revealed are far-ranging, capable of fine psychological and sociological analysis, and are as responsive to the contemporary as to the traditional... There is no other writer who, dealing with the struggle between life and death on such a fantastically rarefied level can evoke so much hunger for the stuff of living itself.
Samuel R. Delany talking about Zelazny in his book, The Jewel-hinged Jaw: Notes on the Language of Science Fiction (1977)


Bibliography

Novels


Series

Amber:
Corwin narrating:






Merlin takes up the narrative:

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Sign of Chaos (1987)
by Roger Zelazny
Amber #8
Paperback, Audio


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Omnibus Amber books 1-10:


Amber novels

While his earlier works won greater critical acclaim, Zelazny is probably best known for the Amber novels. These fall into two distinct series of novels, together with a set of short stories.

The first five books describe the adventures of Prince Corwin of Amber:

The second series tells the story of Corwin's son Merlin (Merle), a wizard and computer expert. These volumes are:

Zelazny also wrote several short stories set in the Amber multiverse. These include:

  • 1993 "Prologue to Trumps of Doom"
  • 1994 "The Salesman's Tale"
  • 1994 "The Shroudling and The Guisel"
  • 1995 "Coming to a Cord"
  • 1995 "Blue Horse, Dancing Mountains"
  • 1996 "Hall of Mirrors"
  • 2005 "A Secret of Amber" [story fragment co-written with Ed Greenwood, published in Amberzine #12-15]

The middle five of these seven short stories form one tale, taking place after Prince of Chaos.

All 10 novels have been published in a single omnibus form as The Great Book of Amber and six of the seven short stories have been collected in Manna from Heaven.

Zelazny also contributed to a spin-off work, The Visual Guide to Castle Amber (1988) which was a reference work detailing biographies of the Amber characters and a detailed guide to Castle Amber itself. This was written by Neil Randall and illustrated by Todd Cameron Hamilton and James Clouse.

John Betancourt has written a series of novels set in the Amber multiverse. Betancourt's series tells the story of Corwin's father Oberon, a wizard and shapeshifter. It is set several centuries before Nine Princes in Amber. That the Zelazny estate authorized the series has caused some controversy; see The Chronicles of Amber for more details.

An interactive fiction computer game based on Nine Princes in Amber was released by Telarium in 1987. The Amber novels also inspired a unique role-playing game, lacking any random element: Amber Diceless Roleplaying, published by Phage Press.

Other novels

Collaborations

Posthumous collaborations

Two books begun by Zelazny were completed by companion and novelist Jane Lindskold after Zelazny's death:

Also, the adventure game Chronomaster (developed by DreamForge Intertainment, published by IntraCorp in 1996) was designed by Zelazny and Jane Lindskold (who also finished it after his death).

Collections

Poetry collections

Chapbooks

Anthologies

Zelazny was also a contributor to the Wild Cards shared world anthology series, following the exploits of his character Croyd Crenson, the Sleeper.

Zelazny created the Alien Speedway series of novels (Clypsis by Jeffrey A. Carver, Pitfall and The Web by Thomas Wylde) which appeared between 1986-87. His own story "Deadboy Donner and the Filstone Cup" appears to have been inspired by the outline that he wrote for Alien Speedway.

Zelazny created and edited a shared world anthology called Forever After. The frame story uses preludes, written by Roger, to connect the stories. This shared world involved stories by Robert Asprin, David Drake, Jane Lindskold, and Michael A. Stackpole. Forever After was published by Baen Books posthumously.

Following Zelazny's death, a tribute anthology entitled Lord of the Fantastic was released. This featured stories inspired by Zelazny, and personal recollections by contributors such as Robert Silverberg, Fred Saberhagen, Jennifer Roberson, Walter Jon Williams, Gregory Benford and many others.

Bibliography from ISFDB

Fiction Series

   * Amber
         o Roger Zelazny’s Visual Guide to Castle Amber (1988) with Neil Randall and Todd Cameron Hamilton
         o The Great Book of Amber: The Amber Chronicles 1-10 (1999) [O/10N]
         o Amber Collector’s Series II (2004)
         o Amber Collector’s Series III (2004)
         o Amber Collector’s Series IV (2004) 
         o Chronicles of Amber (Corwin)
               + The Chronicles of Amber Volume 1 (1979) [O/1,2]
               + The Chronicles of Amber Volume 2 (1979) [O/3-5]
               + The First Chronicles of Amber (1999) [O/1-5]
                     # Variant Title: The Chronicles of Amber (2003) [O/1-5] 
               + 1 Nine Princes in Amber (1970)
               + 2 The Guns of Avalon (1972)
               + 3 Sign of the Unicorn (1975)
                     # Magazine/Anthology Appearances:
                     # Sign of the Unicorn (Part 1 of 3) (1975)
                     # Sign of the Unicorn (Part 2 of 3) (1975)
                     # Sign of the Unicorn (Part 3 of 3) (1975) 
               + 4 The Hand of Oberon (1976)
                     # Magazine/Anthology Appearances:
                     # The Hand of Oberon (Part 1 of 3) (1976)
                     # The Hand of Oberon (Part 2 of 3) (1976)
                     # The Hand of Oberon (Part 3 of 3) (1976) 
               + 5 The Courts of Chaos (1978)
                     # Magazine/Anthology Appearances:
                     # The Courts of Chaos (Part 1 of 3) (1977)
                     # The Courts of Chaos (Part 2 of 3) (1977)
                     # The Courts of Chaos (Part 3 of 3) (1978) 
         o Merlin
               + Trumps of Doom (1985)
               + Blood of Amber (1986)
               + Sign of Chaos (1987)
               + Knight of Shadows (1989)
               + Prince of Chaos (1991) 
   * Author's Choice Monthly
         o 27 Gone to Earth (1991) [C] 
   * Bring Me the Head of Prince Charming
         o Bring Me the Head of Prince Charming (1991) with Robert Sheckley
         o If at Faust You Don't Succeed (1993) with Robert Sheckley
         o A Farce to be Reckoned With (1995) with Robert Sheckley 
   * Dilvish
         o Passage to Dilfar (1965) [SF]
         o Thelinde's Song (1965) [SF]
         o The Bells of Shoredan (1966) [SF]
         o A Knight for Merytha (1967) [SF]
         o Garden of Blood (1979) [SF]
         o The White Beast (1979) [SF]
         o The Places of Aache (1980) [SF]
         o The Changing Land (1981)
         o Dilvish, the Damned (1982) [C]
         o A City Divided (1982) [SF]
         o Devil and the Dancer (1982) [SF]
         o Dilvish, the Damned (1982) [SF] 
   * Francis Sandow
         o Isle of the Dead (1969)
         o To Die in Italbar (1973) 
   * Millennium
         o 2 A Dark Traveling (1987)
               + Variant Title: A Dark Travelling (UK) (1987) 
   * Wizard World
         o Wizard World (1991) [O]
         o 1 Changeling (1980)
         o 2 Madwand (1981) 

Novels

   * This Immortal (1966)
         o Variant Title: ...And Call Me Conrad (1965) 
   * The Dream Master (1966)
   * Lord of Light (1967)
   * Damnation Alley (1969)
         o Variant Title: Survival Run (unpublished) 
   * Creatures of Light and Darkness (1969)
   * Jack of Shadows (1971)
         o Magazine/Anthology Appearances:
         o Jack of Shadows (Part 1 of 2) (1971)
         o Jack of Shadows (Part 2 of 2) (1971) 
   * Today We Choose Faces (1973)
   * Deus Irae (1976) with Philip K. Dick
   * Doorways in the Sand (1976)
         o Magazine/Anthology Appearances:
         o Doorways in the Sand (Part 1 of 3) (1975)
         o Doorways in the Sand (Part 2 of 3) (1975)
         o Doorways in the Sand (Part 3 of 3) (1975) 
   * Bridge of Ashes (1976)
   * Roadmarks (1979)
   * Eye of Cat (1982)
   * Coils (1982) with Fred Saberhagen
   * The Black Throne (1990) with Fred Saberhagen
   * The Mask of Loki (1990) with Thomas T. Thomas
   * Flare (1992) with Thomas T. Thomas
   * A Night in the Lonesome October (1993)
   * Donnerjack (1997) with Jane Lindskold
   * Psycho Shop (1998) with Alfred Bester
   * Lord Demon (1999) with Jane Lindskold 

Collections

   * Four for Tomorrow (1967)
   * A Rose for Ecclesiastes (1969)
   * The Doors of His Face, the Lamps of His Mouth and Other Stories (1971)
   * Poems (1974)
   * My Name Is Legion (1976)
   * The Illustrated Roger Zelazny (1978)
   * The Last Defender of Camelot (1980)
   * When Pussywillows Last in the Catyard Bloomed (1980)
   * To Spin is Miracle Cat (1981)
   * A Rhapsody in Amber (1981)
   * Unicorn Variations (1983)
   * Frost and Fire (1989)
   * Hymn to the Sun An Imitation (1996)
   * Manna from Heaven (2004) 

Omnibus

   * Today We Choose Faces / Bridge of Ashes (1981) [O]
   * Isle of the Dead / Eye of Cat (2001) [O]
   * To Die in Italbar/A Dark Travelling (2003) [O] 

Serials

   * He Who Shapes (Part 1 of 2) (1965)
   * He Who Shapes (Part 2 of 2) (1965)
   * . . . And Call Me Conrad (Part 1 of 2) (1965)
   * . . . And Call Me Conrad (Part 2 of 2) (1965) 

Anthology Series

   * Nebula Awards
         o 3 Nebula Award Stories 3 (1968) 

Anthologies

   * He Who Shapes / The Infinity Box (1989) with Kate Wilhelm
   * Elegy for Angels and Dogs / The Graveyard Heart (1990) with Walter Jon Williams
   * Home Is the Hangman / We, in Some Strange Power's Employ, Move on a Rigorous Line (1990) with Samuel R. Delany
   * Forever After (1995)
   * Wheel of Fortune (1995)
   * Warriors of Blood and Dream (1995) with Martin H. Greenberg
   * The Williamson Effect (1996) 

Nonfiction

   * Foreword (1984) 

Nongenre

   * Wilderness (1994) with Gerald Hausman 

Shortfiction

   * Passion Play (1962)
   * Horseman! (1962)
   * The Teachers Rode a Wheel of Fire (1962)
   * Moonless in Byzantium (1962)
   * The Stainless Steel Leech (1963) [as by Harrison Denmark ]
   * A Thing of Terrible Beauty (1963) [as by Harrison Denmark ]
   * Mine is the Kingdom (1963) [as by Harrison Denmark ]
   * Monologue for Two (1963) [as by Harrison Denmark ]
   * On the Road to Splenoba (1963)
   * Final Dining (1963)
   * The Borgia Hand (1963)
   * Nine Starships Waiting (1963)
   * Circe Has Her Problems (1963)
   * The Malatesta Collection (1963)
   * Threshold of the Prophet (1963)
   * A Museum Piece (1963)
   * The Misfit (1963)
   * King Solomon's Ring (1963)
   * A Rose for Ecclesiastes (1963)
   * The Great Slow Kings (1963)
   * He Who Shapes (1964)
         o Magazine/Anthology Appearances:
         o He Who Shapes (Part 1 of 2) (1965)
         o He Who Shapes (Part 2 of 2) (1965) 
   * The Night Has 999 Eyes (1964)
   * The Graveyard Heart (1964)
   * Collector's Fever (1964)
   * Lucifer (1964)
   * The Salvation of Faust (1964)
   * The Monster and the Maiden (1964)
   * But Not the Herald (1965)
   * The Doors of His Face, the Lamps of His Mouth (1965)
   * Devil Car (1965)
   * Of Time and the Yan (1965)
   * The Furies (1965)
   * Comes Now the Power (1966)
   * Love is an Imaginary Number (1966)
   * For a Breath I Tarry (1966)
   * This Moment of the Storm (1966)
   * The Keys to December (1966)
   * Divine Madness (1966)
   * Auto-Da-Fé (1967)
   * A Hand Across the Galaxy (1967)
   * This Mortal Mountain (1967)
   * Dawn (1967)
   * The Man Who Loved the Faioli (1967)
   * Death and the Executioner (1967)
   * In the House of the Dead (Excerpt from Creatures of Light and Darkness) (1967)
   * Angel, Dark Angel (1967)
   * Damnation Alley (1967)
   * The Last Inn on the Road (1967) with Dannie Plachta
   * Corrida (1968)
   * He That Moves (1968)
   * Dismal Light (1968)
   * Song of the Blue Baboon (1968)
   * Creatures of Light (novel excerpt) (1968)
   * The Eve of RUMOKO (1969)
   * The Steel General (Excerpt) (1969)
   * Creatures of Darkness (Excerpt) (1969)
   * Come to Me Not in Winter's White (1969) with Harlan Ellison
   * The Year of the Good Seed (1969) with Dannie Plachta
   * My Lady of the Diodes (1970)
   * 'Kjwalll'kje'k'koothaïlll'kje'k (1973)
         o Variant Title: 'Kjwalll'kje'k'koothailll'kje'k (1973)
         o Variant Title: 'Kjwalll'kje'k'koothai'lll'kje'k (1976) 
   * The Engine at Heartspring's Center (1974)
   * The Game of Blood and Dust (1975)
   * Home is the Hangman (1975)
   * The Force That Through the Circuit Drives the Current (1976)
   * Is There a Demon Lover in the House? (1977)
   * No Award (1977)
   * Shadowjack (1978)
   * A Rose for Ecclesiastes (illustrated) (1978) with Gray Morrow
   * Shadowjack (illustrated) (1978) with Gray Morrow
   * The Doors of His Face, the Lamps of His Mouth (illustrated) (1978) with Gray Morrow
   * The Furies (illustrated) (1978) with Gray Morrow
   * Stand Pat, Ruby Stone (1978)
   * Halfjack (1979)
   * The Last Defender of Camelot (1979)
   * Go Starless in the Night (1979)
   * Exeunt Omnes (1980)
   * Fire and/or Ice (1980)
   * A Very Good Year (1980)
   * The George Business (1980)
   * And I Only Am Escaped to Tell Thee (1981)
   * The Horses of Lir (1981)
   * The Last of the Wild Ones (1981)
   * Recital (1981)
   * Walpurgisnacht (1981)
   * Tower of Ice (1981)
   * Unicorn Variation (1981)
         o Variant Title: Unicorn Variations (1981)
         o Variant Title: Unicorn Variations (1981) 
   * The Naked Matador (1981)
   * Madwand (excerpt) (1981)
   * Eye of Cat (excerpt) (1982)
   * LOKI 7281 (1984)
   * Mana from Heaven (1984)
   * Itself Surprised (1984)
   * 24 Views of Mt. Fuji, by Hokusai (1985)
   * Prologue from the Trumps of Doom (1985)
   * Dayblood (1985)
   * Dreadsong (1985)
   * The Bands of Titan (1986)
   * Permafrost (1986)
   * Night Kings (1986)
   * The Sleeper (1987)
   * Ashes to Ashes (1987)
   * Quest's End (1987)
   * Concerto for Siren and Serotonin: I (1988)
   * Concerto for Siren and Serotonin: II (1988)
   * Concerto for Siren and Serotonin: III (1988)
   * Concerto for Siren and Serotonin: IV (1988)
   * Concerto for Siren and Serotonin: V (1988)
   * Concerto for Siren and Serotonin: VI (1988)
   * Concerto for Siren and Serotonin: VII (1988)
   * Concerto for Siren and Serotonin: VIII (1988)
   * Deadboy Donner and the Filstone Cup (1988)
   * Kalifriki of the Thread (1989)
   * Concerto for Siren and Serotonin (1990)
   * The Deadliest Game (1990)
   * Come Back to the Killing Ground, Alice, My Love (1992)
   * Flare (excerpt) (1992) with Thomas T. Thomas
   * If at Faust You Don't Succeed (excerpt) (1992) with Robert Sheckley
   * The Long Sleep (1993)
   * Prince of the Powers of This World (1993)
   * The Shroudling and the Guisel (1994)
   * Tunnel Vision (1994)
   * Godson (1994)
   * Coming to a Cord (1995)
   * Blue Horse, Dancing Mountains (1995)
   * Lady of Steel (1995)
   * The Long Crawl of Hugh Glass (1995)
   * Epithalamium (1995)
   * The Three Descents of Jeremy Baker (1995)
   * Prelude the First (Forever After) (1995)
   * Prelude the Second (Forever After) (1995)
   * Prelude the Third (Forever After) (1995)
   * Prelude the Fourth (Forever After) (1995)
   * Postlude (Forever After) (1995)
   * Hall of Mirrors (1996)
   * Lord Demon(Excerpt) (2000) with Jane Lindskold
   * The New Pleasure (2004)
   * The House of the Hanged Man (2004)
   * Stowaway (2004)
   * The Salesman's Tale (2004) 

Poems

   * The De-Synonymization of Winter (unknown)
   * Braxa (1963)
   * Future, Be Not Impatient (1964)
   * Somewhere a Piece of Colored Light (1964)
   * Flight (1964)
   * Our Wintered Way Through Evening, and Burning Bushes Along It (1964)
   * In the Dogged House (1964)
   * The Man Without a Shadow (1965)
   * Brahman Trimurti (1966)
   * Southern Cross (Elegy, Hart Crane) (1966)
         o Variant Title: Cross Caribbean (1966) 
   * What is Left When the Soul is Sold (1967)
   * Thoughts of the Jupiterian Frantifier Fish... (1968)
   * Thundershoon (1969)
   * Dark Horse Shadow (1969)
   * Lobachevsky's Eyes (1976)
   * Ducks (1978)
   * Tryptych (1981)
   * Night of Fisting (1981)
   * Rodin's 'The Kiss' (1981)
   * Chorus Mysticus (1981)
   * Spinning the Day Through My Head (1981)
   * Friend (1981)
   * Nameless Grave by a Nameless Sea, Probably Greek (1981)
   * Shadows (1981)
   * Sentiments with Numbers (1981)
   * I Walked Beyond the Mirror (1981)
   * Dreamscape (1981)
   * Philip K. Dick (1981)
   * To Spin is Miracle Cat (1981)
   * Locker Room (1981)
   * Song (1981)
   * Sonnet, Anyone? (1981)
   * Spring Morning: Missive (1981)
   * Augury (1981)
   * To His Morbid Mistress (1981)
   * Evangel (1981)
   * 555-1212 (1981)
   * Hands (1981)
   * Wall (1981)
   * Torlin Dragonson (1981)
   * Paranoid Game (1981)
   * Riptide (1981)
   * Awakening (1981)
   * Nuages (1981)
   * Cactus King (1981)
   * Testament (1981)
   * Storm and Sunrise (1981)
   * From a Seat in the Chill Park (1981)
   * Paintpot (1981)
   * The Last (1981)
   * St. Secaire's (1981)
   * Iceage (1981)
   * The God and Frustrate Shrine (1981)
   * The Game's Thirteenth Strike (1981)
   * Storm (1981)
   * Then, Again (1981)
   * Dance (1981) 

Essays

   * In Praise of His Spirits Noble and Otherwise (1967)
   * Introduction (A Private Cosmos) (1968)
   * Afterword (Nebula Award Stories No. 3) (1968)
   * Introduction (Nebula Award Stories No. 3) (1968)
   * Author's Choice (1973)
   * J. R. R. Tolkien [appreciation] (1973)
   * Letter (The Alien Critic #7) (1973)
   * An Introduction (Philip K. Dick: Electric Shepherd) (1975)
   * An Essay in Amber (1975)
   * Forum: Some Science Fiction Parameters: A Biased View (1975)
   * Letter (Science Fiction Review #21) (1977)
   * Foreword (Rooms of Paradise) (1978)
   * The Parts That Are Only Glimpsed: Three Reflexes (1978)
   * Foreword (Other Worlds) (1978)
   * Zelazny Speaks (1978)
   * Prologue (Empire of the East) (1979)
   * Introduction (Timetipping) (1980)
   * Author's Afterword (1980)
   * Introduction (The Last Defender of Camelot) (1980)
   * Introduction (Dark Stars and Other Illuminations) (1981)
   * Philip K. Dick Appreciation (1982)
   * Introduction (Unicorn Variations) (1983)
   * Constructing a Science Fiction Novel (1984)
   * Fantasy and Science Fiction: A Writer's View (1985)
   * The Writer's Life and Uniqueness (1985)
   * Introduction (To Your Scattered Bodies Go) (1986)
   * Introduction (Beyond Lies the Wub) (1987)
   * A Sketch of Their Father (Introduction) (1987)
   * Introduction (Combat Command: In the World of Roger Zelazny's Nine Princes in Amber, The Black Road War) (1988)
   * Response to "The New Generation Gap" (1989)
   * An Exorcism, of Sorts (1989)
   * Introduction (Lucifer) (1989)
   * Read This (The New York Review of Science Fiction, June 1990) (1990)
   * Author's Foreword (1990)
   * Introductions (Facets) (1990)
   * Introduction (Facets) (1991)
   * Introduction: Themes, Variations, and Imitations (1991)
   * How I Spent My Last 30 Years (1992)
   * Introduction (Warriors of Blood and Dream) (1995)
   * Introduction (1995)
   * Introduction (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?) (1996)
   * Foreword (To Reign in Hell) (2000)

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