Fritz Leiber

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Fritz Leiber

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born
in Chicago, Illinois, The United States
December 24, 1910

died
September 05, 1992

gender
male

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influences


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Fritz Leiber was one of the more interesting of the young writers who came into HP Lovecraft's orbit, and some of his best early short fiction is horror rather than sf or fantasy. He found his mature voice early in the first of the sword-and-sorcery adventures featuring the large sensitive barbarian Fafhrd and the small street-smart-ish Gray Mouser; he returned to this series at various points in his career, using it sometimes for farce and sometimes for gloomy mood pieces--The Swords of Lankhmar is perhaps the best single volume of their adventures. Leiber's science fiction includes the planet-smashing The Wanderer in which a large cast mostly survive flood, fire, and the sexual attentions of feline aliens, and the satirical A Spectre is H ...more


Average rating: 3.99 · 58,003 ratings · 2,785 reviews · 522 distinct works · Similar authors
Swords and Deviltry (Fafhrd...
3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 6,385 ratings — published 1970 — 62 editions
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Swords Against Death (Fafhr...
4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 4,186 ratings — published 1970 — 48 editions
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Swords Against Wizardry (Fa...
4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 2,543 ratings — published 1968 — 34 editions
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Swords in the Mist (Fafhrd ...
4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 2,654 ratings — published 1968 — 14 editions
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Ill Met in Lankhmar (Fafhrd...
4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 1,868 ratings — published 1970 — 8 editions
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The Swords of Lankhmar (Faf...
4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 1,805 ratings — published 1968 — 36 editions
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Swords and Ice Magic (Fafhr...
3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 1,785 ratings — published 1977 — 32 editions
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The Wanderer
3.49 of 5 stars 3.49 avg rating — 1,733 ratings — published 1964 — 39 editions
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The First Book of Lankhmar
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The Big Time
3.29 of 5 stars 3.29 avg rating — 1,699 ratings — published 1958 — 66 editions
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Swords and Deviltry Swords Against Death Swords in the Mist Swords Against Wizardry The Swords of Lankhmar Swords and Ice Magic The Knight and Knave of Swords
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“There are vampires and vampires, and not all of them suck blood.”
Fritz Leiber, The Girl with the Hungry Eyes

“The dark dangerous forest is still there, my friends. Beyond the space of the astronauts and the astronomers, beyond the dark, tangled regions of Freudian and Jungian psychiatry, beyond the dubious psi-realms of Dr. Rhine, beyond the areas policed by the commissars and priests and motivations-research men, far, far beyond the mad, beat, half-hysterical laughter... the utterly unknown still is and the eerie and ghostly lurk, as much wrapped in mystery as ever.”
Fritz Leiber

“The result is ... that there's no room left in the world for the weird – though plenty for crude, contemptuous, wisecracking, fun-poking imitations of it.”
Fritz Leiber, Heroes and Horrors

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