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The Best of Fritz Leiber

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Fritz Leiber's work bridges the gap between the pulp era of H. P. Lovecraft and the Paperback era of Philip K. Dick, and arguably, is as influential as both these authors. From a historical context, Leiber in fact knew both of the authors, and his work can be seen as a bridge connecting the many different flavors of genres of science fiction, fantasy, and horror.
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Published June 1st 1997 by Amereon Limited (first published January 1st 1974)
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Nandakishore Varma
Fritz Leiber is a legendary name in science fiction and fantasy, up there among the stars with the likes of Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke et al. I do not know whether the present book includes his best (since the author has endorsed it himself, it should), but it does have some fantastic stories.

Leiber calls himself a “Science Fantasy” writer in the introduction: it seems an apt term, because there is nary a hard SF story in the whole volume, and many of them are outright fantasies. The author
Some classic SF short stories. "Gonna Roll the Bones" is roughly The Seventh Seal with craps instead of chess... an effective piece of magical realism that won him a Nebula. But my favorite is "A Pail of Air", a kind of "Little House in Near Interstellar Space". The Earth has somehow been pulled out of its orbit, and the outdoor temperature has dropped to a few degrees Kelvin. All the atmosphere has frozen and is lying on the ground, layered according to the condensation points of its different ...more
Steve Merrick
Fritz Leiber is long gone now, but the language and writing style are as mind blowing as some of the subjects and concepts he was playing with. The stories in this compilation literally cut across his entire career from 1944 through to 1970. Using words like enjoyable or engrossing really don't cut it for a review of this book. It's intoxicating, It's addictive, and like much of his other work its in a class of its own.

Trust me and read it.

Note; Just saw that it has no author written in the box
Ketan Shah
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A good collection of Fritz Leiber's short stories from 1944 to 1970.He easily skips between the fantasy,SF and horror genres with some standout stories. Marianna is like a proto Philip K Dick story,while the Man who Never Grew Youngreads like vintage Ray Bradbury.My personal favourite is the whimsical yet sad Space Time for Springers,which makes Leiber the only writer I know,other than Cordwainer Smith,to incorporate cats and SF into surprisingly compelling stories.My other favourite is Coming A ...more
(FIRST READING: * * * * *)

My favorites here: "The Man Who Never Grew Young," "The Ship Sails At Midnight" (very intriguing indeed, although I didn't recall it from my previous reading), "Coming Attraction" (of course), "A Pail of Air" and "Mariana." A coupla duds too ("The Enchanted Forest" and "The Foxholes of Mars"). Fortunately they didn't include any of that Grey Mouser stuff. Rather goofy and blathering intro by Poul Anderson.
I've not read much Leiber before but I'm really glad I picked up this volume (another of the many that I got from Jonathan). It presents Leiber's pick of his short stories from when he started writing in the '40s to the book's publication in the '70s, with the bulk of the selection being from the '50s.

Some of the writing reminded me heavily (and in a good way) of Ray Bradbury. He has the same fun with language and the stories tend to linger in the mind. His dystopian visions of future America's
Leiber is quite the writer. The three-star rating really does his writing no justice, but the content itself, a bit uneven is what drives me to rate it so. It started at a nice trot with an interesting take on gambling in a fantasy-land, but some stories sauntered while others galloped. "A Pail of Air" and "The Man Who Never Grew Young" are stand-outs in particular, a fresh perspective on science fiction and fantasy that is rarely seen in this sort of anthology. Others, however, seemed a bit sho ...more
I generally didn't dislike any of the stories in this collection, but they didn't all astound me like I was hoping. Some of that is probably because these were primarily Lieber's more science fiction (or science fantasy, as he calls them in the afterword) works instead of his ghost stories or dark fantasies like the Fafrd and the Grey Mouser stories. There were a few, like The Long Walk, that I really liked though, and Poor Superman I decided I especially liked after I found out it was based on ...more
Norman Howe
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Here is a set of stories from the golden age of science fiction. If you enjoy science fiction with a definite 1960s flavor to it then I recommend this book. All of the stories in it are unique and interesting as well as wonderfully entertaining. I would recommend borrowing this book though rather than buying a copy since most of the stories are built around mysterious elements that, once revealed, lower the re-read value of those stories.
Lieber is another SF author with whom I am/was woefully under-acquainted.
I'd read "Roll the Bones" in Dangerous Visions some time ago, and "Pail of Air" in some school anthology many moons ago & a couple of other stories seemed vaguely familiar. Good, dark stories with the occasional twist. Reminded me a bit of Sturgeon, for the most part. Definitely someone I'll have to explore further.

[from my book lover's journal; presumably written months after reading it]
I took this one back to the library too soon, but i liked at least one of the stories enough to recall its title & plot: "A Pail Full of Air" (or is it "Bucket"?). I also remembered one about the magic inkspot/phrase/beat.
Kevin Brown
I have not liked Leiber's award winning SF: The Wanderer was awful and The Big Time mediocre. This collection of short stories was more enjoyable, and gave me hope for Fafhrd and Gray Mouser (what I have heard is his best).
Allen Houston
I've tried several times to "get into" Fritz Leiber. Another failed attempt. I like pulp writers. This one isn't my cup of tea. There's always next time.
I can't review Fritz Leiber. I can gush a bit, though. Arguably one of the best if not the best f/sf writer to emerge from the late pulp tradition.
Alan Edwards
A collection of some of the best short stories by one of the best-ever sci-fi and fantasy authors. I can't recommend it enough.
Ralph McEwen
There are several very good stories and a couple of just strange mind twisters but no bad tales. I enjoyed this book.
Mark Dickson
One of the essential read authors of this genre.
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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 ...more
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