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Power & Light (The Collected Stories of Roger Zelazny #2)

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The second in a six-volume series, Volume 2: Power & Light covers the mid 1960s, Zelazny's most prolific period, where he continued to incorporate mainstream literary qualities and added a wealth of mythological elements into powerful stories such as "The Furies," "For a Breath I Tarry," "This Moment of the Storm," "Comes Now the Power," "Auto-Da-Fé," and the Hugo-win ...more
Hardcover, 576 pages
Published February 14th 2009 by NESFA Press
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Roger Zelazny deserves every bit of his status as a legendary SFF author. At his best (which he often was - see Lord of Light), his prose verged on poetry without ever losing its readability. His short fiction (gathered in several partial collections over the years) was as good, if not better. So, running across a complete collection of his short works is as exciting to an SF fan as finding that a (more) affordable version of the [Jack] Vance Integral Edition is be
Awesome, amazing. If you know me, you wouldn't expect me to say much else about anything Zelazny (although I still have not read Lord Demon, and I'm not sure about other collaborations, either). I'm going to try to be level-headed while I write about this book, but it's going to get effusive.

I'll start with what I can say is less than perfect. Some of the stories did not wow me a whole lot. They are still fun, but Zelazny often goes past just amusement for me. His stories often resonate, they st
As I said in my recap of the first volume of this series, everything is awesome, especially the notes after each story that give some insight into Zelazny’s writing. Also, the biographical stuff and the speeches and essays at the end are great.

With that out of the way, here’s a list of all the stories in the book (not including poetry/articles/whatever). I’ve bolded the ones I felt stood out.

The Furies
The Salvation of Faust
The New Pleasure
The Monster and the Maiden
For a Breath I Tarry
Nicholas Whyte[return][return]This is the second volume in the NESFA series collecting Zelazny's writings, again edited by David G. Grubbs, Christopher S. Kovacs and Ann Crimmins. I had high praise for the first of these; the second didn't grab me quite as much. Almost half of it is occupied by the original "...And Call Me Conrad" text of This Immortal, a separately published chapter of Lord of Light, and the first few Dilvish stories, which is I suppose necessary for ...more
Riju Ganguly
Rather than going into analytical discussions into the "where & how" of me getting switched off while reading these stories, I would like to state that I am deeply regretting the whimsical decision taken about purchasing the first couple of volumes of collected shorter works of this very-very highly regarded author without sampling some of it first. In American coloquolism, it is the absence of this "rain check" that forced me to try to read some highly literate, and yet exquisitely boring ( ...more
Pretty much the same opinion as when I read Volume 1, although this volume had the book, "And Call Me Conrad", as originally serialized, which was interesting and gave me the chance to get more of an sense of the characters, as opposed to his short stories. Nice for a novice like me, but maybe not so interesting for fans who have read all his work already.

Enjoyed Volume 4 the best so far
This is a really great read, don't pass it by if you're a Zelazny fan. It contains previously unpublished stories, and lots of short pieces by the author about writing, things he enjoyed reading, how his writing process worked, a definite must read for Zelazny fans, or for people who want to write sf.
It was a fantastic look at Zelazny's work & the editors did a wonderful job of gathering information about his motives, moods & intentions for some of his best pieces. Also included were many unpublished, but wonderful stories. I even liked some of the poetry. A must-read for any Zelazny fan.
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Roger Zelazny made his name with a group of novellas which demonstrated just how intense an emotional charge could be generated by the stock imagery of sf; the most famous of these is 'A Rose for Ecclesiastes' in which a poet struggles to convince dying and sterile Martians that life is worth continuing. Zelazny continued to write excellent short stories throughout his career. Most of his novels d ...more
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