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Last Exit to Babylon (The Collected Stories of Roger Zelazny #4)

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The fourth in a six-volume series, Volume 4: Last Exit to Babylon contains Zelazny's short works from the late 1970s and early 1980s when Zelazny's popularity opened new markets for his work. He continued to produce highly-crafted stories, such as the popular "The Last Defender of Camelot," the Hugo-winning "Unicorn Variation," and the Hugo and Nebula-winning "Home is the...more
Hardcover, 576 pages
Published July 1st 2009 by NESFA Press
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An excellent read. If you love Zelazny's writing, this is a must-have. While much of the book is stuff I've read before, the explanations of how the stories came to be written, what Zelazny was thinking & all were just fantastic. At the end, there is a section that gave me surprise as it went through book after book with a lot of background I'd never read anywhere before about some favorite books like "Jack of Shadows" & "Changeling".

The two introductory pieces, one by Brust & the o...more
As I said in my recap of the first three volumes 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.

My Name Is Legion: Précis
The Eve of RUMOKO (series: My Name Is Legion)
I think out of the volumes read so far, I like this one the best. The stories tend to be longer, and some sequential stories of characters (Dilvish and Legion) are included, so you get more of a sense of their stories than simply a brief vignette or mere glimpse of a larger picture. It seems that that was what Zelazny was going for technique-wise in many cases, and he did it well but, for me, rather less satisifying on a story level. I am still enjoying the notes at the end of the pieces and abo...more
Read just "Last Exit to Babylon"... Loved it! ;-)
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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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