Fritz Leiber

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

September 05, 1992



Fritz Reuter Leiber Jr. 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 ...more

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Swords and Deviltry (Fafhrd...

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Swords Against Death (Fafhr...

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Swords Against Wizardry (Fa...

4.11 avg rating — 3,936 ratings — published 1968 — 43 editions
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Swords in the Mist (Fafhrd ...

4.07 avg rating — 4,217 ratings — published 1968 — 47 editions
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The Swords of Lankhmar (Faf...

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Ill Met in Lankhmar (Fafhrd...

4.16 avg rating — 2,700 ratings — published 1970 — 11 editions
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Swords and Ice Magic (Fafhr...

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The Wanderer

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The Big Time

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The First Book of Lankhmar ...

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“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

“There are vampires and vampires, and not all of them suck blood.”
Fritz Leiber, The Girl with the Hungry Eyes, and Other Stories

“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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