Thursday, March 12, 1970

Author - Leiber, Fritz

Birth: December 24, 1910.

Death: September 5, 1992.

Comments: Fritz Leiber was a prominent author of fantasy and science fiction who won the Hugo award for Best novel twice: Once for The Big Time, and again for The Wanderer. Leiber also won the Hugo award for Best Novella three times for the stories Gonna Roll the Bones (which also won a Nebula award), Ship of Shadows, and Ill Met in Lankhmar. The last of these novella featured the two characters that Leiber is probably most remembered for: Fahfrd and the Grey Mouser, a swashbuckling duo that appeared in dozens of stories and are two of the iconic figures in fantasy fiction - as an example, they clearly served as the inspiration for Gary Gygax's fictional heroes Gord the Rogue and his barbarian friend Chert.

Fritz Leiber the author was actually Fritz Leiber, Jr., and his father, Fritz Lieber, Sr., was a fairly successful actor. The younger Leiber was also an accomplished fencer, a champion chess player, and, like his father, he was an actor. Both Fritz Leiber, Sr. and Fritz Leiber, Jr. can be found on the Internet Movie Database, and the author has his own imdb page.

My reviews of Fritz Leiber's books:
The Big Time

Other books by Fritz Leiber that I have read but not reviewed:

Short fiction by Fritz Leiber appearing in works that I have reviewed:
Gonna Roll the Bones found in More Stories from the Hugo Winners, Volume II
I'm Looking for "Jeff" found in Time Untamed
Ill-Met in Lankhmar found in The Hugo Winners, Volume 3, Book 1
Ship of Shadows found in The Hugo Winners, Volume 3, Book 1

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