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Roger Zelazny (May 13, 1937 - June 14, 1995) was a US writer of fantasy and science fiction short stories and novels.
He won the Hugo award six times, including twice for the novels Lord of Light (1968) and ...And Call Me Conrad (1966) which was later published as This Immortal.
Zelazny had a rare gift for conceiving and portraying worlds with plausible magic systems, powers, and supernatural beings. His captivating descriptions of the nuts and bolts of magical workings in his imagined worlds set his writing apart from otherwise similar authors. He was a prolific writer, and with the exception of the Amber novels (and the pairs Madwand/Changeling and Isle of the Dead/To Die in Italbar, which are related), created a completely new setting for each book.
While his earlier works won greater critical acclaim, Zelazny is probably best known for the Amber novels.
These fall into two distinct series.
The first five describe the adventures of Prince Corwin of Amber and comprise:
- 1970 Nine Princes in Amber
- 1972 The Guns of Avalon
- 1975 Sign of the Unicorn
- 1976 The Hand of Oberon
- 1978 The Courts of Chaos
These volumes are:
- 1985 Trumps of Doom
- 1986 Blood of Amber
- 1987 Sign of Chaos
- 1989 Knight of Shadows
- 1991 Prince of Chaos
Other Significant Books
- Creatures of Light and Darkness (1969)
- Isle of the Dead (1969)
- Damnation Alley (1969) (also a film)
- Jack of Shadows (1971)
- Doorways in the Sand (1976)
- Roadmarks (1979)
- Madwand (1981)
- The Changing Land (1981)
- Eye of Cat (1982)
- The Black Throne (1990) (with Fred Saberhagen)
- The Millennium Contest series (with Robert Sheckley):
- Bring Me the Head of Prince Charming (1991)
- If At Faust You Don't Succeed (1993)
- A Farce to Be Reckoned With (1995)
- Flare (1992) (with Thomas Timoux Thomas)