Belsen Express Fritz Leiber Bibliography

A quite superb selection. Billed as 50 years of Fritz Leiber many of the stories are uncollected before and the others are classics.

Kirkus Review
The cream of octogenarian Leiber’s fantasies, holding 50 years of stories (44 selections) in one giant volume that can be seen as the capstone of Leiber’s storytelling–although he has written some well-remembered novels (Gather, Darkness and Conjure Wife, filmed excellently as Burn, Witch, Burn). The present collection includes the second earliest swords-and-sorcery fantasy in Leiber’s Grey Mouser and Fafhrd series “”Two Sought Adventure”” (1939) and the latest, “”The Curse of the Smalls and the Stars”” (1983). “”Curse”” may be Fafhrd and Grey Mouser’s swan song, in that they die–for a while. If their deaths turn out to be only flirtations with death, the farewell notes seem to have sounded.

There’s not a dumb story in the book, though some–such as “”Poor Superman,”” the story of a gigantic artificial intelligence–have been outdone by others. Leiber’s classiest acts are here: “”The Automatic Pistol,”” in which a dead hood’s pistol pursues his murderer; “”Smoke Ghost””–a juicy updating of just what a modern ghost should be like (“”A smoky composite face with the hungry anxiety of the unemployed, the neurotic restlessness of the person without purpose, the jerky tension of the high-pressure metropolitan worker. . .the aggressive whine of the panhandler. . .and a thousand other twisted emotional patterns. Each one overlying yet blending with the other, like a pile of semi-transparent masks. . .””); “”Gonna Roll the Bones,”” “”Ship of Shadows,”” “”Ill Met in Lankhmar,”” and the ironic antidefamation fantasy “”Belsen Express””–which is a gasser. Leiber’s best collection ever.

Fritz Leiber 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 A Spectre is Haunting Texas in which a gangling, exo-skeleton-clad actor from the Moon leads a revolution and finds his true love. Leiber's late short fiction, and the fine horror novel Our Lady of Darkness, combine autobiographical issues like his struggle with depression and alcoholism with meditations on the emotional content of the fantastic genres. Leiber's capacity for endless self-reinvention and productive self-examination kept him, until his death, one of the most modern of his sf generation.



Gather, Darkness! (1943)
Destiny Times Three (1945)
Conjure Wife (1953)
The Green Millennium (1953)
The Sinful Ones (1953)
     aka You're All Alone
The Big Time (1957)
The Silver Eggheads (1961)
The Wanderer (1964)
Tarzan and the Valley of Gold (1966)
A Spectre Is Haunting Texas (1968)
Our Lady of Darkness (1977)
Rime Isle (1977)
The Dealings of Daniel Kesserich (1997)
What's He Doing in There? (2011)



Bulls, Blood and Passion / Sinful Ones (1953) (with David Williams)
The Three of Swords (1970)
Destiny Times Three / Riding the Torch (1978) (with Norman Spinrad)
Ill Met in Lankhmar / Fair in Emain Macha (1990)
The Big Time / With No Great Magic! (2010)
You're All Alone / Liquid Man (2010)
Dwellers of the Deep / Night of the Long Knives (2013) (with Don Wilcox)



Night's Black Agents (1947)
The Mind Spider (1961)
Shadows with Eyes (1962)
A Pail of Air (1964)
Ships to the Stars (1964)
The Night of the Wolf (1966)
The Secret Songs (1968)
Night Monsters (1969)
The Book of Fritz Leiber (1974)
The Best of Fritz Leiber (1974)
The Second Book of Fritz Leiber (1975)
The Worlds of Fritz Leiber (1976)
Bazaar of the Bizarre (1978)
Heroes and Horrors (1978)
The Change War (1978)
Ship of Shadows (1979)
Ervool (1980)
The Mystery of the Japanese Clock (1982)
The Ghost Light (1984)
The Leiber Chronicles (1990)
Gummitch and Friends (1992)
Dark Ladies (1999)
Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser (2000)
The Black Gondolier (2003)
The Creature from Cleveland Depths (2007)
The First Book of Lankhmar (2008)
Poor Superman and Others (2009)
The Night of the Long Knives And Other Works (2010)
Selected Stories (2010)
The Night of the Long Knives / Creature From The Cleveland Depths (2010)
Strange Wonders (2010)
Science Fiction Collection 001 (2011) (with Harry Harrison)
Smoke Ghost And Other Apparitions (2011)
Science Fiction Collection 002 (2011) (with Kurt Vonnegut Jr)
Horror Gems, Volume Two (2011) (with Joseph Payne Brennan)
Lords of Quarmall / Beacon to Elsewhere (2011) (with Harry Fischer)
Masters of Science Fiction, Vol. Six (2012)
Horror Gems, Volume Three (2012) (with Stanton A Coblentz, August Derleth, John Jakes, Gordon MacCreagh, Rog Phillips, Seabury Quinn, H Russell Wakefield and Evangeline Walton)
Horrible Imaginings (2012)
Day Dark, Night Bright (2012)
Science Fiction Gems, Volume Four (2012) (with Poul Anderson, Ben Bova, Hugh B Cave, Randall Garrett, Frank Belknap Long, Kris Neville, Jack Sharkey and Walt Sheldon)
Hatchery of Dreams (2012)
The Wildside Book of Fantasy (2012) (with Lin Carter, Paul Di Filippo, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Robert E Howard, Clive Jackson, Tanith Lee, E Hoffmann Price, Thomas Burnett Swann, Lawrence Watt-Evans and Gene Wolfe)
The Moon is Green and Other Tales (2013)



Gonna Roll the Bones (2004)
Bread Overhead (2009)
Coming Attraction (2009)
The Night of the Long Knives (2009)
The Last Letter (2011)
The Moon is Green (2011)
The Dead Man (2011)
Mariana (2011)


Short Stories

No Great Magic (2009)


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