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Fritz Leiber



Fritz  Leiber (1910 – 1992) was an American writer of fantasy, horror and science fiction. He was also an expert chess player and a champion fencer.
Leiber was heavily influenced by H. P. Lovecraft and Robert Graves in the first two decades of his career. Beginning in the late 1950s, he was increasingly influenced by the works of Carl Jung.  From the mid-1960s onwards, he began incorporating elements of Joseph Campbell's The Hero with a Thousand Faces. These concepts are often openly mentioned in his stories.
His legacy appears to have been consolidated by the most famous of his creations, the Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser stories, written over a span of 50 years.  The Swords of Lankhmar is perhaps the best single volume of their adventures. 
Lieber’s classic Conjure Wife is a story of modern day witchcraft that takes place on an American college campus.  The book has been adapted three times before: in 1944 as "Weird Woman," in 1962 as "Night of the Eagle"/"Burn, Witch, Burn!" and in 1980 as "Witches' Brew."


From LibriVox.Org:

1.  The Creature from Cleveland Depths -  also known as The Lone Wolf  tells the story of a writer and his wife who refuse to move below-ground after the cold-war gets hot. The underground society discovers a decline in their ability to creatively innovate, and must consult with surface dwellers to develop products that satiate the needs of a people living like moles. But the latest product to result from this alliance, “The Tickler” has frightening implications that only our heroes seem to notice. – This story appeared in the December, 1962 issue of “Galaxy” magazine. 

2.  The Moon Is Green by Fritz Leiber  (4th story from X Minus One Sci Fi Stories)
Anybody who wanted to escape death could, by paying a very simple price—denial of life! From Galaxy Science Fiction April 1952.

3.  Bread Overhead - (1st story in Short Story Collection # 19)

4.  What’s He Doing In There?  - (10th story in Sci Fi Collection # 23)
He went where no Martian ever went before—but would he come out—or had he gone for good? From Galaxy Science Fiction December 1957.

5.  The Big Time - The storyline involves two factions which both have time travel who are at war with each other. Their method of battle involves changing the outcome of events throughout history. The action of the story takes place at a rest and relaxation base between the changing time lanes. The plot takes the form of a locked room mystery. Novel was first published in Galaxy Science Fiction’s March and April 1958 issues.  It won the Hugo Award in 1958.

6.  The Night of the Long Knives - "I was one hundred miles from Nowhere—and I mean that literally—when I spotted this girl out of the corner of my eye. I'd been keeping an extra lookout because I still expected the other undead bugger left over from the murder party at Nowhere to be stalking me." In a Post apocalyptic world, the few people left must be strong. And must not hesitate to kill. Of course, killing another Death-lander was one of the chief pleasures and urges of all the solitary wanders in this vast wasteland. Kill and kill again. But this other was a girl and that brought up the second great urge: sex. Which was it to be today? Perhaps both? 

7.  Three Science Fiction Stories - (1) The Moon is Green, (2) Bread Overhead and (3) What's He Doing In There?! Three of the best known and loved Science Fiction short stories by Fritz Lieber. Always tongue in cheek, and always with a funny twist, Leiber deftly shows how humans will adapt to or mess up the future. In ways that only humans can  
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From Freef, SSF Audio, Huffduffer, etc.:

1.  Appointment In Tomorrow - Power of the mind not funny.


3.  Game For Motel Room - Writing and stuff a bit dull


5.  The Creature From Cleveland Depths [another version from Maria Lectrix:] - Every time Gusterson dropped a new free idea into the fad-ridden mainstream world of underground cities and cozy crowds, it crystallized into something really strange, and things got out of hand. So he shouldn’t have mentioned the reminder machine….

6.  Space-Time for Springers -  A story about sentient animals.

8.  An Hour with Fritz Leiber and Randall Garrett at Fantasy Faire 8 in September 1978 

9.  No Great Magic - They were a traveling group of Shakespearean players; perfectly harmless, right? wrong. For one thing, why did they have spacemen costumes in their wardrobes, right next to caveman ones? Why was the girl in charge of backstage suffering from amnesia and agoraphobia? No Great Magic is needed to perform the plays they put on, but sometimes great science. No matter where, or when. 
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