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Unicorn Variations Mass Market Paperback – April, 1987
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Collection of short works includes an introduction by the author and: A Hand Across the Galaxy (1967); A Very Good Year . . . (1979); And I Only Am Escaped to Tell Thee (1981); Angel, Dark Angel (1967); But Not the Herald (1965); Dismal Light(1968); Exeunt Omnes (1980); Fire and/or Ice (1980); Go Starless in the Night (1979); Home is the Hangman[Nemo] (1975); My Lady of the Diodes (1970); Recital (1981); Some Science Fiction Parameters: A Biased View (1975, essay); The Force That Through the Circuit Drives the Current (1976); The George Business (1980); The Horses of Lir (1981); The Last of the Wild Ones[Sam Murdock] (1981); The Naked Matador (1981); The Night Has 999 Eyes (1964); The Parts That Are Only Glimpsed: Three Reflexes (1978, essay); Unicorn Variation (1981); Walpurgisnacht (1981).
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On a personal note, Zelazny has affected our family (50 + people) positively with his Amber series. In our proud and presumptuous ways, we can all (parents, siblings, nieces and nephews) relate to the internal royal scheming for power and control over self (and occasionally, over each other!).
So many Hugo and Nebula awards aren't given freely to one author unless he merits them. Zelazny may not be for everyone, but if you enjoy well written fantasy and science fiction, you will likely find Unicorn Variations to be a memorable book of imaginative delights and surprises.
For the chess fans:
It seems the original game was played between Halperin and Pillsbury in ~ 1900 in Muchich (I think). Pillsbury was, clearly, a stronger player but Halperin had help from two masters who, it seemed, wanted to play a practical joke on Master Pillsbury. Obviously they have succeeded. The result is a lovely pre-modern game given in the classical notation by Roger Zelazny. Here is the game in its algebraic version:
Opening: Ruy Lopez (Spanish Game) -- Berlin defense; l'Hermet Variation (eco:C67)
1. e4 e5
2. Nf3 Nc6
3. Bb5 Nf6
4. O-O Nxe4
5. d4 Nd6
6. dxe5 Nxb5
7. a4 d6
8. e6 fxe6
9. axb5 Ne7
10. Nc3 Ng6
11. Ng5 Be7
12. Qh5 Bxg5
13. Bxg5 Qd7
14. b6 cxb6
15. Nd5 exd5
16. Rfe1 Kf8
17. Ra3 Ne5
18. Rxe5 dxe5
19. Rf3 Kg8
20. Bh6 Qe7
21. Bxg7 Kxg7
22. Rg3 Kf8
23. Rf3 Kg7
24. Rg3 Kf8
A powerful collection of stories, many of which will stay with you for years. This book might not be considered a classic... but it should be.
alone is worth getting this book... It also happens to have a lot of good stories in there as
Roger Zelazny is my all time favorite writer! In the course of his Life Roger Zelazny won 9 Hugo Awards,
7 Nebula Awards (when they were still giving them out) and lots of Lotus Awards etc....
Along with Philip K. Dick they both wrote the Book "Deus Irae" which happens to also be a great