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Selected Stories

A very good compilation from 2010, containing a fair spread of stories.

The Ghost Light

First published in 1984 by Berkeley as a Paperback

Released as a celebration of his work, it is perhaps the most wide ranging of his collections. Fafhrd & the Mouser, cats, chess and sex ,all of Fritz’s preoccupations, are covered. It also contains a fascinating autobiographical essay.

Notable Editions: Berkley HB limited to 750 copies signed by Leiber.

An audiobook is also available from Audible/Amazon.

Contains the following short stories (listed in alphabetical order)

A Deskful of Girls

Bazaar of the Bizarre

Black Glass

Coming Attraction

Four Ghosts in Hamlet

Gonna Roll the Bones

Midnight by the Morphy Watch

Space-Time for Springers

The Ghost Light


Changewar is a 1983 collection from Ace...

The Changewar

First published in 1983 by Gregg Press as a Hardback

The Changewar is a series of short stories as well as the novel The Big Time. The similar Ace edition is titled ‘Changewar‘. Introduction by John Silversack

Contains the following short stories (listed in alphabetical order)

A Deskful of Girls

Black Corridoor

Damnation Morning

Knight to Move

No Great Magic

The Haunted Future

The Mind Spider

The Number of the Beast

The Oldest Soldier

Try and Change The Past

The Best of Fritz Leiber

First published in 1974 by Sidgewick & Jackson as a Hardback

This is a wide ranging collection of his stories and, as an introduction to his work, probably one of the best available. It concentrates on his SF/Fantasy but doesn’t contain Fafhrd & Mouser stories, or his horror stories such as ‘Smoke Ghost’. It opens with a brief introduction by Leiber , some editions contains a warm tribute by Poul Anderson. Amazon claim to have a Kindle Version, this is called ‘Selected Stories‘ and is a different collection.

Review over at The Black Gate

“Twenty two stories by this talented author whose work has ranged widely across the genres of fantasy and SF. The Hugo and Nebula award winning ‘Gonna Roll The Bones’ is an effective horror story. ‘Space Time For Springers’ is a delightful tale about cats. Other powerful pieces, which more closely fit the definition of SF, include ‘Coming Attraction’ and ‘America the Beautiful’.”
The Ultimate Guide to Science Fiction – David Pringle

Contains the following short stories (listed in alphabetical order)

A Deskful of Girls

A Pail of Air

America the Beautiful

Coming Attraction

Gonna Roll the Bones

Little Old Miss Macbeth


Poor Superman



Space-Time for Springers

The Big Holiday

The Big Trek

The Enchanted Forest

The Foxholes of Mars

The Good New Days

The Man Who Made Friends with Electricity

The Man Who Never Grew Young

The Night He Cried

The Ship Sails at Midnight

Try and Change The Past

Wanted - An Enemy

Shadows With Eyes

An excellent, if hard to find collection from Ballantine ...

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