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THE STRANGEST MANHUNT IN INTERSTELLAR HISTORY when the three mutated men known as The Furies searched across the galaxy for Victor Corgo, captain of the Wallaby, ex hero of Interstel, now traitor to mankindE PARTY THAT LASTED FOREVER where the ultra rich members of The Set reveled for a night, then slept for years, then partied again, and slept againand all the while they traveled into a and alien future in which they were increasingly lostE LEVIATHAN OF VENUS which had destroyed every Earth expedition sent to capture itbut still one man had to risk his life in a final desperate attemptE LAST OF THE ANCIENT MARTIANS who was an awesomely lovely girl with a mission she could not fulfilland a secret for the futureHere are four great stories of wonder and adventure, beauty and danger in the stars, by today s most exciting writer of science fictionFour novelettes including The FuriesThe Graveyard HeartThe Doors of His Face, The Lamps of His MouthA Rose for Ecclesiastes Introduction by Theodore Sturgeon That endingpunch in the gut I need to readby this author So good 5, I am in awe, stars. May 2018 reread with the Roger Zelazny Newbies Regulars group All the stars for this classic SF novelette, a lifelong favorite since I first read it years ago as a teenager It s free online in text and audio form here at EscapePod Review first posted on Fantasy Literature In this classic and much anthologized 1963 story of finding an ancient civilization on Mars, Gallinger, a brilliant linguist and poet with an abrasive personality, is part of an Earth mission to study the humanoid Martian May 2018 reread with the Roger Zelazny Newbies Regulars group All the stars for this classic SF novelette, a lifelong favorite since I first read it years ago as a teenager It s free online in text and audio form here at EscapePod Review first posted on Fantasy Literature In this classic and much anthologized 1963 story of finding an ancient civilization on Mars, Gallinger, a brilliant linguist and poet with an abrasive personality, is part of an Earth mission to study the humanoid Martian natives The Martians are a long lived but slowly dying society, though Gallinger sees evidence of their past greatness in their buildings and culture As he studies their ancient texts, tutored by M Cwyie, the ancient Martian matriarch, and becomes acquainted with Braxa, an attractive and gifted temple dancer, he begins to understand both the past event that has led to the decline of Martian society and their religious belief that underscores and promotes their fatalistic outlook But Gallinger s studies, and an unexpected turn in his relationship with Braxa, lead to a crossroads for both himself and for the Martian people.This story is charmingly dated, both in some of its social references and especially in that it features a highly developed civilization of human like Martians Still, it s a well deserved SF classic Roger Zelazny s writing is wonderfully rich, full of cultural and religious allusions, immersing the reader in a world that s both strange and strangely familiar And Gallinger is a memorable protagonist, a proud, selfish genius who gradually learns what it means to care about someone else A great according to himself and the guy is not shy when it comes to self praise poet named Gallinger gained permission to study archives of dying Martian civilization He learned the reason for their incoming extinction and their acceptance of the fate He realized he did not accept their acceptance This short story often considered to be the best one from Zelazny and he wrote plenty of good ones The story itself can be read or heard for free and legally from the following link http A great according to himself and the guy is not shy when it comes to self praise poet named Gallinger gained permission to study archives of dying Martian civilization He learned the reason for their incoming extinction and their acceptance of the fate He realized he did not accept their acceptance This short story often considered to be the best one from Zelazny and he wrote plenty of good ones The story itself can be read or heard for free and legally from the following link only took me about 20 minutes to reread it, but it would taketime than that during the first read A knowledge of The Book of Ecclesiastes helps as the story makes numerous references and the plot itself is interconnected with it Zelazny often used themes from major world religions as inspiration for his writings for example Lord of Light is a retelling of Hindu myths in science fiction settings, and I do not know anybody else who could successfully pull it off This time it was obviously Christianity The main character Gallinger is not a nice guy and is often called asshole He is full of himself and does not care about the rest of the people he works with By the end of the book I was able to relate to him and support his struggle It takes skill to create such an unsympathetic realistic character and then move the reader to his side in a short story The author knew how to give big picture with minimum words He would feel out of place in the modern literature with its contemporary door stoppers The rating is 5 stars did anybody have any doubts Disclaimer I read this book wrong Don t believe me Ask Evgeny He read the book right of course and will bethan happy to demonstrate how erroneous my erroneous judgment is.Okay So Stuff Fish Shrimp view spoiler don t ask hide spoiler This short story is said to be one of Zelazny s best view spoiler hide spoiler This scientifically proven fact scientifically and quite obviously proves my once glorious intellect is now irremediably and beautifully decrepit, an Disclaimer I read this book wrong Don t believe me Ask Evgeny He read the book right of course and will bethan happy to demonstrate how erroneous my erroneous judgment is.Okay So Stuff Fish Shrimp view spoiler don t ask hide spoiler This short story is said to be one of Zelazny s best view spoiler hide spoiler This scientifically proven fact scientifically and quite obviously proves my once glorious intellect is now irremediably and beautifully decrepit, and no longer capable of capturing the greatness of masterpieces such as this one Which, you have to agree, is hardly my fault I mean, I can be blamed for lots of nefarious stuff like sacrificing puny humans, but not for accelerated neuronal aging Unless drinking three bottles of whisky an hour a day speeds up the process, thus affecting grey cells which I highly doubt Anyway, long story short I am extremely innocent I feel you, George.Not only am I innocent and pure as a newborn shrimp in this matter, but I also have several very valid excuses to justify my unfounded rating for this story I can t stand don t like classic SF from the 60s view spoiler or the 40s or the 50s or the 70s or the Get it Woo hoo Good for youhide spoiler very much I only read this because a water gun was being held to my lovely little head I m allergic to stuff that happens on bloody shrimping Mars First because the place is boring as fish you can take my word for it, I ve been there several times and second because duh I mean, come on Do you seriously expect me to get all excited, stimulated and generally titillated about a planet that has no liquid water on its surface When I breed crustaceans for a living You are aware that decapods kinda sorta cannot survive out of whisky H2O, are you not QED and stuff Classic SF and Misogyny and Sexism, oh my Okay, so Zelazny isn t as bad as Heinlein or PKD, but the way he portrays women is still ever so slightly infuriating There are no female characters in this story, there are only one dimensional cows and bitches And ugly ones at that Well except from the beautiful natives with lovely red nipples and breasts insert massive eyeroll here But you know what the problem with beautiful natives is They are all cunning bitches who only want one thing to shamelessly seduce the white savior poor, clueless human male and use his magic, civilization saving penis Evil evil, Martian women breeding cows Talking about our delightful male protagonist He is a condescending, contemptuous, arrogant, racist scumbag Yay This might have been intentional on Zelazny s part, but an unlikable bastard remains an unlikable bastard, no matter how you look at it And as much as I usually love aggravating assholes, even I have my limits and stuff Proselytism is not me And the moral of this It s Not Me Zelazny It s Zelazny Me Or Is It The Other Way Around I Forget Crappy Non Review INMZIZMOIITOWAIFCNR is