books Unicorn VariationsAuthor Roger Zelazny – Bilb-weil.de

Unicorn Variations is a collection of stories and essays by author Roger Zelazny, published inThe title story, Unicorn Variation , was written as a result of Zelazny having been asked to contribute to two different upcoming anthologies one collecting stories set in bars, and one collecting stories about unicorns When Zelazny mentioned these requests to his close friend George R R Martin, the other told Zelazny of a third upcoming anthology one which would collect stories about chess and jokingly suggested that Zelazny write a story about playing chess against a unicorn in a bar, so that he could sell the story three times Zelazny did just that and then went on to win a Hugo Award for the storyContents Introduction Unicorn Variationsessay by Roger Zelazny Unicorn Variationnovelette by Roger Zelazny The Last of the Wild Ones Sam Murdockshor tstory by Roger Zelazny variant of Last of the Wild OnesRecitalshort story by Roger Zelazny The Naked Matadorshort story by Roger Zelazny The Parts That Are Only Glimpsed Three Reflexesessay by Roger Zelazny Dismal Light Francis Sandowshort story by Roger Zelazny Go Starless in the Nightshort story by Roger Zelazny But Not the Heraldshort story by Roger Zelazny A Hand Across the Galaxyshort story by Roger Zelazny The Force That Through the Circuit Drives the Currentshort story by Roger Zelazny Home is the Hangman Nemonovella by Roger Zelazny Fire and or Ice, Exeunt Omnes, A Very Good Year essay by Roger Zelazny Fire and or Iceshort story by Roger Zelazny Exeunt Omnesshort story by Roger Zelazny A Very Good Yearshort story by Roger Zelazny My Lady of the Diodesshort story by Roger Zelazny And I Only Am Escaped to Tell Theeshort story by Roger Zelazny The Horses of Lirshort story by Roger Zelazny The Night HasEyesshortstory by Roger Zelazny Angel, Dark Angelshort story by Roger Zelazny Walpurgisnachtshort story by Roger Zelazny The George Businessshort story by Roger Zelazny Some Science Fiction Parameters A Biased Viewessay by Roger Zelazny


10 thoughts on “Unicorn Variations

  1. Nicky Nicky says:

    Zelazny is really, really good at short stories I preferred his shortest stories to the longest stories in here, I think, but all of them are good, with the perfect little twist or sting in the tail Well, not all of them I suppose there were some that made little impression on me, but mostly my impression is of a strong collection I liked Dismal Light a lot, and The George Business made me smile Recital was powerful and sort of sad but not quite, a nice mix of feelings There are so many Zelazny is really, really good at short stories I preferred his shortest stories to the longest stories in here, I think, but all of them are good, with the perfect little twist or sting in the tail Well, not all of them I suppose there were some that made little impression on me, but mostly my impression is of a strong collection I liked Dismal Light a lot, and The George Business made me smile Recital was powerful and sort of sad but not quite, a nice mix of feelings There are so many stories in this collection, I don t think I could really pick and choose


  2. Melissa Jacobson Melissa Jacobson says:

    Let me start off by saying that Roger Zelazny is a brilliant brilliant writer Even though I didn t love every story in this collection I still was gripped by the brilliant writing and story telling This was a delightful and witty collection of various sci fi fantasy stories, each one quirkier than the last My favorite one has to be the first story in this collection, which just so happens to also share it s title with this book Overall Unicorn Variations was a much needed sci fi fantasy romp Let me start off by saying that Roger Zelazny is a brilliant brilliant writer Even though I didn t love every story in this collection I still was gripped by the brilliant writing and story telling This was a delightful and witty collection of various sci fi fantasy stories, each one quirkier than the last My favorite one has to be the first story in this collection, which just so happens to also share it s title with this book Overall Unicorn Variations was a much needed sci fi fantasy romp that I read super quickly and enjoyed thoroughly


  3. Bobby Sullivan Bobby Sullivan says:

    It s not his best, though the story Unicorn Variations is worth the price of admission.


  4. Dale Dale says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here A spectacular short story If you like chess, or unicorns, or ghost towns this is a must If you like none of those things you should get to know them better.


  5. John Wiswell John Wiswell says:

    What an amazing collection of science fiction and fantasy The first two stories about a chess game against a unicorn and a man hunting wild sentient cars are vividly imaginative, creative, a little funny, a little bit dramatic and a little bit poignant A later essay on the use of minor details to give the sense of characters having lives outside their roles in a story is also great advice I ve thought about such things, but never wrote or read about it before By his fiction and reflection What an amazing collection of science fiction and fantasy The first two stories about a chess game against a unicorn and a man hunting wild sentient cars are vividly imaginative, creative, a little funny, a little bit dramatic and a little bit poignant A later essay on the use of minor details to give the sense of characters having lives outside their roles in a story is also great advice I ve thought about such things, but never wrote or read about it before By his fiction and reflection on fiction, Zelazny seems totally worth all the awards and accolades he won over his career I don t know anyone who could spin off so many ideas and write them so cleverly and thoroughly No offense to Asimov or Clarke, but they couldn t touch Zelazny s narrative dexterity, capable of writing a modern fairytale and and a love affair between a thief and his supercomputer with wildly different but wholly effective styles Much of his thought is as close to the wonderful Ghost in the Shell manga as I ve seen in prose, with slightlyshallow characters His one weakness is dialogue, where he kind of stumbles into philosophical discourse that doesn t fit his artistic tones and whatnot, but you have to forgive that in the face of so much creativity, depth and humor He s no Douglas Adams or Terry Pratchett, either the humor is disarming or funny, but blends easier with drama If you re a fan of either of those two writers, you simply must give Zelazny a try In fact, I recommend this to anyone who likes science fiction or fantasy short stories.PS Dragon Heart totally ripped off The George Business If you like that movie, read this short


  6. Alex Alex says:

    If you only read one Zelazny collection Read THE DOORS OF HIS FACE, THE LAMPS OF HIS MOUTH If you read two well I m still not sure this is it If you re already a Zelazny fan, then absolutely, go for it While this collection is full of solid writing, I didn t love it It s full of experimental stories and places where Zelazny pulls aside the curtain to show us how his craft works One fascinating habit of his includes writing short stories for characters in his novels that are not intended to If you only read one Zelazny collection Read THE DOORS OF HIS FACE, THE LAMPS OF HIS MOUTH If you read two well I m still not sure this is it If you re already a Zelazny fan, then absolutely, go for it While this collection is full of solid writing, I didn t love it It s full of experimental stories and places where Zelazny pulls aside the curtain to show us how his craft works One fascinating habit of his includes writing short stories for characters in his novels that are not intended to do anything but create a depth of character to ensure there isto the character offscreen Unfortunately, it also feels like this is a collection of trunk stories and also rans The two best stories in this collection are the endcaps, and they re fantastic.UNICORN VARIATIONS involves a man who must beat a unicorn at a game of chess for the fate of humanity He s allowed weeks between moves, and Bigfoot becomes his chess coach Griffons show up to drink the beer and cheer the game along It s a nice bit of fluff fantasy with a gentle but optimistic message of hope for us all.THE GEORGE BUSINESS develops a clever origin story for St George The title telegraphs this, the story reinforces it, but Zelazny still manages to deliver an effective final line sting It actually elicited a verbal response from me, so that s some solid storytelling.Probably the most interesting story was THE HORSES OF LIR This manages to wrap Loch Ness with the Lovecraft mythos, but in a character driven tale that isdream cycle than cosmic horror I think I love this story I will certainly be back to revisit it


  7. Jim Jim says:

    SF Fantasy short stories, several of which won awards As always, he s a great read His stories take fantasy into SF vice versa in strange ways with a deft touch He s one of the few authors that was a master of both the novel short story SF Fantasy short stories, several of which won awards As always, he s a great read His stories take fantasy into SF vice versa in strange ways with a deft touch He s one of the few authors that was a master of both the novel short story


  8. SR SR says:

    In very brief WHERE THE LADIES AT The most developed she pronouned character in this collection is A CAR.


  9. Daryl Daryl says:

    The 30th book 15th so far this year in my re reading of the Zelazny canon I ve read Unicorn Variations before and I really like it This is kind of my go to book for Zelazny s short fiction One of the things I really love about this book is the intros that Zelazny writes for each story, often giving the reader a peek into the genesis of the tale The story behind the title story is the most famous writing a short story about a chess game and a unicorn set in a bar to satisfy and sell to The 30th book 15th so far this year in my re reading of the Zelazny canon I ve read Unicorn Variations before and I really like it This is kind of my go to book for Zelazny s short fiction One of the things I really love about this book is the intros that Zelazny writes for each story, often giving the reader a peek into the genesis of the tale The story behind the title story is the most famous writing a short story about a chess game and a unicorn set in a bar to satisfy and sell to three separate anthologies I ve referred to this while teaching classes in creative writing There are quite a number of very short pieces here, in the 3 5 page range It s hard to make these short shorts muchthan a snapshot or a punchline, but Zelazny manages to pull it off repeatedly, notably in Fire And Or Ice, A Very Good Year, both dealing with the end of the world and Walpurgisnacht about life, of a sort, after death I was especially taken this time around with Dismal Light probably cause I wasfamiliar with the character of Francis Sandow and particularly, The Horses of Lir, an exploration of a Loch Ness type monster with mythological origins and, of course, the humorous bookends Unicorn Variation and The George Business St George and a dragon named Dart make a deal The longest tale here, Home Is the Hangman, I read most recently as part of the My Name Is Legion book, but the others here were unique to me to this collection The introductions seem to indicate that Zelazny chose which stories to include that might be why this collection feels so strong


  10. Richard Clay Richard Clay says:

    To my knowledge,this is the fourth of five collections of Zelazny s shorter works, following Four for Tomorrow A Rose for Ecclesiastes , The Doors of his Face, the Lamps of his Mouth , The Last Defender of Camelot and preceding Frost and Fire It s fully the equal of the two volumes that came before it We have Home is the Hangman , which also appears as a part of the My Name is Legion sequence and which is a most interesting variation on the plot idea of Eco s Name of the Rose The To my knowledge,this is the fourth of five collections of Zelazny s shorter works, following Four for Tomorrow A Rose for Ecclesiastes , The Doors of his Face, the Lamps of his Mouth , The Last Defender of Camelot and preceding Frost and Fire It s fully the equal of the two volumes that came before it We have Home is the Hangman , which also appears as a part of the My Name is Legion sequence and which is a most interesting variation on the plot idea of Eco s Name of the Rose The title piece shows what a huge debt was owed to Zelazny by Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett and the moving sequel to the earlier Devil Car story from The Doors is riveting Essential Zelazny and of interest to everybody who likes to see short form science fiction done supremely well