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By Roger Zelazny

Here's a number of unusual, appealing tales protecting the complete spectrum of the past due Roger Zelazny's notable abilities. He had a unprecedented skill to combine the dream-like, worrying imagery of myth with the real-life of technology fiction. His bright mind's eye and advantageous prose made him some of the most hugely acclaimed writers in his field.

Contents:

• The doorways of His Face, the Lamps of His Mouth (1965)
• The Keys to December (1966)
• satan automobile (1965)
• A Rose for Ecclesiastes (1963)
• The Monster and the Maiden (1964)
• Collector's Fever (1964)
• This Mortal Mountain (1967)
• This second of the hurricane (1966)
• the good sluggish Kings (1963)
• A Museum Piece (1963)
• Divine insanity (1966)
• Corrida (1968)
• Love is an Imaginary quantity (1966)
• the fellow Who enjoyed the Faioli (1967)
• Lucifer (1964)
• The Furies (1965)
• The Graveyard middle (1964)

Originally released in 1971 by way of Doubleday.

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