Questions tagged [fritz-leiber]

For use when inquiring about the works of Fritz Leiber (1910-1992); considered one of the fathers of sword and sorcery in fantasy

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How to pronounce Fritz Leiber's name?

I'm looking for a definitive answer on how to pronounce Fritz Leiber's last name. I guess audio of him or a close family member would be ideal, or maybe he addressed it somewhere in writing. I and ...
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Is Samuel R. Delany’s Wonder Woman an official part of Leiber Estate’s Fafhrd & the Gray Mouser continuity?

Notable Sci-Fi author Samuel Delaney was hired by DC Comics to write Wonder Woman. It is reported that his initially-conceived 6-parter would have Wonder Woman, still in her Diana Prince - Secret ...
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What is the significance of the book title "Swords against Death"?

In the introduction to Audible version of Swords against Death by Fritz Leiber, Neil Gaiman states (about 1 minute into the "Opening Credits"): The significance of the title of the book ...
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Can anything be figured out about the setting of Fritz Leiber's "A Pail of Air"?

I recently read Fritz Leiber's short story "A Pail of Air" (available to read online at Project Gutenberg), after finding the story via this ID question. It's set in a post-apocalyptic world,...
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SF Short Story - Fritz Leiber?

I can't remember where or when I read this short story, but for some reason Leiber's name comes to mind. Aliens (for a reason I can't remember) decide to test the human race using one man, an average ...
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To what extent were Dungeons & Dragons were-rats based on The Swords of Lankhmar?

Wererats are fairly iconic monsters for Dungeons & Dragons, but they are different in a number of ways from the other "lycanthropes" listed in the game rules. It occurred to me recently that when ...
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science fiction dystopian future society

I recall a story from the seventies with a character named The Grand Guignol "Guig" and a host of other borrowed identities, where a group of people skirt around sites of urban decay. One of the ...
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Is "A Pail of Air" scientifically plausible? [closed]

Earlier today I was about a post a short story identification question asking about a short story involving survivors living among the frozen atmospheric gasses following a disaster where the Earth ...
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Was Leiber's "The Sunken Land" influenced by C. A. Smith's "The Vaults of Yoh-Vombis"?

As I was re-reading "The Vaults of Yoh-Vombis" by Clark Ashton Smith, I noticed some surprising similarities to another fantasy classic, "The Sunken Land," by Fritz Leiber. Obviously, there are many ...
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Have any of Fritz Leiber's works been filmed or optioned for movies/TV?

Wikipedia lists screen adaptations of just one novel and three short stories by prolific Golden Age SF and fantasy writer Fritz Leiber. Are there any other lesser-known adaptations of his work that ...
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How do the sleeping automatons of "You're All Alone" recover from the changes made by the Awakened?

I recently got a chance to read You're All Alone by Fritz Leiber. The basic premise of the book is that Carl MacKay deviates slightly from his usual schedule and finds that the world is now operating ...
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Are swords usually referred to as male, or female?

"and drawing Scalpel whistling from her sheath" (Fritz Leiber, Swords Against Wizardry) I was surprised to see the Mouser's blade referred to as "she". No particular reason why, I just thought the ...
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