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Threshold (The Collected Stories of Roger Zelazny) [Hardcover]

Roger Zelazny , David G. Grubbs , Christopher S. Kovacs , Ann Crimmins
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  • Hardcover: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Nesfa Pr (28 Feb 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 188677871X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1886778719
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 660,728 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The first in a six-volume series, Volume 1: Threshold contains all of Zelazny's short works from his early years through the mid 1960s-a period of experimentation and growth that flowered into gems such as "A Rose for Ecclesiastes," "The Graveyard Heart," "The Doors of His Face, the Lamps of His Mouth," and "He Who Shapes." The stories in this series are enriched by editors' notes and Zelazny's own words, taken from his many essays, describing why he wrote the stories and what he thought about them in retrospect

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful publication 3 Oct 2009
By Ian Williams TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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If you are going to produce a complete collection of the short stories of one of Science Fiction's greatest writers then this is the way to do it. This is the first of four volumes of a 6-book series, with the final two due to be published next year. They are printed on high quality acid-free paper with a cover by Michael Whelan with each volume progressively revealing more of one long painting packed with allusions to Zelazny's work. The spines also match up to appear as one single image which looks great on the bookshelf.

Apart from the stories, there are introductions by other writers, notes by Zelazny on each story (and poem, for they are there too), notes on the stories by the editors explaining various references, essays by Zelazny, plus a variety of other material `-curiosities'-, unclassifiable bit of Zelany writing- original publication details, biographical and autobiographical pieces. It would be churlish to criticise this book for putting too much in, though not everything will be of interest, though that point should be noticed. Although I like the poetry of Zelazny's prose, poetry itself is not something I have much interest in.

The stories.

They appear in order of publication which is not synonymous with the order in which they were written. I was amazed to learn that the story he wrote first was A Rose for Ecclesiastes but which he held back from submitting due to his being insecure about science already making the story implausible. As if that mattered! Some of the stories have never been collected before but that doesn't mean they are bad stories, rather they are minor ones in the Zelazny canon though this is not synonymous with `without interest'. A few stories in the later volumes are collaborations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer delight 30 Mar 2010
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Just a quick note to any one interested; you really need a copy of this beautiful volume.

The presentation is excellent; good quality paper well bound and with a fine cover.

The contents are unsurpassed; the first volume in a chronological presentation of Roger Zelazny's short fiction, illuminated with his own comments and including a long biographical essay.

If you already know Zelazny's work then you should need no further urging to order this now; the stories are a treat and the supplementary material is extremely well chosen.

My highest recommendation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A candle that burned twice as bright. 29 Mar 2010
By Michael Mooney VINE VOICE
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It's hard to add to Iain's review above, and I just want to say that this collection, and the five volumes, amount to an incredible body of short fiction, poetry and articles, and i'm delighted to see my favourite F&SF author treated as well as this.
If you seek Roger's monument, look inside, not just for the wonderful stories, but for the genuine tributes from other writers to his generosity of spirit.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful publication 15 Oct 2009
By Ian Williams - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are going to produce a complete collection of the short stories of one of Science Fiction's greatest writers then this is the way to do it. This is the first of four volumes of a 6-book series, with the final two due to be published next year. They are printed on high quality acid-free paper with a cover by Michael Whelan with each volume progressively revealing more of one long painting packed with allusions to Zelazny's work. The spines also match up to appear as one single image which looks great on the bookshelf.

Apart from the stories, there are introductions by other writers, notes by Zelazny on each story (and poem, for they are there too), notes on the stories by the editors explaining various references, essays by Zelazny, plus a variety of other material `-curiosities'-, unclassifiable bit of Zelany writing- original publication details, biographical and autobiographical pieces. It would be churlish to criticise this book for putting too much in, though not everything will be of interest, though that point should be noticed. Although I like the poetry of Zelazny's prose, poetry itself is not something I have much interest in.

The stories.

They appear in order of publication which is not synonymous with the order in which they were written. I was amazed to learn that the story he wrote first was A Rose for Ecclesiastes but which he held back from submitting due to his being insecure about science already making the story implausible. As if that mattered! Some of the stories have never been collected before but that doesn't mean they are bad stories, rather they are minor ones in the Zelazny canon though this is not synonymous with `without interest'. A few stories in the later volumes are collaborations.

I tend to think that Zelazny works best at novelette or novella length and there are many examples of this including the original magazine versions of The Dream Master as He Who Shapes, and This Immortal as And Call Me Conrad, plus the stories which make up the My Name Is Legion sequence, and many more.
Some authors improve as they get older. Sadly, this wasn't the case with Roger Zelazny. He exploded into action in the 60's and, I'm afraid, never bettered, or even matched, his initial splendid outpourings. He maintained a high standard, of that there's no doubt, and it's arguable but plausible that his later short fiction did reach a higher level than that of his later novels which were, by the standard of his earlier works, a touch pedestrian. No matter, these stories were, are, and will remain a high watermark of Science Fiction.

This is simply an amazing work. NESFA have done the late author very proud indeed and provided a service to his many fans. The editors -David G. Grubbs, Christopher S. Kovacs, and Anne Crimmins- surely deserve some kind of recognition at the 2010 Worldcon for this labour of love.
Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Zelazny at his best! 11 May 2009
By Jakob Chapman - Published on Amazon.com
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This is one I have been looking forward to for a long time. I picked up the first volume of The Collected Stories of Roger Zelazny and was not disappointed. Roger Zelazny continues to astound me, even though I have already read most of his major works. The true gems in this collection is his poetry, which are otherwise nearly impossible to come by, but are pure pleasure. The book has comments after every story (most of the time made by Zelazny himself) about the piece, which sheds extra light on already amazing stories. This collection is a must for any Zelazny fan or a great place to start if you want to read of the the greatest Sci-fi / Fantasy writers of all time. For only $29 each, these hardcover books are a great read.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, a must read for Zelazny fans 31 Aug 2009
By James S. MacLachlan - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a fantastic look into his work. This book is the first of 6. At $30 each, it may seem steep, but they're worth every penny. I've got the first 4 now & am reading the second. It's hard to put down.

There are excellent notes about allusions & metaphors in the stories as well as personal notes from Zelazny & other authors at the end of each story. When & where the story was published is also included. The order the stories are presented in is quite well done, too. It's not chronological by writing or publishing. They flow well.

Many of the stories are unpublished or not readily available any more. As a whole, the work promises to include every short that he ever wrote. These are many of his early ones. A couple are partials, but most are complete & as Zelazny preferred them. There is discussion about Zelazny's versus editorial preferences.

There is also a lot of his poetry, much of it previously unpublished. Several poems were published incorrectly, even in the hard to get, "PussyWillow" or "Views of Mt. Fuji". You'll find the corrected versions in this set.

If you're a Zelazny fan, I think this is a must read. I have almost every book he's ever written or edited & there is a lot of material here I've never seen.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Definitive Zelazny 28 May 2009
By Van A. Plexico - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
If you are already a fan of Roger Zelazny, you will want these books for your collection. They are beautiful and all-inclusive. If you don't know Zelazny, there's plenty here to sink your teeth into.

My favorite things about these books, at least in terms of things I hadn't seen before, are the new introductions by people who knew Roger Zelazny. We gain some wonderful insights into the man and the writer through the eyes of his friends and associates. Highly recommended.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars These six volumes deserve six stars 18 Jan 2010
By Bruce Trinque - Published on Amazon.com
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"Threshold" is the first volume in the six-volume set of "The Collected Stories of Roger Zanny" which pulls together all of Zelazny's short works together with commentaries from friends and colleagues and biographical material tracing Zelazny's life and career.

Roger Zelazny was unquestionably one of the finest American science fiction writers of the last half of the 20th century. Delete the words "science fiction" and the statement is still true. Although widely praised are such such novels as "Lord of Light", many readers felt that his genius shone brightest in short stories, novellas, and novelettes. All of those published (and some unpublished) stories -- every one of them -- the well-known and the obscure -- are contained in this magnificent collection, with comments (often from the author) placing each work in context. The stories are arranged in approximate chronological order, with stories from the early Sixties in the first volume, "Threshold". Even at that early stage, Zelazny demonstrated an amazing mastery of his craft, his tales illuminated by language of great poetry.

While the contents themselves would be more than enough to make this collection a "must have", the physical quality of the books is an additional inducement. Each volume contains over 500 pages of superbly legible text printed on hiqh quality acid-free paper. The six volumes are linked together into a single continuity by their dust jackets which together form a single image capturing many of the themes pouring out of Zelazny's words. The set makes an extraordinary handsome addition for any bookshelf.
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