Power & Light - Volume 2: The Collected Stories of Roger Zelazny
by Roger Zelazny
Cover Artist: Michael Whelan
Review by Steve Sawicki
NESFA Press Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9781886778771
Date: 14 February 2009 List Price $29.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
This is the second volume of the Collected Stories of Roger Zelazny put out by NESFA. You should support this effort if for no other reason than that it would allow them to do other collected series by other authors. No need to be that altruistic though. You should buy this series because it is, quite simply, a masterful effort that will delight, amaze, shock and bring you back to those (or create them for you anew) aha moments that you all long for.
This volume collects Zelazny's work from the mid-1960s. This is the period that most critics consider to be Zelazny's most formative. It is during this time that he begins to play with narrative structure, with meshing SF themes and tropes into mainstream literature plotting devices and structures. It is the beginning of what will turn out to be a lifelong fascination with mythology and mythological figures, whether they be real gods or just humans thinking they are gods. It is the beginning of the creation of the Zelazny voice that will become so recognizable in the 1970s. And yet it is a period where Zelazny, while beginning to be recognized is still a fairly unknown and under-read author. It is the period where he begins to get nominated for awards but does not win one until later in the period.
Within these 570 plus pages there are more stories than I can comfortably count, a bunch of poems and a few articles. Best of all most of the stories are followed by a couple hundred words from Zelazny himself talking about how the story you just read cam to be.
This volume contains: The furies, 4 Dilvish stories, Divine Madness, And Call me Conrad, Through a Glass, Greenly, Death and the Executioner, Love is an Imaginary Number and dozens more. If you were not a Zelazny fan prior to picking this up you will surely be one before you get too many pages into it.
Highly recommended with a wonderful Michael Whelan dust jacket.