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Born in Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Died in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA  (cancer)
Birth NameRoger Joseph Zelazny

Mini Bio (1)

Born in 1937, Roger Zelazny left his strongest mark in the Science Fiction Literature of the '60s and '70s. His first story was published in 1962, and he went on to publish more than 150 short stories and 50 books. His best works include novels "Lord of Light" (1967), "This Immortal" (1966), "Creatures of Light and Darkness" (1969), and the Amber series of novels, as well as many excellent short stories and collections. Zelazny was considered the leader of the Science Fiction's "New Wave" movement. Emphasising on the psychology of his characters, as well as on the elaborateness of ideas and literary settings, his writings won acclaim by both the literary critics and the readers. Zelazny's prose is often known to blur the distinction between Science Fiction and fantasy. Some of his best known novels were based on mythology of various cultures. His Lord of Light was based on the Hindu pantehon. Egyption gods and goddesses populated his Creatures of Light and Darkness, while his Eye of Cat featured elements of Navajo religion and folklore. He has won many awards for his work, including 6 Hugos, which are awarded by science fiction fans, and two Nebulas, awarded by Science Fiction Writers of America. Zelazny, who had cancer for several months, died Wednesday June 14th 1995 at St. Vincent Hospital of kidney failure associated with the cancer.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Hrvoje Niksic <hniksic@srce.hr>

Spouse (2)

Judy Callahan Zelazny (20 August 1966 - 14 June 1995) ( his death) ( 3 children)
Sharon Steberl (5 December 1964 - ?) ( divorced)

Trivia (12)

Science fiction/fantasy writer.
Won Nebula Awards for his novellas "He Who Shapes" and "Home is the Hangman" as well as for his novelette "The Doors of His Face, the Lamps of His Mouth".
Received Hugo Awards for his novels "...And Call Me Conrad" and "Lord of Light", for his novellas "Home Is the Hangman" and "Twenty-four Views of Mount Fuji, by Hokusai" and for his novelettes "Unicorn Variation" and "Permafrost".
Of Polish/Irish descent
Guest of honor at OctoCon IV science-fiction convention (Santa Rosa, CA, October 9-10, 1982).
Although famous as a science fiction novelist, he posthumously published a mystery thriller titled The Dead Man's Brother. The novel was a lost manuscript, written circa 1970 or 1971, and was discovered by Zelazny's agent after his death.
Was friends since sixth grade with Carl Bernard Yoke (b. 1937, the same year as Roger). Yoke is famous among science fiction critics as an essayist and reviewer; he wrote the biography "Roger Zelazny" (1979).
Zelazny appeared as a Guest at the 20th International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts (held in Dania, in south Florida, during March, 1994). Because Zelazny was known to be completing an unfinished Alfred Bester novel, "Psychoshop," and had brought the manuscript with him, Bester scholar Fiona Kelleghan tried to meet and chat with him. As this was his first (and last) attendance at the Conference, he was very busy meeting with old friends - a much beloved man. He was already ill with cancer and died in 1995.
Roger worked for seven years as a federal civil servant before quitting to write full-time.
With his wife Judy, Roger had 3 children: sons Devin (b. 1971) and Jonathan Trent (b. 1976, also an author), and daughter Shannon.
Zelazny earned an M.A. from Columbia in Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama. His master's thesis was titled "Two Traditions and Cyril Tourneur: an Examination of Morality and Humor Comedy Conventions in The Revenger's Tragedy.".
Roger Joseph Zelazny was the only child of Joseph Frank Zelazny (a pattern-maker) and Josephine Sweet. His father emigrated from Poland when he was a young man and met Josephine Sweet in Chicago. Roger's childhood was spent in Euclid, Ohio, in a rural area on an acre of property. He avidly read books from the school library. At the age of eleven, he began reading science fiction.

Personal Quotes (1)

Science Fiction writers treat with people, things and events in terms of possible consequences. In the Middle Ages we might have been theologians, and we probably would have been burned as heretics.

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