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By Roger Zelazny

First variation. later via a booklet membership variation. number of brief works contains an creation through the writer and: A Hand around the Galaxy (1967); a good yr . . . (1979); and that i simply Am Escaped to inform Thee (1981); Angel, darkish Angel (1967); yet now not the bring in (1965); Dismal Light(1968); Exeunt Omnes (1980); hearth and/or Ice (1980); pass Starless within the evening (1979); house is the Hangman[Nemo] (1975); My girl of the Diodes (1970); Recital (1981); a few technological know-how Fiction Parameters: A Biased View (1975, essay); The strength That during the Circuit Drives the present (1976); The George company (1980); The Horses of Lir (1981); The final of the Wild Ones[Sam Murdock] (1981); The bare Matador (1981); The evening Has 999 Eyes (1964); The components which are in basic terms Glimpsed: 3 Reflexes (1978, essay); Unicorn version (1981); Walpurgisnacht (1981).

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