"MY FAVORITE OF MY OWN BOOKS": FIRST EDITION OF LORD OF LIGHT, INSCRIBED BY ROGER ZELAZNY
ZELAZNY, Roger. Lord of Light. Garden City: Doubleday & Company, 1967. Octavo, original navy cloth, original dust jacket. Housed in a custom clamshell box. $7900.
First edition of the paramount Hugo Award-winning novel by Zelazny—"a storyteller without peer" (George R.R. Martin)— inscribed on the title page, "To Bob S— My favorite of my own books. Roger Zelazny," a splendid copy.
The works of Zelazny, winner of numerous Hugo and Nebula awards, signaled a "milestone" in science fiction. He was "a leading and representative figure of the U.S. New Wave, writing stories whose emphasis had shifted from the external world of the hard sciences." In the 1960s Zelazny, a giant of the era, was swiftly "established as a major science fiction writer. He remains so today" (Clareson, Voices for the Future II:180). "A steady stream of brilliant and experimental stories and novels… led to his apotheosis by Harlan Ellison in the pages of Dangerous Visions as early as 1967," the year Lord of Light was published (Barron & Reginal, Science Fiction and Fantasy, 16).
Awarded the 1968 Hugo for Best Novel, Lord of Light is "his most sustained single tale, richly conceived and plotted, exhilarating throughout" (Clute & Nichols, 1366-67). "It was written at the height of Zelazny's powers and is considered to be among his finest books" (Geraci, Virtually Sacred). At Zelazny's death, George R.R. Martin wrote: "He was a storyteller without peer. He created worlds as colorful and exotic and memorable as any our genre has ever seen… Lord of Light was the first Zelazny book I ever read… I'd never heard of this Zelazny guy. But when I read those words for the first time, a chill went through me, and I sensed that SF would never be the same. Nor was it. Like only a few before him, Roger left his mark on the genre. He left his mark on my life as well" (In Memoriam). "First Edition" stated on copyright page; $4.95 price on dust jacket front flap. Anatomy of Wonder 4-517. Survey of Science Fiction Literature III:1251-56. With laid-in one-page typed letter from the recipient, dated October 15, 1992, unsigned, in which rare book dealer Robert Schulman writes of his immense admiration for Zelazny and asks if he would inscribe "my (his) three best Zelazny books."
Book fine; lightest edge-wear to about-fine dust jacket.