The Road to Amber: The Collected Stories of Roger Zelazny (NESFA's Choice)
by Roger Zelazny
Review by Steve Sawicki
NESFA Press Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9781886778818
Date: 04 December 2009 List Price $29.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
This is the last book in NESFA's six volume Roger Zelazny collection. This collection covers the final five years of Zelazny's life and contains a mix of old themes and new ideas that he was pursuing. This volume is once again chock full of stories, articles, poetry and, in this one, songs. Zelazny was prolific in all arenas and this final volume is perhaps one of the best representations of his work, containing a wide variety of the different formats and genres he played in.
This book contains some of his more classic work--2 Wild Cards stories and a bunch of Amber material, including some interesting ancillary pieces such as the Amber questionnaire where Zelazy answers 29 questions about the Amber universe. Certainly one of the more interesting aspects about Zelazny was his willingness to be open about how he got ideas, how he wrote and how he felt about the finished product. Much of that is captured in this volume as well as the five volumes that preceded.
Zelazny is a master writer of genre in more ways than one. His focus on first person craft, his ability to transcend form and use genre to extend plot and story, as well as his willingness to let others into his creative process all make him stand out. That he wrote so prolifically over such a long period of time only means that he has left us with a great deal to enjoy. That he was able to write so diversely is a testament to his ability. That his work has been collected in a single set of volumes is a credit to the fine folks at the New England Science Fiction Association.
I can't recommend this volume, indeed all of the volumes,highly enough. These are books that have been put together with love and authority. They capture the essence of one of the greatest genre writers of the late 20th century. They are beautifully crafted with simply stunning covers by Michael Whelan.
Recommended without prejudice.