Roger Zelazny
Roger Joseph Zelazny was an American writer of fantasy
Fantasy is a genre of fiction that commonly uses magic and other supernatural phenomena as a primary element of plot, theme, or setting. Many works within the genre take place in imaginary worlds where magic is common...

 and science fiction
Science fiction
Science fiction is a genre of fiction dealing with imaginary but more or less plausible content such as future settings, futuristic science and technology, space travel, aliens, and paranormal abilities...

 short stories
Short story
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 and novel
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s, best known for his The Chronicles of Amber
The Chronicles of Amber
The Chronicles of Amber is group of novels that comprise a fantasy series written by Roger Zelazny. The main series consists of two story arcs, each five novels in length. Additionally, there are a number of Amber short stories and other works....

 series. He won the Nebula award
Nebula Award
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 three times (out of 14 nominations) and the Hugo award
Hugo Award
The Hugo Awards are given annually for the best science fiction or fantasy works and achievements of the previous year. The award is named after Hugo Gernsback, the founder of the pioneering science fiction magazine Amazing Stories, and was officially named the Science Fiction Achievement Awards...

 six times (also out of 14 nominations), including two Hugos for novels: the serialized novel ...And Call Me Conrad (1965; subsequently published under the title This Immortal, 1966) and then the novel Lord of Light
Lord of Light
Lord of Light is an epic science fiction/fantasy novel by American author Roger Zelazny. It was awarded the 1968 Hugo Award for Best Novel, and nominated for a Nebula Award in the same category. Two chapters from the novel were published as novelettes in the Magazine of Fantasy and Science...


The ostracod
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 Sclerocypris zelaznyi was named after him.
Roger Zelazny was born in Euclid, Ohio
Euclid, Ohio
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, the only child of Polish immigrant Joseph Frank Zelazny and Irish-American Josephine Flora Sweet.

At the end of the season of sorrows comes the time of rejoicing. Spring, like a well-oiled clock, noiselessly indicates this time.

Opening lines from Zelazny's first published story, Passion Play (1962)

Occasionally, there arises a writing situation where you see an alternative to what you are doing, a mad, wild gamble of a way for handling something, which may leave you looking stupid, ridiculous or brilliant — you just don't know which. You can play it safe there, too, and proceed along the route you'd mapped out for yourself. Or you can trust your personal demon who delivered that crazy idea in the first place.Trust your demon.

Introduction to Passion Play (1962)

The universe did not invent justice. Man did. Unfortunately, man must reside in the universe.

Charles Render, from the novella He Who Shapes (1965) and the novel The Dream Master|The Dream Master (1966)

I see myself as a novelist, period. I mean, the material I work with is what is classified as science fiction and fantasy, and I really don't think about these things when I'm writing. I'm just thinking about telling a story and developing my characters.

"A Conversation With Roger Zelazny" (8 April 1978), talking with Terry Dowling and Keith Curtis in Science Fiction Vol. 1, 2 (June 1978)

Goodbye, and hello, as always.

The Courts of Chaos (1978)

"It is no shame to lose to me, mortal. Even among mythical creatures there are very few who can give a unicorn a good game.""I am pleased that you were not wholly bored," George R. R. Martin|Martin said. "Now will you tell me what you were talking about concerning the destruction of my species?""Oh, that," Tlingel replied.

Unicorn Variation (1982)