|Zelazny's works in Japan
In Japan, since "Damnation Alley" was published in '72', many of Zelazny's works, "The doors of his face, The lamps of his mouth", "This Immortal", "Lord of Light" have been introduced to the Japanese sci-fi fan. Especially, when the original Amber series (The chronicles of Amber 1-5) was translated into Japanese in '78'-'81', many readers and many Japanese sci-fi authors were fascinated about this series (I'm one such reader). I don't know why, but Japanese sci-fi fans have never agreed with "Zelazny's falling down " in the time of the Amber series.
Unfortunately, the late 70's to 80's were a golden age of Zelazny's publication in Japan. After "The Changing Land" was published in 90', not much has been said about publication of Zelazny's works. Even the new Amber series has not been published yet. Zelazny's works are still discussed byJapanese fans. I really hope they will make an Amber Movie to help revive Zelazny's fascinating works.
Virtual "Shift" in Amber World
Try a trip of "Shift" in a cyber world.
(Suggested PC setting:
Resolution: 800x600 or more
Color: 16 bit color or more
BGM; YAMAHA MIDI Plug
or other Plug-ins to play MIDI)
My Reviews of Zelazny's Works
|Eye of Cat|
This is my favaorite of Zelazny's novels.
"Billy" is an archetypes of man, -- a hunter. In both Native American mythology, and in most animism , it is thought that a hunter and his prey are complementary parts of the world and a hunter needs to sacrifice his own life to his prey to complete the circle of the life.
In the story, when Billy tried to adjust
to a modern world, he lost his own uniformity
between the world (his spirit) and himself.
He was exhausted. Just before he gave up
everything, fate came to him, as his past
prey, which could have killed him... "Cat".
Their chasing made bound them more and more
closely, until they became one. After Billy
killed "Cat" physically, he found
a way to unite himself to the world, and
a way to the final sacrifice...
I believe that Zelazny tried to describe
"Life and Will" in "Lord of
Light", which is the best novel of his
younger age. "Eye of Cat" is the
best novel of his maturity, which tries to
describe "Death and Eternity".
|Amber Series (Chronicle 1-5 Pattern fall war)|
Well, I read this series 20 years ago, when
I was in a high school. Since then, this
one has always been my favorite entertainment novel. I
was very fascinated with the cool heroes.
This is a story like a hard-boiled heroic
fantasy, with fantastic worlds like "Shadow
worlds and Shift".
I think this is similar to Shakespearean
tragedy. It's a stylish story in which a
hero had been falling down because of his
mental blind spot. Using a tragic saga of
"Tristan" as a motif made this story be more dramatic.
|Zelazny's works list with years of publishing in Japan
(with cover arts)
|In Japan||Year and Title|
|The Amber Series:|
|1978(H)||1970 Nine Princes in Amber (# 1)|
|1980(H)||1972 The Guns of Avalon (# 2)|
|1980(H)||1975 Sign of the Unicorn (# 3)|
|1981(H)||1976 The Hand of Oberon (# 4)|
|1981(H)||1978 The Courts of Chaos (# 5)|
|1985 Trumps of Doom (# 6)|
|1986 Blood of Amber (# 7)|
|1987 Sign of Chaos (# 8)|
|1989 Knight of Shadows (# 9)|
|1991 Prince of Chaos (#10)|
|The Changeling Series:|
|1981(T)||1980 Changeling (# 1)|
|1985(T)||1981 Madwand (# 2)|
|The Dilvish The Damned Series:|
|1988(T)||1982 Dilvish, the Damned (# 1)|
|1990(T)||1981 The Changing Land (# 2)|
|The Dominic Sandow Series:|
|1969 Isle of the Dead (# 1)|
|1982(H)||1973 To Die in Italbar (# 2)|
|1981(H)||1966 The Dream Master|
|1975(H)||1966 This Immortal|
|1985(H)||1967 Lord of Light|
|1967 Four for Tomorrow
[aka] A Rose for Ecclesiastes 
|1968 Nebula Award Stories 3|
|1969 Creatures of Light and Darkness|
|1972(H)||1969 Damnation Alley|
|1980(S)||1971 Jack of Shadows|
|1976(H)||1971 The Doors of his Face, the Lamps of his Mouth|
|1985(H)||1973 Today We Choose Faces|
|1981(H)||1976 Doorways in the Sand|
|1982(H)||1976 Bridge of Ashes|
|1980(S)||1976 My Name is Legion|
|1980 For a Breath I Tarry|
|1984(H)||1980 The Last Defender of Camelot (1)
1981 The Last Defender of Camelot (2) [expanded edition]
|1981 A Rhapsody in Amber|
|1989(T)||1982 Eye of Cat|
|1983(Hm)||1983 Unicorn Variations|
|1987 A Dark Travelling|
|1989 Frost and Fire|
|Dick, Philip K. & Zelazny, Roger|
|1982(S)||1976 Deus Irae|
|Zelazny, Roger [Joesph] & Saberhagen, Fred|
|1990 The Black Throne|
|Zelazny, Roger [Joesph] & Thomas, Thomas T.|
|1990 The Mask Of Loki|
(H): Hayakawa Publishing Inc. / (Hm): on S-F Magazine. of Hayakawa Publishing Inc.
(T): TOKYO SOGENSHA Co., Ltd. (S): Sanrio Co., Ltd.
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