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A Fritz Leiber Wiki & RPG Guide to Nehwon

Welcome to the Scrolls of Lankhmar. This is a community project to do two things. Create and provide a wiki about Fritz Leiber and his writings, and to finish the RPG Guide to Nehwon which is a knowledge base for all role-players playing or running a Nehwon-based role-playing game.

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Fritz Leiber

Fritz Leiber was born in 1910 and died in 1992. He was considered one of the best genre authors of all time and a pioneer in the field. He was very well respected by his peers, and authors such as Harlan Ellison, Ramsey Campbell, Stephen King, and Neil Gaiman have all remarked on how much authors today owe to him. Among many awards bestowed upon him include Grand Master of Science Fiction, Grand Master of Fantasy, and one of the first Bram Stoker Awards for Lifetime Achievement in horror. He excelled and broke new ground in all three genres–a rarity among authors.

Best Known

Leiber's best known works include his Sword & Sorcery1) series about those two infamous scoundrels, Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, who not only blazed a trail in S&S parallel to Conan since 1939, but whose exploits were very influential in the early development of Dungeons & Dragons.

In Science Fiction his Change War series is known for its originality in time travel fiction, and includes the Hugo winning short novel, The Big Time. John Pelan has stated that Fritz Leiber made Science Fiction grow the hell up…2) with his pivotal story Coming Attraction.

It is in the field of horror that Leiber caused the greatest shift in writing. With Smoke Ghost in 1941 the Jamesian ghost story is laid to rest and modern horror was born with a ghost derived from urban smoke and grit, feeding off of the twisted emotions of the city.

Ramsey CampbellFritz Leiber was the father of modern supernatural horror fiction, and its greatest master. I'll stake my reputation on the belief that once “Smoke Ghost” was published, the field could never be the same again.

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1) Leiber is credited for coining the term Sword & Sorcery.
2) Day Dark, Night Bright by Darkside Press