The Doors of His Face, The Lamps of His Mouth, and Other Stories • SF story collection by Roger Zelazny

★★★★

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Fisher, climber, cowboy romanticism, terraforming, a proto-amber and other stories.

My favourite ★★★★★ story was

  • A Rose for Ecclesiastes

No ★ or  ★★ for me were

  • The Great Slow Kings
  • Corrida

Contents:

  • ★★★★ for The Doors of His Face, the Lamps of His Mouth • (1965) • fisher story on Old Venus –  review
  • ★★★1/2 for The Keys to December • (1966) • terraforming for Cold Cats – review
  • ★★★ for Devil Car • (1965) • Wild West romanticism with A.I. cars –  review
  • ★★★★★ • A Rose for Ecclesiastes • (1963) • fatalisms of Old Marsians – review
  • ★★ for The Monster and the Maiden • (1964) • two-pager faery story, a twist about the eponymous topic
  • ★★★1/2 for Collector’s Fever • (1964) • three-pager funny, bizarre SF about trying to collect an intelligent stone. Nearly 100% dialogue but with an interesting world-setting.
  • ★★★ for  This Mortal Mountain • (1967) • mysticistic climbing turning real – review
  • ★★★ for  This Moment of the Storm • (1966) • storm watcher leads a city through the perils of a storm – review
  • ★★ for The Great Slow Kings • (1963) • satirical and witty story about reptile Gods taking years for simple conversations, witnessing civilizations fade away while they try to come up with answers. “Masters,” suggested Zindrome, “the half-life of radioactive materials being as ephemeral as it is, I regret to report that only one spaceship is now in operational condition.”
  • ★★★ for A Museum Piece • (1963) • an artist decides to flee the world, exhibiting himself as a statue in a museum. Others do similar. Satirical, witty, absurd story.
  • ★★★★ for Divine Madness • (1966) • reverse time love story – review
  • ★ for Corrida • (1968) • a man awakes as the bull in a tauromachia; thankfully only two pages long
  • ★★★★ for Love is an Imaginary Number • (1966) • proto-Amber – review
  • ★★★ for The Man Who Loved the Faioli • (1967) • A month. A month, he knew, and it would come to an end. The Faioli, whatever they were, paid for the life that they took with the pleasures of the flesh. 
  • ★★1/2 for Lucifer • (1964) • the eponymous lightbringer (from “lux”+”ferre”) brings back life to a city in the form of electricity, if only for a few moments

 

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3 Responses to The Doors of His Face, The Lamps of His Mouth, and Other Stories • SF story collection by Roger Zelazny

  1. Ola G says:

    Interesting! He must’ve written loads of short stories, because I’m familiar with only a couple from this anthology 😉 Glad to see most of them are really good, too!

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