Shining Legacy

On Saturday, Jim and I drove up to Santa Fe to have dinner at the invitation of Warren Lapine who, along with Trent Zelazny, co-edited the tribute anthology to Roger Zelazny, Shadows and Reflections.  Jim and I arrived early enough to walk around the plaza and enjoy the glittering lights.  As we were turning to head toward the restaurant, we encountered our dear friends, Steve (S.M.) and Jan Stirling, and learned they were going our way.

The Santa Fe Plaza

Several other contributors to the anthology were part of Warren’s dinner party.  These included  Trent Zelazny, Gerry Hausman (and his wife, Lorry), and Shannon Zelazny.  Rounding out the festive board were Warren’s wife (and frequent partner in things editorial), Angela Kessler, and the aforementioned bonus guests: Steve and Jan Stirling.

We met at the San Francisco Street Bar and Grill, which, in an earlier incarnation, was a place that Roger very much enjoyed, so this seemed like a nicely appropriate setting.

Chat was lively and general, one of those lovely occasions where everyone – even people who hadn’t met before – quickly arrived at the conclusion that we were all friends.

A few words about the Shadows and Reflections anthology, for those of you who are curious.  It includes both fiction and non-fiction.  The introduction by George R.R. Martin is a reprint of a piece he wrote in 2009.  The final piece, by Shannon Zelazny, who was in high school when her father died, is probably my favorite bit in the entire book.  Of all the many biographical remembrances of Roger that I have read, Shannon’s comes closest to capturing the man I knew, loved, and lived with.

There’s also a little known short story by Roger, “There Shall Be No Moon!”

The other fiction draws on a wide variety of Roger’s universes, from the science fiction Isle of the Dead (Steve Brust’s “Playing God”) to the sword and sorcery Jack of Shadows (Lawrence Watt-Evans’ “The Lady of Shadow Guard”).  Gerry Hausman (who co-wrote the novel Wilderness with Roger) contributed “Nights in the Garden of Blue Harbor,” based on a story idea Roger gave him.  One thing that’s nice about the collection is that both Roger’s short and long fiction are represented as sources of inspiration.

My own piece, “The Headless Flute Player” is set in the same universe as Lord Demon, one of the two novels that, at Roger’s request, I completed for him after his death.  It’s a prequel to the novel, and incorporates a few ideas Roger casually mentioned that someday he’d like to use in a story.

Full disclosure.  I haven’t read the entire anthology yet, so I can’t tell you much about the stories.  What I hope is that this anthology inspires readers to go back and read the original works that have inspired such devotion and enthusiasm over twenty years after their author’s death – and in many cases, several decades after they were originally written.

One wonderful thing about Roger’s writing is how well it has held up to the test of time and how it can still stir the heart and imagination.  Not a bad legacy at all…

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7 Responses to “Shining Legacy”

  1. James M. Six Says:

    “What I hope is that this anthology inspires readers to go back and read the original works”

    It already did. I picked up “Changeling” and “Madwand” for the first time in a decade or two (or three?) because of the story set in that world. And a “Jack of Shadows” re-read is on my list in the next week or two. (I had re-read “Lord Demon” and “Isle of the Dead” recently enough that no re-read was required.)

  2. Gerald Hausman Says:

    How nicely Jane did this! There is so much in the pages of this book. Thanks to the hombres who pulled it off and all who contributed the wondrous tales. And most of all Roger who is forever before and forever after.

  3. Louis Robinson Says:

    When was this to be published, and by whom? Currently, neither Chapters or the Toronto Public Library seem to have heard of it – and I would have expected the Merril Collection to nobble a copy.

    • Peter Says:

      June 2017, Positronic Publishing (the ebook came out in September). Doesn’t appear to have had much distribution in Canuckistan, since the only print copies i saw for sale on Amazon.ca were imports from third-party sellers.

      Happily I was able to snag a copy for my Kindle, although I haven’t gotten around to reading it yet.

  4. Michael H. Hanson Says:

    It is a true honor to be a part of this grand tribute anthology for my favorite author of all time, Roger Zelazny. Writing “Rock and Road” (set in Roger’s delightful ROADMARKS universe) was nothing short of a sublime experience. Though I never met Roger personally (within handshake distance), I did attend LunaCon in 1990, and made sure to sit in the front rows of his panels (held in the main room) where I asked the great man inane but short questions about writing that he answered with thrift courtesy, hence, we did trade words across that vast gap between audience and stage, where his kindness shown like a mighty lamp.

    Transit umbra, lux permanet

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