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F. Brett Cox

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780252043765

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: January 2022

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252043765.001.0001

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Do Quit your Day Job

Do Quit your Day Job


(p.61) Chapter 3 Do Quit your Day Job
Roger Zelazny

F. Brett Cox

University of Illinois Press

The chapter discusses Zelazny’s career from 1969 to 1971, the period that marks his transition into full-time writing, primarily novels. The chapter concentrates on the novels Isle of the Dead, Creatures of Light and Darkness, Nine Princes in Amber, and Jack of Shadows. It argues that Isle shows Zelazny’s increasing control over the craft of the novel while connecting strongly with issues of the author’s day, especially environmentalism; that Creatures marks an apotheosis of Zelazny’s fascination with mythology and experimental narrative techniques; that Princes, although his most traditional fantasy novel to date, still plays with genre expectations through its cynical, hardboiled narrator; and that the even more straightforward narrative of Jack of Shadows marks a transition to the more commercial novels of the 1970s.

Keywords:   Roger Zelazny, science fiction, fantasy, mythology, environmentalism, sword and sorcery, literary influence

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