History Creator / RogerZelazny

1st Jun '16 8:00:56 PM PaulA
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* ''Literature/MyNameIsLegion''



* AIIsACrapshoot: In ''Home is the Hangman'', a space-exploring AI returns to Earth and a scientist is sent to investigate whether it's out to murder its programmers. [[spoiler: Far from it.]]



* CharacterNameAlias: The short stories collected in ''My Name Is Legion'' are about a secret agent whose real name even his employer doesn't know, whose aliases are always the names of obscure-but-notable historical figures. (In a break from the usual procedure, the historical figure always had nothing whatever to do with the job at hand; for instance, on his first appearance he is undercover as an engineer, but using a name whose original owner was a doctor.)



* IHaveManyNames: A series of short stories, collected in ''My Name Is Legion'', about a secret agent whose real name even his employer didn't know, whose aliases were always the names of obscure-but-notable historical figures. (In a break from the usual procedure, the historical figure always had nothing whatever to do with the job at hand; for instance, on his first appearance he was undercover as an engineer, but using a name whose original owner was a doctor.)



* UnderwaterCity: Underwater colonies are a significant part of the backstory of "The Eve of RUMOKO".
* TheUnpronounceable: One of the stories collected in ''My Name Is Legion'' features a sapient dolphin named 'Kjwalll'kje'k'koothaïlll'kje'k (which is also, no doubt to the delight of Zelazny's copy-editors, the title of the story itself).
1st Jun '16 6:49:10 PM PaulA
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* ''Literature/DilvishTheDamned'' series



* BringNewsBack: "Passage To Dilfar", a short story in ''Dilvish the Damned''; the whole story is the attempt to bring the news back.



* EyeColorChange: In ''Dilvish The Damned'', some witches have eyes that wax and wane with the moon.



* MechanicalHorse: Bronze from ''Literature/CreaturesOfLightAndDarkness''; the horse from ''Dilvish the Damned'' (either demonic or mechanical) probably qualifies too. Also, more distantly, the Brass Baboon in Donnerjack.

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* MechanicalHorse: Bronze from ''Literature/CreaturesOfLightAndDarkness''; the horse from ''Dilvish the Damned'' (either demonic or mechanical) probably qualifies too.''Literature/CreaturesOfLightAndDarkness''. Also, more distantly, the Brass Baboon in Donnerjack.



* NoManOfWomanBorn: The sword from ''The Bells of Shoredan''



* RealityIsOutToLunch: In ''The Changing Land'', the land around Castle Timeless is currently inhabited by the "mad" demi-god Tualua. Tualua is undergoing one of the "changes" common to his kind, which in this case causes the land surrounding the castle to be subject to all sorts of chaotic, unpredictable, and often-deadly effects.



* SapientSteed: Dilvish's steed, a steel horse that's the embodiment of a demon, in ''Dilvish the Damned''.
* SleightOfTongue: In ''The Changing Land'', the resurrected priestess Semirama does this (with considerable... emphasis) to slip a key to Dilvish (who happens to be [[IdenticalGrandson the spitting image of his ancestor]], who was her lover) when he's chained in the dungeon of the Castle Timeless.



* TheUnpronounceable:
** ''The Changing Land'' features a demon named Melbrinionsadsazzersteldregandishfeltselior. The long name is necessary for the invocation ritual, and if the sorcerer attempting it were to get as much as one syllable wrong, the demon would kill him. Understandably, wizards are reluctant to attempt it. Subverted inasmuch as one of the antagonists is a wizard named Baran, whose native tongue is a horribly complicated agglutinative language, so he has no problem pronouncing the name and using the demon for errands.
** One of the stories collected in ''My Name Is Legion'' features a sapient dolphin named 'Kjwalll'kje'k'koothaïlll'kje'k (which is also, no doubt to the delight of Zelazny's copy-editors, the title of the story itself).
* VirginSacrifice: In ''The Changing Land'', a wizard employs a "virgin detector spell" to locate a suitable sacrifice. The wizard is in a hurry to regain his power after a mishap and sacrificing a virgin is the quickest and easiest way. Naturally, the [[spoiler:BigDamnHeroes arrive just in time]].

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* TheUnpronounceable:
** ''The Changing Land'' features a demon named Melbrinionsadsazzersteldregandishfeltselior. The long name is necessary for the invocation ritual, and if the sorcerer attempting it were to get as much as one syllable wrong, the demon would kill him. Understandably, wizards are reluctant to attempt it. Subverted inasmuch as one of the antagonists is a wizard named Baran, whose native tongue is a horribly complicated agglutinative language, so he has no problem pronouncing the name and using the demon for errands.
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TheUnpronounceable: One of the stories collected in ''My Name Is Legion'' features a sapient dolphin named 'Kjwalll'kje'k'koothaïlll'kje'k (which is also, no doubt to the delight of Zelazny's copy-editors, the title of the story itself).
* VirginSacrifice: In ''The Changing Land'', a wizard employs a "virgin detector spell" to locate a suitable sacrifice. The wizard is in a hurry to regain his power after a mishap and sacrificing a virgin is the quickest and easiest way. Naturally, the [[spoiler:BigDamnHeroes arrive just in time]].
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1st Jun '16 1:06:39 AM PaulA
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* ''Literature/{{Roadmarks}}''



* CarnivalOfKillers: In ''Roadmarks'' the antagonist hires the "Black Decade," ten highly skilled assassins/hunters from the entire range of Earth's history have been hired to eliminate the protagonist. This includes an assassin robot, a genetically enhanced and cybernetic super soldier, and a martial arts master.



* DeadManWriting: Played with in ''Roadmarks'': A character writes a note to his employer explaining why he intends not only to resign but to kill his employer before he departs. He ends it with a postscript -- "By the time you read this, you will already be dead."



* DisappearedDad: Sandow to his son; Randy's father in ''Roadmarks''; Oberon to Corwin; Corwin to Merlin. Zelazny's own father died early.

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* DisappearedDad: Sandow to his son; Randy's father in ''Roadmarks''; Oberon to Corwin; Corwin to Merlin. Zelazny's own father died early.



* GentleGiant: Mondamay in ''Roadmarks''.



* HaveWeMetYet: Played with in ''Roadmarks'' -- on several occasions, people reminisce about a previous meeting with the time-travelling protagonist then add that they're not sure if it's happened to him yet, because he looked older then. [[spoiler:It turns out that he's growing younger instead of older as time goes on.]]
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: The time-travel novel ''Roadmarks'' has significant cameos by several, including the Marquis de Sade and a small German man named Adolph.



* MerlinSickness: In ''Roadmarks'', certain people start out as old men (or women) and grow younger over time. The question of what they have in common and why this happens is central to the plot.



* UnusualChapterNumbers:
** ''Roadmarks'', which involves time travel, begins with "Two", followed by "One" -- then another "Two", another "One", and so on through the book. The chapters numbered One follow the protagonist through the story; the chapters numbered Two contain related scenes in other times and places, and are not in chronological order.



* YouDidntAsk: Used against one of the villains in ''Roadmarks''. A character is placed under a compulsion to obey the villain's orders; the villain's plan fails due to a fact the character knew all along but chose not to volunteer; the villain asks why he didn't warn him, and the character replies, with exact truth, "You never asked me."
1st Jun '16 12:56:51 AM PaulA
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* AndIMustScream



* BringNewsBack

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* BringNewsBackBringNewsBack: "Passage To Dilfar", a short story in ''Dilvish the Damned''; the whole story is the attempt to bring the news back.



* CharacterNameAlias

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* CharacterNameAliasCharacterNameAlias: The short stories collected in ''My Name Is Legion'' are about a secret agent whose real name even his employer doesn't know, whose aliases are always the names of obscure-but-notable historical figures. (In a break from the usual procedure, the historical figure always had nothing whatever to do with the job at hand; for instance, on his first appearance he is undercover as an engineer, but using a name whose original owner was a doctor.)



* DoomedMoralVictor

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* DoomedMoralVictorDoomedMoralVictor: In the short story "The Keys to December", the main character's people are {{terraform}}ing a world to fit them, since the only world they could live on was destroyed. The native lifeforms, under the new evolutionary pressure, evolve sentience and religion (worshiping the main character as he awakes every 250 years and patrols the world to see how the terraforming is going). [[spoiler:He realizes that they cannot evolve further and, after failing to convince his people to stop or slow the terraforming, leads his believers in a rebellion.]] Finally, he and his main rival agree to put the question to a vote of their people--as the main character says, if he loses, "I'll retire and you can be God." [[spoiler:He loses, and lives out his life as the God of the presumably now-doomed people.]]



* HumanPopsicle: [[spoiler: In ''Permafrost'' characters are frozen solid and remain... alive.]]

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* HumanPopsicle: [[spoiler: In ''Permafrost'' characters [[spoiler:characters are frozen solid and remain... alive.]]



* PsychicPowers

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* PsychicPowersPsychicPowers: ''Coils'' (1980), by Zelazny and Creator/FredSaberhagen, features a whole team of psychics selected by a CorruptCorporateExecutive because of their mental powers. These include a female telepath, a bio-PK (a former faith-healer who can [[HealingHands heal]] or [[TouchOfDeath kill with his mind]]), a female telekinetic, and the protagonist, a [[{{Technopath}} machine empath]] who can control machines and "dive" [[InsideAComputerSystem into the global computer network]].



* RealityIsOutToLunch

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* RealityIsOutToLunchRealityIsOutToLunch: In ''The Changing Land'', the land around Castle Timeless is currently inhabited by the "mad" demi-god Tualua. Tualua is undergoing one of the "changes" common to his kind, which in this case causes the land surrounding the castle to be subject to all sorts of chaotic, unpredictable, and often-deadly effects.



* RebelliousSpirit



* SleightOfTongue

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* SleightOfTongueSleightOfTongue: In ''The Changing Land'', the resurrected priestess Semirama does this (with considerable... emphasis) to slip a key to Dilvish (who happens to be [[IdenticalGrandson the spitting image of his ancestor]], who was her lover) when he's chained in the dungeon of the Castle Timeless.



* VirginSacrifice

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* VirginSacrificeVirginSacrifice: In ''The Changing Land'', a wizard employs a "virgin detector spell" to locate a suitable sacrifice. The wizard is in a hurry to regain his power after a mishap and sacrificing a virgin is the quickest and easiest way. Naturally, the [[spoiler:BigDamnHeroes arrive just in time]].
24th Apr '16 7:31:22 AM PaulA
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Early in his career, he developed a reputation for writing mythology-based SF. His first novel, ''This Immortal'' (originally, ''Call Me Conrad'') borrowed from [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Greek Mythology]], and ''Literature/LordOfLight'' and ''Literature/CreaturesOfLightAndDarkness'' were based on [[Myth/HinduMythology Hindu]] and Myth/EgyptianMythology, respectively. He quickly branched out into more general forms of ScienceFantasy, while still relying heavily on archetypal themes, like the Tarot and the conflict with Chaos in ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfAmber''. He did return to his mythological-SF roots with two later works: ''Eye of Cat'' (Myth/NativeAmericanMythology), and ''The Mask of Loki'' (Myth/NorseMythology).

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Early in his career, he developed a reputation for writing mythology-based SF. His first novel, ''This Immortal'' ''Literature/ThisImmortal'' (originally, ''Call Me Conrad'') borrowed from [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Greek Mythology]], and ''Literature/LordOfLight'' and ''Literature/CreaturesOfLightAndDarkness'' were based on [[Myth/HinduMythology Hindu]] and Myth/EgyptianMythology, respectively. He quickly branched out into more general forms of ScienceFantasy, while still relying heavily on archetypal themes, like the Tarot and the conflict with Chaos in ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfAmber''. He did return to his mythological-SF roots with two later works: ''Eye of Cat'' (Myth/NativeAmericanMythology), and ''The Mask of Loki'' (Myth/NorseMythology).



* MarkOfTheSupernatural: In ''This Immortal'', protagonist narrator Conrad Nomikos has heterochromia, among other odd features. But then he [[spoiler: is probably a mutant and is definitely hundreds of years old.]] His unique appearance is an important plot point.
23rd Apr '16 4:44:12 PM Derkhan
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* ''Literature/ThisImmortal''



* GuineaPigFamily: In ''This Immortal'', the AbsentMindedProfessor borderline EvilutionaryBiologist (he euthanized the last dog on earth) George Emmet wanted to experiment on his children...but his wife put her foot down.
17th Dec '15 2:15:18 PM Morgenthaler
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* LikeABadassOutOfHell: Dilvish the Damned.
2nd Aug '15 6:18:49 PM PaulA
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* EternalEngine: In ''Literature/JackOfShadows'', there is a Machine at the Heart of the World (the purpose of which is to stop the Earth from rotating).



* ShadowWalker: In ''Literature/JackOfShadows'', this is one of the title character's signature abilities.
2nd Aug '15 12:40:15 PM Civanfan
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* ''Literature/JackOfShadows''



* EternalEngine: In ''Jack of Shadows'', there is a Machine at the Heart of the World (the purpose of which is to stop the Earth from rotating).

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* EternalEngine: In ''Jack of Shadows'', ''Literature/JackOfShadows'', there is a Machine at the Heart of the World (the purpose of which is to stop the Earth from rotating).



* ShadowWalker: In ''Jack Of Shadows'', this is one of the title character's signature abilities.

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* ShadowWalker: In ''Jack Of Shadows'', ''Literature/JackOfShadows'', this is one of the title character's signature abilities.
18th Apr '15 4:26:20 AM jormis29
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* PublicDomainCharacter: {{Merlin}}, Sir Launcelot and Morgan Le Fay in "The Last Defender of Camelot"

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* PublicDomainCharacter: {{Merlin}}, Myth/{{Merlin}}, Sir Launcelot and Morgan Le Fay in "The Last Defender of Camelot"
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