Fritz Leiber

Author of heroic fantasy and through-provoking science fiction.

December 24, 1910 – September 5, 1992

Perhaps best known for his heroic fantasy novels and stories, Fritz Leiber also created an exciting range of science fiction that reflected his various enthusiasms: cats, chess, and the theater.

Leiber became interested in writing through correspondence with college friend Harry Fischer, with whom he collaborated in the creation of the heroic fantasy duo Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser. The adventures of this pair became central to Leiber's career, comprising a lengthy series that includes The Swords of Lankhmar (1970), one of the greatest modern heroic fantasy novels ever written.

Leiber's first important work of science fiction was Gather, Darkness! (1950). His subsequent science fiction novels, The Big Time (1961) and The Wanderer (1964), each won a Hugo Award. Despite his many awards for science fiction his fantasy eclipses those works, and today they are often overlooked. Leiber was the only writer of his generation to still be producing his best work in the genre through the late 1970s.

2001 Inductee