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Excerpt from Primer: The Chronicles of Amber, May 22, 2012 for Litreactor.com
I would be remiss in writing a regular column on fantasy if I didn’t cover my favorite fantasy series of all time, The Chronicles of Amber by Roger Zelazny. In last year’s NPR poll on the top 100 science fiction and fantasy books, the series came in at number 40 . I would put it in the top 5. The first book, Nine Princes in Amber, appeared in 1970, and over the next 26 years Zelazny would add to the series, completing an original arc of five books, later following that with another five book series, and finally writing a few short stories to address dangling plot threads shortly before his death (though, sadly, without writing everything he’d planned).
Zelazny remarked that parts of Amber came to him, virtually fully formed, as he began to set it down. He was discovering the story as he wrote it, but he felt as if these people and their story already existed, the shape within the clay, so to speak. That it had this kind of life to him is evident in the vibrancy of the series.
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