Born: May 13, 1937
Ohio connection: Birth
Roger Joseph Zelazny was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and raised in the Cleveland suburb of Euclid. He was educated at Western Reserve University (B.A., 1959) and Columbia University (M.A., 1962). He worked as a claims representative and specialist for the Social Security Administration from 1962 until 1969, when he entered into his writing career full time. He mainly wrote short stories while he worked for the Social Security Administration, though his first three novels, This Immortal (1966), The Dream Master (1966), and Lord of Light (1967) did appear during this time. When he left to become a full-time writer, he focused his attention on novels. Zelazny became a very popular science fiction writer, whose early works featured characters from Egyptian and Hindu mythology. Some of his titles are Isle of the Dead, Doorways in the Sand, Damnation Alley, Eye of Cat, and A Dark Traveling. His most ambitious work, the later “Amber” series, depicted a world which exists in all places and all times at once. It included ten books which were published over a period of twenty-one years (1970-1991). Zelazny married Sharon Steberl in 1964 and they were divorced in 1966. He married Judith Alene Callahan in 1966. They had three children: Devin, Trent and Shannon. Roger Zelazny died on June 14, 1995.
Nebula Award, Science Fiction Writers of America, 1965, for best novella, “He Who Shapes,” 1965, for best novelette, “The Doors of His Face, the Lamps of His Mouth,” and 1975, for best novella, “Home Is the Hangman”; Hugo Award, World Science Fiction Convention, 1966, for best novel, This Immortal, 1968, for best novel, Lord of Light, 1975, for best novella, “Home Is the Hangman,” 1983, for best novelette, “Unicorn Variations,” 1986, for best novella, “Twenty-Four Views of Mount Fuji by Hokusai,” and 1987, for best novelette, “Permafrost”; Prix Apollo, 1972, for French edition of Isle of the Dead; Guest of Honor, World Science Fiction Convention, 1974, Australian National Science Fiction Convention, 1978, and at numerous regional and local science fiction conventions; Doorways in the Sand named one of the best young adult books of the year, 1976, American Library Association; Balrog Award, 1980, for best story, “The Last Defender of Camelot,” and 1984, for best collection, “Unicorn Variations;” Locus Award, 1984, for collection “Unicorn Variations,” and 1986, for novel Trumps of Doom; nominated for Nebula Award, 1994, for A Night in the Lonesome October.