Dust-jacket from the first edition
|Genre||Science fiction and Fantasy short stories, essays|
|Media type||Print (Hardback)|
|Dewey Decimal||813/.54 19|
|LC Classification||PS3576.E43 A6 1983|
Unicorn Variations is a collection of stories and essays by author Roger Zelazny, published in 1983. The title story, "Unicorn Variation", was written as a result of Zelazny having been asked to contribute to two different upcoming anthologies — one collecting stories set in bars, and one collecting stories about unicorns. When Zelazny mentioned these requests to his close friend George R. R. Martin, the other told Zelazny of a third upcoming anthology — one which would collect stories about chess — and jokingly suggested that Zelazny write a story about playing chess against a unicorn in a bar, so that he could sell the story three times. Zelazny did just that and then went on to win a Hugo Award for the story.
- "Unicorn Variation"
- "The Last of the Wild Ones"
- (A follow-up short story to the earlier story "Devil Car")
- "The Naked Matador"
- "The Parts That Are Only Glimpsed: Three Reflexes" (essay)
- "Dismal Light"
- (A follow-up short story to the novel "Isle of the Dead")
- "Go Starless in the Night"
- "But Not the Herald"
- "A Hand Across the Galaxy"
- "The Force That Through the Circuit Drives the Current"
- (A short story that plays with themes developed in the novella "Home is the Hangman")
- "Home is the Hangman"
- (Initially published in the collection My Name is Legion)
- "Fire and /or Ice"
- "Exeunt Omnes"
- "A Very Good Year"
- "My Lady of the Diodes"
- "And I Only Am Escaped to Tell Thee"
- "The Horses of Lir"
- "The Night Has 999 Eyes"
- "Angel, Dark Angel"
- "The George Business"
- "Some Science Fiction Parameters: A Biased View" (essay)
- "The Locus Index to Science Fiction". Retrieved 2007-03-12.
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