Fritz Leiber: A Master of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror

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Fritz Leiber

Fritz Leiber was a true polymath, a versatile and multifaceted writer who excelled in multiple genres. He was not only a renowned science fiction writer, but also a highly acclaimed author in the fields of fantasy and horror. His talents extended far beyond writing, as he was a talented actor, poet, playwright, and even a skilled chess player. Together with legends such as Robert E. Howard and Michael Moorcock, Leiber can be considered one of the founding fathers of sword and sorcery fantasy, having popularized the term.

A Hitch in Space by Fritz Leiber:

An Illustration from the Magazine Publication of A Hitch in Space

Leiber’s story “A Hitch in Space” from Incredible Science Fiction: Amazing Tales from the ’50s and Beyond Volume Two, takes the reader on a psychological journey through space. The story revolves around the challenges and dangers of working relationships in the cosmos, as the main character is trapped with a colleague who has developed a dangerous psychosis. Leiber masterfully weaves in events from the protagonist’s childhood to create a thrilling and suspenseful adventure. With its sharp writing and insightful themes, “A Hitch in Space” showcases Leiber’s remarkable writing talent and his ability to blend science fiction with psychology to create a gripping and unforgettable story.

Here is a 5-minute preview sample of my narration of Fritz Leiber’s A Hitch in Space. This is the 4th Short Story in the Audible Version of Incredible Science Fiction: Amazing Tales from the ’50s and Beyond Volume Two.

Five Minute Sample of Fritz Leiber’s A Hitch in Space

The full version of the story is 18 minutes and 27 seconds long.

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