Intermittently reading: The Collecte Stories of Roger Zelazny
This is a 6-volume collection of all of Roger Zelazny's short works. It's therefor a must for any serious Zelazny fan: It's not only a convenient collection of old favorites, but also includes the occasional previously unpublished story. It also includes commentary, footnotes and the other sorts of extras to be expected from an authoritative collection.
I'm not really sure what to say about the collection: Readers of SF will presumably already be familiar with Roger Zelazny, and not need an introduction. Suffice it to say that many of these stories are among my favorites, and I'd have trouble picking one (or even a few) as favorites, as many of them are superb. So I'll mention three memorable stories, not necessarily my absolute favorites:
"For A Breath I Tarry" This story follows the struggles of robots left over after humanity has gone extinct, having deeply misunderstood human intentions.
"This Moment of the Storm" The core of this story is, unusually for Zelazny, not particularly rooted in SF. It's really about the people in a small town overwhelmed by rain & flood, showing humanity both at its best and worst. But alongside that is an interesting study of the effects of slower-than-light travel and cold-sleep. The protagonist has done a fair amount of travel, so while he's biologically 35 or so, he was also good friends with the current mayor's grandfather, on a previous visit. Either the musings on space travel or the storm story would be good, but together they're exquisite.
"Comes Now The Power" I can't think of another short story that emotionally moves me more than this one. It's about a telepath who has lost use of his power, and is probably best read unspoiled.
Highly Recommended (yes, the whole collection)
(Also, thanks to Lynn for letting me know the collection existed: I'm not in the habit of looking for new books from favorite dead authors.)