First Publication: Galaxy, April 1975
Cover Artist: Jack Gaughan
I remember reading this in Galaxy Science Fiction Magazine when it originally was published. At that time, Zelazny was still writing the original “Amber” series (which was being serialized in Galaxy). “The Game of Blood and Dust” shows what happens when two beings with god like powers use the Earth as their chessboard. Changes to our history are the moves in the game. As expected, I liked this story. Zelazny poetic use of language always appeals to me. In a very short story, he manages to cover the history of man.