I've never been much of a science fiction reader except for short stories. I can take the technology in short doses, but in reading the shorts I've discovered that the best sci-fi isn't about the gadgets but the people who inhabit the worlds created by the authors. "Home is the Hangman" is a perfect example. The story is about a rogue robot called the Hangman, but everything comes back to the humans involved in creating him. What also drew me to this book is the combining of a detective story with science fiction.
What really surprised me in reading this novella was how back in 1975 Zelazny very nearly has described the world we're living in today. Such imagination! Well worth the read if you can find a copy. My copy is a hardback from the Science Fiction Collection Book Club that I found at a recent book sale.
I first discovered Zelazny through a short story called "Kalifriki of the Thread" and I've been on the lookout for other work by him ever since. Any recommendations?