Fritz Reuter Leiber, Jr. (December 24, 1910 – September 5, 1992) was an American writer of fantasy, horror, and science fiction. He was also a poet, actor in theater and films, playwright and chess expert.[b] With writers such as Robert E. Howard and Michael Moorcock, Leiber can be regarded as one of the fathers of sword and sorcery fantasy. He created the term "Sword and Sorcery." Moreover, he excelled in all fields of speculative fiction, writing award-winning work in fantasy, horror, and science fiction.