Category Archives: Oz

What Would Baum Do?

The Autumn 2019 Baum Bugle has an old article by the late Fred Meyer, which I think I’d seen some version of before, postulating on what L. Frank Baum might have written if he’d lived longer. Obviously we can never … Continue reading

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The Ascent of Men

The Greek Myths, by Robert Graves – The library system only had one copy of this, so it took me a few checkouts to finish it, but I finally did. It’s an interesting and pretty thorough retelling of Greek mythology, … Continue reading

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Foresight Is 2020

2020 always just sounded so far in the future when I was a kid. Really, even 2000 still had a bit of awe-inspiring mysticism about it, but I remember most of my childhood interest in a science fiction sort of … Continue reading

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Weasel Overcome, But Not Before the Damage Done

I got my copy of the 2019 Oziana, the International Wizard of Oz Club‘s annual (well, mostly) collection of short fiction. I have a story in it, “The Giant Weasel of Oz,” which was an idea I came up with … Continue reading

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You Aren’t Going Nowhere, Fungus

Continued from this post, here are four more Super Mario Bros. Super Show episode reviews: Rolling Down the River – While not exactly the line from “Proud Mary,” they did originally play that song in this episode, earlier in the … Continue reading

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Fearsome Furnishings

Living versions of inanimate objects are common in fiction. The Oz books have a lot of them, although most of them are friendly. There are, however, many animated objects that are deadly, especially in role-playing games. I was recently thinking … Continue reading

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Words with Fairies

Under the Influence of Oz, by Marin Elizabeth Xiques and Chris Dulabone – This book is largely an attempt to reconcile the different depictions of Heartbreak Hostel and its keeper, Soulae Sunchip, between Green Goblins and Havenly Dreams. The former … Continue reading

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