Category Archives: John R. Neill

OzCon in a Nutshell, or Perhaps a Peach Pit

I’m back from OzCon International 2017 (sometimes still called the Winkie Convention) in Portland, Oregon. The main theme was The Lost Princess of Oz, and the location because Ozma was Ore-gone. No, I’m actually not sure why that location was … Continue reading

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When the Volcano Blow

I wrote last week about Dorothy’s tornado and other natural disasters that opened the way to Oz or the surrounding fairylands, and this time I’m going to look at ones within fairyland itself. We don’t really hear of many bad … Continue reading

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The Second Most Dangerous Game

I would have to suspect that, in a land in which practically all animals can talk, humans killing and eating them would pretty much disappear. Perhaps strangely, however, there are a few mentions of human hunters in Oz. They’re most … Continue reading

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Fairyland Lost

Anyone who’s read the Oz books from The Emerald City of Oz on knows that residence in that fairyland grants certain magical effects, including a lack of aging unless you want to grow older, and presumably the inability to die … Continue reading

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Slide Some Oil to Me

I suppose Oz must use fossil fuels to at least some extent. I mean, the Tin Woodman carries around an oilcan in order to lubricate his joints and keep them from rusting. L. Frank Baum’s father became rich through oil … Continue reading

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Insect Aside

L. Frank Baum is never entirely clear on whether ALL animals in Oz can talk, or whether animals eat each other there. For instance, are insects there sentient? Well, the Wogglebug is, but that’s after he’s been Highly Magnified and … Continue reading

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Sizing Up and Down

Characters changing in size is a pretty frequent occurrence in the Oz books. It’s sort of a transformation, but not entirely, as someone exposed to such magic keeps the same shape. At least, that seems to be the case for … Continue reading

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