Category Archives: L. Frank Baum

Heroes and Villains

Daughters of Destiny, by L. Frank Baum – This 1906 story of succession and conspiracy was originally written under the pseudonym Schuyler Staunton. It takes place in Baluchistan, a region made up of parts of Pakistan, Iran, and Afghanistan. Within … Continue reading

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Get Out of Town

There are a lot of characters who come to live in Ozma’s palace, or sometimes elsewhere in or near the Emerald City. Is the city becoming overcrowded? Probably not, considering that it has the same population in L. Frank Baum’s … Continue reading

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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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Literary History Drags On

I shared this article on the history of dragons in Western literature on Facebook, and there was a comment about how Oz wasn’t represented in it. It does, however, quote Ruth Berman, a long-time Oz fan; and I think she’s … Continue reading

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Sisters Are Flying for Themselves

The Fire Keeper, by J.C. Cervantes – The sequel to The Storm Runner begins with Zane Obispo, his family, and his friend Brooks hiding out on a hidden tropical island. He finds out that the memoir he’d written at the … Continue reading

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Rings and Things

A lot of jewelry appears in the Oz books, but I can only think of a few magic rings. I believe the first one mentioned in the expanded Oz universe, albeit not in an official Oz book, is the one … Continue reading

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Magic to the People

Lost in Oz – They showed the first episode of this program at the latest OzCon, and I’ve since watched all the available episodes. There are sort of two seasons, in that there are two sets of thirteen each, but … Continue reading

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