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Automa-Tons of Fun

During a discussion of Ozma of Oz at the most recent OzCon International, Lee Speth proposed that, while Tik-Tok was not the first mechanical man in modern literature, he was perhaps the first artificial intelligence. L. Frank Baum himself had … Continue reading

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Cybernetic Ozites

When I wrote about science fiction elements in the Oz books, there were a few comments suggesting the Tin Woodman could count as a cyborg, since he had his fleshy parts replaced with metal ones. It’s a little difficult to … Continue reading

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Nome Invasions

I’ve already discussed the constant invasion attempts of the former Nome King, but this time I’d like to take a closer look at the individual attempts. The first occurs in The Emerald City of Oz, in which King Roquat’s goal … Continue reading

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Sure Cure for Everything

The mythical idea of the cure-all elixir shows up a few times in the Oz books. Actually, the only L. Frank Baum work in which I specifically recall such a thing being mentioned is John Dough and the Cherub, which … Continue reading

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