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Dude, Where’s My Scalawagon?

The Scalawagons of Oz, by John R. Neill – This book is eighty years old now, and it’s possibly the worst in the main series. It’s not one of those books that’s particularly embarrassing in retrospect, like Royal Book from twenty years … Continue reading

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Magnoflex, Monster Masters, and Metroids

Just a few book and comic reviews this time, all stuff related to Oz or video games. Helda the Witch of Oz, by James Fuller – This is a series of five books, each one with a different color in … 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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Marvels of the Modern Mushroom Age

I find the idea of Schizo Tech in fictional worlds to be pretty interesting. Of course, not all societies develop technology at the same rate. There could be a reason why a place has cars and not guns, or vice … Continue reading

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Oscar the Inventor

Many of the magicians in the Oz series mix technology with magic, and the Wizard of Oz is no exception. In fact, with his background in the Great Outside World and his resourcefulness, he’s one of the most prominent inventors … Continue reading

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Playing Some Nintend-Oz

In the past, I have occasionally bemoaned the fact that Oz is generally overlooked when it comes to video games. Most of the ones that do come out seem to be: 1) half-hearted, and 2) based pretty much entirely on … Continue reading

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Fairyland Indus Trees, Inc.

I was wondering recently about how industry works in Oz. While I would imagine many functions are fulfilled by small businesses and magical trees, there is the occasional mention of a factory. The Scalwagons are produced in a factory that … Continue reading

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