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The Best of Inventions

If you’ve read the Oz books, you might remember Smith and Tinker as the creators of Tik-Tok, as well as the Giant with the Hammer and, as per Rachel Cosgrove Payes, the Hundred-Year Alarm Clock. I’ve written about them before … Continue reading

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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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A Space Ozyssey

I’ve examined the possible location of the Land of Oz and its surrounding fairylands in the past. To sum up, the earlier books seem to place it in some hidden part of our Earth, while more recent ones tend to … Continue reading

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You’ve Got to Hide Your History Away

The Hidden History of Oz, Book One: The Witch Queens, by Tarl Telford – This series is a prequel to the Oz books proper, an idea that’s been done a few times, from Hugh Pendexter’s Oz and the Three Witches … Continue reading

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The Living Arts

One of the more bizarre recurring themes in the Oz books, albeit not one without precedent, is that of painted material becoming real when it’s lifelike enough. We first hear about this in Ozma of Oz, in which Tik-Tok reports … Continue reading

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An Ozzy Origin

Oz the Great and Terrible Powerful – I finally got around to seeing this one, and while it wasn’t as bad as I feared from some of the reviews, I do have some bones to pick with it. First, though, … Continue reading

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