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Oz Con Artists

I’ve written before about how L. Frank Baum’s position on trickery is somewhat mixed. As someone who had worked as a salesman, he knew the value of a certain amount of balderdash in order to sell things to people. And … Continue reading

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Bah! There’s Always a War!

In addition to Glinda’s army, there are a lot of armed forces that show up in minor Ozian countries. Many are simply palace guards, but there are some more specific military units as well. Utensia has the Spoon Brigade, made … Continue reading

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Gillikin Geography

I’ve already written about the other three (four, if you count the Emerald City territory) segments of Oz, and even though I haven’t gotten much if any response to them, I’ve had fun writing them. So here’s the last of … Continue reading

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When I Get Back to Emerald County

Way back in the first Oz book, we learn that there’s an area around the Emerald City that’s green in color instead of matching any of the color-coding of the quadrants surrounding it. The people wear peaked hats like the … Continue reading

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Streets Paved with Emeralds

In a post I wrote over three years ago, I mentioned a rough map of the Emerald City by Robert Pattrick and Judy Pike that had appeared in The Baum Bugle. Hungry Tiger Press recently scanned and posted this map … Continue reading

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The Wonderful Waterways of Oz

From pretty early on, Oz was established as having two major rivers, the Munchkin and Winkie, both of which flow into a lake outside the Emerald City, later named Lake Quad. Whether this means the city is on low ground … Continue reading

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These Walls Can Talk

The Oz series in general is big on having normally inanimate objects walk and talk, from the Scarecrow and Tin Woodman in the first book on through living beings made of wood, glass, stone, smoke, ice and snow, foodstuffs, and … 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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Going on a Hozliday

So, the 2013 issue of Oziana is out now, and I have a story in it. “Jinnicky Saves Christmas” was an idea I came up with around the holidays two years ago. The theme of this issue is described on … Continue reading

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To the Cosmic with My Ozmic Ray!

I’ve always been interested in how L. Frank Baum introduced science fiction elements in the Oz books, and his successors followed suit to a certain extent. I don’t recall any directed energy weapons in Baum’s Oz books, although The Master … Continue reading

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