Larry Niven created his popular "Magic Goes Away" universe in 1967, and it has been a source of delight and inspiration ever since. By asking the simple question, "What if magic were a finite resource?", Niven brought to life a mesmerizing world of wonder and loss, of hope and despair. The success of his first story collection, The Magic Goes Away, birthed two sequel anthologies, The Magic May Return and More Magic. All three volumes are collected here for the first time, with stories by Niven himself, as well as contributions by such luminaries of fantasy as Roger Zelazny, Fred Saberhagen, Steven Barnes, and Poul Anderson.
Featuring a brand-new introduction by Larry Niven, The Magic Goes Away Collection gives readers insight into the breathtaking world of Niven and Jerry Pournelle's The Burning City and Burning Tower and stands on its own as a landmark in fantasy fiction.
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Niven uses his strength of character development to explore this world of magic. It's short, fast paced but if you're anything like me you'll be thinking about the themes within this book a lot longer than it took to listen to.
"THE COLD BECAME WET COLD"
I am more Science Fiction then Fantasy, but this little novel grabbed my attention. It is certainly not a great book, yet I found it to be different. I guess I am a sucker for talking skulls, such as in Butcher's Dresden books and Kadry's Sandman Slim books. Niven wrote his book before those two. I enjoyed the attempt to capture the Moon and the whole book was an escape.
I may continue the series, just to see if it improves. The last book in the series just recently came out.
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