Thursday, July 22, 2021

The Dying Earth by Jack Vance

The Dying Earth aka Mazirian the Magician
by Jack Vance
1950, Hillman Periodicals

A series of short stories set on a future Earth with a dying sun. The source for D&D's magic system, where magicians have to memorize a limited number of spells which the forget after casting. The naming conventions for magic items comes from here as well.  It hints at off-page body horror with the consequences of magic gone wrong. The stories have a fairy tale feel to them and are more of a pile of interesting ideas than an actual narrative.

Available from Amazon

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