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The Flying Sorcerers [Paperback]

David Gerrold , Larry Niven
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March 11 2004
This funny and insightful science fiction classic introduces Shoogar, the greatest wizard ever known in his village. His spells can strike terror in the hearts of even his most powerful enemies. But the enemy he faces now is like none he has ever seen before. The stranger has come from nowhere and is ignorant of even the most basic principles of magic. But the stranger has an incredibly powerful magic of his own. There is no room in Shoogar’s world for an intruder whose powers match his own, let alone one whose powers might exceed his. So before the blue sun can cross the face of the red sun once more, Shoogar will show this stranger just who is boss.

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"David Gerrold proves that he can do all the things that made us love Heinlein’s storytelling—and often better." -- Orson Scott Card, Hugo and Nebula award-winning author, Ender’s Game and Speaker for the Dead

"Niven . . . lifts the reader far from the conventional world—and does it with a dash." -- Los Angeles Times

About the Author

David Gerrold is the author of the Hugo and Nebula award-nominated The Man Who Folded Himself and When HARLIE Was One and the popular Star Wolf, Dingillian, and Chtorr series. He also wrote “The Trouble with Tribbles” episode of Star Trek, voted the most popular Star Trek episode of all time. He lives in Northridge, California. Larry Niven, author of The Integral Trees and Ringworld, has been the recipient of the Hugo, Nebula, Skylark, and Locus awards. He lives in Los Angeles.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Niven puts his name on a Lame-o book. July 5 1998
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I saw this title on list on Niven books and decided I'd read it if I found it somewhere. I figured, "I love all of his other books, how could I go wrong?" Five pages into this book I was silently screaming for the torture to stop. Obviously, this is a novellete or short story that Niven read and decided to slap his name onto. As a science fiction story it is fair to midling, as literature, however, it is complete and utter drivel. The social commentary is so elementary, so tired, so totaly washed up, that I have pains in my head from trying to block it out. The whole thing with Wilville and Orbur, bycicle carvers turned air-machine makers, and the introduction of coins as "spell tokens" just makes me retch. Throw in a pinch of woman's lib and assebly line technology, and what we get is a seventh grader's story about an interesting and even exiting culture that could have really worked, had Niven actually put any work into the darn thing.
It left a bad taste in my mouth. If you're a Niven Worshiper, as I am, do yourself a favor and pass this one by. Re-read All the Myriad Ways again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An overlooked treasure March 26 2004
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This is one of the funniest SF books out there. I've got an old tattered copy, and I will order the new edition when it comes out. The book is full of cultural, SF and fandom references. Some might be a little dated (for example, the symbol of the sheep, the horned box, is a reference to a TV with antenna, and how many people have seen one of THOSE lately?), but overall, this book holds up very well.
To answer another reviewer's question would be a spoiler, but anyone who wishes to know who Purple was based on can email me at my nickname at hotmail.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful romp June 7 2000
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I picked this up (or it was loaned to me) because I was tickled by the title. It's a very entertaining story about a technologically advanced traveller's visit to a fairly primitive world, narrated by one of the primitives. It's an hilarious treatment of Clarke's Law in action, and a colossal pun near the end will delight long-time SF readers enormously.
This is definitely a 'G'-rated title in my book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Light, fun, tongue in cheek SF July 16 1998
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Light, fun, SF story that will mean more to SF fans in general and Asimov fans in particular. I highly recommend it. I read it every few years and enjoy it each time. Not really a sorcery book and certainly not fantasy. The story involves a culture that embodies Clarke's statement on magic and technology and how easy it is to assign magical reasons to that which we don't understand.
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