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Wizard   By: (1933-2002)

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Wizard by Laurence M. Janifer is a captivating and thought-provoking novel that seamlessly blends elements of science fiction and fantasy. Set in a post-apocalyptic world, the story centers around the enigmatic character known as the Wizard, a mysterious and powerful being who travels through time and space.

The author's intricate and imaginative world-building is truly commendable. The vivid descriptions of various landscapes and civilizations, both on Earth and other planets, effortlessly transport the reader into this richly crafted universe. Janifer's attention to detail is evident throughout the narrative, leaving no stone unturned when it comes to creating a believable and immersive setting.

The character development in Wizard is exceptional. The protagonist, simply referred to as the Wizard, is a complex and morally ambiguous figure. He possesses extraordinary abilities, yet remains flawed and haunted by his own demons. Janifer explores the internal struggles of the Wizard, delving into his psyche and forcing readers to question the nature of power and its consequences.

The pacing of the novel is well-executed, with tension building steadily as the Wizard's journey progresses. Each chapter unravels a new layer of the plot, keeping readers intrigued and eager to uncover the mysteries that surround the Wizard and the world he inhabits. Janifer's skilled storytelling ensures that the narrative flows smoothly, seamlessly transitioning between different time periods and locations.

One of the standout aspects of Wizard is the philosophical and thought-provoking themes it addresses. Janifer skillfully touches upon existential questions, exploring the nature of reality, free will, and the consequences of one's actions. These deeper themes add depth and complexity to the story, elevating it beyond a simple science fiction adventure.

While Wizard is undeniably a stunning novel, it may not be suitable for readers who prefer faster-paced and action-packed narratives. The focus is more on the psychological and philosophical aspects, which may not appeal to those seeking constant excitement. However, for those who appreciate introspective and intellectually stimulating works, Wizard is an absolute gem.

In conclusion, Wizard by Laurence M. Janifer is a masterfully crafted novel that combines elements of science fiction and fantasy with thought-provoking themes. Janifer's vivid world-building, complex characterization, and skillful storytelling make for an enthralling read. If you are looking for a novel that challenges your perception of reality and delves deep into the human psyche, Wizard is an excellent choice.

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[Transcriber's Note: This etext was produced from Astounding Science Fiction May 1960. Extensive research did not uncover any evidence that the U.S. copyright on this publication was renewed. Minor typographical errors have been corrected without note.]


By Larry M. Harris

Although the Masquerade itself, as a necessary protection against non telepaths, was not fully formulated until the late years of the Seventeenth Century, groups of telepaths in hiding existed long before that date. Whether such groups were the results of natural mutations, or whether they came into being due to some other cause, has not yet been fully determined, but that a group did exist in the district of Offenburg, in what is now Prussia, we are quite sure. The activities of the group appear to have begun, approximately, in the year 1594, but it was not until eleven years after that date that they achieved a signal triumph, the first and perhaps the last of its kind until the dissolution of the Masquerade in 2103.

Excerpt from "A Short History of the Masquerade," by A. Milge, Crystal 704 54 368, Produced 2440.

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