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The Mathematics of Magic: The Enchanter Stories

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Harold Shea is a psychologist who dreams of adventure, but never gets beyond learning to fence and occasionally showing up at staff meetings dressed in horseback riding garb. But when he learns that his boss, Dr. Reed Chalmers, has developed a theory which allows a person to transport himself to any world he can imagine, Harold Shea decides to give it a whirl. This volume ...more
Hardcover, 508 pages
Published February 16th 2007 by Nesfa Press (first published 1941)
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Kat  Hooper
Aug 23, 2011 Kat Hooper rated it liked it
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ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

Back in the 1940s and 1950s, L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt co-wrote five fantasy stories about psychologist Harold Shea and his colleagues for the pulp magazines. The Mathematics of Magic: The Enchanter Stories of de Camp and Pratt collects all five of these original Enchanter stories, plus an introduction by Christopher Stasheff (who edited many of the later Enchanter stories written by other authors), an article written by de Camp about
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Jun 10, 2008 Tommy rated it it was amazing
A wondrous 400 page volume of incredible and literally out of this world stories in a new genre called science fantasy. The creator of his genre is non other than this author, de Pratt. There are close to about 5 stories or so in this book, and each range from 80-140 pages. Despite the length this book is addictive. It brought me back to loving to read and with each moment and sentence i anticipate and eagerly flip the page. The stories follow the life of Harold Shea, a renown psychotrist who is ...more
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Lyon Sprague de Camp, (Pseudonym: Lyman R. Lyon) was an American science fiction and fantasy author and biographer. In a writing career spanning fifty years he wrote over one hundred books, including novels and notable works of nonfiction, such as biographies of other important fantasy authors.He was widely regarded as an imaginative and innovative writer and was an important figure in the heyday ...more
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