The Magic Goes Away

The Magic Goes Away Larry Niven created his popular Magic Goes Away universe in and it has been a source of delight and inspiration ever since By asking the simple question What if magic were a finite resource N

  • Title: The Magic Goes Away
  • Author: Larry Niven
  • ISBN: 9780441515462
  • Page: 492
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 anthoLarry 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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    1. Niven's Warlock Series is a classic example of the fantasy genre in the hands of a science fiction writer.This has been the most scientific treatment of magic I've read yet - Mana as a finite, consumable resource, in the last days of it's availability and the two worlds it makes possible - one by it's existence, and one by it's exhausted absence. And Niven has thus built a bridge between fantasy and fact just like he does in sci-fi, but this time coming from the other side. He's not just used th [...]

    2. My favourite genre is science fiction because of the 'Oh wow!' moments it can engender. Larry Niven is one of my favourite traditional science fiction writers and, I'm glad to say, can produce 'Oh wow!' moments even when writing fantasy.This is the last and final book in a series of three. The major premise of all three books is that magic is a finite resource which will eventually run out. The author explores this simple premise in great depth and for those who have read the earlier books you w [...]

    3. The Magic Goes Away is the first volume of Niven's long-running fantasy series. It was one of the best fantasy novels written with the same rules and logic applied as a science fiction novel should have. This first edition was also notable for being one of the first trade paperbacks that was lavishly illustrated through-out; the interiors by Maroto add a lot to the experience. It's a very good read, thought-provoking as is almost all of Niven's work. After this one appeared, subsequent volumes f [...]

    4. 2.5 STARSThey had come ill-equipped, and moved too fast. Too much had been forgotten about the gods. Perhaps nobody had ever known enough.”Premise: Unicorns are dying. Atlantis falls. Centuries-old magicians finally grow grey-haired and tired. The magic is going away. But one posse of magicians—including a reanimated skull, a Grecian warrior and a Native American—determine to manufacture a solution. Together, they decide to seek out and resurrect the last living god, hardly considering the [...]

    5. One of the greatest hard science fiction minds of our time blends folklore from multiple cultures to speculate about why the magic always seems to be bigger, the further back in time you go. A fun read.

    6. The Magic Goes Away is not a feel-good story at any point, really. The essay which follows the book goes into great detail about the underlying themes and intentions, and is worth a read if you want to learn about how one person interprets the books anyway. So there probably are underlying themes and multiple meanings and heaps and heaps of symbolism in the way the book is plotted and characterised. I'm not denying it, but I also don't tend to go looking for such things in what I read, and unles [...]

    7. I finally got around to reading this small, but important book. I believe I bought it some years back, and thought nothing of it. I knew the name Larry Niven, but hadn't really read anything of his. He was a sci-fi man, or so I thought!So what is this book about?A bunch of 'heroes' journey into the world (our world, but in a distant and lost era where anything seem possible) looking for the God Within a God, Roze-Kattee, who might be able to help them bring down the moon, thereby giving the mage [...]

    8. This was my first fantasy story by Larry Niven, and it was really interesting. He kept the logical and structured nature of his sci-fi, but it still had a classic swords & sorcery feel to it. It has a very hopeless, desperate atmosphere, as some of the last wizards in the world ban together to try to find a place for themselves in the world.That's a story I've heard several times before, but I'm not sure whether or not it was a fresh idea when Niven wrote this, back in '67. Either way, the d [...]

    9. I ended up reading this twice. On the first pass it seemed disjointed and boring. It was a much better story on the second pass.At one time magicians were a relevant and important part of society. Those days are nearly over. Four magicians meet to discuss a plan to make themselves relevant again. One of the four disagrees with the idea and leaves. His own desire is to locate and hoard the remaining supplies of mana which is the fuel needed to perform magic. The story follows the other three who [...]

    10. I read this and 'The Magic May Return' all in one go, as they really might as well be one large collection, in a non-chronological but narratively satisfying order. A good series of moving short stories set in a world where magic is fading; the main theme is humankind's denial of the oncoming crisis and inability to adapt or prepare until it is too late. Rather than taking a big-picture stance, the stories focus on the impact of the energy- *cough* I mean, 'magic crisis' on the lives of individu [...]

    11. A surprisingly enjoyable fantasy novel from an author primarily known for his science fiction works. The Magic Goes Away has some nice parallels with the environmental movement that gained speed with the oil crisis of the seventies. Niven leaves description and exposition largely by the wayside here and character development is also kept to a minimum. As such, it is a bit hard to identify with the characters but the plot is where Niven excels. This is not your standard fantasy novel. Niven sets [...]

    12. In The Magic Goes Away (1978), the world's mana is dwindling, magic is failing, and a group of sorcerers (and one Greek soldier) bands together to carry out an audacious plan to find a new source of this magic-fueling resource. I am most familiar with author Larry Niven as a writer of hard science-fiction, so it was interesting to read a story of his set firmly in the realm of fantasy. The tale is an interesting and quick read, and while it is a fantasy tale, Niven does not adhere to all of fant [...]

    13. What I like about this book is the attempt to bring magic fantasy into science fiction. Or is it the other way around? Here Niven gives us a typical fantasy story and setting but with a twist: Magic is a real form of energy, and like fossil fuels it isn't exhaustible. So the story is in the dying age, where everything mythical and magical is crumbling as the energy that gives them life and form dribbles away. The reason: A weapon of mass destruction, a device that wastes energy at a tremendous p [...]

    14. Memorable for the profuse and sexy illustrations by Esteban Maroto, Larry Niven's short Fantasy novel stands on its own for its very interesting take on magic. A substance called manna infuses the world and provides the power source for magic, but the manna supply is almost exhausted. A multiracial group of wizards from all over the world gather with a plan to acquire fresh manna by awakening a sleeping god and getting him to pull down the moon. This proves to be a bad idea on several levels.

    15. Having read "Ringworld" and liked it, I decided to give "The Magic Goes Away" a shot. I'm very glad I did. Niven is very well versed in both science fiction and fantasy -- truly a man of many talents. The story is quick, engaging, and thought provoking. The natural language used is easy to follow for some leisurely reading. The world created in the book claims to be Earth some few thousand years before recorded history, or perhaps a alternate Earth. It's a truly engrossing fantasy story, and a q [...]

    16. In ancient times, there was magic in the world. But the supply of mana, on which magic is based, is dwindling. Creatures with magical metabolisms, such as dragons, are in serious trouble, and in general the world is becoming a less mystical place. A group of adventurers sets out to find the last remaining source of mana.The idea underlying the novel is very clever. Unfortunately it is not very good. It is based on the short story Not Long Before the End but the idea doesn’t scale very well to [...]

    17. I remember reading this way back in 1978 or 79 when I finished, I gave it to my closest friend to read. The Magic goes away is one of the books that we still talk about when reminiscing. Once I found it for sale on , I had to order two copies. One copy I read and placed in my collection, the second I sent to my friend who has moved out of state. I loved this story when it first came out and would recommend it to any fantasy fan.

    18. This book reminded me of how good a writer Niven is. While not the greatest story ever written, the premise of magic being a non-renewable resource has always interested me. I've read many of the Warlock series, and even though mana is a not-so-subtle allegorical reference to fossil fuels (and Niven can beat you over the head with allegory with the best of them), I enjoy, as is usual when I read Niven, his logical attention to detail.

    19. The first Niven fantasy I have read and unfortunately the last of the Warlock series. Niven doesn't mess about with the usual fluffy prose associated with fantasy, making it an enthralling and brisk read. Don't read the essay at the back of the book if you haven't read the previous stories in the series, it's full of spoilers.

    20. I loved this book, but I must warn that point of view shifts. You're in one character's head one moment and in another's the next. I personally don't have a problem keeping up with this sort of mind hopping, but many readers dislike it. Aside from that, it was a great adventure in the world of depleting magic.

    21. Hmm thought I had read this one before Fun but not mind blowing. Plays with the concept of mana very well and sets some of the others in context (very useful for the burning city). The ridiculousness of playing with magic are engaging but it won't change your life!

    22. A short fantasy tale (originally serialized in pulp magazines) of wizards and demons embellished by lots of illustrations. Richly imaginative and entertaining while adopting a sparser fairy tale mode of story telling. Contains a useless addendum postscript on Niven's writing style.

    23. Fantasy classic of a world of pre-history where magic is slowly failing. Mana (or oil) is a non-renewable resource and the characters mourn the oncoming loss of civilisation and the rise of barbarism to come.

    24. Better known for his hard science fiction, this novella is a fantasy set in a world where magic is a finite resource that has gradually been used up and is now almost gone, a fact that has alarming consequences for the people and creatures that depend on it.

    25. Wow. Niven is a brilliant writer. The creative cast of characters go searching for the last source of magic - the last god within a god. Oh yeah, they find it and immediately regret waking it. So, they must destroy it. How do you kill a god? With what little magic that is left. So good.

    26. I read this when it was new, back in the 70s, and it made a strong impression. I still like it a lot. One of those stories that stands the test of time, and conveys an important message.

    27. Fantasy novel by a sci-fi author. Magic as a non-renewable resource, in earth's ancient prehistory. Interesting read.

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