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Published February 2007
The Mathematics of Magic Hardcover price: $26.00

First edition, First printing
ISBN-13: 978-1-886778-65-8
ISBN-10: 1-886778-65-5
Page count: 512
Book Size: 5-1/2" x 8-1/2"

The Mathematics of Magic

The Enchanter Stories of de Camp and Pratt

by L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt

Table of Contents

  • Introduction by Christopher Stasheff
  • The Roaring Trumpet
  • The Mathematics of Magic
  • The Castle of Iron
  • The Wall of Serpents (aka The Enchanter Completed)
  • The Green Magician
  • Fletcher and I
  • Sir Harold and the Gnome King (L. Sprague de Camp)
  • Sir Harold of Zodanga (L. Sprague de Camp)
  • Arming the Incomplete Enchanter by Jerry Pournelle
  • An Enchanter Bibliography

L. Sprague de Camp

L. Sprague de Camp was born in New York in 1907 and died in 2000. He got a BS in Aeronautical Engineering from Cal Tech in 1930 and later earned his MS. Before WWII he was one of the new writers recruited by John W. Campbell to launch the Golden Age of Astounding and became a distinguished writer of short SF. He was a Lieutenant Commander in the US Naval Reserve in WWII. After the war and for the next fifty years he was a full-time professional writer, mostly of SF and fantasy. He wrote over 100 SF&F books, several hundred stories, and many non-fiction works in history, science, and biography.

De Camp is a winner of the Hugo and also a Grand Master Nebula.

L. Sprague de Camp spoke several languages and traveled world-wide. He has been chased by a hippopotamus in Uganda and by sea lions in the Galapagos Islands, seen tiger and rhinoceros from elephant back in India, been bitten by a lizard in the jungles of Guatemala, and spent Easter on Easter Island in the South Pacific. His autobiography, Time and Chance, published by Donald M. Grant in 1996 won the 1997 Hugo Award for best non-fiction.

Besides his solo works, de Camp is well-known for his fantasy collaborations with Fletcher Pratt and many books, mostly non-fiction, written with his wife Catherine Crook de Camp.

Fletcher Pratt

Fletcher Pratt was born in Buffalo, New York in 1897 and died in 1956. He spent a year at Hobart College and, a dozen years later, spent two years at the Sorbonne.

He boxed in the flyweight class for a short time. Before he moved to New York, he worked as a reporter for The Buffalo Courier Express. During World War II, he worked as a military expert for The New York Post.

Fletcher wrote more than 50 books on a range of subjects including history, cryptography, biography, science fiction, and the cullinary arts. He was known as an epicure, an expert in naval history, a translator of the Icelandic sagas, a historian of the American Civil War, a careful scholar, and the founder of the Trap Door Spiders, a writers' group that Isaac Asimov wrote about in his stories about the Black Widowers.

Besides his collaborations with de Camp, he is also known in the SF world for his fantasy novels, The Well of the Unicorn and Blue Star

Edited by Mark L. Olson
Cover art by Marc Fishman
Cover design by Alice N. S. Lewis

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