Root and Branch Shall Change

~ A Short Story by Andre Norton


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Root and Branch Shall Change

 

 

Synopsis ~

Nature has turned on man and most are gone. Nimue returns from the dark to awaken Merlin from whence she once left him.

 

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Bibliography of English Editions ~

  • Merlin (1999) Edited by Martin H. Greenberg, Published by DAW, PB, 0-886-77841-7, No.1130, $6.99, 320pg ~ cover by John Howe ~ All-original, spellbinding tales about the world's most renowned master of wizardry. ~ 20 stories
  • Merlin (2004) Edited by Martin H. Greenberg, Published by IBooks, TP, 0-743-48728-1, $11.95, 320pg ~ cover by Scott Grimando

Write-up from the back of the paperback ~

King Maker, World Shaper, Master of Destiny -- Merlin is one the most popular figures in the literature of fantasy, the quintessential wizard, and, aside from Arthur himself, probably the most important figure in Arthurian legend. And writers are as eager as readers to explore the life and magic of this keeper of druidic traditions, the maker of kings and of myths. So let such modern-day bards as Diana L. Paxson, Charles De Lint, Jane Yolen, Andre Norton, Lisianne Norman, Jean Rabe, and Michelle West spin their tales for you, some in traditional veins, some transforming the Merlin legend into more contemporary or even futuristic settings.

From a tale that reveals the truth behind the fall of Camelot and Merlin's own disappearance... to a glimpse of tradition transformed as the old Merlin passes on his knowledge and position to a new and far different Merlin than anyone could have imagined... to a wizardly confrontation with a foe defended by a power Merlin himself had never faced before... to a new look at the moment of destiny which could set Arthur on the throne, here are all-original stories which add new dimensions to the wizard known as - MERLIN

 Contents
    1 • Introduction (Merlin) • (1999) • essay by John Helfers
    3 • Old Merlin Dancing on the Sands of Time • (1999) • poem by Jane Yolen
    5 • Cauldron of Light • (1999) • shortstory by Diana L. Paxson
    21 • Forest of Stone • [Newford] • (1999) • shortstory by Charles de Lint
    38 • One Morning at the Stone • (1999) • shortstory by Tim Waggoner
    50 • Repro Man • (1999) • shortstory by Esther M. Friesner and Anne Elizabeth Stutzman
    70 • Root and Branch Shall Change • (1999) • shortstory by Andre Norton
    80 • Touched by Moonlight and Sunshine • (1999) • shortstory by Kathleen M. Massie-Ferch
    96 • The Final Battle • (1999) • shortstory by John Helfers
    105 • The Magic Roundabout • (1999) • shortstory by Pauline E. Dungate
    115 • Other Agendas • (1999) • shortstory by Lyn McConchie
    127 • The Wild Hunt • (1999) • novelette by Lisanne Norman
    150 • Mouse and the Magic Guy • (1999) • shortstory by Brian M. Thomsen
    166 • Merlin and Viviane • (1999) • shortstory by Alan Rodgers
    179 • Waiting for Tomorrow • (1999) • shortstory by Marc Bilgrey
    192 • Central Park • (1999) • shortstory by Bradley H. Sinor
    205 • Last Flight Over the Giant's Dance • (1999) • shortstory by Jean Rabe
    221 • The Well-Made Knight • (1999) • shortstory by Brooks Peck
    238 • The Ballad of the Side Street Wizard • (1999) • novelette by Gary A. Braunbeck
    259 • The End of Summer • (1999) • novelette by Russell Davis [as by R. Davis ]
    283 • Return of the King • (1999) • novelette by Michelle West

 

 

 

 

 

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