Saturday, April 08, 2017

This Week's Oz Short Story

The reading of the 1977 issue of Oziana continues with what may be the first ever Oz alternate history story, "What If They Had Taken The Other Path?" by Jay Delkin. This wonders what might have happened if, after encountering the Dragonettes towards the end of Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz, the party had taken the other path that actually (well, probably) led to the surface, instead of the one that led to a cul de sac and Ozma having to rescue them via Magic Belt. Naturally, this leads to a close encounter with the mother dragon, but also the Nome King and King Evardo XV of Ev. Delkin also finds a clever way to get the party back to Oz and dealing with the final chapters of the book in the Emerald City. It's a slight little story, but makes some interesting speculations.

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