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Piers Anthony Dillingham Jacob is an English American writer in the science fiction and fantasy genres, publishing under the name Piers Anthony. He is most famous for his long-running novel series set in the fictional realm of Xanth. Many of his books have appeared on the New York Times Best Seller list. He has claimed that one of his greatest achievements has been to publish a book for every letter of the alphabet, from Anthonology to Zombie Lover.

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Where did the elf come from in Piers Anthony's “Shade of the Tree”?

At the end of the Piers Anthony's "Shade of the Tree", we learn about the entity that caused the visions. We learn that the visions are based on memories of things that it had witnessed. But the ...
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Piers Anthony Book Cross-Overs?

I enjoy all of Brandon Sanderson's novels and I know he's doing the whole 'Cosmere' thing. I'm looking forward to spotting the cross-overs there. Well, I was recently on the Jim Butcher forum and saw ...
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Piers Anthony character “Subtle”

In the late 1960s, I recall reading a Piers Anthony novel with character "Subtle". "Subtle" was a special agent with his mind adjusted so his memory could be downloaded and given to his fellow agents. ...
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In the Incarnations of Immortality Series, who really created the Universe?

In "With a Tangled Skein" we learn that Clotho, the youngest aspect of Fate, is responsible for gathering raw void and spinning it into souls, which contain a mix of good and evil. When Niobe is ...
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Should I reread Incarnations of Immortality before tackling Under a Velvet Cloak?

So, I just discovered that Piers Anthony released another novel in his Incarnations of Immortality series called Under a Velvet Cloak. Apparently, this involves the Incarnation of Night, a new (to us) ...
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Moons of Ida Question? From the Xanth book

It was resolved in the Xanth series that the 'Moons of Ida' are just one big loop and that you can actually come back to Xanth if you travel long enough. What I don't get is how you would return to ...
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Where did the griffins go in Phaze?

In the Apprentice Adept series, book 1, Split Infinity, chapter 14, when Stile is attempting to escape from the Yellow Adept we read this. There were cages all around. It resembled an archaic zoo. ...
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Is there a relationship between Stanley Steamer and any business?

Stanley Steamer received his name in 'Dragon on a Pedestal (1985)' having previously been the Gap Dragon. I recall becoming aware of Stanley the Dragon about the same time I became aware of television ...
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How does Minotaur fit into the world of “Battle Circle” by Piers Anthony?

TVTropes says: In Battle Circle by Piers Anthony, the heroine is trapped in a Minotaur's maze. The hero goes in to rescue her. He finds her but they are unable to escape and the Minotaur is closing ...
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How often could Bink's mother use her talent?

In A Spell For Chameleon, Bink's mother is introduced in the beginning of the book as having the talent of reversing time for 5 seconds with her unaffected by this time lapse. So she can fix a small ...
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How is Magician Humphrey a magician?

I've read the first 13 or so Xanth novels. From what I can see, Magician Humphrey doesn't really know the answer to questions. He always uses other means to get the answer, be it a demon, a book he ...
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Why is Good Magician Humphrey “Good”?

Most of the Magicians in the Xanth novels I've read to date are pretty decent folk. However, the only one called a "Good" Magician (as opposed to just "Magician") is Humphrey, who of the lot is the ...
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Are there differences in the 'Author's Note' in different “Bio of a Space Tyrant” editions?

I have the first four volumes of Piers Anthony's Bio of a Space Tyrant in paperback from 1985, and volume five as a softcover from 2011. The 1985 versions do not have any "author's notes", as most ...
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Is there a real life 'Game' like the one described in Piers Anthony's Apprentice Adept series?

In the SF/Fantasy cross Apprentice Adept series by Piers Anthony, the main character is a proficient player of the science realm's "Game". Two people face off at a game console. There, one player ...