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Too Many Magicians is a novel by Randall Garrett, an American science-fiction writer. It was published in 1979 by Ace Books. Randall Garrett (December 16, 1927 - December 31, 1987) was a prolific writer for Astounding and other science fiction magazines in the 1950s. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... This page refers to the year 1979. ... Ace Books is the oldest continuing publisher of science fiction & fantasy novels, founded in 1953 by magazine publisher A. A. Wyn. ...

The novel takes place in the 1970s. However, it occurs in a world with an alternative history. The Plantagenet kings survived and rule a large Anglo-French Empire. In addition, around AD 1300 the laws of magic were discovered and magical science developed. The physical sciences were never pursued. The society looks early Victorian, though medical magic is superior to our medicine. The 1970s in its most obvious sense refers to the decade between 1970 and 1979. ... ... Angevin is the name applied to three distinct medieval dynasties which originated as counts (from 1360, dukes) of the western French province of Anjou (of which angevin is the adjectival form), but later came to rule far greater areas including England, Hungary and Poland (see Angevin Empire). ... Events Beginning of the Renaissance. ... The ancient symbol of the pentagram is often used as a symbol for magic. ... Physical science is the branch of science including chemistry and physics, usually contrasted with the social sciences and sometimes including and sometimes contrasted with natural or biological science. ... Queen Victoria (shown here on the morning of her Accession to the Throne, 20 June 1837) gave her name to the historic era The Victorian era of Great Britain is considered the height of the British industrial revolution and the apex of the British Empire. ...

The book is really a detective story. The protagonist is Lord Darcy, Chief Investigator for the Duke of Normandy. This Sherlock Holmes-like figure is assisted by Master Sean O’Lochlainn, a forensic sorcerer. Detective fiction is a branch of crime fiction that centres upon the investigation of a crime, usually murder, by a detective, either professional or amateur. ... Sherlock Holmes Sherlock Holmes (1854–1957, according to William S. Baring-Gould) is a fictional detective of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, created by British author and physician Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. ...

The novel is a locked room mystery, which takes place at a wizardsconvention. Garrett delights in puns. Analogues of Nero Wolfe, James Bond and Gandalf the Grey appear. In crime fiction, a locked room mystery (or cosy) is a particular kind of mystery story, where a murder is apparently committed under impossible circumstances: no one could have entered or left the scene of the crime, and it could not have been a suicide. ... Gandalf, from The Lord of the Rings, is an example of a well-known, traditional literary wizard. ... Convention has at least two very distinct but related meanings. ... Randall Garrett (December 16, 1927 - December 31, 1987) was a prolific writer for Astounding and other science fiction magazines in the 1950s. ... Nero Wolfe is a fictional detective created by American author Rex Stout in the 1930s and featured in dozens of novels and novellas. ... Official sites James Bond Official Homepage Official Danjaq 007 website Ian Fleming Publications official website Miss Moneypennys Rolodex Mr. ... Gandalf is a fictional character from J. R. R. Tolkiens universe, Middle-earth. ...

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Lord Darcy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (579 words)
As in many of Garrett's other writings, he takes every opportunity to insert subtle, or otherwise, allusions to other fiction — in these stories there are many echoes of other classic, or otherwise, detectives.
For example, in Too Many Magicians there is a cameo appearance by the Marquis de London, who looks and talks like Nero Wolfe, an identification reinforced by his sidekick Lord Bontriomphe (whose name is a literal French translation of "Goodwin") and his cook Frederique Bruleur (corresponding to Wolfe's cook Fritz Brenner).
Too Many Magicians is the only Lord Darcy novel: it first appeared in Analog magazine from August to November 1966 and was issued in book form by Doubleday in 1967.
Too many magicians hold on tap their own answers to pointed questions a spectator might ask about psi, rather than suspend any judgment.
Magicians, therefore, do not accept challenges that are loaded with the confining conditions which befit a psychic sensitive under test.
Inasmuch as magicians habitually do not expect their bag of tricks to be taken as anything else, some of them have no compunction against assuming the appearance of being clairvoyant as well.
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