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Can You Name This Story? (Part 6)

Another reader is looking for the name of a story that eludes him. Here is the description:

Sometime in the late 80’s I believe, I read a “young adult” fantasy/sci-fi book. The setting was sort of “fantasy” with “wizards” possessing magical items. As the story progressed, clues were dropped and by the end, you realized that this was not a fantasy world, it was really far in the future (presumably after some apocalyptic event) and humanity was sort of reset to a medieval stage. These wizards were just ordinary people, and these “magic” items were really mechanical artifacts from today’s era – I remember one simply being a pair of scissors. I realize this premise is not so groundbreaking, but it blew my little 13 or 14 year old mind. I think it about every now and then, but the title and author are long forgotten. Any suggestions?

– Dan Schmidt

How about it readers…can you name this story?

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7 Comments on Can You Name This Story? (Part 6)

  1. It isn’t, but sounds very similar to, “A Canticle for Leibowitz”.

  2. Is it possibly HOBGOBLIN? The book came out in 1982 I remember reading it, and being “blown away” by the ending. I am foggy on the story though. So check out HBGOBLIN by John Coyne. Good luck.

  3. The description sounds very similar to Roger Zelazny’s Lord of Light in which survivors of a Terran apocaypse colonize a planet where they set themselves up as gods, using advanced science to give themselves “superhuman powers”. A brilliant novel!

  4. It was definitely not “Canticle for Leibowitz” or “Hobgoblin.” It’s not the Zelazny book either, unfortunately, but reading the description of “Lord of Light” on Amazon makes me want to check that out – sounds like a more intricate take on a similar theme. Since this was, I believe, a “young adult” book, I have my doubts as to whether or not we’ll be able to figure it out, but thanks to the commenters!

  5. Sounds like Rocco to me.

  6. Anonymous // June 17, 2008 at 2:35 pm //

    Hmm, link didn’t come through. This was a young adult novel; the protag was a teenager too. There was some cause and effect with the future as well.

    http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/j/sherryl-jordan/rocco.htm

  7. It also sounds similar to Rosemary Kirstein’s Steerswoman series (first book The Steerswoman, but you will probably only find The Steerswoman’s Road omnibus in print).

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