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John Brunner book Traveller in Black
  • Categories:Inanimate, Book
  • Title "Traveller in Black (revised as The Complete Traveller in Black)", (C) 1971, British, Magic, Fantasy, revised as The Complete Traveller in Black

Description

The Traveller has the secret power to grant wishes, but not necessarily in the way the wisher desires. There are lots of resulting TFs including two notable inanimate ones:

1) A man wishes to become rich by founding a new religion. The Traveller obligingly gives him the "gift" of perfect silence and immobility. The man's friends consider his helpless condition miraculous and ironically worship him as an all-powerful god, and bring him wealth which he can't spend.

2) A man wishes he could learn the secrets of a magical tree. Thanks to the Traveller he does so - but he can't use them because he's become part of the tree itself.


originally posted by Leem on 2001-12-29, no edits, entryid=4611