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“TechnoMagic” by Kevin J Anderson
Card picked: King of Hearts
From: David Copperfield’s Beyond Imagination
Clarke’s Law: Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
(I would have been disappointed if no one had used this as the basis for a story in a genre anthology about magic.)
Taurindo is not originally from Las Vegas. He is, in fact, a xenosociologist stranded on Earth for twenty-seven years until a rescue mission arrives. What does an alien with “sufficiently advanced technology” do in the meantime? He becomes the Great Taurindo, the most popular magician on the Las Vegas Strip. The beauty of this tale is that Taurindo himself doesn’t understand the gizmo he uses to perform his tricks.
The machine was far beyond my level of understanding and education… The palm-sized gizmo worked, and that’s all I needed to know…
How much of our day-to-day is reliant on “gizmos” that might as well be magical for all our understanding of them?
This was short, completely enjoyable story.
About the Author: If you’re familiar with genre media tie-ins, you’ve probably heard of Kevin J. Anderson. He’s written dozens of novelizations and media tie-ins as well as his own original novels. Currently, he’s probably best known for expanding the Dune universe with Frank Herbert’s son, Brian.
Is This Your Card?
A pretty long, but very entertaining set by Christian Cagigal, who combines storytelling with card sleights. The King of Hearts makes his appearance during the second story.