One Spell Wizard

~ A Short Story in the Witch World Saga by Andre Norton

 

Synopsis ~

One Spell Wizard is a yarn about a Wizard's apprentice in High Hallack who learns only one spell but uses it cunningly if not quite wisely. Joachim was a useless farmer. Yet when a local mediocre wizard sought an apprentice, Joachim was chosen. But Saystrap the wizard was only interested in quick get-rich schemes. Can his apprentice stop him when Saystrap sets his sights on a Dale Lord's daughter?


 

Bibliography of English Editions ~

  • Garan the Eternal (1972) Published by Fantasy, HC, 0-686-02511-3, LCCN 73160575, $4.95, 199pg ~ cover by Morris Scott Dollens (Re-released in 2012)
  • (1979) Educational Progress Published by Western Publishing Co. a division of Educational Development Corp, #1-803541 ~ One of 5 Short Story titles published as a Stand Alone Booklet. Extremely Scarce in any condition.
  • Moon Mirror (1988) Published by TOR, HC, 0-312-93098-4, LCCN 88020136, $17.95, 250pg ~ cover by Yvonne Gilbert (Re-released in 2012)

 

Non-English Editions ~

  • (1992) "Barbarians II" Edited by Robert Adams, Martin H. Greenberg & Charles G. Waugh, Published in Poland; by Rebis, 83-852-0247-1, PB, 218pg ~ translation of "One Spell Wizard" by Danuta Korziuk ~ Polish title Barbarzyńcy II [Barbarians II] ~ Story title Czarodziej jednego czaru [One Spell Wizard] ~ This book is the English title Barbarians which was split in two volumes, One Spell Wizard replaces Sand Sisters for the Polish release.

 

Russian Omnibus Editions ~

  • (1990) Published in Simferopol, by Tavria, no ISBN, PB, 80pg - cover by V. Kras ~ Russian title Общественное порицание [Public censure] (a collection of short stories) ~ This book was published in two cover styles.

Contains:

    • "Compounded Interest" by Mack Reynolds as "Overgrown by interest" ~ translation by E. Drozd, pp. 3-16
    • "Legacy from Sorn Fen" as "The Legacy of Weed Marsh" ~ transslation by E. Drozd, pp. 17-27
    • "The Golem" by Avram Davidson as "Golem" ~ translation by E. Drozd, pp. 28-33
    • "The Walls" by Zenna Henderson as "Walls" ~ translation by E. Drozd, pp. 34-42
    • "The Pulic Hating" by Stevie Allen as "Public censure ~ translation by E. Drozd, pp. 43-49
    • "One Spell Wizard" as "Mediocre magician" ~ translation by E. Drozd, pp. 50-64
    • "Three-Cornered and Secured" by Zenna Henderson as "Triangular and reliable" ~ translation by E. Drozd, pp. 65-80

 

  • (1992) Published in Alma-Alta, by RGZHI "Deuir", 5-862-28022-7, PB, 312pg - translation by S. Gontareva ~ Russian title Не только мертвые. [Not Only Dead] (a collection of short stories)

Contains:

    • "Concealment" by A.E. Van Vogt as "Disguise" ~ translation by S. Gontarev, pp. 5-25
    • "Lost: Fifty Suns" by A.E. Van Vogt as "Losers: Fifty Suns" ~ translation by I. Enns, pp. 26-91
    • "For a Breath I Tarry" by R. Zhelyazny as "While the breath I held ..." ~ translation by S. Gontarev, pp. 92-137
    • "Behold the Man" by M. Moorcock as "Behold the man!" ~ translation by S. Gontarev, pp. 138-201
    • "Not Only Dead Men" by A.E. Van Vogt as "Not only the dead" ~ translation by A. Tachkov, pp. 202-229
    • "One Spell Wizard" as "One enchanted sorcerer" ~ translation by S. Gontarev, pp. 230-248
    • "Legacy from Sorn Fen" as "Inheritance from the Sorn Marsh" ~ translation by S. Gontarev, pp. 249-263
    • "Ersatz Eternal" by A.E. Van Vogt as "Erzats-eternity" ~ translation by S. Gontarev, pp. 264-270
    • "The Sumerian Oath" by F. Farmer" as "Samarish oath" ~ translation by A. Tachkov, pp. 271-278
    • "Born of Men and Women" by R. Mateson as "Parents were people" ~ translation by A. Tachkov, pp. 279-282
    • "Nine Hundred Grandmothers" by R. Lafferty as "Nine hundred grandmothers" ~ translation by S. Gontarev, pp. 283-297
    • "The Rat and the Snake" by A.E. Van Vogt as "The rat and the snake" ~ translation by S. Gontarev, pp. 298-302
    • "The Man from When" by Danny Plecht as "A man from another time" ~ translation by S. Gontarev, pp. 303-305

 

  • (2010) Published in Keiv, Ukraine by Globe, (Fanzine) ~ 784pgs. ~ cover by Rodney Matthews ~ Russian title Колдовской мир-4 [Witching World -4] ~ Limited to 10 copies and not released until November 2018

Contains:

    • "The Jargoon Pard" as "A leopard belt" ~ translation by K. Prilypko, pp. 5-149
    • "Zarsthor's Bane" as "The Curse of Zarstor" ~ translation by D. Arseniev, pp. 151-247
    • "Were-Wrath" as "Wrath of the Werewolf" ~ translation by D. Arseniev, pp. 249-277
    • "One Spell Wizard" as "Mediocre magician" ~ translation by E. Drozd, pp. 279-295
    • "Lore of the Witch World" as "Traditions of the Witching World"
      • "Spider Silk" as "Spider silk" ~ translation by D. Arseniev, pp. 299-332
      • "Sand Sister" as "Sand Sisters" ~ translation by D. Arseniev, pp. 333-372
      • "Falcon Blood" as "Blood of the Falcon" ~ translation by D. Arseniev, pp. 373-386
      • "Legacy from Sorn Fen" as "The inheritance of the Sorn bog" ~ translation by D. Arseniev, pp. 387-395
      • "Sword of Unbelief" as "Sword of Disbelief" ~ translation by D. Arseniev, pp. 396-421
      • "The Toads of Grimmerdale" as "Grimmerdale Toads" ~ translation by K. Korolyov, pp. 422-465
      • "Changeling" ~ translation by D. Arseniev, pp. 466-489
    • "The Turning" as "The Consequences of the Great Shift"
      • "Port of Dead Ships" as "Port of the dead ships" ~ translation by D. Arseniev, pp. 491-636
      • "Seakeep" by Pauline Griffin as "Sea Fortress" ~ translation by D. Arseniev, pp. 637-781

 

See Also: Write-up in The Sorcerer's ConspectusWW: ss - One Spell Wizard