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The Master Key:  An Electrical Fairy Tale

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The Master Key: An Electrical Fairy Tale

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Author: L. Frank Baum
Publisher: Hyperion Press, 1974
Original English publication, 1901
Series: Hyperion Classics of Science Fiction: Book 11
Book Type: Novel
Genre: Fantasy
Sub-Genre Tags: Juvenile Fantasy
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The Master Key: An Electrical Fairy Tale, Founded Upon the Mysteries of Electricity and the Optimism of Its Devotees.

A young boy accidentally summons the Demon of Electricity who gives him certain electrical gifts to show the world. The boy concludes that neither he nor the world is ready for them. But a day will surely come, shortly...

In Baum's forward-looking electrical fairy tale, readers will find cell phones, television, DVRs, the taser, and much more, plus a rousing childhood adventure. And what about the rest of the marvels described in The Master Key? Will the Demon of Electricity reveal even more secrets in the future?

Who knows?


"These things are quite improbable, to be sure;" wrote L. Frank Baum more than a century ago, "but are they impossible?"

"Our big world rolls over as smoothly as it did centuries ago, without a squeak to show it needs oiling after all these years of revolution. But times change because men change, and because civilization, like John Brown's soul, goes ever marching on."

"The impossibilities of yesterday become the accepted facts of to-day."

Copyright © 1901 by L. Frank Baum


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