History Creator / EstherFriesner

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* TheNudifier - the dragon from ''NewYorkByKnight'' causes an intended victim's clothes to vanish in order for her to be properly presented as an offering.

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* TheNudifier - the dragon from ''NewYorkByKnight'' ''New York By Knight'' causes an intended victim's clothes to vanish in order for her to be properly presented as an offering.
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* ''Literature/MajykByAccident'' series



* AccidentalMarriage - About halfway through ''Majyk by Accident'', the protagonist is saddled with a Welfin wife when he takes her hand to go to dinner. She's pleased because she loathes the Welfin way of life, the other Welfies are pleased because it means they can make demands of the protagonist, and nobody really cares what he thinks of it.
* ActionGirl -
** Several characters in the ''Majyk'' series.
** Becca eventually becomes this in ''The Sword of Mary''.

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* AccidentalMarriage - About halfway through ''Majyk by Accident'', the protagonist is saddled with a Welfin wife when he takes her hand to go to dinner. She's pleased because she loathes the Welfin way of life, the other Welfies are pleased because it means they can make demands of the protagonist, and nobody really cares what he thinks of it.
* ActionGirl -
** Several characters in the ''Majyk'' series.
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- Becca eventually becomes this in ''The Sword of Mary''.



* CatsHaveNineLives - A recurring plot point in the ''Majyk'' books. At one point, a cat loses half a life, the other half of which gets returned in the form of a kitten.



* DamselInDistress - Played with multiple ways in the ''Majyk'' trilogy.
** Mysti in ''Majyk by Accident'', whose only source of distress is her [[OurElvesAreDifferent Welfin]] relatives and who [[spoiler:bullies Kendar into marrying her so she can leave the "jolly greensward ho" and stop skipping around like an idiot and her only REAL distress is when the curse hits her after Kendar refuses to follow through with a promise he made during the wedding vows.]]
** In ''Majyk by Hook or Crook'', we have not only Mysti [[spoiler:who has become the swashbuckler with a secret identity, A Blade for Justice (and prefers to be referred to by his/her full name)]], but we also have Anisella, who wears nothing but chain mail, has a black belt in ''helo kiti'' and a green barette in ''po kipsi'', and crumples like a [=McDonalds=] napkin when even barely brushed by [[spoiler:wool... or any other fabric.]]
** ''Majyk by Design'' has a male example in Prince Boffin [[spoiler:who has been turned into a toad]] but also a parody in Kendar's aunts (mercenary swordswomen) and his soon-to-be sister-in-law Dulcetta who, although she is generally the TYPE of girl who would fall into this category, actually [[spoiler:kidnapped the man whom everyone thought kidnapped her and hatched a scheme with him to write romance novels. When the main characters find her she is heard screaming for help with the help of a metric ton of PurpleProse and while she is recounting to them the story of what happened runs off to write when the characters paraphrase her cries as "Help me". She thought it was perfect. It also comes to light that her mother, who raised her to be a docile, dependent woman, was a barbarian swordswoman herself and only gave it up because she preferred regular bathing.]]



* FunctionalMagic - The ''Majyk'' series differentiates Magic (stage illusion) from Majyk (a pseudo-living force that puts the spunk into spells, the kick into cantrips, etc). Magique is a third tool but it's just Majyk from concentrate with lots of preservatives and has a tendency to make with the boomcrashtinkletinkle. The series also differentiates the Majyk used by humans (or cats) from to the Majyk ingrained in species like fairies, Welfies (this 'verse's version of elves), or gods.



* MagicAmpersand - the game "Palaces & Puppies" is mentioned in ''Majyk by Hook or Crook''



* {{Magick}} - parodied with "Majyk", and later in the series ''"Magique"''
* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous - In the ''Majyk'' series, the local village idiots are named [[Creator/LawrenceWattEvans Lorrenz, Wot, and Evvon]].
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed - Curio, from the ''Majyk'' series, is a parody of Fabio.



* OurElvesAreBetter - In the ''Majyk'' series, the Welfies are kind of a cross between elf and fairy and are snooty enough for both. In Welfie society, males are tall and willowy with the long blonde hair and the pointy ears but are expert archers and rangers. How they hide in the woods wearing sequin-encrusted pink leotards is anybody's guess. Welfie warriors (a male-only occupation) are the only tribesmen allowed to eat meat besides the elders. Welfie elders communicate only psionically. All Welfies can change their size and do so as a matter of fashion. When they're small, they live in mushrooms and housing shortages are created when tall Welfies are ''a la mode''. Female Welfies are expected to remain subservient and "foot it fleetly upon the merry greensward, ho" whilst gathering flowers and moonbeams and generally being all pretty and stuff. Some of them resent this.



* SamusIsAGirl - At one point in the ''Majyk'' trilogy, the hero is rescued by a masked swashbuckler who identifies himself only as "a blade for justice." This eventually turns out to be [[spoiler:the hero's wife, disgruntled at being left at home while he's out on an adventure]]. Even after TheReveal, she [[SweetPollyOliver keeps up the masquerade]], finding swashbuckling to be a rewarding career.
* ScrewYourself - While the book doesn't get that far, in ''Magyk by Design'', a cat (talking, magical) named Scandal gets split up into a number of copies by villains (who can control the copies). By the end of the book, he reabsorbs them. ''Except'' for the one representing his female side, who being just a kitten was useless to them and out of the fight. He's accelerating her maturation, for this trope's purpose, with her full encouragement. (They ''are'' the only two cats in this world...)



* ShoutOut - The village idiots in the Majyk trilogy are named [[Creator/LawrenceWattEvans Lorrenz, Wot, and Evvon]], the title characters of ''Death and the Librarian'' were inspired by some Literature/{{Discworld}} figurines she had on her desk (though the story has nothing to do with Literature/{{Discworld}}.

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* ShoutOut - The village idiots in the Majyk trilogy are named [[Creator/LawrenceWattEvans Lorrenz, Wot, and Evvon]], the title characters of ''Death and the Librarian'' were inspired by some Literature/{{Discworld}} figurines she had on her desk (though the story has nothing to do with Literature/{{Discworld}}.Literature/{{Discworld}}).



* SweetPollyOliver - ''Majyk by Hook or Crook'' and ''Majyk by Design'' feature a [[OurElvesAreDifferent Welfie]] swashbuckler who prefers to be called "A Blade for Justice". [[spoiler:Blade turns out to be Kendar's wife, Mysti, disgruntled at being left at home while he's out on an adventure]].
* TalkingAnimal- A magically-talking cat in both the ''Majyk'' series and ''Wishing Season''

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* SweetPollyOliver TalkingAnimal - ''Majyk by Hook or Crook'' and ''Majyk by Design'' feature a [[OurElvesAreDifferent Welfie]] swashbuckler who prefers to be called "A Blade for Justice". [[spoiler:Blade turns out to be Kendar's wife, Mysti, disgruntled at being left at home while he's out on an adventure]].
* TalkingAnimal-
A magically-talking cat in both the ''Majyk'' series and ''Wishing Season''



* TorchesAndPitchforks - ''Majyk by Accident'' has a town that stages these regularly to get around an inconvenient law against dealing with witches. Trying to ''kill'' the witch isn't illegal, after all, and if the witch turns out to be too powerful and has to be appeased with trade goods, that's not the mob's fault. And if they find useful herbal remedies of completely unknown origin placed near her cottage, well, it must be their lucky day.
* TrueLovesKiss - In ''Majyk By Design'', the magician-protagonist's estranged wife asks him to turn ''himself'' into a frog, so she can use this to prove that she still loves him.
* UnholyMatrimony - Bibok and Calosta in ''Majyk By Design''.



* WorldShapes - The world in the ''Majyk'' trilogy keeps changing its shape, due to being over-saturated with magic. At present it looks like a Moebius strip.
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* AccidentalMarriage - About halfway through ''Majyk by Accident'', the protagonist is saddled with a Welfin wife when he takes her hand to go to dinner. She's pleased because she loathes the Welfin way of life, the other Welfies are pleased because it means they can make demands of the protagonist, and nobody really cares what he thinks of it.



* {{Bridezilla}} - "The Wedding of Wylda Serene" starts with the narrator talking about his sister's bridezilla antics, which eventually leads to her being forced to ask one of the decorators to be a bridesmaid, thus kicking off the backstory. People later start to suspect that the title character is like this because she insists on having the wedding at the Club, but it later turns out that she was put up to it by her mother, who insisted that Wylda get the wedding that she never did.
* CatsHaveNineLives - A recurring plot point in the ''Majyk'' books. At one point, a cat loses half a life, the other half of which gets returned in the form of a kitten.
* ChekhovMIA - In the ''Gnome Man's Land'' series, the father of the main character went out for a ''Sunday Times'' and never came back. It was later revealed that he'd spent the six years he'd been gone [[spoiler:as the Champion of the Fey]].



* DamselInDistress - Played with multiple ways in the ''Majyk'' trilogy.
** Mysti in ''Majyk by Accident'', whose only source of distress is her [[OurElvesAreDifferent Welfin]] relatives and who [[spoiler:bullies Kendar into marrying her so she can leave the "jolly greensward ho" and stop skipping around like an idiot and her only REAL distress is when the curse hits her after Kendar refuses to follow through with a promise he made during the wedding vows.]]
** In ''Majyk by Hook or Crook'', we have not only Mysti [[spoiler:who has become the swashbuckler with a secret identity, A Blade for Justice (and prefers to be referred to by his/her full name)]], but we also have Anisella, who wears nothing but chain mail, has a black belt in ''helo kiti'' and a green barette in ''po kipsi'', and crumples like a [=McDonalds=] napkin when even barely brushed by [[spoiler:wool... or any other fabric.]]
** ''Majyk by Design'' has a male example in Prince Boffin [[spoiler:who has been turned into a toad]] but also a parody in Kendar's aunts (mercenary swordswomen) and his soon-to-be sister-in-law Dulcetta who, although she is generally the TYPE of girl who would fall into this category, actually [[spoiler:kidnapped the man whom everyone thought kidnapped her and hatched a scheme with him to write romance novels. When the main characters find her she is heard screaming for help with the help of a metric ton of PurpleProse and while she is recounting to them the story of what happened runs off to write when the characters paraphrase her cries as "Help me". She thought it was perfect. It also comes to light that her mother, who raised her to be a docile, dependent woman, was a barbarian swordswoman herself and only gave it up because she preferred regular bathing.]]



* DungeonBypass - In ''Elf Defense'', our heroes are stuck in a [[MobileMaze magical semi-sentient hedgemaze]], which has just separated the college professor being pursued by a dragon from the elven prince who actually knows how to ''fight'' a dragon. No problem: the Welsh au pair calmly picks up a sword and proceeds to chop her way through the first hedge in the way. The maze, not being stupid, immediately opens a clear path for her.



* FantasticFragility - In ''Elf Defense'', an elf explains that "only the Infinite is infinite" -- which means anything ''not'' the Infinite has to have a weakness. (Specifically in this case, an elven vulnerability to Latin.)



* FreakyFridayFlip - Happens to two of the protagonists of ''Harpy High''; since one of them has a physically abusive father, the other one acquires a little more understanding than he wanted.



* GayBarReveal - in ''Demon Blues''.

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* FunctionalMagic - The ''Majyk'' series differentiates Magic (stage illusion) from Majyk (a pseudo-living force that puts the spunk into spells, the kick into cantrips, etc). Magique is a third tool but it's just Majyk from concentrate with lots of preservatives and has a tendency to make with the boomcrashtinkletinkle. The series also differentiates the Majyk used by humans (or cats) from to the Majyk ingrained in species like fairies, Welfies (this 'verse's version of elves), or gods.
* GayBarReveal - in In ''Demon Blues''.Blues'', one of the straight characters stumbles into a gay bar crying about the girl he can't get, proceeds to get so drunk he doesn't catch on, and when the bartender is worried about him, gets taken home by a chivalrous time-traveling UsefulNotes/RichardTheLionHeart. He pieces it all together the next morning.



* HiddenBackupPrince

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* HiddenBackupPrinceHiddenBackupPrince - In ''Split Heirs'', the King's people believe that twins are a sign of infidelity, so when Queen Artemisia gives birth to triplets, she gives two of them to a nurse who gives them to two other families to raise as commoners. The rest of the book is a hilarious deconstruction of PrinceAndPauper tropes, especially since she accidentally gave both boys to the nurse forcing her to raise the girl as the prince.
* HistoricalFantasy - ''Child of the Eagle''. Venus appears to Marcus Brutus and convinces him to thwart the assassination of Julius Caesar.



* HouseFey - In the ''Gnome Man's Land'' series, Tim Desmond's mother's Russian ancestry causes a bannik (a household domestic sprite) to move in, which ends up driving her crazy with its obsessive cleanliness.
* InSpiteOfANail - In ''Druid's Blood'', magic works, so powerfully that the Druids stopped the Roman invasion and (presumably) any later invasions and kept Britain Celtic, but by the 19th Century London and the British look pretty much the same apart from details -- teleported scrolls instead of telegrams, Beltane fires in Trafalgar Square (they did fight Napoleon, he was a Gaulish Druid), Queen Victoria as a witch, etc. But this is strictly RuleOfFunny, since the point is to set a Franchise/SherlockHolmes adventure in a Celtic fantasy world.



* LawyerFriendlyCameo - Towards the end of ''Harpy High'', the main character's mother starts dating Dr. Faustus and drawing a comic strip called ''Mr. Mephisto'' which, in the words of the main character's best friend, is about "this wizard and this demon and they go around with this [[ComicStrip/{{Garfield}} fat orange kitten]] that thinks all these funny things and eats lasagna and--"



* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous - In the ''Majyk'' series, the local village idiots are named [[Creator/LawrenceWattEvans Lorrenz, Wot, and Evvon]].



* OnlyICanKillHim - In ''The Sherwood Game'', a programmer creates a VR Robin Hood game, and creates a specific rule that his character is the only one who can kill the Sheriff of Nottingham. He comes to regret this when he has to play the game [[YourMindMakesItReal with the safeties off]].



* OurElvesAreBetter - In the ''Majyk'' series, the Welfies are kind of a cross between elf and fairy and are snooty enough for both. In Welfie society, males are tall and willowy with the long blonde hair and the pointy ears but are expert archers and rangers. How they hide in the woods wearing sequin-encrusted pink leotards is anybody's guess. Welfie warriors (a male-only occupation) are the only tribesmen allowed to eat meat besides the elders. Welfie elders communicate only psionically. All Welfies can change their size and do so as a matter of fashion. When they're small, they live in mushrooms and housing shortages are created when tall Welfies are ''a la mode''. Female Welfies are expected to remain subservient and "foot it fleetly upon the merry greensward, ho" whilst gathering flowers and moonbeams and generally being all pretty and stuff. Some of them resent this.
* PantheonSitcom - ''Temping Fate'' has gods and anthropomorphic personifications (e.g. the Fates) like this, with rebellious teenage demigods, curmudgeonly elder gods, and so on.
* PokeThePoodle - In ''Demon Blues'', the hero is a college kid who for various reasons (like trying to rescue his roommate and impress his succubus girlfriend) is looking to acquire demonic magical power, which can only be earned through acts of evil. So he spends much of the book hunting for evil to do that won't, you know, ''hurt'' anybody...
* ThePowerOfRock - In ''Unicorn U.'', the apocalypse is averted with the power of samba.
* PrinceAndPauper - Parodied and subverted all to heck in ''Split Heirs'', in which there are ''two'' paupers and the prince is actually a girl raised as a boy.



* RaisedAsTheOppositeGender - ''Split Heirs'' tells the story of a queen who gives birth to triplets, two boys and a girl. However, her husband's people have the belief that multiple births stem from infidelity, so she asks her loyal retainer to take away the daughter and youngest son to be raised elsewhere, so the king would never find out about the triplets' birth. Alas, the retainer messes up, and take the two boys instead. By the time the queen discovers the mistake, it is too late, and she is forced to raise her daughter as a prince, and heir to the throne.
* RiddleOfTheSphinx -
** The riddle is the reason that the members of the Club in "The Wedding of Wylda Serene" accepted the sphinx that one of their members brought, figuring that everyone knew the answer, so no one would get eaten. Then she learned some new ones...
** In ''Sphynxes Wild'', the sphinx--currently operating as a Greek heiress in Atlantic City--is the villain, and not until the hero finally answers her new riddle can she be defeated.



* SamusIsAGirl - At one point in the ''Majyk'' trilogy, the hero is rescued by a masked swashbuckler who identifies himself only as "a blade for justice." This eventually turns out to be [[spoiler:the hero's wife, disgruntled at being left at home while he's out on an adventure]]. Even after TheReveal, she [[SweetPollyOliver keeps up the masquerade]], finding swashbuckling to be a rewarding career.
* ScrewYourself - While the book doesn't get that far, in ''Magyk by Design'', a cat (talking, magical) named Scandal gets split up into a number of copies by villains (who can control the copies). By the end of the book, he reabsorbs them. ''Except'' for the one representing his female side, who being just a kitten was useless to them and out of the fight. He's accelerating her maturation, for this trope's purpose, with her full encouragement. (They ''are'' the only two cats in this world...)



* SweetPollyOliver - a few, often overlapping with ActionGirl.

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* SweetPollyOliver - ''Majyk by Hook or Crook'' and ''Majyk by Design'' feature a few, often overlapping with ActionGirl.[[OurElvesAreDifferent Welfie]] swashbuckler who prefers to be called "A Blade for Justice". [[spoiler:Blade turns out to be Kendar's wife, Mysti, disgruntled at being left at home while he's out on an adventure]].


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* TorchesAndPitchforks - ''Majyk by Accident'' has a town that stages these regularly to get around an inconvenient law against dealing with witches. Trying to ''kill'' the witch isn't illegal, after all, and if the witch turns out to be too powerful and has to be appeased with trade goods, that's not the mob's fault. And if they find useful herbal remedies of completely unknown origin placed near her cottage, well, it must be their lucky day.
* TrueLovesKiss - In ''Majyk By Design'', the magician-protagonist's estranged wife asks him to turn ''himself'' into a frog, so she can use this to prove that she still loves him.
* UnholyMatrimony - Bibok and Calosta in ''Majyk By Design''.


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* VillainOverForDinner - In ''Elf Defense'', protagonist divorce lawyer Sandra Horowitz finds her mother having lunch with elven king Kelerison (whose ex-wife she's representing), who immediately has worked up all of her mom's JewishMother guilt against her.


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* {{Wishplosion}} - In the second half of ''Wishing Season'', a Jinn will be free to wreak havoc as soon as the hero uses his half-wish (he only gets half of what is stated in the wish), so he wishes for the Jinn to be free. This ends up with the Jinn being free of the spell that made him grant wishes, but married to a very nagging demoness.
* WorldShapes - The world in the ''Majyk'' trilogy keeps changing its shape, due to being over-saturated with magic. At present it looks like a Moebius strip.
* YiddishAsASecondLanguage - ''Elf Defense'' includes among its minor characters a classic Tolkien/Shakespeare-style elf maiden whose speech is unexpectedly punctuated with the occasional bit of Yiddish. When called on it, she abashedly admits to dating a dybbuk (a possessing demon of Jewish myth).
* YoungFutureFamousPeople - The ''Princesses of Myth'' series, about historical or semihistorical (or straight-up mythical) princesses of history during their childhood and young adulthood. So far she has taken on Helen of Troy, Nefertiti of Egypt, Himiko of Yamatai/Japan, and Maeve of Connacht/Ireland.
1st May '17 7:24:41 PM PaulA
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* {{Whatevermancy}} - at conventions she offers demonstrations of Cheeblemancy, the art of divination by asking a stuffed hamster.
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1st May '17 7:22:14 PM PaulA
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!! Tropes applying to her work include:

* ActionGirl - ''ChicksInChainmail'' series, several characters in the ''Majyk'' series, Becca eventually becomes this in ''The Sword of Mary''

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!! Tropes applying to her work !!Works with their own trope pages include:

* ''Literature/ChicksInChainmail'' series

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* ActionGirl - ''ChicksInChainmail'' series, several -
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characters in the ''Majyk'' series, series.
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Becca eventually becomes this in ''The Sword of Mary''Mary''.



* ChainmailBikini - parodied in the ''ChicksInChainmail'' series



* {{Deconstruction}} - a number of her ''ChicksInChainmail'' stories deconstruct the genre comically. ''Split Heirs'' deconstructs ''Literature/ThePrinceAndThePauper'' stories. All Genie tropes in ''Wishing Season''.

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* {{Deconstruction}} - a number of her ''ChicksInChainmail'' stories deconstruct the genre comically. -
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''Split Heirs'' deconstructs ''Literature/ThePrinceAndThePauper'' stories. stories.
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All Genie tropes in ''Wishing Season''.



* PunBasedTitle - later books in the ''ChicksInChainmail'' series, including ''Chicks 'n Chained Males'', ''The Chick Is In The Mail'' and ''Turn The Other Chick''. ''New York by Knight'', ''Elf Defense'' ''Hooray for Hellywood'', ''Split Heirs''

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* PunBasedTitle - later books in the ''ChicksInChainmail'' series, including ''Chicks 'n Chained Males'', ''The Chick Is In The Mail'' and ''Turn The Other Chick''. ''New York by Knight'', ''Elf Defense'' ''Hooray for Hellywood'', ''Split Heirs''
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* ''Deception's Pawn'', due 2015

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* ''Deception's Pawn'', due 2015
27th Jan '16 8:36:20 PM GrammarNavi
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Esther Friesner (also known as Esther M. Friesner) is a fantasy author best known for her humorous works, though she spans the SlidingScaleOfSillinessVersusSeriousness. Friesner was named Outstanding New Fantasy Writer by Romantic Times in 1986. She won the Skylark Award in 1994. She has been nominated a number of times for the HugoAward and NebulaAward, winning the NebulaAward for Best Short Story in 1995 and 1996 for, respectively, "Death and the Librarian" and "A Birth Day". She has also edited a large number of anthologies, perhaps most famously the ''Literature/ChicksInChainmail'' series.

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Esther Friesner (also known as Esther M. Friesner) is a fantasy author best known for her humorous works, though she spans the SlidingScaleOfSillinessVersusSeriousness. Friesner was named Outstanding New Fantasy Writer by Romantic Times in 1986. She won the Skylark Award in 1994. She has been nominated a number of times for the HugoAward and NebulaAward, UsefulNotes/NebulaAward, winning the NebulaAward Nebula Award for Best Short Story in 1995 and 1996 for, respectively, "Death and the Librarian" and "A Birth Day". She has also edited a large number of anthologies, perhaps most famously the ''Literature/ChicksInChainmail'' series.
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* TheMagicGoesAway - ''Yesterday We Saw Mermaids''



* TheMagicGoesAway - ''Yesterday We Saw Mermaids''


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* WishingForMoreWishes: Played with in ''Wishing Season''. It is standard for a genie to say that wishing for more wishes isn't allowed in his or her preamble, but BrilliantButLazy Student Genie Khalid forgets on his first time out, and is enslaved by a mortal for several years till he is rescued.
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