Sorcerers in Space

By Larry Hodges

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(Originally published by Class Act Books)

"Reading this book had me humming tunes from the 1960s, and smiling, for days."
-Abyss & Apex Review

It is 1969, at the height of tensions between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. Neil, 13, badly wants to be someone. Instead, he's stuck as a sorcerer's apprentice for Gus, the "meanest sorcerer in the world." Gus creates a magical talisman to spy on the Soviets, but instead it spies on them and sends text into space. A Giant Face in the Sky shows up, reading the text.  

Since whoever gets to the Face first will be able to lob down spells and have the world at their mercy, the Race to the Face begins. The Soviets, led by General Death, invade the U.S. over and over in their attempts to kill Neil, who is prophesied to defeat them. When a floating, talking meteor assassin named Buzz fails to kill Neil, he instead becomes Neil's protector and companion - with the rather unfortunate problem that in exactly one week, Buzz must kill Neil.  

The still-living President Kennedy, with advice from the ghost of Abraham Lincoln, and with trusty sidekick Dogface (alias Lee Harvey Oswald), puts together a motley crew to go to the Face: Neil, Gus, Buzz, and the sorceress Jackie Kennedy (weapons expert), Conrad (a hippy dragon whose hobby is swallowing celebrities), Wernhera (a German sorceress living in Conrad's stomach), Apollo (the Greek God and son of famed children's author Dr. Zeus), and Jim (a 2-D sorcerer from another universe). Can they make it to the Face before General Death, and before Buzz kills Neil?

It's "Hitchhiker's Guide Meets the Space Race"!

Larry Hodges, of Germantown, MD, is an active member of Science Fiction Writers of America with over 70 short story sales. He's a graduate of the six-week 2006 Odyssey Writers Workshop and the 2008 Taos Toolbox Writers Workshop. His story "The Awakening" was the unanimous grand prize winner at the 2010 Garden State Horror Writers Short Story Competition. His story "Rationalized" won the November 2011 Story Quest Competition. He's a full-time writer (and table tennis coach!) with nine books and over 1600 published articles in over 140 different publications. He also writes about and coaches the Olympic Sport of Table Tennis, is a member of the USA Table Tennis Hall of Fame (Google it!), and once beat someone using an ice cube as a racket. Visit him at