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young vergil
and the wizard
by Avram Davidson

Young Vergil has left the building.

Sorry. Young Vergil and the Wizard by Avram Davidson, published here in December, 2001, is no longer available on The Infinite Matrix website. All good things come to an end.

Look for it as part of The Scarlet Fig, a novel by Avram Davidson, due from the Rose Press in early 2005.

Why have we removed it? Because, at The Infinite Matrix, we believe that online magazines should license stories for a delimited time period, not in perpetutity, and our contracts with the authors reflect that belief. As a publisher, we limit the rights we buy, and we do not mandate that authors give us the right to keep their stories up forever. Authors should own their work, and be free to make it available under any kind of license they wish.

Please note: we do not advocate top-down digital-rights management or any Mouse-based incursions on the public domain. For more info on authors' rights and options, see the Wikipedia article Open Access Publishing. Creative Commons also has info for authors on options for open-licensing their work.


Avram Davidson (1923-1993) is one of the great writers of science fiction and fantasy of the past century. His story "Or all the Seas With Oysters..." has transcended printed fiction and entered the popular consciousness. The present tale tells of the beginnings of magic in a boy destined to be a great wizard.

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