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Uncle Dobbin's Parrot Fair

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Uncle Dobbin's Parrot Fair

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Author: Charles de Lint
Publisher: Pulphouse Publishing, 1991
Asimov's Science Fiction, 1987
Series: Newford

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Book Type: Novelette
Genre: Fantasy
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When she was younger, Ellen had seen them all the time, bouncing in the wind like tumbleweeds. She called them the Balloon Men. Now she wonders if they really exist...

Reece knows he can see things other people can't, and he's running from a nightmare that menaces people with barracuda teeth...

Somewhere between Ellen's doubts and Reece's certainties lies Uncle Dobbin's Parrot Fair. Laced with parables, this Nebula nominated story has much to say about the nature of Magic.

This novelette originally appeared in Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, November 1987. The story can also be found in the anthology The Year's Best Fantasy: First Annual Collection (1988), edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling. It is included in the collections Dreams Underfoot (1993) and The Newford Stories (1999).


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