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witch New York: New York City 2002 Bear, Greg. Vitalis. New York: Ballantine (2002); pg. 284. "A Come to Middle Earth poster from the 1960s competed with kids' drawings of dragons, a hook-nosed witch, airplanes. "
witch New York: New York City 2005 Delany, Samuel R. "Time Considered as a Helix of Semi-Precious Stones " in Nebula Award Stories Five (James Blish, ed.) New York: Pocket Books (1972; 1st ed. 1970; story c. 1969); pg. 115. "'And tell me, oh Good Witch of the West, just how--' "
witch New York: New York City 2075 Morehouse, Lyda. Archangel Protocol. New York: Penguin Putnam (2001); pg. 22. "On the same discussion group, Wiccan High Priestess Sapphire Whitewater publicly offered McMannus an invitation to convert. 'McMannus is precisely the kind of woman my coven is looking for. Strong, self-reliant, and darling. Some might call those the qualities of a bitch, but I say they are the qualities of a witch.'

McMannus has not yet replied to Whitewater's offer. "

witch New York: Rochester 1987 Auch, Mary Jane. The Witching of Ben Wagner. New York: Houghton Mifflin (1987); pg. 53. Pg. 53: "I walked all the way back to the point, but after what Mr. Romano had said about the people on the sandbar, I didn't feel like going out there alone. I didn't really believe the part about witches, but the place gave me the creeps anyway. "; Pg. 126: "Now that was stupid. I knew she hadn't been hiding in any scrawny little bush the other times. She had . . . geez! She wasn't behind the bush now, either. She'd disappeared again. This sure was a strange way for her to prove she wasn't a witch. " [Minimal other refs. to 'witches', not in DB.]
witch New York: Rochester 1987 Auch, Mary Jane. The Witching of Ben Wagner. New York: Houghton Mifflin (1987); pg. 127. [1] "'All right, never mind the cave. If you're not a witch, how do you make your eyes change color all the time?'

Regina laughed. 'You've got to be kidding. I don't do anything to change my eyes. They just look different in different light, I guess. Sometimes they seem to change depending on what color I'm wearing. A lot of people have eyes like that. It's probably because they're a very light color.'

'Well, what about your grandmother and you mixing up all those magic potions out of weeds and plants?'

'I never said they were magic potions.'

'You called them brews or confusions or something. That sounds pretty witchy to me.'

Regina laughed. 'Infusions, Ben, and they're not witchy. You make an infusion by steeping dried leaves in hot water. Tea is an infusion. Does that sound sinister to you?'

'I guess not, but I still think it's weird to mess with that stuff.' "

witch New York: Rochester 1987 Auch, Mary Jane. The Witching of Ben Wagner. New York: Houghton Mifflin (1987); pg. 128. [2] "'Look, my grandmother learned herbal medicines as a girl. It's been passed down in our family for generations and has nothing to do with witches.'

'All right. I guess I could go along with that, but there's no way you can explain the magic spells.'

'What magic spells?'

'You know darn well what I'm talking about. It was your eyes. You'd look at me and then I'd get that strange feeling. Like the time I was trying to cross that stream on the log, and I almost fell off. You put a spell on me and saved me.'

'But I just . . .'

'Let me finish. Then there was the spell that got me on the soccer team, and the one so I could talk to my teachers, and the biggest was the spell that helped me rescue Liz. Now I couldn't have done any one of those things without some sort of magic, so don't deny you made it happen.'

'How do you think I did it?'

'I told you. You'd stare at me. Then you'd say, 'I know you can do it.' '

'And then you did it.'

'That's right.' "

witch New York: Rochester 1987 Auch, Mary Jane. The Witching of Ben Wagner. New York: Houghton Mifflin (1987); pg. 128. [3] "'That's exactly right, Ben. You did it. It wasn't magic spells or witches. It was you.'

'That's impossible. It even said in the paper that I shouldn't have been able to swim in those waves and rescue Liz. I'm not even a great swimmer. I was practically drowning until you yelled at me. That's why I never felt good about that hero stuff, because without the magic, Liz and I would have drowned.'

'Look, Ben. Did I put any sort of spell on you before you dove off the pier?'

'No. That's why I was having such a hard time.'

'You dove off the pier, swam all the way over to where Liz was, then swam with her all the way past the jetty, in four-foot waves, without any spell at all, right?'

'Yeah, I guess so.'

'Can you explain it?'

'Not really, but . . .'

'I can explain it, Ben. It took courage to dive off that pier, and you did it because your little sister was drowning. You wanted to save her, even if it meant risking your own life.' "

witch New York: Rochester 1987 Auch, Mary Jane. The Witching of Ben Wagner. New York: Houghton Mifflin (1987); pg. 129. [4] "'How could I do all that on my own, without any magic?'

'You make me crazy, Ben. You believe that I can give you power--magic power. It would be a lot easier for you if I just said I was a witch, wouldn't it? Then you wouldn't have to look at the truth.'

'What is the truth?'

'The truth is, you're responsible for what happens to you. Both the good and the bad. I didn't give you any magic power. You've always been able to do those things. You just didn't think you could. All I did was try to give you some encouragement. You did all the rest. Just stop believing in witches and start believing in yourself. That's where the magic is.'

We sat for a long time... Finally she spoke. 'Do you believe me, Ben?'

'Yeah, I guess so.' "

witch New York: Rochester 1987 Auch, Mary Jane. The Witching of Ben Wagner. New York: Houghton Mifflin (1987); pg. 130. [5] "She got up and reached out her hand. 'Come on. I want you to meet my grandmother.'

'Wait a minute. Okay, so you're not a witch, but your grandmother was yelling a curse at me.'

'What did she say?'

'How should I know. It was some ancient witch language.'

Regina smiled and shook her head. 'French, Ben. When Grandmother tries to say something in a hurry, it comes out in French. She was probably trying to tell you that I went out to meet you. Storms upset her.'

'She was upset, all right. And she sure looked like a witch.'

'She's a very gentle old woman, Ben. Besides, the way your imagination was running wild, your own mother would have looked like a witch to you.' "

witch New York: Westchester County 1984 Claremont, Chris. New Mutants, Vol. 1, No. 14: "Do You Believe in-- Magik? ". New York: Marvel Comics Group (Apr 1984); pg. 1. "Once upon a time, a demon said to a very little girl: 'When you are grown into a woman and have learned in full measure the arts arcane, when at last the five Bloodstones are in their proper place within this medallion... Then, Illyana Rasputin, you will ascend to the most glorious of destinies.' His name was Belasco and what he meant was that I'd become the mystic, living gateway through which his dread masters, the Dark Ones, would emerge to lay waste to the Earth and conquer our universe. I thought it was wonderful. " [Many refs. throughout story, not in DB. This issue focuses on Illyana Rasputin/Magik, essentially introducing this sorceress character as a regular cast member in the New Mutants series.]
witch New York: Westchester County 1984 Claremont, Chris. New Mutants, Vol. 1, No. 14: "Do You Believe in-- Magik? ". New York: Marvel Comics Group (Apr 1984); pg. 2. Illyana's thoughts: "Or I can return home to Russia, to my parents. But however will I explain my transformation from child to adult? How do I tell them their darling daughter has become... a demon sorceress?!! "
witch New York: Westchester County 1984 Claremont, Chris. New Mutants, Vol. 1, No. 14: "Do You Believe in-- Magik? ". New York: Marvel Comics Group (Apr 1984); pg. 8. Charles Xavier's thoughts: "From the X-Men's account, I believe Illyana's abductor to be an infamous 13th Century demonologist--but my library contains only veiled references to Belasco and precious few of these. My friend, Stephen Strange, is a master of the mystic arts. Perhaps he--or Nightcrawler's foster mother, the Gypsy sorceress Margali Szardos--can fill in some of the gaps... "
witch New York: Westchester County 1984 Claremont, Chris. New Mutants, Vol. 1, No. 14: "Do You Believe in-- Magik? ". New York: Marvel Comics Group (Apr 1984); pg. 18. Illyana's narration: "This is the first time I've unleashed the full power of my magicks... since returning from Limbo. I'd forgotten how good it feels to use them, how empty I am when I'm not. I bind S'ym with mystic chains. They don't hold... When he's backed me into a corner, and believes his victory is certain... I summon my soulsword. It's pure energy--forged in part from the essence of my very being--the ultimate expression of my power as sorceress and mutant. "
witch New York: Westchester County 1984 Claremont, Chris. New Mutants, Vol. 1, No. 15: "Scaredy Cat! ". New York: Marvel Comics Group (May 1984); pg. 1. Pg. 1: "The best time for casting spells is very early in the morning, when everyone's asleep and not likely to notice. The safest place is your own room. Illyana Rasputin's fellow student at Professor Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters don't know she can do this. She means to keep it that way! "; Pg. 2: "This is one of the simpler enchantments, as, protected by a magic circle... Illyana separates her astral form from its physical shell... and slips out of the house. for her, time and distance now mean nothing... She can travel anywhere on Earth in the blink of an eye, passing through walls--indeed, through virtually any obstacle, no matter how solid--as easily as air. " [Other refs. throughout this issue, not in DB. Illyana is the main character this issue.
witch New York: Westchester County 1984 Claremont, Chris. New Mutants, Vol. 1, No. 15: "Scaredy Cat! ". New York: Marvel Comics Group (May 1984); pg. 8. Sam: "Illyana?! Lord have mercy--those creatures are comin' outta her! Dani, look, that witchy circle on the floor--she was castin' some sort'a spell?! "
witch New York: Westchester County 1984 Claremont, Chris. New Mutants, Vol. 1, No. 15: "Scaredy Cat! ". New York: Marvel Comics Group (May 1984); pg. 12. Pg. 12: Danielle Moonstar's thoughts: "Can't be--my spirit-forms have no substance. They're mirages--illusions--nothing more. But if it was Illyana--why did I see her as a sorceress? Her figure was grown-up--so terribly... evil -- Illyana... isn't... "; Pg. 13: Illyana: "I am not merely a mutant. I am a sorceress as well. "; Roberto: "Gee, we never would have guessed. " [More, not in DB.]
witch New York: Westchester County 1984 Claremont, Chris. New Mutants, Vol. 1, No. 18: "Death-Hunt ". New York: Marvel Comics Group (Aug. 1984); pg. 9. "Illyana grew up in a daemonic Limbo, raised by its ruler. He taught her to be a sorceress. " [More of this character, not in DB.]
witch New York: Westchester County 1984 Claremont, Chris. New Mutants, Vol. 1, No. 19: "Siege ". New York: Marvel Comics Group (Sep. 1984); pg. 6. Sam: "Ever since we've known her, Dani's had a special far of a spirit bear she said murdered her parents. none of us really gave the story much credit--after all, who b'lieves in magic? 'Cept, Illyana's a real witch, an' we've fought demons an' sorceresses. Maybe Dani wasn't kiddin'. " [Other refs., not in DB, e.g., pg. 9, 16, 19, 21.]
witch New York: Westchester County 1985 Claremont, Chris. New Mutants, Vol. 1, No. 29: "Meanwhile, Back at the Mansion... ". New York: Marvel Comics Group (July 1985); pg. 3. "The young man is Sam Guthrie--co-leader of the New Mutants... Illyana Rasputin's a teammate. They're both mutants... She's a demon sorceress-teleporter. " [Other refs. to Illyana, not in DB.]
witch New York: Westchester County 1986 Claremont, Chris. New Mutants, Vol. 1, No. 35: "The Times, They Are A'changin'! ". New York: Marvel Comics Group (Jan. 1986); pg. 5. Illyana: "Look, I'm part demon-sorceress--as well as being a mutant--and in those ways, pure evil. Yet you accepted me. We've become friends. How about we give Maggie the same chance? " [Other refs. to Magik/Illyana, not in DB, but her magickal aspect is not a focus of this issue. See also pg. 11]
witch New York: Westchester County 1986 Claremont, Chris. New Mutants, Vol. 1, No. 36: "Subway to Salvation ". New York: Marvel Comics Group (Feb. 1986); pg. 15. Doug: "Aren't you a demon sorceress too, Illyana? Mistress of black magic?! How do we know this isn't a con, that you're really in league with those devils?! "
witch New York: Westchester County 1986 Claremont, Chris. New Mutants, Vol. 1, No. 37: "If I Should Die ". New York: Marvel Comics Group (Mar. 1986); pg. 6. Danielle's thoughts: "Got to get away--ride so fast and far that shadow-witch'll never catch me! " [She runs after seeing the image of Hela (Norse goddess of death) in a mirror.]
witch New York: Westchester County 1986 Claremont, Chris. New Mutants, Vol. 1, No. 43: "Getting Even ". New York: Marvel Comics Group (Sep. 1986); pg. 3. "In her life, Nina daCosta has roamed the world... but nothing in her experience could hope to compare with what her son is now seeing in Illyana Rasputin's magickal domain... a realm beyond space and time, entirely subject to the young woman's will. Here, as apprentice to the demon lord Belasco, she learned the black arts. " [Other refs., not in DB.]
witch New York: Westchester County 1986 Claremont, Chris. New Mutants, Vol. 1, No. 44: "Runaway! ". New York: Marvel Comics Group (Oct. 1986); pg. 5. Pg. 5: Sign on Illyana's door: "The sorceress is IN "; Pg. 8: Roberto to Illyana about Limbo: "I am no afraid of that evil place, sorceress-- "; Pg. 21: "Here [in Limbo], there are no innocents to threaten, and Magik's power is the only way in or out. You are trapped, Legion, in body as well as mind! Moreover, she is absolute ruler of this realm. There is nothing here she cannot do. Her sorcery can rip you from David's psyche, Jack. She'll smash you to bits. Crush you utterly. "
witch New York: Westchester County 1986 Claremont, Chris. New Mutants, Vol. 1, No. 45: "We Were Only Foolin' ". New York: Marvel Comics Group (Nov. 1986); pg. 18. "A moment later, both are back from Magik's eldritch domain of Limbo . . . "; Illyana: "Bobby-boy, you look positively scrumptious! My pet demons did such a nice job of tying you up. Here, why don't you finish my apple. "; Roberto: "What makes you think, sorceress, that your monsters--or their pathetic chains--are a match for Sunspot's strength? "
witch North America 1270 C.E. Shuler, Linda Lay. She Who Remembers. New York: Arbor House (1988); pg. 6. Pg. 6: "'It is your eyes!' Kwani's mother whispered. 'Only you have the blue eyes. Kokopelli told me in secret--I paid him well--he told me a blue-eyed Chief lives far away, there.'...

'Witch!' Drumbeats outside had grown louder, the voices of Kwani's clan more insistent. The cry rose to a chant.

'Go!' her mother whispered. 'Take the spear and go before the drumbeats stop. They will kill you!'

'But I am not a witch!'

'Aye-e-e!' her mother wailed. 'I know. But Maluku believes you caused the sickness...' ";

Pg. 12: "'The Medicine Chief tried to kill me so I ran away,' she said. 'He thought I was a witch.' "

Pg. 18: "Was she, indeed, a witch? But if she were a witch, she would know magic already. No. She was nothing, only an Anasazi squaw. " [Other refs. not in DB.]

witch North America 1270 C.E. Shuler, Linda Lay. She Who Remembers. New York: Arbor House (1988), book jacket. Book jacket: "...the story of Kwani, an Anasazi of A.D. 1270, whose blue eyes mark her as a witch. Driven out of her tribe, she is left in the wilderness to die. " [Other refs. not in DB.]
witch North America 2025 Anderson, Poul. "No Truce with Kings " in The Hugo Winners: Volumes One and Two. (Isaac Asimov, ed.) Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (1971; story copyright 1963); pg. 390. "'...Psionics was merely one bit of folklore we found potent enough to serve as the motivator of a new orientation toward life. There are others, for example the widespread belief in magic among the less educated classes. We can begin again on a different basis, if we must. The exact form of the creed is not important. It is only scaffolding for the real structure: a communal, anti-materialistic social group...' "
witch North Carolina 1995 Lisle, Holly & Chris Guin. Mall, Mayhem and Magic. New York: Baen (1995); pg. 19. Pg. 19: "'Pity your grandfather wasn't a better wizard... If this spell could work anywhere, Terthal could have used it to get the Godheart safely away...' "; Pg. 112: "'I'd prefer the gods of strangers to the wizards who killed me.' " [As the title indicates, wizards and magic are central to the entire novel. Other refs. not in DB.]
witch North Carolina 1998 Bradley, Marion Zimmer & Holly Lisle. In the Rift. New York: Baen (1998); pg. 89. "'Have you eve heard of the Threefold Law? It says that anything we do, whether good or evil, comes back to us threefold.'

'I've heard that said, but never stated as law--and I've certainly never considered it as fact or as something immutable. Offensive magic comprises a major part of the curriculum for wizards, and while they use destructive spells cautiously, they do use them. Had I done more with my magical studies, I have no doubt that I would have learned destructive spells.' " [Other refs. not all in DB.]

witch North Carolina 1998 Bradley, Marion Zimmer & Holly Lisle. In the Rift. New York: Baen (1998); pg. 104. "The churchman told her, 'The Bible says, Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.'

Kate didn't take her eyes off of the deputy. 'Quite so, Mr. Smeed. Sneally.'

'Snead,' he said.

'Snead. Fine. I read that verse in the King James version when I was a kid. However, I believe that biblical scholars have several options in translating the word they've chosen to translate as 'witch,' all of them equally valid. Their arbitrary choice of the word 'witch' is just that . . . an arbitrary choice.' "

witch North Carolina 1998 Bradley, Marion Zimmer & Holly Lisle. In the Rift. New York: Baen (1998); pg. 179. "'I'm not a Satan worshipper, Lisa.'

'Then why did your family say you were?'

'They didn't. They said I practiced witchcraft.'

'And . . .?'

'They aren't the same.'

'They are as far as I'm concerned.. You a witch?'

Kate thought, I could fire her. I should fire her. Except then I'd have to pay her unemployment, and I don't think right now I want to be that generous. She said, 'In case you didn't realize this, I'll tell you that freedom of religion is guaranteed in the United States of America, and my religion is no more your business than yours is mine.

'Are . . . you . . . a witch?'

...'I'm Wiccan,' she said. 'Pagan.'

'I QUIT!' Lisa shrieked. 'Do you hear me? I quit! And if you want your horses fed, you can do it yourself!' "

witch Ontario 1992 Huff, Tanya. Blood Trail. New York: DAW Books (1992); pg. 26. "'...These deaths could be the result of a community. . . .'

'Witch hunt,' Henry put it quietly as she paused. "

witch Ontario: Ottawa 1987 de Lint, Charles Jack the Giant Killer. New York: Ace Books (1987); pg. 47. "'Do you believe in . . . faeries?' she asked.

'Faeries as in gay, or faeries as in Tinkerbell?'

'As in Tinkerbell--but not all cutesy like that. More like faerie as in the realm of Faerie, with gnomes and wizards and giants and that sort of thing.' " [May be other refs., not in DB, but witches/wizards are not at all a focus of novel.]

witch Ontario: Toronto 1993 Huff, Tanya. Blood Lines. New York: DAW Books (1993); pg. 74. "'Most Egyptian priests were also wizards and their spells were not only chanted but written on strips of linen or papyrus when the matter was deemed serious enough to need physical representation. Occasionally, when very powerful spells were needed, the wizard would mix his blood with the paint in order to tie his life force to the magic.' " [More here, and other pages, e.g., pg. 128-129, 134, 157, 176, etc.]
witch Oz 1986 Brooks, Terry. Magic Kingdom for Sale - Sold!. New York: Ballantine (1986); pg. vii. [Frontispiece] "The Witch of the North seemed to think for a time, with her head bowed and her eyes upon the ground. Then she looked up and said, 'I do not know where Kansas is, for I have never heard that country mentioned before. But tell me, is it a civilized country?'

'Oh, yes,' replied Dorothy.

'Then that accounts for it. In the civilized countries I believe there are no witches left, nor wizards, nor sorceresses, nor magicians. But, you see, the Land of Oz has never been civilized, for we are cut off from all the rest of the world. There we still have witches and wizards amongst us.'

--L. Frank Baum, The Wizard of Oz "

witch Pennsylvania 1989 Wilson, Robert Charles. Gypsies. New York: Doubleday (1989); pg. 126. "Willis had accused him of practicing witchcraft or raising demons or something... "
witch Phaze 2980 Anthony, Piers. Split Infinity. New York: Ballantine (1980); pg. 152. "'...We unicorns are the dominant animal form, except perhaps in some corners of the pasture where the werewolves and vampires range, and we're really better off than the human peasants. Anyone can do magic, but most humans don't, because of the Adepts.'

'Adepts?'

'Like Herd Stallions or Pack Leaders, only it's magic, not mares or bitches they pre-empt. Each Adept has his special style of enchantment, and he's awfully good in his specialization. I said unicorns were proof against foreign spells, but Adepts are another matter. If an Adept should be after thee--'

'I see. What defense would I have against one of these super-sorcerers?'

'No defense suffices, except to hide--and sooner or later an Adept will find thee. They have charms and amulets and familiar spread throughout the realm of Phaze, spying out the news. There's hardly any limit to the powers of an Adept. In fact--that's it! The Oracle!' " [Adepts first mentioned here, but many other refs., not in DB.]

witch Phaze 2980 Anthony, Piers. Split Infinity. New York: Ballantine (1980); pg. 266. "'...My wolfsbane might help steady her--but we dare not administer it to her animal form. We are at impasse. Save thyself; thou canst not free us.'

'If I go, it will be only to help thee--as thou didst for me before. Can I overcome the witch?'

'Only if thou canst kill her by surprise, instantly with thy sword. She will else throw a potion on thee, and destroy thee.' " [Although magic and magic-users known as 'adepts' are a prominent feature of the novel, the word 'witch' is uses rarely, perhaps only here.]

witch Phaze 2981 Anthony, Piers. Blue Adept. New York: Ballantine (1981) [Book jacket:] "Stile had the best of two worlds from which to choose... Phaze was a world of magic. There, Stile discovered he was the alternate of the Blue Adept, a master of magic who had been murdered.... Life became a matter of shuttling from world to world with the problems growing greater in each world. On Phaze, he must learn to use his growing powers of magic... " [Magic is a central theme in the novel. Many refs. throughout, not in DB.]
witch Phaze 2981 Anthony, Piers. Blue Adept. New York: Ballantine (1981); pg. 6. "'Nay, friend. I am in no danger from the unicorns. It is the Lady Blue I worry about. I wish thee to guard her... Thou has not magic--at least, thou hast not practiced it; but if no others know I am gone there should be no hostile spells... She maintained the Blue Demesnes after her lord, mine alternate self, was murdered. Without her help I could not fill this office of Adept [witch/user of magic]. I have the power of magic, but lack experience...' " [Many refs. throughout.]
witch Phaze 2981 Anthony, Piers. Blue Adept. New York: Ballantine (1981); pg. 8. "'Methinks Stile likes magic,' Hulk muttered. 'Personally, I do not believe in it.'

'Else mightest thou be Adept too,' Stile said, laughing to show the humor, though he suspected there was some truth in it. Every person could do some magic, but few could do strong magic. Stile's own magic talent was reflected in the science frame of Proton as considerable ability in other things, such as the Game, and Hulk was almost as capable there. Hulk might be able to learn to be a magician, if he ever cared to try. Perhaps there were many others who could be similarly competent at magic, if they only believed they could and worked to perfect their techniques. But only one person in perhaps a thousand believed, so there were very few Adepts. Of course, the established Adepts ruthlessly eliminated any developing rivals, so it was safer to opt out of that arena entirely. The enmity of an Adept was a terrible thing. "

witch Phaze 2987 Anthony, Piers. Out of Phaze. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons (1987); pg. 189. "'So you were the one who brought Blue to Proton, and Stile to Phaze!' Mach exclaimed.

'Aye. Then I turned the Book of Magic over to Trool the Troll, and he became the Red Adept. Since then Stile has guided the affairs of Phaze in a beneficial direction, curtailing the evil powers of the opposing Adepts, who naturally hate him. E'er they sought to balk him, and to diminish the freedoms of the animals and Little Folk, but e'er he was alert, and Reds provided powerful new spells when needed, and Phaze has prospered despite the loss of magical power.'

'Loss of power? It seems effective enough to me!'

'That be because thou saw it not in the old days. When the frames separated, half the Phazite, the rock of magic, was passed o'er to Proton...' " [Many refs. to magic throughout novel. Magic users are known as adepts, and never called 'witches.]

witch Phaze 2990 Anthony, Piers. Phaze Doubt. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons (1990); pg. 33. "'The Adepts be the ones with much magic. They be mostly human, but the Red Adept be a troll, and the Unicorn Adept be part unicorn. The Blue Adept always supported the unicorns, and the werewolves and vampires, so--' " [Many other refs. throughout novel, not in DB. The term 'adept' is used for practitioners of magic, not witch.]
witch Realm 1984 Bear, Greg. "Book One: The Infinity Concerto " (c. 1984, substantially rewritten for this edition) in Songs of Earth & Power. New York: Tor (1996; 1st ed. 1994); pg. 39. "'Who is Lamia?'

Savarin shrugged. 'You know more than I. A large woman who lives in the Isomage's house.'

'Who is the Isomage?'

'A sorcerer. He angered the Sidhe far more than someone who simply whistles.' " [Many other refs. not in DB.]

witch Roman Empire 300 C.E. Anderson, Poul & Karen Anderson. The King of Ys: Roma Mater. New York: Baen (1986); pg. 28. Pg. 28: "He regained that she drink first of the cup she proffered; and so they both died. Spells were still cast on certain nights to keep quiet the ghosts of Mongfind the witch. "; Pg. 71: "Gauls said Gods, or elves, or wizards, or the Old Folk had raised those gaunt menhirs, solitary or in cromlech circles... "
witch Roman Empire 620 C.E. Douglas, L. Warren. The Veil of Years. New York: Baen (2001); pg. 6. Pg. 6: "The Sorceress's Tale "; Pg. 10: "Eight-year-old legs pumped steadily uphill. He had to find the sorceress!... Giles set off up the red, crumbling rocks of the Eagle's Beak, to alert the mage Anselm... 'There are the Mussulmen!' he would say. The sorceress would cast fire. Muslim sailors would scream and burn. " [Extensive refs., not in DB.]
witch Russia 2127 Card, Orson Scott. Shadow of the Hegemon. New York: Tor (2001); pg. 118. "'This discussion is over,' said the psychiatrist. 'You can shut up now.'

'Is that how you end your sessions with your patients?'

'I never said I was a psychiatrist,' said the psychiatrist.

'Psychiatry was your education,' said Petra. 'And I know you had a practice for a while, because real people don't talk like shrinks when they're trying to reassure a frightened child. Just because you got involved in politics and changed careers doesn't mean you aren't still the kind of bonehead who goes to witch-doctor school and thinks he's a scientist.' "

witch Scandinavia 867 C.E. Harrison, Harry & John Holm. One King's Way. New York: Tor (1995); pg. 331. "'...And not old broken slaves bought cheap, but the evildoers. Christians, and witches, and warlocks, and Finns, and the cheating priests of the Asgarth Way!...' "
witch Texas 1984 Heinlein, Robert A. Job: A Comedy of Justice. New York: Ballantine (1984); pg. 231. "'Oh, oh! Yes, Alec, our daughter is a good girl and as civilized as one can expect in a teenager. but she is an apprentice witch, a recent convert to the Old Religion--and, being both a convert and a teenager, dead serious about it. Sybil would not be rude to a guest--Kate brought her up properly. But it would be a favor to me if you will avoid placing too much strain on her...' "
witch Texas: Galveston 2022 Sterling, Bruce. Islands in the Net. New York: Arbor House/William Morrow (1988); pg. 13. "'Are you telling me these are love potions?'

The reverend shifted uncomfortably... 'Mrs. Webster, please don't mistake me for a witch. The Church of Wicca are reactionaries. And no, these aren't love potions, not in the folklore sense...' "

witch Texas: Galveston 2022 Sterling, Bruce. Islands in the Net. New York: Arbor House/William Morrow (1988); pg. 14. "'I'm going to church this Sunday,' Mrs. Rodriguez decided. 'Que brujeria, eh? A witch! Did you see those eyes? Like a snake.' She crossed herself. 'Don't laugh, Laura.'

'Laugh? Hell, I'm ready to hang garlic.' "

witch Tibet 1991 Grubb, Jeff. "A Brother to Dragons " in Testament of the Dragon (Weis, Margaret, ed.) New York: HarperCollins (1997); pg. 75. "These symbols are also used in sacred texts to identify their wisest and most revered leaders. this also prevents outsiders from knowing the true names of the Dragons Beyond or their followers. For there are Disciples who are schooled in sorcery, and true names are potent weapons which could be used against Dragons Beyond or their priests. " [Other refs., not in DB.]
witch Tran 1996 Pournelle, Jerry & Roland Green. Tran. New York: Baen (1996); pg. 85. "'Yes. It is my sky-beast. A wizard who is my enemy cast an evil spell on it, so that it fell from the sky. I must stay with you for some days, until I can call other wizards to my aid. They will come, take off the evil spell, and reward you well if you help me.'

He looked sternly at them. 'They will also punish you if you do not treat me well. The beast will see everything which happens among you, and tell the other wizards.' " [Other refs., not in DB, e.g., pg. 87, 92, 182-183.]

witch Transylvania 1897 Stoker, Bram. Dracula. New York: Bantam (1981; c. 1897); pg. 30. "'...Here, too, when they came, they found the Huns, whose warlike fury had swept the earth like a living flame, till the dying peoples held that in their veins ran the blood of those old witches, who, expelled from Scythia had mated with the devils in the desert. Fools, fools! What devil or what witch was ever so great as Attila, whose blood is in these veins?' "
witch United Kingdom 95 C.E. Bradley, Marion Zimmer. Lady of Avalon. New York: Viking Penguin (1997); pg. 1. "They were great masters of magic, who chanted spells by which a mortal man might reach other worlds... But the ancient wizards taught the humans wisdom, and their wise folk, the Druids, were drawn to the power in the holy isle. " [Other refs. throughout novel, not in DB. Merlin is mentioned a few times.]
witch United Kingdom 1358 C.E. Dickson, Gordon R. The Dragon Knight. New York: Tor (1990); pg. 10. "Carolinus was the magician who had been involved with Jim in the matter of the Loathly Tower the year before. He had turned out to be a trusty, if equally crusty and short-tempered, friend. He was a magician with a AAA+ rating. There were only three magicians in this world, Jim had been advised by the Accounting Office, who had not only the AAA, which as the highest rating awarded, but the + which lifted it above even the extraordinary level of those three letters.

Jim, by contrast, was a magician--if only an involuntary one--with a mere D rating. Both Carolinus and the Accounting Office had intimated that he would be very lucky indeed if in his lifetime he ever progressed up to the C class. In this world, apparently, as in the twentieth-century one that Jim and Angie had left behind them, you either had it or you did not. " [Many other refs., not in DB.]

witch United Kingdom 1360 C.E. Dickson, Gordon R. The Dragon on the Border. New York: Ace Books (1992); pg. 2. Pg. 2: "About the only way he would have of fending off the mistaken help of people like Brian and Dafydd would be to claim that he could take care of the matter with magic. Jim, through no fault of his own, was a magician . . . a very low-rated magician, to be sure, but one who commanded respect for his title among non-magicians, nonetheless. "; Pg. 4: "Carolinus, who was one of this world's three AAA+ rated magicians and lived by The Tinkling Water, near Jim's own castle of Malencontri, had warned Jim that the Dark Powers were out to get him, particularly and simply, because he was more difficult to handle than someone native-born to this world and time. " [Many other refs. not in DB.]
witch United Kingdom 1364 C.E. Dickson, Gordon R. The Dragon, the Earl, and the Troll. New York: Ace Books (1994); pg. 8. Pg. 8: "Jim had managed to rouse Carolinus--one of only three AAA+ magicians in this world--from a deep depression just in time to defeat the giant, deep-sea squid who was the mastermind behind the serpents... "; Pg. 9: "'...But I'll find something else for you, to help make your gift equal with the one I gave the wee mage. I promise. by the way, how do you like his present? That did take some getting, I can tell you! It's a box to keep his magic in.' " [Many other refs. not in DB.]
witch United Kingdom 1364 C.E. Dickson, Gordon R. The Dragon, the Earl, and the Troll. New York: Ace Books (1994); pg. 11. "'The way Rrrnlf pronounced the word 'Mage,' speaking to Carolinus, was very definitely different from the way he pronounced it when referring to Jim as a 'wee mage.' Neither Rrrnlf nor anybody else ever referred to Carolinus as wee; although this had nothing to do with his physical size. In fact, he was a frail, white-bearded and rather skinny old man--if tall--in a red robe that could invariably stand washing. Angie happened to know that he had a number of such robes; but he also had a tendency to let the ones he had worn for some time simply pile up in a corner of his cottage by the Tinkling Tower, until he thought of telling them magically to be clean again--so that he always looked as if the robe was something thrown away by a more prosperous magician. "
witch United Kingdom 1364 C.E. Dickson, Gordon R. The Dragon, the Earl, and the Troll. New York: Ace Books (1994); pg. 14. "'The Emergency Meeting I went to,' Carolinus said slowly, 'was called because a number of magicians around our world of sufficient rank had noticed indications that the Dark Powers would be attempting to change History at a particular Christian feast--specifically, at your Earl's Christmastide gathering a few days from now.'

'But they can't do that, can the?' Angie asked. 'It's a Christian Feast. The Dark Powers wouldn't have any power to interfere with anything there. Even if they did, aside from the Holy occasion, whatever clergy are around would have blessed the place and its environs and nothing belonging to the Dark Powers could even get close.' " [Other refs. not in DB.]

witch United Kingdom 1366 C.E. Dickson, Gordon R. The Dragon and the Djinn. New York: Ace Books (1996); pg. 21. "'one of us has to choose what information you are to receive. And since it is my information; and I'm one of only three AAA+ class magickians in this world, where you are only a C-class magickian, my apprentice and a relative newcomer--I shall be the one who chooses.' " [Many refs. throughout novel, not in DB.]
witch United Kingdom 1367 C.E. Dickson, Gordon R. The Dragon in Lyonesse. New York: Tor (1998); pg. 45. "'...Also, remember what I said: no one, including me, knows all the Old Magic. Merlin might have, but there's no one like him today. So your powers can disappear without warning.' " [Many other refs., not in DB.]
witch United Kingdom 1367 C.E. Dickson, Gordon R. The Dragon in Lyonesse. New York: Tor (1998); pg. 109. Pg. 109: "But only now did he appreciate how expensive, in cut and quality, was what she was wearing--like a Witch Queen, herself... "; Pg. 116: "'Oh, perhaps one of the other three great Witch Queens,' he said. 'The Queen of Northgales, the Queen of Eastland, or the Queen of the Out Isles...' "
witch United Kingdom 1928 Baxter, Stephen. The Time Ships. New York: HarperCollins (1995); pg. 212. Pg. 212: "...a designer of aeronautical devices of some reputation--he was known as a 'wizard boffin,' in his words. "; Pg. 281: wizard


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