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Entropy and the Strangler

A Novella by

The first public appearance of Greyboard (AKA "Thumbs") the Philosophical strangler and his manager Ignace.

This story has a complicated history. It was originally intended to be a chapter in the novel which, much transformed, eventually got published as Forward the Mage. Then I decided to separate it out from the novel and turn it into a stand-alone story, which I submitted to the Writers of the Future contest. The story won first place in the Winter Quarter of 1992 and was published in 1993 in the anthology Writers of the Future, Volume IX. A few years later, slightly rewritten, it wound up becoming the Prologue to my novel The Philosophical Strangler. That novel is available for free in the Baen Free Library at


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Title: Entropy and the Strangler
Author(s): Eric Flint
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