When Merlin first appears in Chaviano's Fables of an Extraterrestrial Grandmother as the wizard Soio, he reflects the imagination of Ana, the adolescent protagonist of the science fiction novel as she is in the process of writing the very novel the reader is reading. Later she will discover that her fictional creations are not the invention of her imagination but exist autonomously in parallel universes and are using her as a vehicle of inter-dimensional travel through time and space. Soio/Merlin gazes into …
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