Andromeda Spaceways Magazine Reviews Eugen Bacon’s Mage of Fools

We loved this insightful review of Eugen Bacon’s Afrofuturist dystopian novel, MAGE OF FOOLS by Justin Dickey in the latest Andromeda Spaceways Magazine.

While most of Bacon’s prose is vivid, her willingness to paint the grotesque with a steady eye is sublime…


Mage of Fools

Mage of Fools

In the dystopian world of Mafinga, Jasmin must contend with a dictator’s sorcerer to cleanse the socialist state of its deadly pollution.

Mafinga's malevolent king dislikes books and, together with his sorcerer Atari, has collapsed the environment to almost uninhabitable. The sun has killed all the able men, including Jasmin’s husband Godi. But Jasmin has Godi’s secret story machine that tells of a better world, far different from the wastelands of Mafinga. Jasmin’s crime for possessing the machine and its forbidden literature filled with subversive text is punishable by death. Fate grants a cruel reprieve in the service of a childless queen who claims Jasmin’s children as her own. Jasmin is powerless—until she discovers secrets behind the king and his sorcerer.

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The BFSA Review on Eugen Bacon’s Mage of Fools