I just read an old Mythus Masters article where Gary was talking about the Setne books. In the article he talks about how the books were released as fantasy with covers that indicated an action fantasy feel, and not the fantasy-mystery that he requested. Then he goes on to state
I look forward to a new publishing house soon for the Magister Trilogy in progress, this time an action-adventure one.
I wonder how far 'in progress' this trilogy got. I would really have liked to seen Gary's take on a spell-ising fantasy-action story.
I think the first time I read the first trilogy, I was a bit disappointed, but I think it was my expectations. The second time I read them, I appreciated them a whole lot more; to the point that I think they're Gary's best fiction writing.
Gary was trying to tell a story and integrate the premise and feel of AErth simultaneously--a tough gig! I wrote a story called "The Plane Truth" (pun intended)for the overall setting that illustrated the multi-planar nature of the game system and sucked in a college kid from our Earth to give the readers an "anchor" and allow character introduction through his eyes--this was 1991 or so. Gary always said: Think "A Dark Travelling" (Zeazny)or "House On The Borderland" (W H Hodgson)...