Off to be the Wizard (#1)

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Martin Banks is just a normal guy who has made an abnormal discovery: he can manipulate reality, thanks to reality being nothing more than a computer program. With every use of this ability, though, Martin finds his little “tweaks” have not escaped notice. Rather than face prosecution, he decides instead to travel back in time to the Middle Ages and pose as a wizard.

What could possibly go wrong?

An American hacker in King Arthur’s court, Martin must now train to become a full-fledged master of his powers, discover the truth behind the ancient wizard Merlin…and not, y’know, die or anything.


“This is one of the more offbeat ideas for a novel we’ve come across lately. Martin Banks discovers that reality is a computer program, and he can hack it, tweaking reality to make it more to his liking. Unfortunately, his edits to the universe haven’t gone unnoticed, and he faces prosecution for reality-hacking. So he goes back in time to the Middle Ages and becomes a wizard in the time of King Arthur. Bet you’ve never seen that story before.”

Charlie Jane Anders, io9

“[This novel has] a lot of computer geek humor as well as some pop culture humor from the 80s and 90s that reminded me a bit of Ready Player One, a book I absolutely love. I think fans of that book may find similar things to like here. Scott Meyer does for fantasy geeks what Ernest Cline did for gaming geeks.”

Rob Zak, SFF Audio

“OFF TO BE THE WIZARD is a very easy read. It’s light-hearted and completely entertaining. Meyer knows what he’s writing and the story doesn’t take itself too seriously, hitting just about every note you’d want. Reading this novel reminded me of Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One, giving me that same feeling and putting a big smile on my face at every turn. It’s full of love, pokes fun at many, many things, and is simply a joy to read. I can’t recommend this novel highly enough, and the sequel — SPELL OR HIGH WATER — is at the top of my anticipated list. A must-read.”

Mark Chitty, SFFWorld

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