The Tale of the Student and his Son


  • First Publication
  • Separate publication(s)
    • The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, October 1981


A student magician creates a son by pure thought, who goes on to rescue maidens from a sea monster.


  • Wolfe has stated that he intended the pun between an academic thesis and Theseus. This story is very much like that of Theseus and the minotaur.
  • Imagining a man into existence is also found in Borges' The Circular Ruins.
  • Some have suggested a parallel to the battle of the Merrimac and the Monitor. There's a Monitor/Minotaur pun.