Tea with the Black Dragon

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Tea with the Black Dragon
Cover of first edition (paperback)
Author R. A. MacAvoy
Country United States
Language English
Genre Fantasy novel
Publisher Bantam Books
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardcover & Paperback)
Pages 166
ISBN 0-553-23205-3
OCLC 12481236
LC Class CPB Box no. 2920 vol. 1
Followed by Twisting the Rope

Tea with the Black Dragon is a 1983 fantasy novel by R. A. MacAvoy. It was nominated for the Nebula Award for Best Novel in 1983, the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1984, and won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 1983 and the Locus Award for best first novel in 1984.[1] It also found a place in David Pringle's Modern Fantasy: The Hundred Best Novels (1988).

Plot introduction[edit]

Tea with the Black Dragon is about Martha MacNamara, called west to San Francisco by a message from her daughter, Elizabeth, a computer programmer. When she arrives, however, Elizabeth has disappeared. Mayland Long, an Asian gentleman, who is skilled in languages, including those used for computer programming (he settles down to read Donald Knuth's The Art of Computer Programming with a “contented sigh”) and who may be a transformed 2,000-year-old Chinese dragon, aids Martha in her search for her daughter. As they search for clues to Elizabeth's disappearance, they discover hints that Elizabeth is involved in a dangerous crime.


  1. ^ 1984 Locus Awards

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