The Wizard That Wasn't: Book One of Mechanized Wizardry by Ben Rovik
Approx. 44,730 words.
Published on June 6, 2011.
Horace Lundin doesn't believe in magic until the Petronaut technician sees its power firsthand. What if magic didn’t have to be chaotic, messy, and unreliable, like the wizards who practice it? What if it could be as simple as throwing a switch? Inspired, Lundin and his colleagues build a music-box magician in the laboratory; but building the machine is only the start of the adventure...