Was (or "Was..." in the UK edition)

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Was (or Was... in the UK edition) is a 1992 parallel novel by Geoff Ryman focussing on the (in some cases, tragic) lives of disparate individuals linked to one another by L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and the musical film version. Ranging across time and space from 1860s Kansas to the late 1980s California, among other locations, the novel include a tapestry of characters, some real but most fictitious, whose lives indirectly affect each other.