Portrait of Daryanree the King, The (#166)

1989-09Magic Universe [all] Short StoryAboriginal SF Sep/Oct 1989

More Tales from the Forbidden Planet, ed. Roz Kaveney, Titan 1990, Illustrated by Don Lawrence.;
Appears in the paperback edition of Achilles' Choice
Playgrounds of the Mind
First American rights unsold. Sent to Argos. Argos collapsed. Antho rights promised to Susan Shwartz for Arabesques III. Sold to Titan Books (England).

Niven relocates Oscar Wilde's Picture of Dorian Grey to the "Magic Goes Away" universe. A "magical" portrait by a quick-witted painter supposedly keeps a vain king young-looking, but the magic is fading as the mana disappears...