NOT QUITE SWORD & SORCERY: EARLY FANTASY

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Robert E. Howard may have invented Sword & Sorcery with the first King Kull tale, but he was not the only author working with...

Dress for the Occasion 2: The Decked-out Heroine

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Previously I blogged about that favourite trope of SF & Fantasy illustration: The Scantily Clad Female. That topic generated a lot of comments, so...

Asni’s Art Blog: Mother of Waters

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Yemanja, Yemoja, Yemalla, Janaína – the Mother of Waters is one of the main goddesses, of various Afro-American religions – Santería, Voodoo, Candomblé – which evolved from African deities grafted onto Catholic saints.

Battle Fever J! This Is Why I Love Japan (and You...

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Battle Fever J was a forerunner of the Power Rangers: four guys and a girl in superhero suits, saving the world from "the mysterious deity Satan Egos."

Review: FLASH GORDON SUNDAYS: DAN BARRY VOLUME 1 – THE DEATH...

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Flash Gordon Sundays: Dan Barry Vol 1 – The Death Planet, 1967 – 1971 is one of those books that should be in every collector’s library.

Anime roundup 11/15/2018: Second Acts

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In this week's viewing: JoJo and Zombie Land Saga have the deets on characters' old careers, and more!

The Lasting Impact of Miyazaki’s Princess

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There are some artists who leave a lasting impression on every life their work touches.  I don't think it's an exaggeration to say that...

Art Goes Hollywood: SF and Fantasy Concept Art

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It seems that all good fantasy artists head for Hollywood

Interview: Amal El-Mohtar

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Amal El-Mohtar is the Nebula-nominated author of The Honey Month, a collection of spontaneous short stories and poems written to the taste of 28...

MOVIE REVIEWS: TOMB RAIDER 2018 and I KILL GIANTS

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Steve reviews a reboot/remake of Tomb Raider (really?), and a quick look at a semi-genre film called I Kill Giants. What the heck is semi-genre?

Sword and Soul

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K. Ceres Wright takes us into the world of afro-centered blood and thunder!

The Artful Collector: Where Are They Now? Spotlight on Artist Walter...

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A look at Walter Velez's art and current projects.

Walter Popp

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I consider myself pretty knowledgeable about old science fiction art, particularly pulp magazine art and artists. My knowledge is not so vast, however, that there aren't still some surprises and new discoveries to be made.

Cosplay vs. Inspirations, Side-by-side Comparisons

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Being a member of several groups that enjoy cosplay, costuming, etc., does give access to a world of lively discussions. One recent discussion which...

Interview with Steve Jackson, author of Fighting Fantasy and the Sorcery!...

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Steve Jackson is one of the biggest names in British fantasy fiction. Along with Ian Livingstone, he was one of the founders of Games...

Asni’s Art Blog: Angels

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Astrid examines the evolution of the Angels as the subject of fantastical art.

Asni’s Art Blog: The Painting of Earthsea (part 5)

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By and large, the illustrators on DeviantArt are far more respectful of how the characters are described by the author, than the professional illustrators responsible for the various cover versions.

WILDSIDE PRESS: 34th GOLDEN AGE OF SF MEGAPACK (CYRIL M. KORNBLUTH)...

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This week, Steve looks at Wildside Press’s attempt to reprint most of the SF of the past in ebook format. This particular book is works by Cyril Kornbluth, a name you should learn!

Surrealism: The Art of Disquiet

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Sometimes life becomes so strange, so patently absurd, so like a bizarre waking dream that we say it has become surreal.

Asni’s Art Blog: The Painting of Earthsea (part 2)

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Some of the blunt, knee-jerk assumptions that are made in much fantasy art are less obvious, and therefore more insidious. These are often assumptions about gender roles, and ethnicity.

Game of Thrones and the Legacy of Robert E. Howard

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Every great piece of fantasy pays homage to the greats that have come before

“Mi amigo Quyllur”: una fábula de ciencia ficción ecuatoriana

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Voyager's golden disc prompts aliens to seek Earth in Mi amigo Quyllur, a film based on the eponymous novel by Renato Mendizábal Guillén

The Howl of Family: A Review of Wolf Children

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To smile through any hardship is a commendable virtue for anyone to have.  Continuing to do so while having to raise two half-human, half-wolf...

Girl, You’re In the Army Now

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Why do authors write equal opportunities for women into fantasy worlds with pre-modern technologies and societies? Unless they are Terry Pratchett, they're only making themselves look silly.
The Devil-Doll

A. Merritt on Film: Burn, Witch, Burn!

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Tod Browning's adaptation of A Merritt's Burn, Witch Burn! was less faithful to the source material than a Mexican film based on the same material, but was technically a much better film.

Review – Mr Nobody (the best film you’ve never heard of)

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The full 158 minute director’s cut is simply one of the best films I have ever seen.

It’s All My Fault – An Apology

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Another summer of cinematic wilderness is drawing to a close and I owe you all a big apology. Why? Because I am responsible for the terrible state of mainstream American cinema today.

Review: National Lampoon’s June, 1972 Special Science Fiction Issue

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A review of a satiric, transgrssive and humorous look at science fiction by the National Lampoon magazine.

Female Heroes in Literature

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For my birthday last year, I went to the cinema to watch the popular—and somewhat controversial—Hunger Games. Well, controversial among some critics and followers...