Interview with Award-Winning Author Lois McMaster Bujold

Today we are joined by legendary author Lois McMaster Bujold. Lois writes fantasy and science fiction that marches side by side with the greatest...

Anime roundup 6/28/2013: Fall of the Guardians

Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet #12 - Is it an act of insubordination if you refuse the orders given by your superior officer's...

PUSADIAN REWRITE: L. SPRAGUE DE CAMP 1

Two things happened in 1950. One: L. Sprague de Camp read his first Conan story. And two: L. Sprague de Camp would try to...

Summer 2013 Anime Preview

So, you heard about that Sailor Moon reboot everyone is all excited about? It's been pushed back to 2014 at least. Instead, here are...

Erring On the Side Of Love: A Review of The Melancholy...

Catherynne M. Valente's new collection teems with floating lanterns and fox spirits, gods and baku and bears and animated calligraphy brushes, all revolving around the recurrent figure of a Western woman dreaming about a country she can never quite reach, even when she's there.
Sturgeon and Campbell Awards. Photo courtesy of C.J. Harries.

Finding a Path to the Stars at the 2013 Campbell Conference

Friday, June 14, 2013, arrived without much fanfare. My yard gnomes were chained and securely staked in my garden, while the lazy, overweight alligators...

Female Heroes in Literature

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...

The Artful Collector: Vulgaris Triumphus? on Judging (SFWA) Magazines by Their...

Judge books by their cover?  Everyone does it.  That’s why – and despite the mis-marketing, agenting “horror stories” (both artist and author) and egregious...

Anime roundup 6/21/2013: The Great Chain of Beating

Hunter x Hunter #84 - One of the recurring features of shōnen series is a tendency to look at characters exclusively through who...
Daniel Abraham

Interview with Bestselling Author Daniel Abraham (James S.A. Corey and M.L.N....

Today we are joined by bestselling and award-winning author Daniel Abraham. Daniel publishes science fiction as one half of the two-headed giant, James S.A....

The Lasting Impact of Miyazaki’s Princess

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...

The Artful Collector: On Sensitivity to Negative Reviews

How many times have we read negative reviews by (mainly) newspaper- employed critics about books or films in the science fiction/fantasy genre that either...

Anime roundup 6/14/2013: Strange Aeons

Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet #10 - So the magical glowing trails from which all the fleets of Earth draw their electricity are,...

World Underground

Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that I recently signed myself up for a Horticulture Certificate with the Open Polytech, and...

A Game of Drama

Well season three of Game of Thrones is over, and I have to say after the Red Wedding episode I had prepared myself for...

Haunted by Demons

Da Vinci’s Demons has been the unexpected highlight of the last three months. The life of one Leonardo da Vinci given a mysterious new...

Anime roundup 6/9/2013: Meeting the Enemy

Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet #9 - Now Ledo knows what, or rather who, he's been fighting... almost. The descendants of the human/squid...

MCM Expo (Comic-Con) Part Deux

I was recently in London – less than a week ago to be exact – and had the great pleasure of once again attending...

Sexism and the SFWA

So there's a brouhaha brewing around the Science Fiction Writers of America and accusations of blatant sexism within that organization. (Actually it's more like a raging...

Girl, You’re In the Army Now

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.

A Tale of ConQuesT, Magic, Mystery, and Mayhem Part 2

At last the day arrived, and I broke the seal on my compression chamber, releasing an exotic blend of oxygen and nitrogen with a...

Game of Thrones and the Curse of the Ninth Episode

Traditionally, episode 9 of Game of Thrones has been The Big One. Something HUGE happens which has been building up for an entire season...

Anime roundup 6/2/2013: Graduation Day

Hunter x Hunter #81 - Watch that fight scene in isolation, and it's just another case of insanely exaggerated martial arts. But watch...

Understanding the Sexism of Fantasy

Thank you to Kate Elliott for her involvement with the inception and development of this post. One of the little pleasures of my life is...

Your Majesty, I’m So Over You

Ranks and titles are powerful tools in the fantasy writer's toolkit. What a shame they are used so unimaginatively in general. I offer some inspiration alongside your weekly dose of young fogeyishness.

Mermaid

Time to leave the hustle and bustle of the future city behind, and delve into the deeps of the fantastic imagination. I'll be looking...

Anime roundup 5/26/2013: In the Long Run We Are All Dead

Hunter x Hunter #80 - The Chimera Ant queen has just collected the brain of a man so misanthropic that he founded an...

The Fantasy of Fashion

The clothes make the fan. Is extreme fashion a form of fandom? I say yes, but hesitate to approve of it.