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Karmic Demons and the Power of Compassion: Buddhist Philosophy in Modern...

I would put forward that the next thing is going to be a story, because right now, people really don't have a big story,...

NOT QUITE SWORD & SORCERY: EARLY FANTASY

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

Oz Don’t Look Like That!

With the release of the new movie OZ: The Great and Powerful this weekend, the world created by L. Frank Baum back in 1900 is...

The Fuzzy Line Between Science Fiction and Fantasy

Pull the blinds and turn off the phone, it’s time to head to the Game Room and lock in on some hardcore meta-gaming action. ...

Characters: Song of Ice & Fire’s Tyrion Lannister

Tyrion Lannister has become a household name. Anyone who knows someone with an HBO subscription has heard of him. George RR Martin’s Song of...

Why Sorcerers Have Long Grizzled Beards

Ever notice that fictional sorcerers always seem to have long, grizzled beards? Ever wondered why?  Well, probably you haven't, but you're about to find...

The James Allison Stories: Dreaming of the Past

Robert E. Howard produced several series: Solomon Kane, Kull of Valusia, Bran Mak Morn, and finally Conan the Cimmerian, all existing more or less...

The Science Fiction Fan’s Bucket List

I've been fortunate to be able to travel a lot and do many things I've always wanted to do.  Some of my opportunities have...
The Princess Bride: Is this a Kissing Book?

Crossroads: Is this a Kissing Book? SFF’s Relationship with Romance

Whenever I think of speculative fiction's relationship to romance, I am always reminded of that scene in The Princess Bride where Fred Savage's character...

Amazing Stories from Mexico – Book Review: Three Messages and a...

Three Messages and a Warning - Contemporary Mexican Short Stories of the Fantastic - edited by Eduardo Jimenez Mayo and Chris N. Brown Small Beer...

The Artful Collector: Collecting Strategies Part 2 “Whatever It Takes”

Rich men (I am going to fall back on the male gender because most of the collectors in the field of illustration art and...

How to Begin a Short Story

Maybe I'm just impatient, but I'll generally stop reading a short story if the first two paragraphs don't answer the following questions: Who is this...
The Lost Boys

The Lost Vamps: Bloodthirsty Flicks that Actually Don’t Suck

Vampire flicks have been all the rage since Twilight flooded the box office with sticky, coppery crimson in '08, and have proven a solid...

Women in Armour vs. Chicks in Chain-mail

One of the more common tropes of fantasy illustration is depictions of women in armor, but this is not necessarily unique to fantasy illustration....

The Chocolate Teapots of the 21st Century

Looking back at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear disaster of 3/11/2011, I ask more questions about Japanese robotics. Baudrillard and M. John Harrison are roped in to help. Also, we bought a Roomba.

Cloud Atlas Shrugged – or let the Skyfall

On Monday Skyfall was released on Blu-ray and DVD in the UK. Tomorrow Cloud Atlas will open in UK cinemas. Two films, poles apart....

Top Ten RPG Game Systems of All Time

Pull the blinds and turn off the phone, it’s time to head to the Game Room and lock in on some hardcore meta-gaming action. ...

Unicorn

I've wanted to leave the realms of fantasy behind this time, and move on into the vastness of open space, but then this came...

Crossroads: The Power in Paranormal Romance

Happy Valentine's Day! In my first draft of this week's essay, I started to trace the history of the paranormal romance all the way from...

Dark History: Bran Mak Morn

Robert E. Howard, more than anything, wanted to sell to Adventure Magazine. This publication of the Buttrick Co. was considered by many the best...

The Galapagos Frontier Thesis

The formative American experience was the conquest of the western frontier. Would science fiction and fantasy exist without the frontier model? What does Japan's parallel conquest of Hokkaido tell us about the legacy of colonial expansion?

Art + Fandom ≠ Fan Art, part II: Images of Galadriel

Well it looks like I put my foot right into it in my previous post! Several people objected to my definition of the term...

The Top Ten Roleplaying Games of All Time

Pull the blinds and turn off the phone; it’s time to head to the Game Room and lock in on some hardcore meta-gaming action. ...

The History of Fantasy, Part II: Barbarians and Elves and Jesus...

         The nineteenth century closes with two books that will be imitated constantly for the next hundred years or so: Lewis Carrol’s Alice...

Dress for the Occasion 2: The Decked-out Heroine

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

Judging A Book By Its Cover (Art)

The old axiom about not judging a book by its cover notwithstanding, I am going to judge the merits of various book covers that...

Crossroads: Tripping the Noir Fantastic

Last week, we talked about some of the tensions between science fiction and noir. Fantasy, which relies on metaphor even more than science fiction,...

Horrorcast: The Drabblecast

If you love to start your day with photos of catacombs and bone chandeliers, or listen to ectoplasmic psychodramas while doing your grocery...

Fiction and the Happy Brain

STORY HORDER As a child, I was a story horder. I couldn't get enough of them. I was very fortunate to have parents who read...

Art + Fandom ≠ Fan Art: Definitions

Before I get properly rolling with this blog, I thought it might be worth taking a moment to stake out the territory I plan...