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How We Will Tell Stories in the Future

In the early 1400s, when Lady Vivianne, the Baroness Von Grunwald (hero of my latest book, The Last Summoner) lived, one of the largest...

JACK VANCE: VISIONS OF A DYING EARTH

After the last few S&S works of the early 1940s, such as "Dragon Moon" by Henry Kuttner and the short-lived Unknown, Sword & Sorcery...

The Greatest Fantasy Author of All Time

This week some in the world are celebrating the birth/death of the Bard of Avon also known as William Shakespeare. Shakespeare as you might...

American Tolkien

There is a kind of writer whose name evokes not just the titles of their best-known novels or the characters in them, but a...

NORVELL W. PAGE: WAN TENGRI – PRESTER JOHN

While Fritz Leiber was creating a boisterous style of Sword & Sorcery based upon E. R. Eddison and James Branch Cabell, Norvell W. Page...

No. 13 – The Number Thirteen, Black Magic, Mysticism, Swordplay and...

Number 13: a 13th Amazing Stories post. I interrupt my regularly scheduled posts, in my ongoing series of discussing writers of classic science fiction...

The Artful Collector: In Praise of Tangibility

First, and let’s get this out of the way right at the start: I would never say that digital art isn’t Art.  I have...

From the In Box 4/13/13

Thanks to the Chums on Fictionmags (an invite group), this article in Popular Mechanics features a house designed and built by the author of...

FRITZ LEIBER: SWORD & SORCERY GROWS UP

In 1939 Farnsworth Wright began a move away from Sword & Sorcery. With Robert E. Howard dead, he no longer championed the dark fantasy...

Blake’s 7 returns!

Exciting news today from The Telegraph newspaper. The classic British SF series Blake’s 7 is to be remade by FremantleMedia and the SyFy network. Blake’s 7...

Sense of Wonder #2 – From the Movies

Earlier I wrote about what Damon Knight characterized as “a sense of wonder” that emerges at times in a science fiction story, or as...

When Hairy Met Scaly

“Do not annoy a dragon, for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup.” -- Author Unknown A myth about ancient map makers is that...

Oh the Hugos, Ahh the Hugos, Ewww The Hugos

Every year, the Hugo Awards -presented by the World Science Fiction Association at its annual event, Worldcon - are announced amidst much internet and...

Foxes, Cultural Appropriation, and Japonisme

Here's how to do cultural appropriation right. Look at the man and his fox bride; you can tell he loves her.

Jules Verne

Jules Verne was born February 8th 1828 and died in 1905.  He and H.G. Wells are considered to be the ‘fathers’ of modern Science...

Lost In Space! Reviews of Unknown or Underappreciated Books Post #5...

Hello and welcome to what will be an occasional feature on my blog! So – what, exactly, do I mean by 'unknown or under-appreciated'? To put...
Eric Needham, 1955.

The Clubhouse: Widowers, fandom’s answer to the limerick

Fans are nothing if not creative and, over the decades, fandom has come up with not only our own jargon and customs, but also...

Christianity vs. Science Fiction

Of late, I am sensing that lines have been drawn and sides chosen in the camps of Science Fiction (& Fantasy) and Christianity. There’s...

How Science Fiction Can Save the World

Welcome internet traveler. I will be stockpiling neatly organized bits into a collective known as a blog along this portion of your journey. Do...

Characters: Ben Reich from The Demolished Man

The Demolished Man is a classic of SF. The story of Lincoln Powell’s faceoff with Ben Reich is worthy of the first Hugo, and...

Who’s the Boss When It Comes to British Stamps

While we still don’t know who will grace the U.S. postage stamps saluting science fiction authors this year, we do know Who — The...

The History of Fantasy, Part III: I Think You Got a...

I’d mentioned previously the spectrum of modern fantasy is fairly disparate, but if you go into the library or a bookstore it’s really borne...

It’s (Not) Rocket Science: John Aaron: “SCE to AUX”

INTRODUCTION This is a blog about rockets and science and rocket scientists.  I’ve spent my career in this field, working among the people who make...

A Lesson in Suspense

One of the great things about science fiction and fantasy is that it takes us to new worlds and gives us new perspectives on...

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...

Edgar Allan Poe – Part 2

Few poems have been quoted, misquoted and satirized as much as Poe’s The Raven, and in truth it’s style and gothic theme are easy...

Old Friends, and Why We Love Them

Dragon Battle Book Sculpture by wetcanvas. First sentences are important. Introductions are important. Not gonna lie, I’ve been writing in my head for weeks trying...

Is It Hindsight or Prediction When They Got It Right But...

Over the past several years I've been watching a number of trends within the science fiction field.  Some fill me with hope and anticipation,...

The Artful Collector: Collecting Strategies Part 3 “The Easy Way”

Previously, in parts 1 and 2, I talked about collectors whose ambition, in collecting, was to have every one in set ("completists") and those...

John Carter Through the Years

In light of John Whalen's review of Michael Seller's John Carter and the Gods of Hollywood, I thought it might be instructive to take...