J.R.R. Tolkien

Dragon

Nothing spells “Fantasy” as clearly as the image of a dragon does. And isn’t it strange that every one of us will have a fairly good idea of what a dragon looks like, even though I imagine few of us will ever actually have seen a real one? Dragons exist, and have existed, in many […]

Electrons for Everyone

As I sit wandering the internet for fresh tidbits of science fiction, fantasy, and horror, I find them flourishing everywhere. Perhaps flourishing is not the right word. Flourishing leads me to images of well-manicured flower gardens and carefully pruned trees. The speculative fiction of today could very well be classified as a kudzu rather than […]

Realistic Fantasy: an Oxymoron

oxymoron (n) a figure of speech in which apparently contradictory terms appear in conjunction fantasy (n) the faculty or activity of imagining impossible or improbable things realistic (a) representing things in a way that is accurate and true to life Last week I addressed the idea of grit in fantasy and promised a return to […]

You Got Grit in my Fantasy Story

(Cue stoner voice) “You got grit in my fantasy story, man!” “Nah man, you got fantasy in my gritty story, dude!” Convergent evolution is the acquisition of the same biological trait in unrelated lineages. The classic example is that of the wing: flying insects, birds, and bats all evolved use of the wing but obviously […]

Fantasy as History

Author’s Note – it has been said that we should ‘write what we know’ and, in that spirit, for my first outing here at Amazing Stories I have decided to crib a little from my recent review of Steven Erikson’s ‘Forge of Darkness’, originally published at Fantasy Book Review in early February. Erikson and Tolkien […]

Ora Pro Nobis. The Zombies Are Coming

Pope Benedict XVI stunned the world on February 11th by announcing his abdication. In related news on your Amazing Stories channel, the zombie apocalypse is coming. Even Snooki agrees! “One day, I know that the world is going to end with zombies.”

In the Beginning…

Memorable first lines can not only make-or-break a story, these quick literary introductions can become just as iconic as the entire body of work.

The Elves of Japan

In Japan, even the elves are different. Fantasy novelist Satoru Sato has won a place in the postwar fantasy canon for his uniquely charming creations, the Korobokkuru.