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The Art of the Game

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Illustration is also of paramount importance to another venue for science fiction and fantasy and that is as part of the packaging that goes along with role-playing and video games.

Swords, sex and science fiction

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Legendary artist Gray Morrow created some comics as well

A Review of Thunder on the Battlefield Sorcery

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This one falls into the school of warriors inherently bad, women inherently good type of story, which I don’t care for any more than I care for the men inherently superior, women inherently inferior story.

A Review of Thunder on the Battlefield: Sword

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Sword and sorcery has gone through some lean decades since the boom of the 70s and early 80s, but things have been turning around in recent years

A Review of Mad Shadows

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Mad Shadows: The Weird Tales of Dorgo the Dowser Joe Bonadonna iUniverse trade paper $19.95 ebook $4.99 Kindle Nook When I first came across this book, the title made...

Three Dangerous Ladies

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With a Silken Fist Tom Doolan Ebook only $2.99 Kindle Smashwords Tom Doolan is a short story writer. He’s also a husband, father, full time graduate student,...

Sword & Planet

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Discussions of what is and what is not Sword & Sorcery can be a thorny proposition. On the one hand S&S is largely no...

POUL ANDERSON: THE INVISIBLE CLASSIC

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Sometimes great books come and go, waiting for another chance to be discovered and given the place on our bookshelves they truly deserve. Sword...

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...

L. SPRAGUE DE CAMP 2 HYBORIAN TIMES

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As mentioned in an earlier post, L. Sprague de Camp attempted to turn Sword & Sorcery down a logical, Science Fictional route (ala John...

New Volume Collects Jack Kirby’s Early SF Work

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Talking animals and floating heads. You know you want it.

SWORD & SORCERY & J. R. R. TOLKIEN

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In September 1937 an English Don named John Ronald Reuel Tolkien published a children's book called The Hobbit. Robert E. Howard, the creator of...

A Pair of Witchy Weird Tales

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Witchery: A Duo of Weird Tales Keith Chapman Black Horse Books Kindle ebook $0.99 I've been on something of a pulp bent lately, especially Weird Tales type pulp....

PUSADIAN REWRITE: L. SPRAGUE DE CAMP 1

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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

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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...

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

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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...

CROM THE BARBARIAN: THE FIRST TRUE S&S COMIC

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Comic strips were the only game in town in the 1930s but these strips were eventually collected into omnibuses that lead to the standard...

A Commissioning Editor Speaks: David Moore of Abaddon Books

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Britain's Abaddon Books is a seething brew of villainous steampunk, sleek spaceships, cruel sorcery, and blood-soaked horror. I tracked their commissioning editor David Moore down to...

MCM Expo (Comic-Con) Part Deux

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

JACK VANCE: VISIONS OF A DYING EARTH

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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...

NORVELL W. PAGE: WAN TENGRI – PRESTER JOHN

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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...

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

Anime roundup 4/14/2013: This Will Be on the Test

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A big stack of first looks this week, and then it'll be time to make decisions about what to add for the regular weekly...

FRITZ LEIBER: SWORD & SORCERY GROWS UP

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

Visions of Barsoom

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Long before last year's movie, John Carter and friends were appearing in the comics....

SWORD & SORCERY BECOMES A SUB-GENRE: HENRY KUTTNER’S ELAK AND PRINCE...

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Henry Kuttner deserves our thanks. If things had been left to Clifford Ball, Sword & Sorcery would have fizzled out in the pages of...

BLUE PENCILS AND BLOODY SWORDS: EDITORS OF S&S

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It's easy to discuss authors for their contributions are evident. You just have to read the stories. The great editors are harder to corral,...

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...

The James Allison Stories: Dreaming of the Past

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

Jirel of Joiry: Sword & Sorcery’s First Lady

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Circumstance plays a part in history. It was inevitable that a woman would eventually try her hand at Sword & Sorcery. It's our good...