The Meteor That Never Fell

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Just kidding! Putin didn't really ride that meteor! But it was an uneasy thing to watch, and it prompted uneasier thoughts about other things that fall, and why I crave stories with endings.

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...

Writers Writing About Writers Writing About …

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There's something unseemly about writers who write about writers. Many of my beliefs about writing have changed since I was a pink-cheeked little colleen getting...

A Little Game of Catch

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This week I’m fighting my way past drunken skateboarders and striking cab drivers to get a peek at the latest security and surveillance gadgets...

Anime roundup 4/7/2013: Stop the World, I Want To Get Off

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First, a little awards news: Nominees for the Seiun for Best Media (roughly equivalent to Hugo nominees for Best Dramatic Presentation) include two anime...

When Hairy Met Scaly

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

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...

Foxes, Cultural Appropriation, and Japonisme

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

Sequential Wednesdays #7 – Tales of Tails

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Animals have a very special role to play in stories, at least according to the long history of tales utilizing their presence as potent symbolism.  Throughout...

Great TV Series Are Like Buses … Two Come Along at...

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This weekend has been all about TV; on Saturday night we had the return of the Doctor but also the high fantasy epic Game...

Spring 2013 Anime Preview

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Every three months, like clockwork, Japanese TV remakes itself. A bunch of shows end, a bunch more start, and many continuing series bring out...

Anime roundup 3/31/2013: You Are In a Maze of Twisty Little...

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From the New World, end - If there has been one theme running through every episode of From the New World from the beginning,...

The Dumbest Part of The Lord of the Rings

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I first read Tolkien when I was 13 and (like many others before and after) totally fell in love with the Middle Earth thing....

The Empty Art of Onmyodo

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We're all living on borrowed time, but it can take a fox to remind you that what you should fear most may be the very thing you desire. What does moe culture have in common with black magic? A lot, actually.

Christianity vs. Science Fiction

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

The Pros and Cons of Comicon

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It is the day before the first day of spring. As I sit in my office chair, working at my computer, the giant snow...

You Got Grit in my Fantasy Story

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(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 Fury – Blu-ray and Expanded Soundtrack

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Those difficult teen years. A time when you have no money, power or influence, and have to spend your day going to school without...

The Artful Collector: “Excuses, Excuses”

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And when we can't have what we want....despite our best efforts to strategize for maximum gain? Then What? Oh, do we have excuses. Pick one: 1....

Anime roundup 3/24/2013: High Anxiety

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Space Brothers #49 - Yes, international viewers who may not be familiar with the southwestern US, there are rattlesnakes near Amarillo, and yes, if...

Finding Women in Science Fiction

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Where are all of the women writers in Science Fiction? Some are among us and we don’t even know it.

ASM Blog Horde Interview with Michael J. Sullivan

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Welcome to the Amazing Stories BLOG HORDE INTERVIEWS! The ASM Blog Horde is a diverse and wonderful species. I have the privilege of talking with all...

Interview with a Wizard: Mike Mearls

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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 III: I Think You Got a...

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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...
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Interview with Pam Uphoff

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This week I interviewed another who had taken a less than traditional approach to publishing, Pam Uphoff. Pam has 12 titles on Amazon that...

The Howl of Family: A Review of Wolf Children

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To smile through any hardship is a commendable virtue for anyone to have.  Continuing to do so while having to raise two half-human, half-wolf...

Anime roundup 3/17/2013: Showdown time

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So here's how this works: Every week, I commentate on the latest episodes of various anime series, and then we all discuss further in...

The Artful Collector: Collecting Strategies Part 5 “Living Dangerously”

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There is one strategy for collecting that I haven't yet mentioned. It is not only potentially the most expensive, it is also the most...