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On Sansa Stark

(Note: This is from the perspective of someone who has watched the Game of Thrones TV show but is only 120 pages into the...

Characters: Kvothe from The Name of the Wind

Among fantasy titans, Patrick Rothfuss shocked just about everyone by carving a place for himself with his book, The Name of the Wind. It...

The Alternate History Masterpiece You’ve Never Read

Satire is no longer being written in America. It’s still on television via Saturday Night Live, South Park, and the great, unsung animation series...

Characters: Malcolm Reynolds of Firefly

Let’s talk about Firefly. Remember Firefly everyone? That show we all love? The one FOX cancelled? The one about the scrappy band of space...

Characters: Clare of Claymore

Claymore is one of the more interesting anime I've seen in a while. It's a pretty standard story. Monsters, known as yoma, feed on...

Pretty Soldiers: Minako Aino

Minako Aino revels in frivolity. She loves pop music and cake, she trades shoujo manga with her friends, she wants to be an idol...

Characters: Mat Cauthon from Wheel of Time

For better or worse, Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series is filled with characters. Encyclopedia WoT has the total at around 2200. Most, thankfully,...

Book Review: Hope Reborn by S.M. Stirling and David Drake

Hope Reborn by S.M Stirling and David Drake Baen Books 2013 978-1-4516-3877-6 (Trade paperback) Military science fiction is a subgenre of science fiction that has long been...

Pretty Soldiers: Makoto Kino

The strength of characterization in Sailor Moon is, in my opinion, what has made it such an enduring series. When we were children, we...

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The Pros and Cons of Comicon

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

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...

Ten Questions You Need to Ask Your Characters Before They Can...

Your story lives and breathes through your characters. Through them your premise, idea and your plot come alive. Characters give your story meaning; they...