Recent posts tagged fantasy


2020


The Beatings Shall Continue, And All That

It is not required to substitute ugly things for lovely ones in the name of some spurious bid for truth.

The New Absurd Is The New Normal

And how we might be able to write about it.

The Impossible Factor

Why SF&F have something to teach us even when it isn't "real".

Not Coming To A Book Near Me

Why I wasn't going to do post-apoc, or apoc-in-general, stories -- yes, even long before COVID-19 came along.

Escapism In Bad Times

The point isn't to run away from what's around you, but to see something new despite it.

The Unplanned Obsolescence Of Our Dreams

SF and fantasy both have shelf lives, but drastically different kinds.

2019


The Blankest Of Slates And Pages

What happens when we take a genre and remove everything from it that we'd label as being part of that genre?

Up The Academy

No more superhero/wizard academies based on British boarding schools, please!

2018


Future Schlock

On how SF tries to imagine the future, and how that needs to be more than uplift or doomsaying.

A Bridge To The Quiet Planet

My good friend Steve Savage has his first novel out. Go grab it.

2017


Kid Stuff, Labels, And Vonnegut's Lament

It's a problem when you fall in love with the (SF) exception and not the (SF) rule.

Changing It Up

Take a book that's not SF. Imagine it as SF. What would it be like?

Politicaliterary Dept.

On politics in literature, spoken and unspoken (and a few other things).

2016


Kill 'Em All And Let George Sort 'Em Out Dept.

On GRRM's dead pool (lower case, haha).

Can You Picture That Dept.

Failures of imagination are about more than bad worldbuilding or ripping off someone else's warp drive concept.

To Cut The Drum Open (And See What Makes It Go Bang) Dept.

There are times when you want to keep the mystery, and there are times when you don't.

2015


Put Away Childish Things And All That Dept.

Comics are just for kids. Right?

Bigger Is Not Better Dept.

We've got to put a stop to these doorstoppers.

Seriously? Dept.

People are watching SF and reading comics! And taking them seriously! The horror!

2014


Freak Flagged Dept.

Real diversity is about more than just letting the freak flag fly.

The End Is Extremely F---ing Nigh Dept.

It's the end of the world as we love it.

The Good Old Dark Ages Dept

You can only play the "honesty" card for sex and violence so many times.

Fixed In The Mix Dept.

Why combining one thing with another should be about producing something greater than just the sum of its parts.

The Fantasticks (And The Realisticks) Dept.

It's the real, not just the fantastic, that is most alluring in a fantasy.

Categorically Speaking Dept.

To what extent do labels like "comic book" or "SF" influence our creation?


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