Tag Archives: A Song of Ice and Fire

George RR Martin obviously plays Dwarf Fortress

After spending the last entry gushing about expanding Vampire: the Masquerade‘s various archetypes,this time I’m going to be talking about narrative. Specifically the consequences of its lack and the impact that lack has on those who interact with it. Take … Continue reading

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What Does Your World Do For a Living?

There’s quite a lot of fuss in fantasy fandoms about “high” and “low” fantasy, with a great deal of time and trouble going into working out exactly what high fantasy or low fantasy is, and their various characteristics. One of … Continue reading

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Mysticism, Cosmology and Religion in Fantasy

I’ve recently found a fantastic three–part series describing a framework for writing different forms of religion in fantasy (and, by extension, science fiction). The thing is, I realised that very few alternative-world novels actually do this very well. There are … Continue reading

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Death to the Common Tongue: Telling stories with language in fantasy fiction

Most of the fantasy genre these days use constructed languages, to an extent. This may be as brief as the names of people and places (sometimes not even that), or as fully-fledged as a language with grammar and vocabulary. But … Continue reading

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The Unfortunate Necessity of Joseph Campbell in Fantasy and Science Fiction

I know I said I was going to write something on language and fantasy this time, but I had an epiphany on the way to work and thought I’d share it with you. A lot gets made of Joseph Campbell’s … Continue reading

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