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Fantasy is Badly in Need of the Renaissance

Apologies for the lapse in posting recently, life and appendicitis have been getting in the way of things. Think about Mediæval Europe for a second. What sort of pictures do you get? Is it one full of unrelenting peasant drudgery, … Continue reading

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Gathering Magic: Spells for Magic: the Multiverse

I thought it was about time I elaborated on the spells and the spellcasting process in Magic: the Multiverse, before I put them up on that section of the website. There are several problems about how the spellcasting model of … Continue reading

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The Rape of James Bond: Read it!

Not sure that I have much to add with this post, particularly as the one I posted yesterday took about a week to formulate in my head, but I read this post about rape in fantasy today, and it’s been … 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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Mystery and Truth in Fantasy

An apology in advance is due here, I feel. This is a rather meandering post, and I’m not sure I can structure it any better currently. Please bear with me, you’re following a thought process here, rather than a clear … Continue reading

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Thinking Outside the Globe when Creating Worlds

I’ve taken to A Game of Thrones with a vengeance lately, and it’s a great board game as well as a great story. The characterisation is some of the best I’ve seen in fantasy novels, and thanks to it being a mostly … Continue reading

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Geek Culture on the Couch

I’ve recently been going through the blogsphere looking for shameless self-publicising opportunities or chances to discuss and share ideas on fantasy, world-building and their inherent cultural expressions and what they say about the writers and consumers of fantasy/sci-fi media. I’d … Continue reading

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World Building or World Creation? An Analogy

One thing that I’ve noticed when poking around the Internet on the topic of fantasy worlds is that there are a plethora of worldbuilding guides out there, from roleplaying campaign-specific aids to the more general fantasy writer advice. But search … Continue reading

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Science Fiction, literature, and the haters spawned great comments and e-mails, including responses from both the agents I referenced. The one who gave a minimum word count said that the agency he and…

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