Check out this fantastic piece by Kit Sun Cheah, readers: Between the Mythical and the Mechanical Today when people think of science fiction and fantasy, chances are, they think of two separate genres. Science fiction, the genre of starships and computers and technology. Fantasy, the genre of knights and dragons and castles. Two distinct genres, … Continue reading Reposted: Between the Mythical and the Mechanical
Last week we covered the implications which severe depopulation would present to a fictional race that regarded children as a pathology and how this relates to world-building. In the same piece where she spoke about the necessity of children in fiction, Ms. R.J. Sheffler touched on another issue plaguing their appearance in modern tales. This … Continue reading Children in Fiction, Part 2: Their Characterization and Interactions with Other Characters
Space exploration appears to be gaining popularity around the world these days. While it would have been nice to have never lost interest in the practice, we can at least be glad there is so much renewed attention on the stars. Learn more about Japan’s plans to visit the moons of the Red Planet in … Continue reading From Japan to the Moons of Mars
Take a look at this fantastic piece by Adam Lane Smith, readers: Heroes, Dark Heroes, Antiheroes, and the Next Generation of Readers Much has been made about the oft-lamented shift from Hero to Antihero and the modern obsession with romanticizing evil. Most frequently, I’ve heard this complaint directed at modern western media’s fixation on selecting … Continue reading Reposted: Of Heroes, Dark Heroes, Antiheroes, and the Next Generation of Readers
Check out this excellent post by Cheah Kit Sun, readers: Fantasy Without Fantasy Modernity has ruined fantasy. At one end of the scale, there is the slice-of-life tale, with ordinary people doing ordinary things, just with some counterfactual elements. At the other end, there is a setting that appears totally foreign to our reality–and yet … Continue reading Reposted: Keeping Fantasy Fantastic
The e-book* for Planetary Anthology: Uranus is now live on Amazon! It’s right on time, unlike the print* version. That came early! If you purchase a copy of the e-book or paperback through the above links, Amazon will pay this author a small fee at no extra cost to you. The same will be true … Continue reading Bulletin: The Planetary Anthology Uranus E-Book is LIVE!!
I have three major announcements to make today, readers. First, as you may or may not have heard, Superversive Press was compiling a series of anthologies centered on the nine planets of the Solar System (plus the sun and the moon). Unfortunately, Superversive had to cancel the series after releasing only five installments in the … Continue reading Bulletin: The Planetary Anthology Series Returns!
It has been a struggle not to say anything about this anthology, readers, but it was worth the effort. In DAOwen Publications’ upcoming collection, titled Unbound III: Goodbye Earth, you will find the first story was written by me. This piece is called “All the Lamps Are Lit,” and it is one of my favorite … Continue reading Bulletin – Unbound III: Goodbye Earth, Coming Soon!
According to everything this writer has ever heard, read, and learned about nuclear power, the answer is “yes.” The article below only confirms what I have come to understand over the years. Since nuclear weapons, nuclear fallout, and nuclear power have played an enormous role in science fiction and fantasy tales over the last few … Continue reading Nuclear Power – Is It Safer than We Thought?
This article is the fifth in a five part series dealing with the pitfalls and advantages of creating superpowered characters. Parts One, Two, Three, and Four may be read here, here, here, and here. Well, here we are, in the fifth part of this series on the pitfalls and advantages of creating superpowered characters! Previously … Continue reading The Final Chapter – 4 Ways to View Powered Protagonists