Monthly Archives: August 2013

teacher appreciation: verlyn flieger

In honor of the kids going back to school, this will be the first of several posts about the great teachers I was fortunate enough to have in my academic career.  To kick things off, let me tell you about Professor … Continue reading

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when the world was young: the “trilogy of terror” doll

The latest in a series about influences from my childhood   Fantasy/sci-fi/horror writer Richard Matheson passed away earlier this year, and I had been meaning to write about that when I saw that actress Karen Black had recently died as well.  And … Continue reading

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the importance of world-building

One of the obligations (and considerable joys) of writing fantasy and science-fiction is the task of “world-building.”  That is, the creation (or “sub-creation“, as J.R.R. Tolkien called it) of a fictional setting for one’s story.  A well-built imaginary world is not only interesting, but also … Continue reading

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