Tag Archives: fantasy

not “going there” on politics

I like to discuss a range of topics on this blog: mostly fantasy and science-fiction, of course, as that’s what I read, what I watch, what I write.  But also book writing and publishing; superheroes and horror; people, influences, and … Continue reading

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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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“no way” to the sfwa

Casual fans of sci-fi and fantasy might not be aware of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, a group founded in 1965 to promote the interests (primarily financial) of writers in the genre.  Or, as they say on … Continue reading

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a super-missed opportunity

Despite mixed reviews, Man of Steel has successfully rebooted the series that was dead even before the “meh” Superman Returns.  The movie’s admirers have praised its innovations: the depictions of Krypton and the events leading to its destruction; the portrayal of … Continue reading

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when the world was young: elric

The latest in a series about influences from my childhood   As I’ve probably mentioned elsewhere, as a child I was into science fiction, thanks to Star Wars and Star Trek.  As a teenager, I immersed myself in Advanced Dungeons … Continue reading

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sci-fi or fantasy? how about sci-fi AND fantasy?

There’s a long (but well-worth reading) post on the blog of sci-fi writer John C. Wright wherein Wright tackles the age-old question of what differentiates science fiction from fantasy.  It’s a thorny question, and not as easy to answer as … Continue reading

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whose culture is it, anyway?

So Selena Gomez, whom I’m familiar with thanks to my younger daughter, has honked off some people by wearing bindi during a performance at the latest MTV movie awards.  The comments quoted in the article basically say that Gomez, as … Continue reading

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more slow-motion DTD promotion

So today, the Kent Island Bay Times ran an article on last week’s Authors Night, and though the quote isn’t exactly what I said, it was close enough.  And at least this time, the photo makes me look like yes, I do … Continue reading

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a cracked view of nerdiness

As a regular visitor to the Cracked website, I came across this piece  on “5 things that modern kids don’t understand about being a ‘nerd.’”  Having been one during my high school years (1981-’84)–and still am–I can relate to what … Continue reading

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