Tag Archives: JRR Tolkien

young people read old sci-fi/fantasy

I recently discovered a great site that I’d like to pass along to you: Young People Read Old SFF (science fiction/fantasy).  The idea is simple: the person running the site sends copies of old-school sci-fi to young people, they read … Continue reading

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yeah, that’s what I said, too…

The folks at How It Should Have Ended echo my thoughts on the trainwreck that is the latest Hobbit movie.         *sigh*

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lord of the…WHOA!

(hat tip to A.L. Phillips)   Iffn you’re a Tolkien fan (as I am), you will love artist Jian Guo’s simulated “stained glass” images of characters and scenes from The Hobbit, The Lord of The Rings, and The Silmarillion.  Here’s … Continue reading

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thug notes: a new take on old books

(hat tip to Mary Robinette Kowal)   When I was in high school and college, I sometimes found it difficult to appreciate certain classics.  Great Expectations did nothing for me; likewise for Crime and Punishment.  Sometimes, it was just the … 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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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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