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Never Let Linguists Write Fantasy: Keffy R.M. Kehrli

This story is based in a world setting I’ve been working on for years. I have novels planned in that world, and this story would be relatively ancient history by the time the first novel starts.

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Films of High Adventure: The Company of Wolves

“Never stray from the path, never eat a windfall apple and never trust a man whose eyebrows meet in the middle.”

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The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms: Book One of the Inheritance Trilogy by N.K. Jemisin

Readers seeking grand sword-slinging adventures, blood-drenched epic battles, and a travelogue of exotic imaginary lands will be frustrated by N.K. Jemisin’s The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms. However, Readers seeking unpredictable, stimulating fiction should snap the novel up. It’s not just an uncommonly well-written fantasy that upends expectations and offers fascinating explorations of the nature of power (political, familial, cultural, national, racial, divine). The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is an award-worthy novel and Jemisin’s a new writer to take note of.

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Press Release: The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror 2010, edited by Paula Guran

To be published this October by Prime Books, this inaugural volume of the year’s best dark fantasy and horror features more than 500 pages of dark tales from some of today’s best-known writers of the fantastique as well as new talents. Chosen from a variety of sources by Bram Stoker and international Horror Guild award-winning editor Paula Guran, these stories are as eclectic and varied as the darkness itself.

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Author Spotlight: Lavie Tidhar

It’s been very exciting—there’s a definite sense of people interacting with each other now, of a lot more openness. It’s telling that a lot of our visitors to the blog now are not from North America, but from mainland Europe and from Asia. People are bypassing the American SF scene to some extent, and talk to each other instead.

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Fantasy’s Top Ten Fight Scenes: The Battles

For the next few weeks, I’ll be running down top-ten lists of some of fantasy’s best fight scenes: the vast battles, one against impossible odds, the magnificently over-the-top. You know, sometimes a duel just isn’t enough to settle those really big differences. When there is no peaceable way out of an enormous conflict, it’s time to suit up, summon some armies, and have yourself a battle

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Black Wings: New Tales of Lovecraftian Fiction, edited by S.T. Joshi

S.T. Joshi notes in his anthology’s introduction that he solicited contributions based on H.P. Lovecraft’s statement: “All my tales are based on the fundamental premise that common human laws and interests and emotions have no validity or significance in the vast cosmos-at-large.’’ The result is 21 stories that mostly pass Lovecraft’s “test of the really weird”—which also serves as this tome’s epigraph: “…whether or not there be excited in the reader a profound sense of dread, and of contact with unknown spheres and powers; a subtle attitude of awed listening, as if for the beating of black wings or the scratching of outside shapes and entities on the known universe’s utmost rim.”

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Project: People of the Book: A Decade of Jewish Science Fiction & Fantasy

We would like suggestions, for Jewish-themed stories from 2000 to 2009, and it can be from anyone, actually. If you want you can either make suggestions here, or email us . . .

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Deviations Above the Mean: Tim Pratt

Tim Pratt is a fiction writer living in Oakland, California with his wife Heather Shaw (who is also a writer) and their son River. The quantity and consistent quality of his stories are awe-inspiring. He’s published fiction in Strange Horizons, Realms of Fantasy, Asimov’s, and many many others. I’m mostly familiar with his work through […]

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Movies They Should (and Really Shouldn’t) Make 3D

Avatar launched a 3D craze. The studios are either rethinking all of their upcoming films as 3D, or converting their existing projects in order to lure people away from their HD TVs and back to the theatres (and at higher ticket prices – Bonus!) The most criticized example has been Clash of the Titans, which was never intended to be a 3D film and had crappy 3D effects slapped on it entirely as a money-making afterthought (Cash of the Titans!). This just goes to show that 3D is more than added effects, it is an art form in itself. Next I fear they will start converting previously released movies into 3D and rereleasing them. I know the studio executives are desperate for my opinion so that they can avoid further mistakes, so here’s my recommendations on which movies should, and shouldn’t, be remade into 3D.