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Zombies Are Forever

Don’t give me diamonds, don’t give me rubies, give me a kick ass zombie movie with a little comedy on the side. Zombies are the Joseph Campbell end-all of monster myths, our own decrepitude rotted out and frothing for the brains of our neighbors, family, friends and the grocer down the street if he wasn’t already among the undead and gnawing on the innards of his stock boy.

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Dollhouse Season 2, Episode 3: “Belle Chose”

watch “Belle Chose” on Hulu

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Critiques Are More Helpful Than Bears: Walter Jon Williams on Taos Toolbox

Should students fear crits or bears more?
The critique is there to help you. The bears are not.

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Vote on the Top Three 2009 Halloween Flash Fiction Stories

Everyone may participate, readers and contest participants, alike. One vote per person. Each poller chooses his or her top story, listed below in no particular order. The Poll at the bottom of this page is open until November 1st, 12:00 a.m. The top story’s author will be awarded $50.

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Worldforge #1

Most folks familiar with tabletop role playing games know them to be a kind of interactive fiction where players work together to craft a story. At best these tales are every bit as rewarding as fiction written by the masters of fantasy.

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Forum Games and Game Masters: An Interview

From the stronghold of geeks and alternative culture, gaming is beginning to come into its own even in the mainstreams of society. Over 11.5 million people subscribe to World of Warcraft, and an estimated 20 million people have played Dungeons and Dragons.

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Reading Semaphore Flags: Genevieve Valentine

If you cross the Queensboro Bridge at night, the light from the skyscrapers on the Manhattan side almost touch Roosevelt Island, where the buildings are shorter and quieter. Looking at it is like reading semaphore flags.

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Games: The Strange Case Of The One-Way Crossover

The two greatest non-human passions of my life have been science fiction and a game called paintball. Interestingly enough, the thread that connects my personal involvement in these two disparate activities inversely parallels their relationship in the real world.

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Forum-Based Role-Playing: Good or Bad?

Forum gaming is possibly one of the least-understood and utilized role-playing methods available. Although there is a large group of dedicated gamers, the forum world tends to be small and closely-knit.

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Happy Birthday to Ursula K. Le Guin!

October 21, 2009 marks the 80th writer of fantasy writer Ursula K. Le Guin. Her Earthsea series – A Wizard of Earthsea, The Tombs of Atuan, The Farthest Shore and Tehanu — was a gateway drug for many a fantasy reader at an early age.