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Viva l’Other: Jerome Stueart

But if someone wants to write a character which is “other” I wouldn’t stop them. Instead, I would encourage them to stretch themselves. I certainly don’t immediately identify with, or always find accurate to my experiences, the white, rural, college-educated, religious gay male characters I find. And I don’t always want to write that character. I would hate to stop someone else from writing them though.

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Ten Fantasy Movies that Deserve Remakes

Hollywood has a serious case of makeover mania, with adaptations of everything from Transformers to Wuthering Heights on the table. While studio execs are on the prowl for films to remake, I’d like to suggest some movies that could benefit from some updating, whose stories have more to tell, or who just plain deserve another chance.

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Book Review: Xenopath by Eric Brown

The pace is smooth and fast, and the author’s vision offers a keen projection of what current techology might become, without glossing over typical flaws. For example, Vaughan’s wrist phone, the description of which put me in mind of Dick Tracy, has poor reception while Vaughan is underneath the spaceship. (Well, duh!) That tiny detail made the video wrist-phone much more believable for me.

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Roleplaying Games and Maps Of The Imagination

One thing to consider then, is the road map we as players give to the other players and to the GM. The difference between how we picture the character in our mind versus how they actually appear to other players. I had a problem with this in one game, where I had a conception in my head, but my play and communication with the others didn’t match this.

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Ubiquitous and Awesome: The Goblins of Warcraft

I’ve always had a thing for the underdogs of the fantasy genre. They are universal cannon fodder for villains, they are the whetstones upon which first level adventurers hone themselves, and they are just so, so fun to hate. Small, green, big eyes, sharp ears, smelly, gibbering and comical in ferocity, I’m talking about goblins here.

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Coming This Fall in Fantasy Magazine

As the summer winds to an end, I’m looking forward to a fantastic fall for Fantasy Magazine. On September 1st, we’ll re-open to submissions, and we’ve battened down the hatches in readiness for the deluge! If you’re a writer with a story poised and ready, remember to use our new online submissions system, which will be linked to on the submissions guideline page, to submit your story.

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The One-armed Tribe and the Land of Women: Interview with Cindy Pon

i based many of the strange lands that Ai Ling wanders into from an ancient chinese text translated by strassberg titled “A Chinese Bestiary: Strange Creatures From the Guideways through Mountains and Seas.” it describes many legendary creatures and tribes. some of them seem based on reality, but many are very fantastic

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I Love Good Romantic Comedy: Stephanie Burgis

Stephanie Burgis (stephanieburgis.com) is an American writer who lives in England with her husband, Patrick Samphire, their baby, and their crazy-sweet border collie mix. Her short fiction has appeared in several magazines including Strange Horizons, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Black Static. Her Regency fantasy trilogy for ages 10 and up, The Unladylike Adventures of Kat Stephenson, will be published in 2010, 2011, and 2012. Her story, “Offerings,” runs this week at Fantasy Magazine.

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Fantasy On Fantasy: An Interview With Lev Grossman

Lev Grossman’s The Magicians is the story of Quentin Coldwater, a brilliant but bored high school student who gains admission to Brakebills, a secretive college of magic. Long obsessed with a Narnia-like series of fantasy novels he read as a child, Coldwater is at first delighted to find that magic is real, but his excitement eventually wanes. It isn’t enough, and soon Coldwater is bored again. Something is missing in his life, and neither sorcery, nor sex and drugs, can take its place.

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The Fantastic Has to Have the Texture of Reality: Dirk Strasser

Dirk Strasser has written over thirty books for major publishers in Australia. He won the Ditmar for Best Professional Achievement in 2002 and has been short-listed for the Aurealis and Ditmar Awards a number of times. His Ascension trilogy of novels – Zenith, Equinox and Eclipse – were published by Pan Macmillan in Australia and by Heyne Verlag in Germany.