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Non-Fiction

Twitter Updates for 2009-08-18

RT @johnklima: is it me, or does Arkham Asylum have the worst security ever? # Half of the appeal for boba tea for me is that the tapioca pearls look like frog eggs on the verge of hatching. # Powered by Twitter Tools.

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Twitter Updates for 2009-08-17

Steve Ditko for comic book lovers, hitchhiking through H.P. Lovecraft territory, a database of speculative fiction written by women writers, and five actual historical grimoires! And more…

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Wushu Magic

Magic is such a cornerstone of fantasy gaming, yet I often find it one of the most unsatisfying sections of rules. On the one hand we have systems like d20 and Rolemaster, which provide a vast list of spells, nicely delineated, and usually containing within them a kind of thaumatological theory. I loved ICE’s Spell Law for many years– mostly because it had so many spells.

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How the World Will End

December 21, 2012 is the date that the calendar used by the Mayans comes to an end, leading some to believe it is the end of human time. 2012 is also a year of rare astronomical events – I think my luck star will be in the seventh house of my love planet or something. Oh, and all the planets will align, and our earth and sun will align with the galactic center. It’s a very aligny year.

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Twitter Updates for 2009-08-15

A giveaway of two CDs of readings from Fantasy Magazine, details of the Twitter attack and personal data, a new Battlestar Galactica movie, and news that Fantasy will close voting on the Gateway to Fantasy books at noon PST on Monday

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Twitter Updates for 2009-08-14

A giveawway of CDs featuring Fantasy Magazine readings of “Watermark” by Michael Greenhut, “Penguin & Wren” by Christie Skipper Ritchotte, “In This City” by Brian Dolton, “Shades of White and Road” by Camille Alexa, “Birds” by Jean-Claude Dunyach, “Voice Like a Cello” by Catherine Cheek, “Superhero Girl” by Jessica Lee, “Trench Foot” by Catherine J. Gardner, and “The Water Tower” by John Mantooth.

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Painful Standards of Beauty: Aliette de Bodard

If you were a mother and didn’t bind your daughter’s feet, then you were being unkind, for she would be unattractive, and thus unable to find herself a suitable husband. That was the scariest realisation I’d come to in a while, and I decided to write a story about it: a girl without bound feet, who would crave them as her only assurance of a future as a married woman.

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Twitter Updates for 2009-08-13

Twitter updates include reports on upcoming DragonCon coverage, a new anthology edited by Lavie Tidhar, a new Miyazaki film, Kevin J. Anderson on Winds of Dune, and Terry Pratchett’s speech in favor of assisted suicide.

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Fantasy Magazine Acquires New Book Editor

I’m pleased to let folks know that Jason Heller has kindly agreed to become Fantasy Magazine’s new Book Editor. As such, Jason will be scheduling, assigning, editing, and publishing book articles, which includes interviews, reviews, and columns.

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Twitter Updates for 2009-08-10

Twitter updates include the cure for nameless dread, Jeff VanderMeer on online press kits for writers, and Neil Gaiman on the power of storytelling. Follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/fantasymagazine !