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Non-Fiction

Author Spotlight: Barbara A. Barnett

Two people aren’t going to remember the same event in the same way, so I imagined that having both versions overlapping in one’s head would become maddening.

Non-Fiction

Vaguely Elemental: E. Catherine Tobler

For me, the circus is much like the train: it’s about possibility. The circus is a place of magic, much like the stage of a theater, where anything can happen.

Non-Fiction

Author Spotlight: Mari Ness

I’m not sure if I would marry the Beast for his library. I would be very tempted to marry the library, though. Is that legal yet?

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Author Spotlight: Eljay Daly

The long history of the Bitterdark and the Alwaystar feels to me like a cake: wide layers, complex and dark, whole strata of events–but the secret allure is the rich band of sweetness that holds the layers together

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Films of High Adventure: Halloween Special!

The Worst Witch is adorably dreadful in all the best ways. Everyone appears to be having such a good time, and the children, while they might not be Hollywood-caliber actresses, really do get the authentic dynamic of girls in close quarters down pat.

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The Top Ten Hammer Films to Horrify You This Halloween

Hammer, the legendary movie studio that churned out Gothic thrillers at a brisk clip for nearly two decades between the late 1950s and the mid-1970s, has left behind an impressive catalog, liberally studded with some of B-cinema’s finest. It can be hard to know where to begin, but Nick and Genevieve are up to the challenge. By their cheesy-cinema powers combined, they’ve come up with a list of the top ten Hammer films you have to see.

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Beer Helps: Lavie Tidhar

Do we “need” spaceships? I think the argument that’s been made repeatedly about science fiction, for a long time now, that the dream of space so central to its early premise has failed. Space, especially in the context of science fiction, is not a physical space but a powerful metaphor, if you like, about escape.

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How Frodo and Sam Were “Mostly Gay”

An article by Robert Kunzig in the June, 2008 issue of Psychology Today offers not one but three answers to the mystery of homosexuality’s existence, and further proof that homosexuality is natural. While the research he discusses focuses on mundane earth-folk (and particularly males), I’d say these same answers would apply equally whether you’re from earth or Middle Earth.

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Author Spotlight: Willow Fagan

I think that sometimes dramatic changes happen in people’s lives (fictional and real) but I’m not sure that I believe in clean breaks; in my experience, change always takes times, and occurs in spirals and layers rather than straight lines.

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Author Spotlight: Toiya Kristen Finley

I’ve mentioned that Virgil’s story in many ways is my own. Over the years, I’ve often thought of those journals and the two people who lived in the house. The man who built it. The woman who lived there and disguised herself as a man