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Guest Column: How To Kill Off A Sense Of Wonder

What gets me seriously annoyed with books these days — especially the modern trend of urban paranormal — is the way they (they being so many other authors, perfectly good authors who can write) handle the fantastic element. What I mean is, they dump in that perfectly wonderful magical creature, being, or phenomenon smack in […]

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No Objectivity: Dark Kingdom

The Nibelungenlied is a German epic poem that dates in written form as far back as the 13th century, from an oral tradition much older; it wrestles with the dying pagan culture, the rise of Christianity, and the ideas of heroism, nationalism, fatalism, deception, strength, and revenge. It’s so mythology-rich that Tolkien used it as […]

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Weird Tales and Hellboy’s creator at New York Comic Con

“We’re coming to New York! Come join us for a Weird Tales panel discussion celebrating our 85th anniversary and the 85 Weirdest Storytellers next Friday, April 18, at the big New York Comic Con in Manhattan. Panelists scheduled to talk include con guest of honor and WT-inspired Hellboy creator Mike Mignola; WT illustrator and Dr. […]

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A Sneak Peek: Ruby Slippers, Golden Tears / Black Swan, White Raven!

We just submitted to the printers these two books, by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling, from their classic modern re-told faery-tale series. Feast your eyes on these! &

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In A Teapot: Wiki While You Work

I’ve had wiki stuff on the brain for the last couple of weeks. It started off when someone on the Carl Brandon Society mailing list pointed out that there isn’t a lot of information about people of color in SF and their works on Wikipedia. Major works by major authors either had stub articles or […]

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WEIRD TALES names The 85 Weirdest Storytellers of the Past 85 Years

Crossposted from www.weirdtalesmagazine.com. To read the daily updates on LJ for the next 85 days, friend weirdtales_mag. * * * Readers wrote us in record numbers last autumn when WeirdTalesMagazine.com asked you who, in your book, are the weirdest of the weird: the most influentially strange authors and artists and talespinners of all kinds to […]

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In A Teapot: And The Phallic Symbol Goes To…

Denvention posted this year’s Hugo nominees a few days ago, and much rejoicing was heard across the land. I’m happy to see that there wasn’t a repeat of last year’s ovary-free fiction categories, though there are still fewer women than I’d like. Just means I’ll have to work harder for next year! The list looks […]

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An Appreciation of Sir Arthur C Clarke

Sir Arthur C Clarke 1917 – 2008 My brother and I grew up in the 70s on an unrestricted diet of science fiction that my father–3 years younger than Sir Arthur and a lifelong SF reader–actively encouraged by feeding us names as we devoured the library shelves and local secondhand book stores. We could rattle […]

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Stephanie Campisi

I’m not so much into labeling things and dividing things neatly and slotting them in here and there and trying to align them as though they are pieces of something purchased from Ikea, but acknowledge that people are pretty reductive, as are marketing gurus, so it’s something pretty inevitable. Stephanie Campisi, author of Painting Walls […]

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The Marvelous Troy CLE

Troy CLE, winner of the 2008 Essence Literary Award for Children’s Literature and author of the Marvelous World series, leads a charmed life. His YA fantasy novel and the story of how it came to be published is getting a lot of media attention — he’s been interviewed or profiled in Vibe, The New York […]