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Non-Fiction

Author Spotlight: An Owomoyela

I read the Foundation novels so long ago that I can only remember disconnected bits and scenes, but I was enchanted with Seldon’s psychohistory. I love to play with systems, and the idea of one so complex and nuanced that it could predict entire zeitgeists was fantastic—in both the “wonderful” and “fantasy-like” senses of the term.

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Ten Things You Should Know about Eclipse

Summit couldn’t wait even a year to bring you the next installment of their personal mint; Eclipse is already out, and before you decide to give in and buy a ticket because you could use two hours of air conditioning, there are some things you should know.

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Films of High Adventure: The Hobbit/The Return of the King

Admittedly the original stories are from some author-dude you’ve never heard of named Ronald Reuel or something like that, but since even the superior cartoon, The Hobbit, eliminates much of Tolkien’s voice and pacing, we’ll place the blame squarely on Messrs. Rankin and Bass.

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Double Review: Wings of Fire/Sympathy for the Devil

Night Shade has, over the last couple of years, published several striking mostly reprint anthologies, on various fairly broad themes. Here in the summer of 2010 we see two more, one a collection of stories about the devil, the other a collection of dragon stories. Both are obviously significant Fantasy tropes, with a plethora of excellent short stories to choose from. And the editors, in each book, select some exceptional stories, a nice mix of fairly familiar work and worthy lesser known pieces.

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Anticipating Clarion

Have you ever jumped out of an airplane? Me neither, but I think I know what it feels like, at least the part before you actually jump, when you’re standing in the doorway, looking out over the land and the sky below you and thinking to yourself: ‘Am I really about to jump out of […]

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You Must Not Be Afraid: Clarion West Anticipation

I’m not afraid to go there. This time fear works for me, not against me. My dreams and fears now stand arm in arm behind me, urging me to take that next step and the one after, to take chances, fail and pick myself up again, to explore the burnished recesses where focus and dedication forge talent into, well, who knows? Dreams. Fears. Fancies. I have six weeks to figure it out.

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Publishing Dark Faith: An Interview With Jason Sizemore

As to why I did accept Dark Faith as a project? First, the subject matter interested me. Second, I had worked once before with Maurice on his collaborative (with Wrath James White) novella Orgy of Souls and knew him to be a professional and someone fun to work with

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Author Spotlight: Paul M. Berger

I’ve done a fair amount of traveling, but everything people had been telling me about India turned out to be true, and I’ve never been anywhere that challenged me or inspired me so much in such a short time.

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Eastern Europe’s Hidden Castles

Eastern Europe has become an increasingly popular tourist destination since the collapse of the Soviet Union. In recent years countries such as Romania and Bulgaria have been incorporated into the EU, further easing travel. The rise of budget airlines has made most Eastern European cities accessible as weekend trips from Western Europe. Major tourist destinations such as Prague, Krakow and Dubrovnik boast castles and walled cities, but there are other interesting fortifications that receive far fewer tourists.

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Author Spotlight: Chris Howard

I wanted to show what life feels like for the children of the men and women in the Army. I can’t say if it’s the same for everyone or for the other armed services, but I’m pretty sure it’s close.