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Fantasy’s Top Ten Fight Scenes: One Against Many

Of all the fantasy-fight archetypes, this one is automatically the most rousing: one against many. Whether it’s the hero testing her mettle for the first time, or the sidekick showing his loyalty to the very last, there’s a well-earned mystique to the warrior willing to tackle all enemies at once. (Plus, it’s the best way to show off your stunt coordinator.)

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The Weird Inhabitants of Sesqua Valley by W.H. Pugmire

Recognizing that it’s the mythology of the Cthulhu Mythos that’s the shared starting point for most readers these days, Pugmire inverts the model and uses the cosmic as a gateway to his regionally defined, deeply personal stories. Everyone in his mythical Sesqua Valley knows about Nyarlathotep and the Book of Eibon; it’s part of the standard conversation.

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Editing Dark Faith: Maurice Broaddus and Jerry Gordon

I passed on stories that mocked the beliefs of others. There’s a wide range of religious (and non-religious) beliefs in this book. I thought it best to focus on expressions of faith and not cynicism.

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Author Spotlight: Louise Marley

Slaves in America clung to their music as a way of believing there would be a better day, a day of freedom. “The Slavesinger” came out of my awareness and respect for that history.

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Is it Science Fiction or Science Fantasy?

People love to debate what is “real” science fiction. Is hard SF the only real SF? Where is the line between soft science fiction and science fantasy, and should both simply be called fantasy?

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Song of Scarabaeus by Sara Creasy

In her debut novel, Song of Scarabaeus, Sara Creasy provides a scary answer to a frightening question: What if Monsanto were in charge of all biology? Creasy’s extrapolation of advanced genetic engineering as just another form of information technology is interesting and logical. She also creates sympathetic, believable characters, a fast-paced plot, and a beautiful, terrifying world in the terraforming-gone-gonzo planet of Scarabaeus.

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Press Release: Zombies: The Recent Dead

Prime Books will publish Zombies: The Recent Dead this October. Edited by Paula Guran, the anthology looks at the first iconic monster of the twenty-first century. In the last decade, the pop-cultural war for the hearts and minds of the masses has been won by creatures who want to eat our hearts and minds. The zombie has proven to be mutable and open to endless interpretations: thralls of voodoo, Romero’s living dead, viral victims, reanimated ramblers, video gaming targets, post-apocalyptic permutations, shuffling sidekicks, literary mash-ups, the comedic, and, yes, even the romantic.

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Welcome to our Sister Magazine: Lightspeed Magazine

Lightspeed, the new online science fiction magazine published by the award-winning independent press Prime Books, launched earlier this week with the publication of “I’m Alive, I Love You, I’ll See You in Reno” by Vylar Kaftan.

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Top Ten Magical Realism Films

Times have changed. It used to be that people would recoil from someone claiming to be a fan of fantasy, as if at any moment they’d be swarmed by pixies and carried to a strange land, where they’d be forced to fight unicorns for money. Now, if you say you like fantasy films, people are more likely to lean in and whisper their favorite Hogwarts house affiliation. It’s a brave new age for the fantasy fan. However, not every fantasy movie has to be a 3D extravaganza. Sometimes you want your fantasy a little subtler, just enough to skew the standard. Below, in no particular order, our ten favorite flicks with a magical-realist bent.

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The Great Purple Hoo-Ha by Phillip H. Farber

This two-volume novel can be read two different ways. It can be read as a Robert Sheckley/Douglas Adams-style romp or it can be read as a Robert Anton Wilson-style novel of comic enlightenment. Farber is known for his nonfiction on occult and Neuro-linguistic Programming topics, if he keeps his hoo-ha up he might become well known for his comedic SF/F as well.