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March 2011 (Issue 48)

Welcome to issue forty-eight of Fantasy! On tap this month… Fiction: The Sandal-Bride by Genevieve Valentine, The Dog King by Holly Black, The God Orkrem by Tanith Lee, The Lonely Songs of Laren Dorr by George R. R. Martin. Nonfiction: Three Real Historical Figures Who Embarked Upon the Hero’s Journey by Graeme McMillan, Five Fantasy Worlds That You Wouldn’t Want to Visit by Te Jefferson & J. Corbeau, Feature Interview: Steven Erikson by Andrew Bayer, From Story to Screen by LaShawn Wanak.

In This Issue: March 2011 (Issue 48)

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Editorial, March 2011

Welcome to issue forty-eight of Fantasy! On tap this month… Fiction: The Sandal-Bride by Genevieve Valentine, The Dog King by Holly Black, The God Orkrem by Tanith Lee, The Lonely Songs of Laren Dorr by George R. R. Martin. Nonfiction: Three Real Historical Figures Who Embarked Upon the Hero’s Journey by Graeme McMillan, Five Fantasy Worlds That You Wouldn’t Want to Visit by Te Jefferson & J. Corbeau, Feature Interview: Steven Erikson by Andrew Bayer, From Story to Screen by LaShawn Wanak.

Fiction

The Sandal-Bride

Pilgrims always cried when they crested the hill and saw the spires of Miruna; they usually fell to their knees right in the middle of traffic. All I saw was the gate that led to the Night Market.

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Author Spotlight: Genevieve Valentine

Whenever you travel, you see glimpses of people who you’ll probably never see again. Some people get very curious about that, and some people hardly notice; the story sprang from the idea of two such people meeting.

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Three Real Historical Figures Who Embarked Upon the Hero’s Journey

History is filled with examples of travels grander in scale than could have been imagined beforehand, each one managing to change the world in some way as a result.

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Editorial, March 2011

Welcome to issue forty-eight of Fantasy! On tap this month… Fiction: The Sandal-Bride by Genevieve Valentine, The Dog King by Holly Black, The God Orkrem by Tanith Lee, The Lonely Songs of Laren Dorr by George R. R. Martin. Nonfiction: Three Real Historical Figures Who Embarked Upon the Hero’s Journey by Graeme McMillan, Five Fantasy Worlds That You Wouldn’t Want to Visit by Te Jefferson & J. Corbeau, Feature Interview: Steven Erikson by Andrew Bayer, From Story to Screen by LaShawn Wanak.

Fiction

The Dog King

Some say that they can rise up on two legs and speak as men, that nimble fingers can chip away at hinges, that their voices can call promises and pleas through keyholes, that they are not quite what they seem.

Nonfiction

Author Spotlight: Holly Black

We have all had the experience of being so angry that we say something or do something that hurts the people that we love. I think the idea that we have the potential for a monstrous self is very compelling.

Nonfiction

Five Fantasy Worlds That You Wouldn’t Want to Visit

Who hasn’t thought of shooting out the eyes of the deserving with an Elven bow? We’ve all been there. But you should actually be really, really glad you haven’t been there at all. Here’s why.

Fiction

The God Orkrem

To a man bereaved of all as I was, distance and time are only words. For me then, and also now, only one word any more can exist: God. The god Orkrem.

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Author Spotlight: Tanith Lee

Fantasy should be as ”real” and lifelike as a contemporary novel or story. In some respects, possibly, a little more so.

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Feature Interview: Steven Erikson

Using characters from our gaming campaigns always felt like returning to the side of an old friend. Now that being said, there was always plenty of room for fleshing out their backgrounds and personalities, and then moving them forward.

Fiction

The Lonely Songs of Laren Dorr

One moment there was only the valley, caught in twilight. The only sounds were the cries of the mourning-birds coming out for the night, and the swift rush of water in the rocky stream that cut the woods.

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Author Spotlight: George R. R. Martin

“The Lonely Songs of Laren Dorr” highlights one of Martin’s greatest strengths: the ability to see the value of the smallest character and to give that character a voice.

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From Story to Screen

Why do we have such strong feelings for alternate retellings? We love seeing a book come alive on the screen, but it comes with a price: trying to cram pages of character development into a two-hour movie.