Fantasy

A Little Game of Catch

This week I’m fighting my way past drunken skateboarders and striking cab drivers to get a peek at the latest security and surveillance gadgets the world has to offer. I’ve already spoken with some developers that have a security robot that will be s... Read More »

Swords & Sagas, Vol. 1 Premiere

The folks at American Athenaeum have released their premiere speculative fiction issue, Swords & Sagas, Vol. 1. If you’re new to the cultural magazine, they features fiction, poetry, essays, opinion, author book reviews, and other literary ... Read More »

Anime roundup 4/7/2013: Stop the World, I Want To Get Off

First, a little awards news: Nominees for the Seiun for Best Media (roughly equivalent to Hugo nominees for Best Dramatic Presentation) include two anime series, Bodacious Space Pirates and Eureka Seven AO. E7AO is a particularly unsurprising choice&... Read More »

When Hairy Met Scaly

When Hairy Met Scaly

“Do not annoy a dragon, for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup.” — Author Unknown A myth about ancient map makers is that they’d adorn the distant uncharted areas with “Here Be Dragons”, presumably a McDonald’s-like warning to sailors ... Read More »

SWORD & SORCERY BECOMES A SUB-GENRE: HENRY KUTTNER’S ELAK AND PRINCE RAYNOR

SWORD & SORCERY BECOMES A SUB-GENRE: HENRY KUTTNER’S ELAK AND PRINCE RAYNOR

Henry Kuttner deserves our thanks. If things had been left to Clifford Ball, Sword & Sorcery would have fizzled out in the pages of Weird Tales. Ball, who we know very little about, was the first to take up the torch of Sword & Sorcery from H... Read More »

Foxes, Cultural Appropriation, and Japonisme

Foxes, Cultural Appropriation, and Japonisme

Here's how to do cultural appropriation right. Look at the man and his fox bride; you can tell he loves her. Read More »

Sequential Wednesdays #7 – Tales of Tails

Sequential Wednesdays #7 – Tales of Tails

Animals have a very special role to play in stories, at least according to the long history of tales utilizing their presence as potent symbolism.  Throughout the world of story-telling, a multitude of beasts have had very specific representation pi... Read More »

Great TV Series Are Like Buses … Two Come Along at Once

Great TV Series Are Like Buses … Two Come Along at Once

This weekend has been all about TV; on Saturday night we had the return of the Doctor but also the high fantasy epic Game of Thrones. I can’t remember the last time I looked forward to two hours of awesome television. The return of the Last of the Ti... Read More »

Classic Fantasy & Sci-fi Films on TCM this April

As spring flowers start to poke through the soil, and the sun starts to warm the earth, many of us will be spending more time outdoors, rather than inside. In an effort to make one’s TV time more focused, I’ve compiled a list of fantasy a... Read More »

Spring 2013 Anime Preview

Every three months, like clockwork, Japanese TV remakes itself. A bunch of shows end, a bunch more start, and many continuing series bring out new opening and closing sequences. Most anime series run for only three or six months. Throw in that there&... Read More »

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