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January’s Theme: Stranger Than Fiction

Now that the holidays are over (for many of us, at least), it’s the return of the monthly themes! For January, our topic is “stranger than fiction” — which is to say, all the ways in which reality is far, far weirder and more implausible than even our fertile imaginations could possibly concoct. I’m not […]

I’m not allowed to tab away until this post is done

You have no idea how hard it is to obey the title of this post. I wrote out that title, put the cursor in the WordPress text box, and then realized I hadn’t figured out how to start this post. My fingers itched to tab away while I considered it. Maybe check my e-mail. Refresh […]

Who’s there?…

My first Doctor Who – and you never forget your first, your first ANYTHING – was Tom Baker. He of the scarf. When he regenerated, I kind of lost interest in the Whoverse until it petered out. Then Eccleston took it up – I never really glommed onto him, but then, he was only around […]

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October’s Theme: Fear

October being the month of Hallowe’en, it seems an appropriate time to talk about . . . fear. Stay tuned!

On Furphies: what we really don’t know about the Celts

Earlier this year, my friend the Australian sff novelist and historian Gillian Polack taught me a new word: furphy. A furphy is one of those historical facts that ‘everyone knows to be true’ but which are, in fact, fiction. We all know some of them; indeed, we made hold one or more of them dear, […]

Lingua universalis fantasiae

At one point when I was in high school, I sat down and drew a continent on a piece of paper. Then I sliced it up into different countries, gave each one a name, and declared, “Each of these speaks a different language.” I can’t say for certain, but I think the proximate cause of […]

August roundup; September forecast

We had a fun during August with our first “themed month.” For those who may have missed them, here’s a roundup of the posts made on the topic of cities and the countryside: Alma Alexander on “It’s a small world… isn’t it? Patrice Sarath on “Big city, small world” Mindy Klasky on “Farmhouse Fantasy” Diana […]

Add another zero

A while back, a friend of mine was running a roleplaying game set in the Pathfinder universe. The game took place in the city of Korvosa, which — according to the official writeup — is a substantial place. It is the royal seat, and its seven districts support three different military groups (the city guards, […]

Big city, small world

“Indeed, Mamma, you are mistaken,” said Elizabeth, blushing for her mother. “You quite mistook Mr. Darcy. He only meant that there was not such a variety of people to be met with in the country as in the town, which you must acknowledge to be true.” “Certainly, my dear, nobody said there were; but as […]

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Marie Brennan

Marie Brennan is the author of more than forty short stories and seven novels, the most recent of which is the urban fantasy Lies and Prophecy. Visit site.

Marie Brennan

Marie Brennan is the author of more than forty short stories and seven novels, the most recent of which is the urban fantasy Lies and Prophecy. Visit site.

Alma Alexander

Alma Alexander is a novelist, short story writer and anthologist whose books include High Fantasy ("Hidden Quen""Changer of Days"), historical fantasy ("Secrets of Jin Shei", "Embers of Heaven"), contemporary fantasy ("Midnight at Spanish gardens") and YA (the Worldweavers series, the Were Chronicles). She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two cats. Visit site.

Marie Brennan

Marie Brennan is the author of more than forty short stories and seven novels, the most recent of which is the urban fantasy Lies and Prophecy. Visit site.

Marie Brennan

Marie Brennan is the author of more than forty short stories and seven novels, the most recent of which is the urban fantasy Lies and Prophecy. Visit site.

Kari Sperring

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Marie Brennan

Marie Brennan is the author of more than forty short stories and seven novels, the most recent of which is the urban fantasy Lies and Prophecy. Visit site.

Marie Brennan

Marie Brennan is the author of more than forty short stories and seven novels, the most recent of which is the urban fantasy Lies and Prophecy. Visit site.

Marie Brennan

Marie Brennan is the author of more than forty short stories and seven novels, the most recent of which is the urban fantasy Lies and Prophecy. Visit site.

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