Disabilities in SFF (Redux): More or Less than ‘Fine’?
 

Disabilities in SFF (Redux)

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Introducing ‘Cruising the Cosmere’!
 

Introducing 'Cruising the Cosmere'!

Sanderson Re-read

 
I Know This is Fantasy-Faction, but Science-fiction Matters Too
 

Science-Fiction Matters, Too

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Disabilities in SFF (Redux): More or Less than ‘Fine’?

Disabilities in SFF (Redux): More or Less than ‘Fine’? 

Quite some time ago, I wrote a pretty vague and largely naive (in that I missed a lot) article about disability in SFF. It was exclusively about physical disabilities and was, generally, written by someone who only vaguely knew what he was talking about. I referenced The Wild Hunt author, Elspeth Cooper as she talked a little about […]

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Introducing ‘Cruising the Cosmere’!

Introducing ‘Cruising the Cosmere’! 

Show of hands: how many of you started reading Brandon Sanderson’s books with no idea of what the Cosmere would be?  When I picked up Mistborn way back before his first Wheel of Time book came out, my entire goal was to get a sense of the writing style of this Sanderson guy who was […]

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I Know This is Fantasy-Faction, but Science-fiction Matters Too

I Know This is Fantasy-Faction, but Science-fiction Matters Too 

I don’t think I have a strange reading history. I’m pretty sure it is the same as many other people. At a young age I started reading books, because that’s what you do once you’ve exhausted the excitement of cereal packet ingredients. I had a library card because it was much cheaper than buying lots […]

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Interview With Brian Staveley

Interview With Brian Staveley 

By now you should all probably know that the point of my interviews is simply to celebrate Wednesdays (doesn’t matter if it’s actually Wednesday or not). This time I have with me Brian Staveley, author of Skullsworn and the Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne trilogy, and a big lover of Wednesdays as well. Let’s see what he has […]

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Books Do Not Sell Without Covers

Books Do Not Sell Without Covers 

The secret to book selling is not so secret anymore. The answer lies in the unspoken pact between an author and reader, which agrees a great cover equals excellent writing. Honestly, we know the premise is false—great stories exist inside shoddy covers and vice versa—but the expectation remains. In fact, I know readers who have […]

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Interview with Peter Newman

Interview with Peter Newman 

You know that a book deserves your attention when Mark Lawrence says that it’s “the best thing he’s read in quite a while.” You know that you have to read said book when it wins the David Gemmell Morningstar Award for Best Newcomer. The book in question is none other than The Vagrant, and today […]

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Urskuul’s Reading Circle (Second First Official Meeting)

Urskuul’s Reading Circle (Second First Official Meeting) 

Hello, and welcome to the first official Urskuul’s Reading Circle Newsletter! Read on for brand new details of the discussions that occurred at the latest meeting (wherein we reviewed the book of the month), and of the thoughts and insights that were raised during the meet. Now, as some of you may be aware, we […]

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2016 Aurealis Award Winners

2016 Aurealis Award Winners 

The winners of the 2016 Aurealis Awards were announced on Friday as part of the Swancon Convention in Perth, Australia. Congratulations to all the finalists and winners! For those who don’t know them, the Aurealis Awards are the leading speculative fiction awards in Australia, and have been recognising the works of fantasy, science fiction and […]

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A Wizard Alone by Diane Duane

A Wizard Alone by Diane Duane 

Whatever else may be your opinion of A Wizard Alone, you have to admit that you will likely never read any other book which opens with a boy arguing with a DVD player as the DVD player argues back. I’ve noticed in checking out the Young Wizards series from the library that they all come […]

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The Necronomicon to the Nokizi: Creating Texts For Secondary Worlds

The Necronomicon to the Nokizi: Creating Texts For Secondary Worlds 

Welcome to Fantasy-Faction’s new feature, Worlds Within Worlds. Writing in-world texts offers an anchor for characters, readers, and authors—when everyone is working off the same information, there’s a sense of immersion and verisimilitude, that this world could exist. You can write up as much lore as you want for your own personal file, but once […]

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The Hammer and the Goat; The Vagrant and the City by Peter Newman

The Hammer and the Goat; The Vagrant and the City by Peter Newman 

Covers count; every author knows this. Covers can make you buy books, they pose questions, raise mysteries – draw in the eye and the imagination. It is rare, however, for the cover of one book to make you buy a different book, but so it was with me this weekend. Later this month, the final […]

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Running a D&D Campaign

Running a D&D Campaign 

Welcome to Tabletop Tuesday! Here at Fantasy-Faction, we’re passionate about all things fantasy, be it books, films, or video games. However, this new semi-regular feature aims to celebrate the classic medium of tabletop gaming. Last week, Stephen Rhodes offered valuable advice on planning a D&D campaign; today, Trent Cannon is here to follow that up with tips on […]

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