The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu, Translated by Ken Liu
 

The Three-Body Problem

Review

 
SPFBO 2: The Self-Pub Strikes Back
 

SPFBO 2: The Self-Pub Strikes Back

The Self-published Fantasy Blog-off

 
Languages In Fantasy
 

Languages In Fantasy

Article

 

The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu, Translated by Ken Liu

The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu, Translated by Ken Liu 

The Three-Body Problem is about aliens. It’s also about Revolutionary China, Communism, and human nature. There’s a fair bit of philosophy thrown in, some well-explained math, and a computer game that I really wish was real. It’s a masterpiece of science fiction, and the English-speaking world is lucky to have this brilliant translation. Cixin Liu […]

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SPFBO 2: The Self-Pub Strikes Back

SPFBO 2: The Self-Pub Strikes Back 

Last year’s Self-Published Blog-Off gathered a lot of interest across Twitter, Facebook and forums. At Mark Lawrence’s request, ten influential websites, bloggers and over 250 authors got together and had themselves a competition. Each blog had twenty-five (or so) books on their ‘slush pile’. And the simple task was to pick their favourite and put […]

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Languages In Fantasy

Languages In Fantasy 

Language in fantasy: is it an outdated, often academically-gratuitous addition that bogs down a story and its world, or a clever quirk of setting that adds a sprinkle of the exotic and aids reader immersion? It’s not just relevant in fantasy; science fiction has been known to offer fully-functioning languages to enhance a setting. Think […]

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Fantasy Medicine – Part One: Healthcare, Magical and Mundane

Fantasy Medicine – Part One: Healthcare, Magical and Mundane 

Fantasy, whether epic, high, or sword-and-sorcery, would not be very exciting if the characters were as susceptible to death and disability as we are in the real world. The truth is, it takes much less than a broken leg or severed hamstring to render a human useless for battle and adventuring. How about a back […]

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Using Scrivener To Store Your Research & Notes

Using Scrivener To Store Your Research & Notes 

If you enjoy writing, it’s quite possible that you’ve heard of Scrivener. The writing software, available for both Mac and PC, is a firm favourite for both published and unpublished writers alike. However, many are unaware of its numerous features and how it is much more than just yet-another-word-processor. It’s only when they learn that […]

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New Models for Magicians

New Models for Magicians 

In many fantasy stories, magicians often follow one or two traditional models. Many are often portrayed as guides or teachers that assist the protagonist. Often this mentor is described as an old man, with a long, white beard. They wear robes and carry walking staffs. Merlin and Gandalf cast long shadows over the genre. Alternatively, […]

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Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel 

Just like the smash hit Red Rising by Pierce Brown, Sleeping Giants has been turning heads because it has managed to sell movie rights before even being published. Its Publishers and early reviews from all around the world are promising that this is the next World War Z, The Martian, Gravity or Interstellar. That’s a […]

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Angry Robot signs Eric Fischl

Angry Robot signs Eric Fischl 

We keep a close eye on Angry Robot’s latest signings here at Fantasy-Faction HQ. This is because we know that when Angry Robot snap an author up, there’s two things guaranteed: brilliantness and something a little bit different. Need examples? Wesley Chu, Chuck Wendig, Anne Lyle, Adam Christopher, Laura Lam and many, many more besides should do! […]

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Interview with Sylvain Neuvel

Interview with Sylvain Neuvel 

I was lucky enough to get a super-early Advanced Review Copy of Sleeping Giants. It was a book that immediately grabbed me and kept hold of me until I turned the final page. For anyone who has read The Three by Sarah Lotz, the style is rather similar. We are presented articles, transcripts and logs […]

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Excerpt from ‘Wrong Place, Wrong Time’ – A short story from Sharp Ends by Joe Abercrombie

Excerpt from ‘Wrong Place, Wrong Time’ – A short story from Sharp Ends by Joe Abercrombie 

There are very few authors that Fantasy-Faction forum users and Facebook group members talk about more than Joe Abercrombie. There are many reasons for this, but in addition to truly enjoying his books, there is a feeling amongst the community that Joe Abercrombie is at least part responsible for the favourable direction that our genre has headed […]

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Monthly Short Story Winner: Fairy Tales

Monthly Short Story Winner: Fairy Tales 

Some are funny and silly. Some are dark and strange. But all of them have a morale, a (more or less fixed) narrative, and rules. This month’s short story contest features fairy tales. In fairy tales, numbers are important. It’s always three sons and the youngest is the smartest. There may be seven princesses but […]

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Fantasy and the Collector Mentality

Fantasy and the Collector Mentality 

Raise your hand if own more than one copy of Lord of the Rings. I own four: the ebooks, my first mass market paperbacks from when I was 7 or 8, a leather-bound omnibus version I got for my 11th birthday, and a 7-volume edition I bought in my late teens. They look great on […]

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