A Question Of Technology
 

A Question Of Technology

Article

 
Jurassic World Trailer released 2 days early!
 

Jurassic World

Trailer released 2 days early!

 
Maleficent – Movie Review
 

Maleficent

Movie Review

 

A Question Of Technology

A Question Of Technology 

When people think of the fantasy genre the concept of technology isn’t usually at the forefront of their minds. They’ll be thinking of the magic, the monsters, the castles and townships out of the past, so it’s understandable that thoughts of science and progress are pushed to the side. But so long as somebody in […]

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Jurassic World Trailer released 2 days early!

Jurassic World Trailer released 2 days early! 

When I was a kid dinosaurs were huge. Not literally, well, yes, literally – kinda – I guess they were extinct, but… ah, you know what I mean: popular. So, when Jurassic Park came out in the cinemas I and everyone else in my school begged our parents to take us to the cinema. Although […]

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Maleficent – Movie Review

Maleficent – Movie Review 

Maleficent shows us how far the modern fantasy genre has come, and not just in terms of the subject matter and frequency of adaptations either, but also in terms of support from the big studios and from audiences. One of the reasons why fantasy stories resonate so well with us is that many of our […]

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Faeries and Folklore – Part Three: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Faeries and Folklore – Part Three: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly 

Last time we looked at how faeries have evolved, through some of their integral folklore as well as the genre as a whole. Some changes have been marked, others more subtle. The same goes for the faeries who constantly bask in the spotlight, one way or another; famous or infamous in folklore and stories written […]

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Ursula K. Le Guin’s Show-Stopping Speech

Ursula K. Le Guin’s Show-Stopping Speech 

On November 19, Ursula K. Le Guin received the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, celebrating her lifetime of achievement. The author of A Wizard of Earthsea, The Left Hand of Darkness, The Lathe of Heaven, The Dispossessed, and many, many more books, science fiction and fantasy fans have long known […]

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Two Serpents Rise by Max Gladstone

Two Serpents Rise by Max Gladstone 

In a genre that is dominated by the gritty and dark following the recent popularity of Game of Thrones, Max Gladstone delivers an impressive tale with an ultimate message of hope. Yes, there are problems in the world and they may seem unbeatable, but there is always a chance for a happy ending if someone […]

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Nice Dragons Finish Last by Rachel Aaron

Nice Dragons Finish Last by Rachel Aaron 

I can’t resist all things dragon. I admit it. When I saw that Rachel Aaron/Bach had a new series out about a dragon society in the midst of a future dystopian but magically-infused world, I just had to get my hands on it. Mild-mannered Julius Quetz (short for Quetzalcoatl) is a 24-year-old dragon living with […]

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The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Chris Riddell

The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Chris Riddell 

Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell: a partnership fated to succeed from the start. Gaiman’s modest, restless prose teamed with the trademark art of Riddell results in a frank and glorious narrative that blends elements of well-known fairy tales to create a haunting new story. Refreshingly, no names are mentioned, but it’s clear that Gaiman’s protagonist […]

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Winner of the May 2014 Writing Contest: Portal Fantasy

Winner of the May 2014 Writing Contest: Portal Fantasy 

We’ve been getting such good feedback for the short stories our members have submitted in our Monthly Short Story Competition that we have decided to post them on the main site at a rate of one a week. Today we will be looking at the winner from our May 2014 contest. In May we had […]

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Jay Kristoff Interview

Jay Kristoff Interview 

Hey all you Factioners! I had the amazing opportunity to talk to Jay Kristoff about the finale for his Japanese steampunk series The Lotus War. If you haven’t heard about these books yet you should do yourself a favor and pick up Stormdancer. There are plenty of mythic creatures, civil unrest, and a strong female […]

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Fantasy-Faction Anthology: Order the Paperback (UK, US & Canada!)

Fantasy-Faction Anthology: Order the Paperback (UK, US & Canada!) 

It is hard to believe that the Fantasy-Faction Anthology that we worked so hard on for almost three years is now out there and being read by Fantasy fans around the world. The following are unsolicited reviews we’ve picked up from readers who have already enjoyed their copy: “I don’t usually read short stories, but […]

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The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel

The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel 

Will Everett has spent a long time wishing adventure would find him, but when it does it’s not quite what he expects. In one eventful day he meets the rail baron Cornelius Van Horne, drives the final golden spike into the first coast-to-coast railway in Canada, witnesses the attempted robbery of the same rail spike, […]

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