Monthly Short Story Winner: Apocalypse
 

Monthly Short Story Winner

“Everything in Frame”

 
David Gemmell Awards for Fantasy: Morningstar Award
 

Morningstar Award

Gemmell Awards

 
Interview with Keith Yatsuhashi
 

Keith Yatsuhashi

Interview

 

Browsing all articles by Leo Elijah Cristea.

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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Gender and Stereotyping in Fantasy – Part Six: Historical Accuracy

Gender and Stereotyping in Fantasy – Part Six: Historical Accuracy 

This final part of our extended series on gender and stereotypes in fantasy and science fiction will be both a conclusion and a sweeping reflection on what we’ve already examined, but in the context of that one thing many who fail to see the lack importance (and, indeed, those who oppose diverse and inclusive representation […]

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Heidi Heilig Interview

Heidi Heilig Interview 

Heidi Heilig grew up in Hawaii where she rode horses and raised peacocks. Then she moved to New York City and grew up even more, as one tends to do. Her favorite thing, outside of writing, is travel, and she has haggled for rugs in Morocco, hiked the trails of the Ko’olau Valley, and huddled […]

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Vampires: Origins, Evolution, and Role in Fantasy Fiction

Vampires: Origins, Evolution, and Role in Fantasy Fiction 

The vampire: a figure whose folklore origins date back as far as the cradle of civilisation, is one of the major mythic figures bequeathed to us by the English Romantics. Tracing the vampire’s timeline back through folklore we are presented with either twisted, ghoulesque apparitions, or dishevelled corpses that more resemble the zombies and mummies […]

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Gender and Stereotyping in Fantasy – Part Five: Bisexuality

Gender and Stereotyping in Fantasy – Part Five: Bisexuality 

When we talk about queer character representation, there’s letters of the LGBTQIA+ spectrum that get left behind, for whatever reason. With Bisexuality Visibility Week’s focus directing the spotlight, now seemed as good a time as any to explore the characters in SFF who identify (or are clearly identifiable) as bisexual. But first, a working definition: […]

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Laura Lam Interview

Laura Lam Interview 

We are excited to once again have the talented author Laura Lam with us today. Her most recent novel, False Hearts, was released this June and the conclusion to her Micah Grey series, Masquerade, is due out in January 2017. In the years since Pantomime and Shadowplay, the first two books in the Micah Grey series, […]

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Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima

Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima
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Flamecaster, by Cinda Williams Chima, is the first of a brand new series set in the same world of the acclaimed Seven Realms quartet, where we leave behind Han and Raisa in lieu of the next generation of Seven Realms heroes: their children and those they meet along the way on their new adventure. Things […]

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Tara Sim Interview

Tara Sim Interview 

Today we are lucky enough to have author Tara Sim here to talk about her upcoming novel Timekeeper (Sky Pony Press, Fall 2016). She can often be found in the wilds of the Bay Area, California. When she’s not writing about mischievous boys in clock towers, Tara spends her time drinking tea, wrangling cats, and […]

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Faeries and Folklore – Part One: An Introduction

Faeries and Folklore – Part One: An Introduction 

We’re going to talk about faeries. For the purposes of both my sanity and authenticity, leave any and all notions of Disney’s Tinker Bell at the door. Tinker Bell is a pretty fiction dreamed up in order to invite little girls to dress in frilly gowns that glitter and sparkle in the sun. Faeries are […]

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Harry Potter Should Have Kissed Some Boys: An Argument For Queer Characters In Main Stream Fantasy

Harry Potter Should Have Kissed Some Boys: An Argument For Queer Characters In Main Stream Fantasy 

Harry Potter should have kissed some boys. Or Hermione should have kissed some girls. Even just some passing lip-action between any of the main cast would have been sufficient. Even just an obvious and mentioned crush would have been better than the great hunk of nothing we were dealt. Not fantastic for representation of a […]

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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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Mythology in Urban Fantasy

Mythology in Urban Fantasy 

I’ve talked before about creating a mythology using fantasy, and I’ve delved a little into world mythology and folklore through various articles on dragons, demons, fae, and magic, but this time I want a different spin. Mythology is all about the past: legend, folklore and tales that were somehow brought into being by our ancestors […]

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