Edinburgh Seer by Alisha Klapheke
 

Edinburgh Seer

Review

 
Of Lead and Plastic: Tabletop Wargaming In 2018
 

Tabletop Wargaming In 2018

Article

 
A Toast To Fantasy Romance – Guest Blog by Anna Kashina
 

A Toast To Fantasy Romance

Guest Blog by Anna Kashina

 

Browsing all articles by Nicola Alter.

Why Aliens Look Like Octopuses

Why Aliens Look Like Octopuses 

Have you ever noticed that extra-terrestrials in most “aliens-make-contact” science fiction usually resemble octopuses, squids, or other cephalopods? At least, when they don’t just look like humans in Halloween masks or cheap make up. Arrival, Independence Day, War of the Worlds, The Simpsons… the list goes on. The default non-humanoid aliens seem to always have […]

Continue reading...

Potions, Alchemy, & Apothecaries: Inspirations from the Real World

Potions, Alchemy, & Apothecaries: Inspirations from the Real World 

A witch hunched over a bubbling cauldron; a reclusive alchemist searching for the secret to eternal life; a hooded figure procuring a poison from a shady apothecary… While these are classic images from fantasy and storytelling, they are rooted in history. People tried as witches often “confessed” to making potions and salves that caused others […]

Continue reading...

Havens And Hells In Fantasy

Havens And Hells In Fantasy 

When we talk about how we feel when reading we often refer to characters or plot. We vent about a villain we hate or gush about a hero we love. A devastating turn of events or an amazing plot twist might prompt us to express how moved we were. When it comes to setting, however, […]

Continue reading...

Why Are The Worlds of Fantasy Romances So Grim?

Why Are The Worlds of Fantasy Romances So Grim? 

The genre of high fantasy romance (sometimes simply called fantasy romance), offers what its title suggests. You can expect elements of epic high fantasy: invented worlds, fantasy creatures, magic, royalty, great forces of evil to defeat. You can also expect a focus on romance, love, sex and sexual attraction. However, if you read a lot […]

Continue reading...

The Last of a Kind: Extinction in Fantasy

The Last of a Kind: Extinction in Fantasy 

We often hear about extinction in the real world – whether it’s a dodo that’s already died out, a rhinoceros that’s on the brink of extinction, a bluefin tuna that’s well on its way there, or more rarely, a Bermuda petrel that provides a glimmer of hope, reappearing after years of being thought extinct. The […]

Continue reading...

When Good Turns Bad: The Reversed Hero’s Journey

When Good Turns Bad: The Reversed Hero’s Journey 

The typical “hero’s journey” is a structure that can be found not only in fantasy fiction but also in many other genres. You can analyse the twists and turns of this journey in great detail – even break it down into archetypal elements like ‘the mentor’, ‘the helper’ and ‘the threshold’. In essence, however, the […]

Continue reading...

Berserkers In Fantasy

Berserkers In Fantasy 

In fantasy, we see a lot of magicians, shape-shifters, werewolves and all manner of humanoid characters with supernatural qualities. One type of powerful character that crops up more rarely, however, is the berserker. A “berserker” is someone liable to be overcome by rage – a rage that sends them into a violent, frenzied state, temporarily […]

Continue reading...

Trying Out Science Fiction: A Guide for Fantasy Purists

Trying Out Science Fiction: A Guide for Fantasy Purists 

Are you a reader who sticks purely to fantasy and looks suspiciously at the science fiction side of the shelf in the bookstore? Perhaps you’ve thought about trying out some sci-fi, but the prospect of spaceships and alien races just doesn’t seem appealing. Or you have tried some and been turned off. You might still […]

Continue reading...

FANTASY TV DOWN UNDER: NEW ZEALAND IS MORE THAN MIDDLE EARTH

FANTASY TV DOWN UNDER: NEW ZEALAND IS MORE THAN MIDDLE EARTH 

Nowadays putting fantasy fiction and New Zealand in the same sentence is hardly unusual. As the home of the Lord of the Rings film trilogy and the subsequent Hobbit movies, the country had been resoundingly stamped as a centre for fantasy film production and lovingly referred to by many as “Middle Earth”. While these films and their director Peter Jackson (who also […]

Continue reading...

MIGHT EVIL PREVAIL? FANTASIES THAT THREATEN AN UNHAPPY ENDING

MIGHT EVIL PREVAIL? FANTASIES THAT THREATEN AN UNHAPPY ENDING 

In fantasy novels, the ‘good’ characters are usually facing overwhelmingly bad odds. Whether it’s a dark lord, a corrupt monarchy, a horde of living dead or an army of supernatural beings, an evil force is always looming, and it’s up to our out-numbered and out-gunned heroes and heroines to stop it. As readers, we’re waiting […]

Continue reading...