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Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off #5: The First Five to Fall
 

Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off #5

The First Five to Fall

 

Browsing all articles by Ryan Howse.

Foundations of Fantasy: The Epic of Gilgamesh

Foundations of Fantasy: The Epic of Gilgamesh 

More than any other genre, fantasy tends to examine ancient epics. Whether it’s the study of archetypes and ectypes, or a historical understanding of narrative itself, or simply a desire to experience myths and legends that have lived for ages, these books remain alive to us. This series of posts will be about some of […]

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Setting as a Character

Setting as a Character 

One of the joys of writing second-world fantasy is the ability to create your own world. You can set up spectacular vistas, ancient empires, mysterious ruins, or whatever else you’d like without worrying about real-world geography and history. You can organize it into places that the protagonists must visit, and in doing so, highlight the […]

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Foundations of Fantasy: Beowulf

Foundations of Fantasy: Beowulf 

More than any other genre, fantasy tends to examine ancient epics. Whether it’s the study of archetypes and ectypes, or a historical understanding of narrative itself, or simply a desire to experience myths and legends that have lived for ages, these books remain alive to us. This series of posts will be about some of […]

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Edward Willett Interview

Edward Willett Interview 

Edward Willett is the author of over fifty books, including the Aurora-Award winning science fiction novel Marseguro, the sequel, Terra Insegura (now together in an omnibus edition called The Helix War), the steampunk Magebane (as Lee Arthur Chane) and the upcoming fantasy Masks (as E.C. Blake) which is out November 5th. How would you describe […]

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Foundations of Fantasy: The Odyssey

Foundations of Fantasy: The Odyssey 

More than any other genre, fantasy tends to examine ancient epics. Whether it’s the study of archetypes and ectypes, a historical understanding of narrative itself, or simply a desire to experience myths and legends that have lived for ages, these books remain alive to us. This series of posts will be about some of the […]

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Foundations of Fantasy: The Iliad

Foundations of Fantasy: The Iliad 

More than any other genre, fantasy tends to examine ancient epics. Whether it’s the study of archetypes and ectypes, a historical understanding of narrative itself, or simply a desire to experience myths and legends that have lived for ages, these books remain alive to us. This series of posts will be about some of the […]

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Matthew Stover Interview

Matthew Stover Interview 

Matthew Stover has written twelve novels–four Star Wars novels, including the novelization of Revenge of the Sith, two Bronze Age historical fantasies named Iron Dawn and Jericho Moon, and the Acts of Caine series. The fourth book in the series, Caine’s Law, came out last April. On May 27th, Orbit Books is releasing the series […]

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Margaret Curelas Acquisitions Editor of Tyche Books Interview

Margaret Curelas Acquisitions Editor of Tyche Books Interview 

This month, I interviewed Margaret Curelas, Acquisitions Editor of Tyche Books, a Canadian speculative fiction small press publisher. Tyche Books can be found online at tychebooks.com or on twitter @TycheBooks. What prompted the creation of Tyche Books? Tyche was created when Tina Moreau and I were both on maternity leave. We had previously worked together […]

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Rules? Where We’re Going We Don’t Need Rules

Rules? Where We’re Going We Don’t Need Rules 

There’s a strong tendency in critique groups, whether online or in person, or in writing guides, or even just in casual conversation between writers, to talk about The Rules of Writing. They’re often talked about as if they are immutable, as if ignoring them will make you fail. This is false. One can say there […]

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Tuf Voyaging by George R. R. Martin

Tuf Voyaging by George R. R. Martin
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George R. R. Martin is best known for his high fantasy epic, A Song of Ice and Fire. Yet he is an endlessly inventive writer, and long before ASOIAF, he had written in several genres. One of his earlier works, Tuf Voyaging, is a science fiction series of novellas that has recently been re-released by […]

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The Table Theory of Characterization

The Table Theory of Characterization 

So you’ve written a fantasy novel. It’s full of political intrigue and clashing armies, nefarious wizards and heroic last stands. Now strip all of that away. That rollercoaster of a plot with its byzantine twists? Gone. The subtle cruelty of your antagonist? Gone. Your protagonists don’t need to rescue the princess or save the kingdom […]

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The Rise of Ransom City by Felix Gilman

The Rise of Ransom City by Felix Gilman
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Harry Ransom is many things to many people: a genius, a con man, an inventor, a sorcerer of the East who stands seven feet tall, even a myth. His most famous contribution to the world is the Ransom Process, a machine which creates free light for all. Unfortunately for Professor Ransom, it is also capable […]

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