Powder Mage Short Stories and Novellas by Brian McClellan
 

Powder Mage Short Stories and Novellas

Review

 
The Crippled God by Steven Erikson
 

The Crippled God

Review

 
Medical Science reveals why Gollum & Smaug lost to Hobbits…
 

Why Gollum & Smaug lost...

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Medical Science reveals why Gollum & Smaug lost to Hobbits…

Medical Science reveals why Gollum & Smaug lost to Hobbits… 

So, this is a strange one! A paper appeared in this month’s Christmas edition of the Medical Journal of Australia with a theory as to why, in fantasy novels, the bad guys tend to lose: Vitamin D deficiency! I will include a copy of the paper below (it is open access), but, for those who […]

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Worldbuilding A Religion – Part Three: How Religion Shapes Characters

Worldbuilding A Religion – Part Three: How Religion Shapes Characters 

In Part Two, we learned how religion can affect society and culture as a whole. But you can’t have either of those things without the individual people who comprise them, and many times it only takes one person to change everything. During a recent (recent as in, er, the past two years, maybe?) political event […]

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MAGIC, MONSTERS AND MAYHEM

MAGIC, MONSTERS AND MAYHEM 

Regular readers of Fantasy-Faction will remember the review of Edward Cox’s The Relic Guild we posted a few weeks back. We labelled it ‘a formidable debut from an author with huge potential’ and spoke extensively about the author’s dual narrative structure and decision to write a single story split across three books. Well, Fantasy-Faction decided […]

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Le Guin to be presented Lifetime Achievement Award

Le Guin to be presented Lifetime Achievement Award 

The National Book Foundation, presenter of the National Book Awards, will this year have Neil Gaiman present Ursula K. Le Guin their 27th lifetime achievement award, the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, at a ceremony in November. In their Press Release, the NBF explains their reasons for choosing the 84 year old to […]

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The Slow Regard Of Silent Things Preview

The Slow Regard Of Silent Things Preview 

If you listened to our The Slow Regard of Silent Things interview with Patrick Rothfuss last month, you will remember that Pat spoke about his nervousness and excitement in narrating his own work for the very first time. Well, Audible have decided they are not going to make us wait until October 28th 2014 to listen […]

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Building A World: Basic Concepts

Building A World: Basic Concepts 

If you search this site you will find a variety of articles that encourage you to think about how you are going to build your stories fantasy world. You can learn about culture, science, religion, races, beasts, vegetation and, yes, landscapes. But how do these things fit in to the whole world? How did it […]

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Fantasy and Science Fiction in Anime and Manga – Part One: Historical and Epic Fantasy

Fantasy and Science Fiction in Anime and Manga – Part One: Historical and Epic Fantasy 

Books, movies, video games are all widely known platforms for science fiction and fantasy. Anime and manga, on the converse, are a less known medium for the genre. Japanese mangaka—manga artists—use elements and themes taken from fantasy and science fiction regularly in their work; it is harder to find a series that does not have […]

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ELRIC GETS NEW COMIC ADAPTATION!

ELRIC GETS NEW COMIC ADAPTATION! 

Elric of Melniboné, one of the original grey characters in fantasy, is all set for an epic new comic adaptation. The hugely popular novels, written by legendary fantasy author Michael Moorcock, begin with a weak albino character that has pumped himself full of drugs in order to keep himself alive and maintain his seat on the Ruby Throne. Being as […]

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Author Graham Joyce 1954-2014

Author Graham Joyce 1954-2014 

Fantasy-Faction is very sad to learn that author Graham Joyce passed away today, September 9th 2014. Born in 1954, Graham was a much loved member of the British fantasy and horror community. This past weekend many, many authors spoke of the ‘Graham-shaped hole’ that was felt by all at the FantasyCon convention. As members of […]

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Abercrombie’s ‘Half A War’ Cover & Progress Report…

Abercrombie’s ‘Half A War’ Cover & Progress Report… 

The cover art for Joe Abercrombie’s third and final book in the Shattered Sea trilogy, Half A War, has been released. This completes the set of US covers, all shown below: I know a lot of people have voiced confusion over the covers, but I quite like them. Not only do they stand out and offer […]

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British Fantasy Award Winners

British Fantasy Award Winners 

HUGE congratulations to the British Fantasy Award winners who were announced today, Sunday 7th September 2014 at FantasyCon 2014 in York. For those unfamiliar with the award, the British Fantasy Awards are conducted by the British Fantasy Society who seek recommendations from their members and those who have attended their previous year’s convention. A shortlist […]

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Good Omens audio drama coming this Christmas

Good Omens audio drama coming this Christmas 

Exciting news for fans of fantasy, Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s version of the Armageddon, Good Omens, will be dramatised for Christmas! For those unfamiliar with the novel: Events have been set in motion to bring about the End of Days. The armies of Good and Evil are gathering and making their way towards the sleepy […]

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