Magic: The Gathering – A Fantasy Lover’s Perspective
 

Magic: The Gathering

A Fantasy Lover’s Perspective

 
Gender and Stereotyping in Fantasy – Part Two: Switching Roles
 

Gender and Stereotyping in Fantasy

Part Two: Switching Roles

 
Robert Holdstock: Mythago Wood and Lavondyss
 

Mythago Wood and Lavondyss

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Magic: The Gathering – A Fantasy Lover’s Perspective

Magic: The Gathering – A Fantasy Lover’s Perspective 

There are lots of games out there for fans of fantasy, both video and table-top. Dungeons & Dragons is probably the most well-known table top fantasy game, but Wizards of the Coast also publishes Magic: The Gathering, a trading card game that also belongs in the fantasy genre. But I noticed that there isn’t a […]

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Gender and Stereotyping in Fantasy – Part Two: Switching Roles

Gender and Stereotyping in Fantasy – Part Two: Switching Roles 

In the first part of this series we began to explore a couple of points, not least of all the idea that we are creating a new kind of gender mould with our misguided insistence as to what constitutes a “strong female character”. This has two consequences: female characters are still just as stereotyped as […]

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Fantasy Influences: Ancient Greek Mythology – Part One

Fantasy Influences: Ancient Greek Mythology – Part One 

When we think of typical fantasy, we tend to imagine a setting influenced by western medieval ideas, complete with knights, horses, longswords and dragons. However, there are much deeper, older roots to the magic, monsters, tropes and archetypes that dominate the fantasy genre. Classical, Celtic, and Norse mythology, among others, have all had a huge […]

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New Joe Abercrombie book announced!

New Joe Abercrombie book announced! 

So, Joe Abercrombie’s Young Adult trilogy has now finished. Although 5 years ago we’d never have entertained the idea that Joe would go down the YA route we were so damned impressed with the result that we didn’t bug him – even once – about when the next First Law novel would be coming. It […]

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2015 Hugo Awards: No Dogs Allowed?

2015 Hugo Awards: No Dogs Allowed? 

On Saturday night, the winners of the 2015 Hugo Awards (and the not-a-Hugo John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer) were announced as part of the 73rd World Science Fiction Convention, in Spokane, Washington. Congratulations to all the winners for picking up one of the most prestigious awards in the genre world! Of course, […]

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Hugo 2015 Award Winners

Hugo 2015 Award Winners 

Tonight the winners of the 2015 Hugo Awards were announced, along with the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Congratulations to all the winners! And if you are interested in how close the race was this year, you can check out the voting stats here. Best Novel The Three Body Problem, Cixin Liu, Ken […]

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I Never Planned To Be A Novelist…

I Never Planned To Be A Novelist… 

I never planned on becoming a novelist, it’s just something I sort of fell into. I have no training as a creative writing and I had never tried my hand at fiction before the little bubble of the Warden’s voice sprung into my head early one morning while I was drinking my fourth cup of […]

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Does Size Matter In Epic Fantasy?

Does Size Matter In Epic Fantasy? 

This year I decided to do something crazy—compete in an online writing contest called Pitch Wars. Run by the wonderful Brenda Drake, this is where unpublished writers query a selection of ‘mentors’ (published writers, agents, editors, etc.), for the chance to get some professional help on their manuscripts one-on-one, before pitching the polished work to […]

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When The Dust Settles

When The Dust Settles 

While attending this year’s Nine Worlds convention I went to a session titled “How To Win The 21st Century,” which talked about games as a dominant cultural medium. This and many other talks at the convention highlighted the growing power and popularity of entertainment forms that had previously been regulated to “things geeks did.” Now […]

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Writing Fight Scenes – What an Editor Wants to See

Writing Fight Scenes – What an Editor Wants to See 

As an editor, something I’ve discovered when I’m editing books for other people is I’m making the same comments over and over again in relation to action scenes. I thought I’d summarize them here in the hope that someone may find it useful for their writing. As always, this is just how I’d do it […]

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September’s Newsletter

September’s Newsletter 

Dear Fantasy Factioner, Another incredible month here at Fantasy-Faction HQ. We’ve not only had our usual array of awesome articles and reviews, but also a noteworthy discussion on Self-Publishing that set Twitter ablaze. Oh, and you may remember that last month I invited you to join our Facebook Group that we’d just started… Well, as […]

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The Lowdown on REALMWALKER PUBLISHING…

The Lowdown on REALMWALKER PUBLISHING… 

Following the awesome response to my article on beginner writers choosing to Self Publish, we’re having a bit of a ‘means of publishing your work’ month on Fantasy-Faction. A piece of this will be my follow up article where I talk about when Self Publishing is probably more sensible than seeking the Traditional route and where […]

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