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Title: Next year - Themes for the anthology - Suggestions?
Post by: Overlord on June 23, 2012, 06:48:33 PM
As most of you know - this year we are putting together an anthology. It is our first ever anthology and so we are bringing together stories from across the various genre. You will have some traditional, some epic, some urban, some new-weird and even some sci-fi / fantasy crossover type tales. There will also be articles linking each short story ranging on topics from Elves through to how to write believable first person narrative. We really see this a celebration of everything that fantasy-faction loves about the genre and I think for the first year - this will be perfect.

The current line up is:
6 Short Stories by Authors
6 Fantasy Writing Contest Winners
2 Guest Stories
Faction-Tale
12 Articles by Authors and Industry Professionals

So, next year, we want to do another anthology. Having thought a lot about how we can make this anthology even better - we've decided that we are going to attach a theme to the anthology. This will allow all the content to follow a set thread and means that readers and fans of our site will have something new and exciting to look forward to each year.

So yes, in summary, next year we are looking to run a theme for the anthology. The question is: What theme do we run with?

Well, as an action / dragon fanboy - I instantly thought 'Guns and Dragons' !!!!

But that's just me. I'm interested to hear if you guys have any ideas as to themes you'd like to see? :)
Title: Re: Next year - Themes for the anthology - Suggestions?
Post by: pornokitsch on June 24, 2012, 09:44:10 AM
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Well, as an action / dragon fanboy - I instantly thought 'Guns and Dragons' !!!!

I love this with the fire of a thousand burning suns.
Title: Re: Next year - Themes for the anthology - Suggestions?
Post by: SunsetStarlight on June 26, 2012, 01:17:34 PM
I'm loving the 'Guns and Dragons' theme.  I can't wait :)
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Post by: Gareth on July 01, 2012, 08:06:45 PM
Why not have an anthology about writing?  It seems somewhat appropriate?
Title: Re: Next year - Themes for the anthology - Suggestions?
Post by: THElewisdix on July 02, 2012, 03:21:16 AM
Magical inventions / artifacts could be a cool theme. Stories about legendary ancient swords and steampunkish mana batteries all in one neat little book.
Title: Re: Next year - Themes for the anthology - Suggestions?
Post by: ANewMe on July 02, 2012, 05:38:37 AM
I agree with Sunset. Guns and Dragons would be awesome. Sounds like something you'd see in a Roleplaying game.

I'll say it again. It would be awesome.  :)
Title: Re: Next year - Themes for the anthology - Suggestions?
Post by: Phil Norris on July 02, 2012, 10:51:00 AM
Guns & Dragons, you've got me sold. An Alternate History type or outright fantasy (if Joe Abercrombie can have cannons why cant the rest of us) with armed dragon riders having dog fights (would they still be called dog fights?) or strafing soldiers on the ground with bullets & dragon fire.


Title: Re: Next year - Themes for the anthology - Suggestions?
Post by: DDRRead on July 02, 2012, 01:04:38 PM
Guns & Dragons sounds fun to me.
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Post by: Wolfen32 on July 29, 2012, 05:37:55 AM
I'd vie for the magical artifact, high-magic option. I do love some magic.
Title: Re: Next year - Themes for the anthology - Suggestions?
Post by: caf on September 10, 2012, 11:50:11 AM
Why not apocalypse themed, since we would have survived the mayan 2012 prophecy, and with this, the individual can have dragons and guns or artifacts.
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Post by: Rjames112 on September 19, 2012, 08:23:02 PM
"Steam & Beam"! Sci-fi and Steam/Diesel punk!

Title: Re: Next year - Themes for the anthology - Suggestions?
Post by: Jian on September 19, 2012, 08:34:31 PM
Why not apocalypse themed, since we would have survived the mayan 2012 prophecy, and with this, the individual can have dragons and guns or artifacts.

I say no to this on principle. The Mayan prophecy made no sense at all. If they couldn't predict their own extinction, how could they have predicted the apocalypse? Though a future where a nuke went off or something and irradiated the country could be a good theme.
Title: Re: Next year - Themes for the anthology - Suggestions?
Post by: Nyki Blatchley on September 20, 2012, 12:09:55 AM
Why not apocalypse themed, since we would have survived the mayan 2012 prophecy, and with this, the individual can have dragons and guns or artifacts.

I say no to this on principle. The Mayan prophecy made no sense at all. If they couldn't predict their own extinction, how could they have predicted the apocalypse? Though a future where a nuke went off or something and irradiated the country could be a good theme.

Actually, the Maya didn't prophesy an apocalypse at all, just a major astronomical alignment that marks the end of a long calendar cycle - like the Millennium, only more so.  The idea it's going to be an apocalypse is a modern one.
Title: Re: Next year - Themes for the anthology - Suggestions?
Post by: caf on October 06, 2012, 05:54:48 PM
in an apocalypse theme, nature would be a huge aspect,  volcanoes errupting, earthquakes, monsters crawling out of the depths of hell to swollow up the  world, that is why i think  apocalypse, but guns and dragons is a good idea
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Post by: xiagan on October 07, 2012, 12:05:57 PM
Well, if this year's cover is guns and dragons, there should be another theme for next year. ;)
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Post by: Arry on October 07, 2012, 12:55:04 PM
Well, if this year's cover is guns and dragons, there should be another theme for next year. ;)
I actually had the same thought when I saw the cover reveal :)

I suppose there could be different types of guns and different types of dragons, or maybe the dragon would be wielding the guns (why would a dragon need guns? I have no fluffing clue. But I bet someone could write a story and make it awesome)
Title: Re: Next year - Themes for the anthology - Suggestions?
Post by: Elfy on October 07, 2012, 11:29:13 PM
Well, if this year's cover is guns and dragons, there should be another theme for next year. ;)
Okay, just getting in before Lor, but Pirates!
Title: Re: Next year - Themes for the anthology - Suggestions?
Post by: Lor on October 08, 2012, 12:03:52 AM
Well, if this year's cover is guns and dragons, there should be another theme for next year. ;)
Okay, just getting in before Lor, but Pirates!

I said pirates ages ago! But yes, pirates! :D
Title: Re: Next year - Themes for the anthology - Suggestions?
Post by: Elfy on October 08, 2012, 12:05:08 AM
Well, if this year's cover is guns and dragons, there should be another theme for next year. ;)
Okay, just getting in before Lor, but Pirates!

I said pirates ages ago! But yes, pirates! :D
I know you did, but I figure if we say it enough they'll do it.
Title: Re: Next year - Themes for the anthology - Suggestions?
Post by: Lor on October 08, 2012, 12:06:23 AM
Well, if this year's cover is guns and dragons, there should be another theme for next year. ;)
Okay, just getting in before Lor, but Pirates!

I said pirates ages ago! But yes, pirates! :D
I know you did, but I figure if we say it enough they'll do it.

I like this plan.
Title: Re: Next year - Themes for the anthology - Suggestions?
Post by: Doctor_Chill on October 08, 2012, 12:12:29 AM
I suppose there could be different types of guns and different types of dragons, or maybe the dragon would be wielding the guns (why would a dragon need guns? I have no fluffing clue. But I bet someone could write a story and make it awesome)

Challenge accepted. ;D

I like the idea of Pirates. WAIT! Lor, I have an idea. PM you.
Title: Re: Next year - Themes for the anthology - Suggestions?
Post by: Idlewilder on October 08, 2012, 08:11:25 AM
I know you did, but I figure if we say it enough they'll do it.

How about just "Outlaws". Then it doesn't necessarily have to be pirates if people would rather not write a pirate story. (Gasp!) It would allow for loads of cool stories.
Title: Re: Next year - Themes for the anthology - Suggestions?
Post by: Elfy on October 08, 2012, 08:25:14 AM
I know you did, but I figure if we say it enough they'll do it.

How about just "Outlaws". Then it doesn't necessarily have to be pirates if people would rather not write a pirate story. (Gasp!) It would allow for loads of cool stories.
You do realise Lor's going to wash your mouth out for that heresy, don't you?
Title: Re: Next year - Themes for the anthology - Suggestions?
Post by: Lor on October 08, 2012, 11:11:55 AM
I know you did, but I figure if we say it enough they'll do it.

How about just "Outlaws". Then it doesn't necessarily have to be pirates if people would rather not write a pirate story. (Gasp!) It would allow for loads of cool stories.
You do realise Lor's going to wash your mouth out for that heresy, don't you?

I love this image you lot seem to have of me ;) But yes, you now must eat soap for talking trash against pirates, and you're demoted below Lionwalker for a week.

I like the "Outlaws" idea though; so much scope, and it'll be nice to see things from the "bad guy's" p.o.v. for a change. There's a really good little short in the Pandemonium Stocking Filler 2011 (which I think you might just about still be able to get, it's an e-book), by Osgood Vance, which has the female villains complaining about how they're never taken seriously, and it is rather amusing. More stories like that wouldn't go amiss.
Title: Re: Next year - Themes for the anthology - Suggestions?
Post by: Idlewilder on October 08, 2012, 11:25:41 AM
You like my idea, and yet I get punished for it!

And where did I talk "trash" about pirates?
Title: Re: Next year - Themes for the anthology - Suggestions?
Post by: Lor on October 08, 2012, 11:31:59 AM
You like my idea, and yet I get punished for it!

And where did I talk "trash" about pirates?

I was joking! Suck it up, buttercup ;)

And as if I would demote you below Lionwalker! What kind of captain do you take me for?

If we do do Outlaws, I want to see someone send-up the bankers. Villains if ever I saw them.
Title: Re: Next year - Themes for the anthology - Suggestions?
Post by: Jian on October 08, 2012, 02:58:14 PM
You like my idea, and yet I get punished for it!

And where did I talk "trash" about pirates?

I was joking! Suck it up, buttercup ;)

And as if I would demote you below Lionwalker! What kind of captain do you take me for?

If we do do Outlaws, I want to see someone send-up the bankers. Villains if ever I saw them.

I'd write one about lawyers. Speaking as someone from a family of lawyers, I can testify that they are villains indeed. xD
Title: Re: Next year - Themes for the anthology - Suggestions?
Post by: Phil Norris on October 08, 2012, 03:28:01 PM
All this talk of outlaws, pirates, dragons has got me thinking.

Outlaws/pirates + dragons + steampunk = a world where airships are the main mode of transport and pirates ride dragons to raid the shipping lines.

Title: Re: Next year - Themes for the anthology - Suggestions?
Post by: Arry on October 08, 2012, 04:27:23 PM
I like Outlaws :) It's general enough it leaves a very large range of possibilities. Plus, outlaws are always fun :)
Title: Re: Next year - Themes for the anthology - Suggestions?
Post by: Elfy on October 08, 2012, 10:49:30 PM
I guess pirates are a subset of outlaws. It is true that outlaws has a wide scope, plus they seem to be popular with fantasy writers.
Title: Re: Next year - Themes for the anthology - Suggestions?
Post by: Doctor_Chill on October 09, 2012, 12:44:57 AM
I like Outlaws :) It's general enough it leaves a very large range of possibilities. Plus, outlaws are always fun :)

I agree. Always more fun to write from the evil guy's perspective.
Title: Re: Next year - Themes for the anthology - Suggestions?
Post by: Elfy on October 09, 2012, 01:38:07 AM
I like Outlaws :) It's general enough it leaves a very large range of possibilities. Plus, outlaws are always fun :)

I agree. Always more fun to write from the evil guy's perspective.
Outlaws don't have to necessarily be evil. In fact many of them that I'm thinking of like Locke Lamora and Darian Frey are the exact opposite. They're definitely outlaws, but they're often heroic and not the bad guys at all, despite being somewhat morally ambigous, whereas you have other characters such as Joffrey Baratheon who is unredeemably evil, but he's not an outlaw.
Title: Re: Next year - Themes for the anthology - Suggestions?
Post by: Doctor_Chill on October 09, 2012, 02:53:41 AM
I like Outlaws :) It's general enough it leaves a very large range of possibilities. Plus, outlaws are always fun :)

I agree. Always more fun to write from the evil guy's perspective.
Outlaws don't have to necessarily be evil. In fact many of them that I'm thinking of like Locke Lamora and Darian Frey are the exact opposite. They're definitely outlaws, but they're often heroic and not the bad guys at all, despite being somewhat morally ambigous, whereas you have other characters such as Joffrey Baratheon who is unredeemably evil, but he's not an outlaw.

Locke Lamora's not evil? So stealing's right? :P But I understand what you're saying. My morals are more black and white, which is why I hate the favored term 'morally ambigous.'
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Post by: Idlewilder on October 09, 2012, 08:58:49 AM
Locke Lamora's not evil? So stealing's right? :P But I understand what you're saying. My morals are more black and white, which is why I hate the favored term 'morally ambigous.'

Evil is a big word to use! This could be a really interesting discussion to have in the main board, actually.  ;) Can a character be as "morally ambiguous" as Locke Lamora - would they survive as a loveable rogue in the real world, or would they be scorned as a villain?
Title: Re: Next year - Themes for the anthology - Suggestions?
Post by: Phil Norris on October 09, 2012, 11:55:45 AM
Locke Lamora's not evil? So stealing's right? :P But I understand what you're saying. My morals are more black and white, which is why I hate the favored term 'morally ambigous.'

Evil is a big word to use! This could be a really interesting discussion to have in the main board, actually.  ;) Can a character be as "morally ambiguous" as Locke Lamora - would they survive as a loveable rogue in the real world, or would they be scorned as a villain?

Its a good point, when does a character tip from being Robin Hood to being Al Capone? Interestingly I watched a program about the Great Train Robbery last night. In it, it was said how the gang were seen by many to be heroes of sorts, comparing them with Robin Hood and his gang. But dig below the surface and most of the train robbers were lifelong criminals, some pretty brutal criminals at that, plus the robbery itself was no soft robbery with the guards given a good beating - resulting in one dying soon after, not because of his injuries but they could have been a contributing factor.


Title: Re: Next year - Themes for the anthology - Suggestions?
Post by: Jian on October 09, 2012, 12:06:16 PM
Locke Lamora's not evil? So stealing's right? :P But I understand what you're saying. My morals are more black and white, which is why I hate the favored term 'morally ambigous.'

Evil is a big word to use! This could be a really interesting discussion to have in the main board, actually.  ;) Can a character be as "morally ambiguous" as Locke Lamora - would they survive as a loveable rogue in the real world, or would they be scorned as a villain?

Its a good point, when does a character tip from being Robin Hood to being Al Capone? Interestingly I watched a program about the Great Train Robbery last night. In it, it was said how the gang were seen by many to be heroes of sorts, comparing them with Robin Hood and his gang. But dig below the surface and most of the train robbers were lifelong criminals, some pretty brutal criminals at that, plus the robbery itself was no soft robbery with the guards given a good beating - resulting in one dying soon after, not because of his injuries but they could have been a contributing factor.




They actually used that angle quite nicely in Public Enemies. Criminals such as Baby-Face Nelson were applauded by the common people at one point, even though he was reputed to have killed the most F.B.I. agents in history. John Dillinger, in particular though, specifically catered to the people's admiration.
Title: Re: Next year - Themes for the anthology - Suggestions?
Post by: Charlemagne on October 14, 2012, 01:26:58 AM
I feel like we may be onto something with the outlaw idea. There could be such a variety of stories built into that, in all kinds of worlds, with all kinds of different characters. It could be a steampunk, pirate-themed, "epic" fantasy, or really anything. And the characters could be such a wide range also: bankers or lawyers, as suggested by Lor and Jian, or thieves, bullies, thugs, assassins, falsely accused, or something more like a Western like A Red Country. I feel like I, as an author, would love all the choices provided by the Outlaw theme.
Title: Re: Next year - Themes for the anthology - Suggestions?
Post by: Jian on October 14, 2012, 06:47:55 AM
If we do go with the Outlaw theme, we have to go with this theme song:

Bon Jovi - Wanted Dead Or Alive (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRvCvsRp5ho#)

Either that or:

Firefly Theme (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7vS4z6ngQo#)

Voting begins now.  8)
Title: Re: Next year - Themes for the anthology - Suggestions?
Post by: Richard Ford on November 15, 2012, 11:58:58 AM
Perhaps this is a bit of novel idea - but one that might be quite cool: wouldn't anyone like to see an anthology which featured short stories by writers set in other writers' worlds? A Joe Abercrombie short set in Westeros? Brandon Sanderson writing a Malazan tale? Brent Weeks writing a Wheel of Time short?

Obviously there's rights issues, but all authors own the rights to their own worlds so I guess it's just a matter of gaining permission. Lots of authors are already friends too, Peter Brett and Myke Cole for instance, I'm sure they'd have no problem with playing in each other's sandpit.
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Post by: Jian on November 15, 2012, 12:08:11 PM
Sounds like a great idea.

Imagine if Sanderson wrote a short in Brent's Night Angel and Lightbringer world, and if Brent wrote a short set in Roshar or Mistborn. That'd be one helluva ride.  ;D
Title: Re: Next year - Themes for the anthology - Suggestions?
Post by: Charlemagne on November 16, 2012, 02:00:37 AM
Sounds like a great idea.

Imagine if Sanderson wrote a short in Brent's Night Angel and Lightbringer world, and if Brent wrote a short set in Roshar or Mistborn. That'd be one helluva ride.  ;D

Shut up and take my money.
Title: Re: Next year - Themes for the anthology - Suggestions?
Post by: Yuan Fran├žois on December 29, 2013, 06:38:08 PM
Love & Loss?
Title: Re: Next year - Themes for the anthology - Suggestions?
Post by: Evazorek on January 03, 2014, 08:13:15 AM
Will there be a new anthology this year?
Title: Re: Next year - Themes for the anthology - Suggestions?
Post by: Maxfield on January 06, 2014, 10:14:25 PM
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Well, as an action / dragon fanboy - I instantly thought 'Guns and Dragons' !!!!

I love this with the fire of a thousand burning suns.

hi I'm new to this site and sorry not sure if I'm too late for this as I'm just getting to grips with everything and this is the first page I came across.

I think Guns and Dragons is a very good idea, you could take that in many directions. Here's a quick idea I have for the start.

    The dragon warriors had been living in peace for over six years. They thought that they had found their sanctuary. They were hidden from the rest of the plagued lands, they thought that they were safe...they were wrong.
    By the time the dark riders had clouded the skies above the silver lake where the children played, it was already too late.
    Jaxan may have been young, but he still remembered his dad ordering him back inside the caves, instructing his mum to stay hidden.
    Abrose, Jaxan's dad was the leader of his people and the greatest dragon warrior of all time. Jaxan idolised him, and watched in empathy as his dad grabbed his twin firearms and headed down to the forest edge with the other dragon warriors, ready to mount their dragons and take to the skies.
    Jaxan wanted to follow his dad, but his mum pulled him back into the caves. That was the last time he saw his father...that was the last time anyone had seen a dragon warrior...until now.

I though it would be a good idea to follow Jaxan as he grows up, learning how to ride a dragon, gun slinging and finding allies along the way as he battles to bring down the dark evil dragon riders.

I'm not sure if that would work or if that's the kind of thing you are looking for?

kind regards

Maxfield

Title: Re: Next year - Themes for the anthology - Suggestions?
Post by: Maxfield on January 07, 2014, 10:20:31 AM
whoops think I missed out by a year lol.

Should have read the site a bit more before jumping in...but when you get an idea you just have to write. :-X
Title: Re: Next year - Themes for the anthology - Suggestions?
Post by: Overlord on January 09, 2014, 09:18:36 AM
whoops think I missed out by a year lol.

Should have read the site a bit more before jumping in...but when you get an idea you just have to write. :-X

All good! We plan to get the next anthology underway this year. The first one took us soooooo much longer than executed, but we will be more prepared this time and I think your idea sounds great fun :)
Title: Re: Next year - Themes for the anthology - Suggestions?
Post by: A.n.k.H. on February 03, 2014, 02:31:53 PM
As most of you know - this year we are putting together an anthology. It is our first ever anthology and so we are bringing together stories from across the various genre. You will have some traditional, some epic, some urban, some new-weird and even some sci-fi / fantasy crossover type tales. There will also be articles linking each short story ranging on topics from Elves through to how to write believable first person narrative. We really see this a celebration of everything that fantasy-faction loves about the genre and I think for the first year - this will be perfect.

The current line up is:
6 Short Stories by Authors
6 Fantasy Writing Contest Winners
2 Guest Stories
Faction-Tale
12 Articles by Authors and Industry Professionals

So, next year, we want to do another anthology. Having thought a lot about how we can make this anthology even better - we've decided that we are going to attach a theme to the anthology. This will allow all the content to follow a set thread and means that readers and fans of our site will have something new and exciting to look forward to each year.

So yes, in summary, next year we are looking to run a theme for the anthology. The question is: What theme do we run with?

Well, as an action / dragon fanboy - I instantly thought 'Guns and Dragons' !!!!

But that's just me. I'm interested to hear if you guys have any ideas as to themes you'd like to see? :)

I'd write and go for 'Guns and Dragons' in a heartbeat! :D Sounds frickin' awesome!
Title: Re: Next year - Themes for the anthology - Suggestions?
Post by: J.R. Darewood on July 07, 2014, 04:37:53 AM
Locke Lamora's not evil? So stealing's right? :P But I understand what you're saying. My morals are more black and white, which is why I hate the favored term 'morally ambigous.'

Evil is a big word to use! This could be a really interesting discussion to have in the main board, actually.  ;) Can a character be as "morally ambiguous" as Locke Lamora - would they survive as a loveable rogue in the real world, or would they be scorned as a villain?

Its a good point, when does a character tip from being Robin Hood to being Al Capone? Interestingly I watched a program about the Great Train Robbery last night. In it, it was said how the gang were seen by many to be heroes of sorts, comparing them with Robin Hood and his gang. But dig below the surface and most of the train robbers were lifelong criminals, some pretty brutal criminals at that, plus the robbery itself was no soft robbery with the guards given a good beating - resulting in one dying soon after, not because of his injuries but they could have been a contributing factor.




They actually used that angle quite nicely in Public Enemies. Criminals such as Baby-Face Nelson were applauded by the common people at one point, even though he was reputed to have killed the most F.B.I. agents in history. John Dillinger, in particular though, specifically catered to the people's admiration.

I like the Outlaws idea too-- and from you guys it sounds like we'd get a huge range of conceptions of what it means to be an outlaw.  Like Arry said it's general enough to get a wide range and its a rich topic that, whether your outlaw is evil, good or neither, is deliciously taboo.