40 Years of The Perfect Organism: Does Alien Hold Up?
 

Does Alien Hold Up?

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As I Learn: Or Why I Stopped Calling Myself A Pantser
 

Why I Stopped Calling Myself A Pantser

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Monarchies of Mau – Role-playing Core Rulebook Review
 

Monarchies of Mau

Role-playing Core Rulebook Review

 

Browsing all articles tagged with religion.

Hell: An Exploration

Hell: An Exploration 

The nature of the afterlife has fascinated and terrified humanity for tens of thousands of years. What, if anything, waits for us after death? Is there more than one place to go? And what happens if you end up in the wrong place? Mythology tells us that there are many destinations for the wicked or […]

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Under the Pendulum Sun by Jeannette Ng

Under the Pendulum Sun by Jeannette Ng
4.5

“So desperate are you to speak to us that you see us everywhere. You look across your borders, your walls, and instead of your neighbours, you see us. As your ships sail further and countries and continents discover each other, you see not each other. You see us. You want to see us.” Jeannette Ng’s […]

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Author’s Debrief: The Godserfs Series – Guest Blog by N. S. Dolkart

Author’s Debrief: The Godserfs Series – Guest Blog by N. S. Dolkart 

N. S. Dolkart’s journey from debut author to finisher-of-first-series is finally nigh, as this month he published the last in the Gemmell Award-nominated Godserfs series, an epic fantasy series with Jewish theology at its heart, reminiscent of the work of C. S. Lewis. Here, Dolkart reflects on his experiences from publication of the first book […]

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Monthly Short Story Winner: Story Generator

Monthly Short Story Winner: Story Generator 

This month’s theme has many fathers and mothers. Lady_Ty who posted the Shakespeare Adaptation Generator in the Ideas Topic on the Fantasy-Faction forum, Raptori who modified it (we kept some of their choices!), ClintACK who provided the online dice roller we used, and last but not least ScarletBea and yours truly who put it together. […]

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Under the Pendulum Sun by Jeannette Ng – Cover Reveal

Under the Pendulum Sun by Jeannette Ng – Cover Reveal 

Fantasy-Faction is excited to host the cover reveal for Jeannette Ng’s Under the Pendulum Sun! Due out in October 2017 from our friends at Angry Robot, Under the Pendulum Sun is a creepy, dark gothic fantasy in which missionaries visit fairyland to spread the word of the Lord. What they don’t bank on however, is […]

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A Gathering of Ravens by Scott Oden

A Gathering of Ravens by Scott Oden
4.5

A Gathering of Ravens was my introduction to Scott Oden’s work, and after completing the mytho-historical story, I am now scouring his backlist for another appealing tale. The story is imposing and dark, deftly woven by Oden to mix legend and history, telling of the last Orc and his quest for revenge. If you like […]

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Theology in The Godserfs Series – Guest Blog by N. S. Dolkart

Theology in The Godserfs Series – Guest Blog by N. S. Dolkart 

You may remember that a few days ago we revealed this awesome cover for the latest novel in the Godserfs series? Well, the author of Godserfs, N. S. Dolkart, has stopped by to talk a little theology with us as a means to open our eyes up to the kind of exploration that awaits you […]

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Holidays In Fantasy Fiction

Holidays In Fantasy Fiction 

With the arrival of the Christmas season I’ve been thinking about the effects of holidays on our lives. The influence of Christmas is incredibly far reaching; I doubt most people can make it through the day without seeing some sign of the festivities or feeling its impact. Holidays are an important part of our lives; […]

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Worldbuilding: Using The Creation Story To Help Design A Belief System

Worldbuilding: Using The Creation Story To Help Design A Belief System 

Is a faith system vital to any fantasy story? Definitely. Even in a fictional setting, people need a raison d’être and comforting explanations for the mysteries of life. Religion is an excellent way to enrich a world. It provides it with clerics, shamans, priestesses, temples, oracles and prophesies. Religion is one of five main components […]

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Monthly Short Story Winner: Religion

Monthly Short Story Winner: Religion 

December. The darkest month with the longest night of the year. Harsh and cold days and mankind struggling in winter’s iron grip. Separated through walls of snow from others, one feels tiny and alone. What better time to remember that there are gods looking out for you? Gods, who may help you through these hard […]

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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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Worldbuilding A Religion – Part Two: How Religion Shapes Culture

Worldbuilding A Religion – Part Two: How Religion Shapes Culture 

In Worldbuilding A Religion – Part One, we went over the basic differences between religions and cults, and some of the ways they can enrich your worlds and stories. Cults do not affect culture and society in quite the same way because they often rely on the isolation of their followers, and obviously if you’re […]

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