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Fantastical Biology – Part Five: Fantasy Creatures in Flight

Fantastical Biology – Part Five: Fantasy Creatures in Flight 

A dragon soars through the clouds; a fairy flutters through the woods; a gargoyle flexes its stone wings—flying creatures are a staple of fantasy literature. There are the traditional ones above, or whatever creature the author wants to slap a pair of wings onto. With fantasy’s focus on wonder and magic, it’s not strange that […]

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Fantastical Biology – Part Four: Deep Ocean

Fantastical Biology – Part Four: Deep Ocean 

The ocean covers 70% of the Earth’s surface, and yet humans have explored less than 5% of them. No wonder the deepest parts of the ocean have inspired and played a part in so many speculative fiction stories, like Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, or China Miéville’s The Scar. Dolphins, seals and manatees are […]

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Art Imitates Life, Life Imitates Art: Where will SFF Go Next?

Art Imitates Life, Life Imitates Art: Where will SFF Go Next? 

Genre has a strong history of leading to invention in the real world. From Star Trek’s influence in a whole myriad of ways, to Iron Man’s suit (Yes, this is really happening!). Science fiction and fantasy also do a great job of incorporating and playing with the tech and science of our day. They make […]

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Fantastical Biology – Part Three: Prey

Fantastical Biology – Part Three: Prey 

Some of the most popular fantasy creatures are predators, and the last fantastical biology article focused on them and the strategies they use to catch their prey. Today we’ll move from the hunter to the hunted, which in fantasy novels is often the human protagonist. Much of this article will focus on how real animals […]

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Fantastical Biology – Part Two: Predators

Fantastical Biology – Part Two: Predators 

There are lots of friendly fantasy creatures to write about, but sometimes you want something dangerous, with sharp claws and sharper teeth. Real animals can provide inspiration for writing believable and scary fantasy predators, and give insight into how some popular fantastical predators work. As discussed in the previous Fantastical Biology article, using biology to […]

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Fantastical Biology – Part One: Fantasy Creatures and Their Habitats

Fantastical Biology – Part One: Fantasy Creatures and Their Habitats 

Fantasy novels often include magical creatures. Peruse the fantasy section of your favorite bookstore and you’ll see plenty of dragons, vampires and other impossible things on the front covers. Dragons can fly because they’re magic, and this is enough for many fantasy stories. But what if you want to create a fantastical creature that’s a […]

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The Battle of Science and Magic – Part Two: Nostalgia and the New

The Battle of Science and Magic – Part Two: Nostalgia and the New 

In the previous article we looked at the idea that science destroys magic through encouraging disbelief, and how this has influenced fantasy stories involving magic, folklore and fairies. The first article also explored the idea that modern technology is somehow harmful to magic and magical creatures, and examined how interpretations of this in fantasy can […]

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The Battle of Science and Magic – Part One: Particles and Pixie Dust

The Battle of Science and Magic – Part One: Particles and Pixie Dust 

For a long time we have separated magic and science, drawing a line between fantasy and science fiction, associating magic with the past – usually a pre-industrial society – and seeing certain man-made inventions as the bane of magic, portraying science as the destroyer of dreams. This position is understandable. If magic represents the unknown, […]

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