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Fantasy Island

Marcia Liss | Posted 07.30.2014 | Comedy
Marcia Liss

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Fantasy Island

Marcia Liss | Posted 07.27.2014 | Comedy
Marcia Liss

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Politics Belong in Science Fiction

Foz Meadows | Posted 07.01.2014 | Home
Foz Meadows

Science fiction both is, and always has been, a political genre. Of necessity, the politics of science fiction are reflective of the political climate in which it's written -- why else do we speculate about the future, but that we're concerned with the present?

The Jinn Trend: Author Heather Demetrios Weighs In

Valerie Tejeda | Posted 06.23.2014 | Home
Valerie Tejeda

Heather was kind enough to offer her expert opinion on the trend and why we should expect to see more magic lamps in the future.

"You're Edgy and Irritable" My Wife Says

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 05.24.2014 | Home
Mark Rubinstein

My characters and their dynamisms derive from some hidden (or maybe not-so-well buried) place within me. I cannot "leave them behind" at the office.

Chewbacchus Mardi Gras Parade Awesomeness!

Kenny Klein | Posted 04.27.2014 | Entertainment
Kenny Klein

Because I have a girfriend who is a krewe co-captain, and several geek friends who are captains, parade mistresses and ChewbacchanAliens, I have the privilege of being involved in watching various aspects of planning and executing this awesome parade.

Mardi Gras: The Chewbacchus Parade and Midori Tajiri-Byrd, Krewe Of P. U. E. W. C.

Kenny Klein | Posted 04.21.2014 | Entertainment
Kenny Klein

Midori is captain of the Mystic Krewe Of P. U. E. W. C. (People for the Inclusion of Unicorns, Elves, and Winebots in Chewbacchus), a sub-krewe of the Chewbacchus parade made up of, you guessed it, unicorns, elves and winebots. Here are some things Midori and I discussed.

12 YA Fantasy Book Finales You Need to Read This Year

Lisa Parkin | Posted 04.20.2014 | Home
Lisa Parkin

The young adult genre has a chronic problem: creating sequels. Keeping track of all the sequels and when they will be published feels like a full-time job. So, I did some of the tough work for you and sorted through my most-anticipated YA fantasy end-of-series releases for the year.

Comic Con, New Orleans Style!

Kenny Klein | Posted 04.14.2014 | Entertainment
Kenny Klein

Being a geek, I love a Sci-Fi/Fantasy convention. Thousands of people with whom I have much in common (I refer to it, at least in my head, as being am...

Mythic Darkness: Elementari Rising by Nancy Hightower

Ilana Teitelbaum | Posted 03.07.2014 | Home
Ilana Teitelbaum

More than anything else, Elementari Rising might be about the inevitable loss of innocence, the unsustainability of normal life in the face of natural disaster. Perhaps for that reason the protagonist is young, and the threatened Terakhein are children.

Imaginary Memoirs

Donna Minkowitz | Posted 02.22.2014 | Home
Donna Minkowitz

I determined that my own story, with its emotionally and sexually abusive mother, and physically abusive, but bullied and mentally ill father, would be easier for readers to connect with if I wrapped it in a fairy tale.

Sequel Sees Author Open Up

Savas Abadsidis | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Savas Abadsidis

I had two different screen names -- one for the regular rooms, and one for the gay chat rooms. Even with the anonymity of a screen name, I didn't want my straight "cyberfriends" to see me in gay rooms.

The Top 5 Most Preposterous Scenes in The Desolation of Smaug

Seth Abramson | Posted 02.13.2014 | Entertainment
Seth Abramson

The Desolation of Smaug is filled with significantly more visual hyperbole than its predecessor, indeed some moments so preposterous in their construction and so outrageous in their deviation from Tolkien's text that they resoundingly deserve a listicle of the sort provided here.

Catching Fire's Katniss Everdeen Is Our Fantasy Vessel

Troy Campbell | Posted 01.25.2014 | Entertainment
Troy Campbell

Ever since Star Wars, we've increasingly gone more and more towards movies that convince us that we are secretly more powerful and more interesting than the world lets on. We can not get enough of that story!

From Corporate To Kauai: Redefining Success In Three Easy Steps

Gayle Hilgendorff | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Gayle Hilgendorff

While I had hoped for more happy inquisitive reaction, I mostly got a full dose of, "But you had it all, Gayle!" "Are you crazy?" and "How will you survive?" My favorite was, "But you were so successful!" Yes, I was, but I was now on my way to being even more successful.

Fables May Fail to Help Children

Art Markman, Ph.D. | Posted 11.06.2013 | Parents
Art Markman, Ph.D.

There are lots of goals for telling stories to children, but there is often at least some attempt to teach kids something about life. When we hope to educate, does it matter whether the stories are about the real world or about fantasy?

Watching Harry Potter Enhances Creativity

Matthew Hutson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Matthew Hutson

Creativity is also about breaking constraints. Even if your idea doesn't cross the borders of the possible, it's at least crossing the borders of the typical. And so you might wonder whether a mental visit to a magical place would free your mind to think more creatively.

What Would William Shatner Do?

Dori Hartley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Comedy
Dori Hartley

Wherever I go, whether it's a trip around the world or to the local supermarket to pick up Frosted Flakes, I live in a fantasy world that revolves around the idea that I am Neo from The Matrix -- regardless of how much of a mom I look like in real life.

The Excellent Unreal: Lauren Levato Coyne and Rory Coyne at Century Guild Chicago

Daniel Maidman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Daniel Maidman

I have an enormous soft spot for the work of Levato Coyne and Rory Coyne. Where I'm coming from on this is as follows: as a child, I was what you might call imaginative. Among the consequences of this were a taste for science fiction and an interest in dreams.

Once More in Defense of Fantasy: A Response to Joanna Trollope

Foz Meadows | Posted 12.10.2013 | Home
Foz Meadows

Just when I think the literary establishment can become no more obliviously dismissive of SFF as a genre, along comes Joanna Trollope to complain that fantasy novels, while "a lovely escape," fail to provide a strong enough sense of moral guidance for children.

Dealing With a Horrible Fantasy Football Team

Jordan Hart | Posted 01.23.2014 | Comedy
Jordan Hart

This was going to be the year. You read countless blogs. You bought $200 worth of strategy guides. You watched NFL network for two hours each night before bed. And what did all of that get you? An embarrassing 1-4 record.

Google vs. Death? Really?

Pete Shanks | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Pete Shanks

Sure, tech wizards think they can do anything, or that's how it often seems. But they are not alone in that delusion.

The Vulgarity of Our Times

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 11.26.2013 | Home
Mark Rubinstein

To me, the vulgarity in the novel was not its language. What truly makes me cringe -- the most vulgar and obscene things in life -- are humanity's ubiquitous displays of unrelenting greed, hatred, intolerance, and the unquenchable need of people to make war.

Coraline, by Neil Gaiman: The First Decade

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 11.09.2013 | Home
Anne Margaret Daniel

A generation of children has now grown up with, and cherishes, this story of an intrepid, likeable little girl named Coraline Jones, at the end of her summer school holidays in East Sussex, not so long ago.

Mind Movies

Andrea Wachter | Posted 10.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Andrea Wachter

Walking around lost in our minds is like mistaking a movie for reality. And whether our "mind movie" is an exciting fantasy or a dreaded horror story, it is not actually real.