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The SFnal Comforts of Being an Apocalypst

July 25, 2013 // 2 Comments

“Wild, dark times are rumbling toward us, and the prophet who wishes to write a new apocalypse will have to invent entirely new beasts, and beasts so terrible that the [...]

[The Bellowing Ogre] Where The Gaze Lingers

December 20, 2012 // 4 Comments

Last week’s column was a discussion of the best books of the past two centuries, and it got me thinking about the usefulness of such lists. Since this is my last column [...]

The Con Panel: Its Uses and Limitations

December 6, 2012 // 2 Comments

A few weeks ago I attended Darkover Grand Council Meeting, a Science Fiction/Fantasy convention held in the Baltimore area. This was the con’s 35th year and it offered [...]

Why We Need Impossible Worlds

October 25, 2012 // 2 Comments

“If you have read 6,000 books in your lifetime, or even 600, it’s probably because at some level you find “reality” a bit of a disappointment.” [...]

The Bellowing Ogre: Here Or Else

October 4, 2012 // 2 Comments

“[A]ny existential statement – a statement, for example, beginning ‘Once upon a time there was…’ – always implies a world, because it implies a universal [...]

Criticism as Fantasia and Inquiry

August 23, 2012 // 1 Comment

“Critics seem to find it necessary, at least once in a career, to write a statement defending criticism per se.” – Joanna Russ. “By its function, [criticism] [...]

The Fantasy of Kingship

August 2, 2012 // 8 Comments

“The fundamental idea underlying kingship is the separation of one human being from others. Being set apart is the very crux of the institution. The ways in which this [...]
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