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The SFnal Comforts of Being an Apocalypst

“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 [...]

July 25, 2013 // 2 Comments

[The Bellowing Ogre] Where The Gaze Lingers

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 [...]

December 20, 2012 // 4 Comments

The Con Panel: Its Uses and Limitations

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 [...]

December 6, 2012 // 2 Comments

Why We Need Impossible Worlds

“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.” [...]

October 25, 2012 // 2 Comments

The Bellowing Ogre: Here Or Else

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

October 4, 2012 // 2 Comments

Criticism as Fantasia and Inquiry

“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] [...]

August 23, 2012 // 1 Comment

The Fantasy of Kingship

“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 [...]

August 2, 2012 // 8 Comments

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