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The Event of Fantastika

“[R]eading is as much a strategic enterprise as the work itself. To read, then,  is to engage in one set of strategies in order to decipher another set.” – [...]

April 4, 2013 // 2 Comments

BOOK REVIEW: Son of Destruction by Kit Reed

BRIEF SYNOPSIS: Dan Carteret is determined to solve the mystery of his father’s identity. But he discovers a lot more than that when his pursuit takes him to his [...]

February 12, 2013 // 0 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

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