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J.R.R. Tolkien. Jack Vance. Women In F&SF. 5 Amazing Standalone Epic Fantasies — The B&N Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog. 7 Fantasy Series to Read If You Love Game of Thrones. If you’re like most Game of Thrones fans, you’re getting impatient waiting for April 12, when Season 5 of the TV version of George R.

7 Fantasy Series to Read If You Love Game of Thrones

R. Martin’s A Song of Fire and Ice series gets started. Fortunately there’s a lot of other newly written fantasy fiction to gorge yourself with while you wait. The 19 Best Post-Apocalyptic Novels Ever Written - For Reading Addicts. The 51 Best Fantasy Series Ever Written. 60 Influential Figures in Fantasy, Index. Well this ended up a lot bigger than I originally intended… This is a project to put together, largely off the top of my head and with little revision, a list of fifty authors with the greatest influence on the Fantasy genre.

60 Influential Figures in Fantasy, Index

There ended up being rather more than 50. Here is the initial setting-out of my intentions, some definitions, some caveats, and so forth. Then the authors, in batches (not entirely chronologically):Romantic, Gothic and Oriental (early foundational influences)The Macabre (the 19th century tradition of horror/dark fantasy/mystery)Other Worlds (four writers late in the century who took fiction to new places)Pulp Fiction (etc.) Lord Foul’s Bane, by Stephen R. Donaldson. I have a feeling that Lord Foul’s Bane may come as a surprise to many readers.

Lord Foul’s Bane, by Stephen R. Donaldson

It’s on the ‘fantasy’ shelf, and fantastical things do occur, but this isn’t meant to be how fantasy works. At least, not these days. Blog – castaliahouse.com. If one is to discuss combat in RPGs, one might as well start with the medieval fantasy genre that still dominates the industry.

Blog – castaliahouse.com

For many games, hand-to-hand (or hand-to-tentacle, hand-to-claw, hand-to-mouth . . . ) combat is a central point of the game, hearkening back to the origin of fantasy RPGs in wargaming. This column will look at several classic weapons that might be brought to bear on foes. Cool Maps of Fictional Literary Places - Book Recommendations and Reviews. I love maps.

Cool Maps of Fictional Literary Places - Book Recommendations and Reviews

Do you love maps? Cause I lurrrrrrve maps. And when someone brings books and maps together, I basically have palpitations of joy. Now, I can’t read a street map to save my life, but I can pore over maps of cities, countries, and continents for hours. The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction. We Need to Talk About Conan. It's time to stop making excuses for Robert E.

We Need to Talk About Conan

Howard's trashy writing and overt hatred. This article is, to an extent, old news. There has been a ridiculous amount of ink spilled on the subject of Conan ever since Robert E. Howard began writing about the guy. Ursula K. Le Guin reads from "The Wizard of Earthsea" How To Read Terry Pratchett's Discworld Series, In One Handy Chart. The Essential Cyberpunk Reading List.

Samuel Delany and the Past and Future of Science Fiction. In 1968, Samuel Delany attended the third annual Nebula Awards, presented by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA).

Samuel Delany and the Past and Future of Science Fiction

At the ceremony that night, “an eminent member of the SFWA,” as Delany later put it, gave a speech about changes in science fiction, a supposed shift away from old-fashioned storytelling to “pretentious literary nonsense,” or something along those lines. At the previous Nebula Awards, the year before, Delany had won best novel for “Babel-17,” in which an invented language has the power to destroy (his book shared the award with Daniel Keyes’s “Flowers for Algernon”), and earlier on that evening in 1968, Delany had again won best novel, for “The Einstein Intersection,” which tells of an abandoned Earth colonized by aliens, who elevate the popular culture of their new planet into divine myths.

On the Taxonomy of Spaceships. Age of Robots: How Marvel Is Killing the Popcorn Movie. There’s an alternate interpretation for that Hulk-slams-Loki scene in the first Avengers.

Age of Robots: How Marvel Is Killing the Popcorn Movie

I try, very hard, to believe it’s not the correct one. 8 Fantasy Novels Every Writer Should Read: Guest Post by Kameron Hurley - Books Without Any PicturesBooks Without Any Pictures. This guest post is written by Kameron Hurley, author of The Mirror Empire and its newly released sequel Empire Ascendant.

8 Fantasy Novels Every Writer Should Read: Guest Post by Kameron Hurley - Books Without Any PicturesBooks Without Any Pictures

10 of the best science fiction and fantasy short stories ever. For the first time ever, the renowned Best American series of anthologies has published a collection of the country's best science fiction and fantasy stories.

10 of the best science fiction and fantasy short stories ever

Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy is a terrific book, filled with 20 stories that filter very basic questions about humanity — how do men and women relate to each other? How are we being changed by our technology? What is the relationship between oppressor and oppressed? — through the filters of other genres and even other worlds. Mariner Books. The Redshirt Phenomenon: An Infographic on Mako.