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Oz Reimagined: Summer SciFi Deal: Last Day

  • Aug. 9th, 2014 at 4:54 PM

Today is the last day of the Summer SciFi Deal for the Oz Reimagined anthology--just $1.99 for your Kindle.  Take advantage of it while you still can!

Realms of Fantasy: April 2011

  • Jul. 20th, 2014 at 8:28 PM

RoF--April Cover

Part ninety-nine in my comprehensive retrospective as I read the fiction in Realms of Fantasy and offer my thoughts, right up to the final issue.  This time around I’ll be discussing the April 2011 issue.

The cover to this one is by Brom, which marks his fourth illustration in the magazine.  This was a previously unpublished piece that we included as part of the Artists Gallery (as a two-page spread that you could remove as a mini-poster if you were so inclined—credit the poster idea to our publisher/graphic designer, Kim Richards Gilchrist) that I also ended up selecting for our cover.  It ended up winning the Silver Award in the Editorial Section for Spectrum 18: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art.  As you might imagine, this was a huge thrill for me.
The cover also notes this is a “Special Dark Fantasy Issue.”  This marks the magazine’s first themed issue.  We had plans for a Halloween issue back with Sovereign Media, but the magazine was canceled before this could take place and it was agreed by everyone that trying to make this issue happen while also transitioning a new publisher would be too much of a hassle, so we tabled this idea indefinitely (although the dark fantasy issue would probably have quite a bit in common with the Halloween issue).  Then under Tir Na Nog Press we once again had plans for a themed issue, this time a Woman in Fantasy issue.  But once again the magazine was canceled before this issue could take place, and we tabled this idea under the new publishers for the exact same reason …along with the fact that the dark fantasy issue had already been announced. 

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Geek's Guide to the Galaxy: Game of Thrones

  • Jul. 12th, 2014 at 12:40 PM

Geek's Guide to the Galaxy roped me back in for another guest geek panel, my seventh on the show.  This time around we're discssuing season four of Game of Thrones, along with related tidbits.  You can listen to the podcast here.  It takes place after the Ty Franck interview.    

Oz Reimagined: Summer SciFi Deal

  • Jul. 10th, 2014 at 8:55 PM

Oz Reimagined has been selected as part of Summer SciFi Deal.  From July 10th through August 9th, you can purchase the Kindle edition of the book for just $1.99.  If you'd like a refresher regarding the table of contents, you can find that here.    

Realms of Fantasy: February 2011 (Issue 98)

  • Jun. 24th, 2014 at 12:43 AM

Part ninety-eight in my comprehensive retrospective as I read the fiction in Realms of Fantasy and offer my thoughts, right up to the final issue.  This issue marks the first one under new publisher Damnation Books, and while it represented a new chapter in Realms of Fantasy’s history, it proved to be a brief run, as Realms of Fantasy would last just another five issues total under its new publishers.  However, during these five final issues we accomplished quite a bit with the magazine, and looking back I couldn’t be happier that we extended our run just a tad longer.

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Mind Meld: Marvel, DC, and Star Wars

  • Jun. 18th, 2014 at 2:02 PM

I was invited to take part in this week's Mind Meld, which now makes me a repeat offender over there.  The topic?  Is the proliferation of Marvel, DC, and Star Wars movies and TV programming a good thing?  You can read my thoughts and those of the other panelists here


I wanted to make it a point to this get this post up ASAP, because on June 17th a new Ice and Fire story is being published in the Rogues anthology, and I want to be able to read it without this blog entry looming over me.  So let's jump right in since this promises to be a massive write-up (you were warned).  As always, don't read this until you're all caught on the books and the show.

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Ah, episode nine.  As just about everyone knows by now, you tune into episode nine of Game of Thrones to see the excrement hit the fan.  Season one gave us the beheading of Ned Stark.  Season two gave us the siege of King's Landing.  Season three delivered the Red Wedding.  And this year we got the Brawl at the Wall.  Of course, the shock value at the end of episode eight with the death of Oberyn was worthy of an episode nine for those who didn't know what happens in the books, which I imagine only increased the anticipation of the much ballyhooed episode nine.

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Oh, episode eight.  I've been waiting for you for four seasons.  Yes, I was waiting for other classic moments such Ned Stark's beheading and the Red Wedding, but in some ways I was anticipating this episode even more.  As far as fantasy battles go in secondary worlds, the Red Viper vs. the Mountain is probably the greatest example of single combat I've ever read. Please note that I wrote "single combat," i.e. one on one.  As I said to a Facebook friend, when we start comparing a battle like this against classic fantasy war scenes (examples: the siege of King's Landing, the siege of Helm's Deep, the siege of Dros Delnoch, etc.) it becomes a matter of apples and oranges.  So I was extremely curious to see how they would bring this scene to life.  So with this said, let's dive in.  As always, the usual spoiler warnings for the books and the show apply.

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So there is a lot to cover with this week's episode, and as always be read up on all the books and be up to date on the HBO series before reading this, unless you don't mind spoilers.  Before I get into episode seven though, there were actually a few tidbits I forgot to bring up with episode six.  So let's get that out of the way to start.

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