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Entries from Sep 2007

Laurie J. Marks: Fire Logic

27 Sep 2007 · 1 Comment

A curmudgeonly speculative-fiction fan I used to know had rules for avoiding crap books that went more or less like this:

Nothing with swords or dragons in the title or the cover
Nothing with a map of imaginary places at the front

There are many counter-examples to prove the rules, and even more bad books not filtered by [...]

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Tags: f-title · fantasy · m-author

Martin H. Greenberg and John Helfers (eds); Slipstreams

14 Sep 2007 · 11 Comments

Pretty much ever since the genres science fiction, fantasy, and horror have existed as distinct marketing categories, there have been periodic movements seeking to un-define them as such. In the 60’s there was “The New Wave.” In the 80’s some bruited about the awkward, demi-hemispherist phrase “North American magical realism.” And more recently, an unruly [...]

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Tags: fantasy · g-author · h-author · historical · mystery · s-title · science fiction