Tag: fantasy

"Grow up, SF people!" says Richard Morgan

SF writer Richard Morgan has a terrific post about the curious need within the SF&F community to denigrate those within the community who write or read stuff that we, ourselves, might not choose to write or read. Me, I’m pretty eclectic in my SF&F tastes, as both a writer and a reader, so I’m with …

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Spirit Singer available for Kindle

My YA fantasy novel Spirit Singer (Awe-Struck), winner of the Regina Book Award for best book by a Regina author at the 2002 Saskatchewan Book Awards, and also winner of a 2002 Dream Realm Award (young adult category) for excellence in e-publishedscience fiction, fantasy and horror and winner of the 2002 EPPIE Award for best …

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Aurora Award finalists announced

The finalists for this years Aurora Awards, Canada’s national awards for science fiction and fantasy, have been announced: Best Long-Form Work in EnglishMeilleur livre en anglais Regeneration : Species Imperative 3, Julie E. Czerneda (DAW Books)Children of Chaos, Dave Duncan (Tor Books)Smoke and Ashes, Tanya Huff (DAW Books)Sun of Suns : Book One of Virga, …

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Prydain: The Website

Yesterday I posted about the death of Lloyd Alexander, author of the Chronicles of Prydain, one of my favorite all-time young adult fantasy series. Today I discovered this gorgeous website about Prydain. (Via Kids Lit.)

Lloyd Alexander dies

Lloyd Alexander has died. From SF Scope: Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on 30 January 1924, he was a children’s fantasy author for half a century (though he did also write several adult novels). He won the 1970 Newbery Award, and was a National Book Award Finalist, for The High King. His books include three well-known …

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Fantasy interruptus

I spent the last week or so writing three “audition” chapters for a book packager looking for an author for a new kids’ fantasy series. They provided a detailed outline, I provided the words. It was a lot of fun, actually, and I really got into it…so much so that, now that my three chapters …

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…but with monsters! Seriously, Monstropedia looks like it could be a useful source of information, inspiration and procrastination for fantasy writers. It’s a wiki, though, so reader beware when it comes to accuracy. (Via Books, Words, and Writing.)

"Is the universe expanding or contracting?"

The science fiction universe, that is: Publisher’s Weekly has a cover story on the state of SF and fantasy publishing. My publisher, DAW, gets a mention although, alas, my book is not the “hot title” from them that gets mentioned.

A "new" book by J.R.R. Tolkien due out this year

It’s The Children of Húrin, begun 89 years ago, left unfinished (like so much else) when Tolkien died in 1971, and now painstakingly recreated from Tolkien’s manuscripts and notes by his son, Christopher. This story from The Independent, though, has a terrible title: “Tolkien Jr. completes Lord of the Rings.” The Children of Húrin takes …

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Replacing the u-word with the z-word

YA fantasy author Justine Larbalestier does not like unicorns. Just today she posted: What is it with you people? I tell you what an abomination in the sight of the Lord unicorns are and how much I love love love zombies and what do you do? You send me an endless stream of unicorn-related stuff. …

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The Chronicles of Narnia vs. His Dark Materials

Philip Pullman explictly says his fantasy trilogy (I seem to remember reading somewhere that he doesn’t like it to be called “fantasy,” but fantasy it is, however he feels about it) is an atheistic answer to Lewis’s allegorical and Christian Narnia series. I enjoyed His Dark Materials for the most part, but I think Catherine …

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What’s real, and what’s pretend?

My five-year-old daughter just received her first visit from the Tooth Fairy. Soon, of course, she’ll be visited by Santa Claus. Being the scientifically minded parent that I am, I’m always providing my daughter with information about things like why it’s dark now when she gets up in the morning when it used to be …

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