In combining murder mystery with fantasy, my main goal, the challenge I put before myself, was to use the mystery as the engine of the plot, and to use that engine to explore the world of Maradaine, with its magic and complex society. [Read more…]
In popular culture, PTSD is usually associated with military veterans: sad, distant men who’ve come back from unspeakable horror overseas, who dream of gunfire, jump at loud noises, stare at nothing, and suddenly “snap” and shoot up public places for no apparent reason. These characters are usually an object of both pity and fear. Their mental problems are all-encompassing and incurable.
This picture is not accurate. [Read more…]
Realistic “kitchen sink” fantasy is great and can be quite moving. I wouldn’t ever want it to go away. But at the same time, fantasy is possibly the best-positioned genre to bring out that old tragic catharsis that we all need now and then. To show the truth of those heightened moments of emotion that seem to transcend everything. [Read more…]
Should we give up our love for the Olympians when we grow up? Many people hear that The Immortals is about Greek gods in the modern day and assume it must be written for young adults. I would argue that if mythology underlay the achievements of Golden Age Athens, we shouldn’t dismiss it so lightly. Besides, any story that has survived for over three thousand years must be pretty darn good. [Read more…]
As technology continues its advance, and we continue to integrate it into our every day lives, it’s critical that we also think about the far-reaching implications of the direction we’re headed. Science fiction has long provided a valuable test bed for meaningful thought experiments, and has a rich history of being inspirational as well as cautionary. The genre has been a long-running conversation, and it’s one I hope to be able contribute to meaningfully. [Read more…]
Other writers often ask what it’s like creating fiction for a shared world. The process DOES have some challenges, but then in some ways they aren’t too different from those I’d faced when I wrote historical fantasy novels. You have to know about the place you’re going to write about if someone else has already been running around there, whether it be ancient Arabia or an imaginary world. [Read more…]
For the most part the books tried to close some of the plot holes left by prequel trilogy. Some of these worked out better than others, but it was nice to see. I will also be curious to see how many of the changes that took place in these books become changes and carry over to the new trilogy. If the books were intended to get people interested in seeing the movies again, they succeeded. But for the most part the original novelizations and the movies themselves are better. [Read more…]
I realized that while it’s once again time to make a stand, I don’t actually have to defend anything.
The mere fact that these men are making women around the globe feel that we have to defend our right to write in whatever genres we want is the real crime. And it’s both ironic and insulting. [Read more…]