Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke is being adapted by BBC!
And here is a great trailer for it! Cheers, chum!Read More
Fantasy fiction is full of wizards and sorcerers: learned masters of the recondite and obscure, dwellers in towers crammed with books and scrolls most erudite. My favorites? Tolkien’s Gandalf, of course, that Odinesque wanderer and servant of the secret fire, and Joe Abercrombie’s Bayaz, the First of the Magi and the least to suffer fools [...]Read More
Depicting magic in a believable but still mysterious way can be a chore for authors and game designers for a variety of reasons, among them that modern people simply don’t think of the world in the same way that pre-scientific era people did, and in some corners of the world still do. Without the knowledge [...]Read More
As a longtime fantasy fan, gamer and general explorer of hidden history and strange ideas, magical systems are near and dear to my heart. I love the imagination that authors put into constructing a “logical” system for something that is by its nature somewhat illogical. A great magic system can make a fantasy novel (or [...]Read More
People know Drew Karpyshyn for his science fiction novels set in the Mass Effect and Star Wars universes, but now he’s switching things up and writing fantasy. What’s Children of Fire all about? We find out in this exclusive interview.Read More
Liesel Schwarz joined us at San Diego Comic Con to discuss her novel A Conspiracy of Alchemists. We delved quite deeply into the novel’s rich background of magic and mysticism, as well as the inherent difficulties of writing about lead female character based in an era that wasn’t especially friendly to women.
I apologize sincerely for [...]
Magic is a staple of the fantasy genre, but some authors don’t take the time to flesh out how it works and what it looks like. There might be a few magic words, maybe a wave of the wand, but for the most part, there’s little distinguishing the depiction of magical workings from one author to the next. Why should any writer settle for that when magic – “real” magic – has a rich history stretching back to the dawn of humankind?Read More
Fans of Harry Connolly’s novels have always wondered how Ray Lilly first met the deadly Annalise Powliss, Ray’s “boss” in the Twenty Palace Society….Read More
Jonesing for a purely fun read that also includes magic and a mystery? Meet Ben Aaronovitch.Read More