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‘Republic of Thieves’ Author Scott Lynch on Favorite Fantasy Magic Systems


‘Republic of Thieves’ Author Scott Lynch on Favorite Fantasy Magic Systems

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 [...]

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SF & Fantasy

‘Children of Fire’ Author Drew Karpyshyn on Writing Fantasy Fiction


‘Children of Fire’ Author Drew Karpyshyn on Writing Fantasy Fiction

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.

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SF & Fantasy

Liesel Schwarz on Steampunk, Magic and ‘A Conspiracy of Alchemists’


Liesel Schwarz on Steampunk, Magic and ‘A Conspiracy of Alchemists’

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 [...]

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Making Magic Magical


Hand of GloryMagic 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?

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Paranormal

When Ray met Annalise–the opposite of a love story, by Harry Connolly


When Ray met Annalise–the opposite of a love story, by Harry Connolly

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….

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SF & Fantasy

The magic of a good manuscript title


The magic of a good manuscript title

An excellent title on your manuscript submission can work magic. Find out how…

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Paranormal

Introducing Del Rey author Ben Aaronovitch–and his sense of humor


Jonesing for a purely fun read that also includes magic and a mystery? Meet Ben Aaronovitch.

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SF & Fantasy

Del Rey Spectra’s 50 Page Fridays: Galen Beckett


Del Rey Spectra’s 50 Page Fridays: Galen Beckett

This week’s excerpt comes from The Magicians and Mrs. Quent, by author Galen Beckett.

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SF & Fantasy

A Magical First Look At The Sorcerer’s Apprentice


This week I was so lucky as to score a chance to see the upcoming film The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, and to be able to attend the press junket the following day.
As a obsessed devoted Disney fan, I was curious to see how anyone could make a movie inspired by the famous animated segment that was [...]

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