Classic Covers: Brian Aldiss
Aug12

Classic Covers: Brian Aldiss

While best-loved by sci-fi fans for his tales of generational starships (Non-Stop) and far-future earths (Hothouse), English author and Science Fiction Grand Master Brian Aldiss was a prolific and daring writer who ranged up and down the spectrum of speculative fiction incorporating everything from straight pulp adventure to sharp satire, classic tropes of time-travel, space opera, and post-apocalyptic survival, to wild forays into...

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The Skull Makes Friends at Gen Con
Aug09

The Skull Makes Friends at Gen Con

Attention Mortals! Intern #761 is pleased to report that the Magician’s Skull was recently seen at Gen Con! The Skull visited Indianapolis as an ambassador of swords and sorcery. In a tender moment, the Skull made a new friend, and between the two of them, they now have two eyes! They have since decided to road-trip across America in search of more sorcery and swords. Intern #761 took some photos which we will now show you. As is...

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Classic Covers: David Gemmell
Aug02

Classic Covers: David Gemmell

David Gemmell’s 1984 debut novel Legend told the blood-and-thunder story of an aging warrior’s heroic defense against all odds and the inspiring example of his leadership and self-sacrifice — it also catapulted Gemmell onto the bestseller lists for the next two decades and brought him an international renown outside of his native UK. With over a million copies sold across his more than thirty novels, Gemmell’s...

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In The Land of Dreams: Lord Dunsany’s At the Edge of the World
Jul29

In The Land of Dreams: Lord Dunsany’s At the Edge of the World

In The Land of Dreams: Lord Dunsany’s At the Edge of the World by Fletcher Vredenburgh I didn’t read any of Dunsany’s stories until long after I had encountered several of his direct literary descendants. I discovered H.P. Lovecraft on the Stapleton Library shelves, Clark Ashton Smith on the foxed pages of old anthologies, and Jack Vance in dad’s boxes of books in the attic. I didn’t know their style had...

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Ballantine Adult Fantasy: William Hope Hodgson
Jul26

Ballantine Adult Fantasy: William Hope Hodgson

William Hope Hodgson, godfather to cosmic horror and ghost detectives alike, had two books reprinted in the Ballantine Adult Fantasy line, The Boats of the Glen Carrig and The Night Land. The Night Land was published in two volumes because of its length — more controversially it received heavy editing from series editor Lin Carter to render Hodgson’s deliberately difficult prose more accessible. Both covers from Robert...

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Adventures in Fiction: Lord Dunsany
Jul24

Adventures in Fiction: Lord Dunsany

Appendix N Birthday: Lord Dunsany (also known as Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett, 18th Baron of Dunsany) by Michael Curtis Our Adventures in Fiction series is meant to take a look at the writers and creators behind the genre(s) that helped to forge not only our favorite hobby but our lives. We invite you to explore the entirety of the series on our Adventures In Fiction home page. Today is the birthday of Lord...

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