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Crossing the sea of dreams

This is a followup to my post on Getting Around. After a great deal of rewriting I think I have a mechanism for getting from the Midworld to Nightmare that is both vivid and clear, while being different than most … Continue reading

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Getting Around

Recently I listened to Roger Zelazny’s Chronicles Of Amber series yet again.  It’s one of my favorite SFF works (and I consider it both Science Fiction and Fantasy).  There are a lot of reasons why, but mostly the characters.  I … Continue reading

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What do your dreams do when you are awake?

Chewing over that question is what has got me stuck on Bad Dreams & Broken Hearts at the moment. You see, I am working from the premise that what humans dream is actually an objective reality and that when humans … Continue reading

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Waiter, there’s a grobginthnik in my x’nibblierk!

Without warning the captured gnomish thief reached into his cloak and removed a g’tharknik– [Hang on, wait–what’s a “g’tharknik” again? Isn’t that the big shaggy animal with horns? How did a gnome fit one of those in his cloak? Is … Continue reading

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The Schlock Aesthetic As Narrative Xeriscape

“Schlock” is one of those things that is easy to recognize, hard to define, and nearly impossible to demonstrate by example without getting into a shouting match. However, let me open with a few observations.  First, I do not use … Continue reading

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In the ballet of black light and the agony of the fly we divide and then collide

“It is not that I have no past, rather that it continually fragments on the vivid and terrible ephemera of now. In the long country, cut with rain there is suddenly nowhere to begin.” Samuel Delany, Dhalgren  I am a … Continue reading

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Rogue One: Islands In The Stars

This past weekend I saw Rogue One with my roommate. On leaving the theater, I realized that I had been waiting forty years for this film. A while back I wrote a review of The Force Awakens which I called … Continue reading

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