Tag Archives: fantasy

Neo Sword and Sorcery

This morning I’m pre-empting possible responses that might arise from the can of worms I may have opened in my last podcast (ep. 63), after I bemoaned the lack of sword and sorcery (a term originally coined by Michael Moorcock) … Continue reading

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New Sword and Sorcery IF Game Released: Rider In The Mist 1.0b (and Happy New Year too!)

Yeah, it’s done. Sort of still beta, but I wanted to release into the wild at exactly midnight. That didn’t exactly happen, but only by twelve minutes – so still within the witching hour as befits a sword and sorcerer/horror … Continue reading

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Interactive Fiction Game: Rider In the Mist: What the Hell is It?

Rider in the Mist is my foray into computer games, as both a writer and fan of good, old-fashioned sword and sorcery. Sword and sorcery, though similar in theme, is also different to the other zillion fantasy sub-genres in that: … Continue reading

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Roy's Rocket Radio: Christmas Podcast Schedule UK SciFi/Fantasy/Horror/Tech Podcast

Merry Eve of… Christmas Eve! Until today the needle of my Super-O-Meter™ was firmly pointed at ‘Stylish Supervillain’, while I cackled with glee at the squirming masses of humanity from my Tower of Nerditude™. Unfortunately, a last-minute dash to the … Continue reading

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What to Expect In the 50th Roy's Rocket Radio Show

Doctor Who is back and, very soon, so will we be! The following is a small selection of what to expect in our upcoming, and very special extra-long, 50th show: TV: Doctor Who (1st Doctor, Series 3, 4 The Daleks’ … Continue reading

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YouTube Trawl: Best Ever Game of Thrones Moments… EVER, EVERRR!!!

Blackwater Red Wedding The Red Viper Versus the Mountain Battle of the Wall Giants riding mammoths! GIANTS RIDING MAMMOTHS!!!

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Trailer for Upcoming Hieroglyph TV Series

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Trailers: Godzilla, The Expendables 3, Maleficent, Jessabelle, The Quiet Ones

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#RoysRocketRadio #UK #SciFi/#Fantasy/#Horror, with a Touch of Vanilla, #Podcast: What's On

The next two “Sunday” shows will actually be recorded, edited and released two days early, i.e. on the immediately preceding Friday.  The reasons are twofold.  First, The Wolf of Wall Street opens in the UK tomorrow and I don’t want … Continue reading

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#RoysRocketRadio #UK #SciFi/#Fantasy/#Horror #Podcast Ep 23 & 24 Starting Sun 12 Jan

Episode 23 (This Sunday): Just to fill that diabolical ennui of existence that is Sunday morning, Ill be recording another podcast.  You can expect more measured, thoughtful and learned discussions (or not, well maybe, but certainly better than that found … Continue reading

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Every Single 47 Ronin #Trailer, Starring Keanu Reeves, Ken Watanabe… #UK Release 26 Dec 2013

Rōnin = masterless samurai Below is possibly the most famous quote from Hakagure (The Book of the Samurai), quoted in Ghost Dog (1999), but also almost entirely appropriate here. I say “almost” because I’m sure the author (Yamamoto Tsunetomo) never … Continue reading

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Movie Trailers 2014: Maleficent, I, Frankenstein, Seventh Son, Noah and… The Amazing Spider-Man 2!

Maleficent: Angelina. Horns. I, Frankenstein: Will either be brilliant or terrible, hard to tell, but here’s hoping… Seventh Son: Featuring another (RIPD) fine dialect choice from Jeff Bridges. Noah: Mmm, still the threat of Ray Winstone is enough to scare … Continue reading

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Hey, Wannabe #UK #SciFi, #Fantasy and #Horror #Writers! What's Better Than #NaNoWriMo? PLEASE RT!

Actually NaNoWriMo’s absolutely fine, but how about taking the next step and actually seeing your work published in a free online pulp mag? Interested? Of course you are! Okay, visit Star Adventurer Magazine of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror NOW! … Continue reading

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#UK #SciFi, #Fantasy and #Horror #Podcast: neRRRdcast AKA Roy's Rocket Radio Episode 17

Episode 17, huzzah! This week, an extra, extra long and very uncut show, featuring oodles of tentacular, nerdy goodness ready for direct brain download: Oldboy, World War Z, Atlantis, Blackout, Breaking Bad, BBC Radio SciFi, The Magician’s Land, StarAdventurer.com, Horrible … Continue reading

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neRRRdcast #Podcast #News and Thought of The Day, #UK, #SciFi, #Tech, #VillainyPrevails

If all goes well, and the pathetic home you call earth does not explode in fiery death by tomorrow night, ready yourselves for yet another, almost splendid and very nearly passable, neRRRdcast… “So soon?” You exclaim, wide-eyed with astonishment. To … Continue reading

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D&D

If I had more time I’d be looking to start my own game using the D&D Red Box.* Instead of hosting, I’ll look for some local newbies’ casual game I can join. *Actually, I’m STILL on the Forbidden Planet waiting … Continue reading

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The Magician's Land (2014)

The last (?) of Lev Grossman’s excellent Magician‘s trilogy comes out next year. The main protagonist of the novels is Quentin Coldwater. Quentin starts the series as a new pupil of Brakebills, a school for magicians, and later becomes a … Continue reading

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Whispers Under Ground (2012)

Met copper/apprentice magician investigates weird stuff in London. And that is why I found it impossible not to buy it in Foyles a couple of weeks ago. I have now almost finished this novel from a series by ex-Doctor Who … Continue reading

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RIPD (2013)

Dead cop gets back on the job. Whole lot of zzz and I really can’t make out a thing that Jeff Bridges is saying. Okay, I can, I just don’t want to as he speaks throughout the whole movie as … Continue reading

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Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013)

Fairy-tale twins survive and go on to become bad-ass, lethal, supernatural bounty hunters. Ill-advised premise based on the 17th century persecution, torture and murder of innocent women in Europe. Forgettable, unpalatable and useless. 70s era Hammer gone very wrong.

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Beastly (2011)

This is a modern, urban re-telling of La Belle et la Bête, AKA Beauty and the Beast. Not bad fare for a vid night. And I’m going to say it. I liked Mary-Kate Olsen in this. A lot. Although she … Continue reading

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#SciFi, #Horror, #Fantasy: "…send us a story if you think you can mix up some pulpy goodness…" #UK, #Canada & #Mauritius

I’m busy writing and not getting paid right now, in case anyone has any weird ideas of how I’m profiting from Star Adventurer Magazine (I AM NOT). So dust off your cynic’s hat and send us a story if you … Continue reading

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Varis the Musical Assassin: Spotted In Toy Store

About a month ago I saw this figure in Toy Barnhaus and realised that I had found the PlayMobil embodiment of the protagonist from my short story The Black Tower. Albeit, in a stolen uniform and ironically waving a standard. I … Continue reading

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#Movie #Review: The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008)

This time you get two opinions of the movie: Roy: Good CGI and fun characters. I particularly liked the main character’s scary sister with the sword. A mild distraction and okay for the whole family. Should keep the younger children … Continue reading

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#Movie #Review: Jack The Giant Slayer (2013)

Despite the poor ratings and getting generally panned by the critics, this isn’t actually a bad movie. I am sure that the younger children will like this, though there are some frightening bits. The story is a retelling of Jack … Continue reading

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NEW #STORIES at Star Adventurer Magazine of #SciFi, #Fantasy, #Horror and #Pulp

We have just published another two pieces of fantastic fiction over at Star Adventurer Magazine: Claws and Skyscraper Glass by Brock T.I. Penner (Science Fiction) Lollipop by Roy Mathur (Horror) I wrote Lollipop with these songs swirling around in my … Continue reading

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Game of Thrones, Season 3 Finale

And that’s it until next year! I think that HBO should have ended the season last week with that bloody and enormously powerful episode.  Can I possibly be the only one thinking that?  I think they just chickened out and … Continue reading

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Writing Submissions for Star Adventurer Magazine: Proofread Several Times Please

I’m addressing this post to myself as well as those thinking of submitting to Star Adventurer Magazine, so please do not be offended. I proofread and re-edited my last short-story, The Black Tower, for the final time and posted it … Continue reading

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New Nerdy Media Empire Reaching Warp Speed: Star Adventurer, neRRRcast etc… #SciFi, #Fantasy, #Horror, #UK

Pardon the egotistical title of this post, but if I’m not going to blow my own trumpet, I doubt anyone else will either. You can now: Read our fantastic new genre magazine Star Adventurer. Listen to the neRRRcast here or … Continue reading

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Star Adventurer Magazine: Please Read the Guidelines!

I cannot emphasise more strongly that prospective authors need to closely read the submission guidelines here. Granted, they have been in a state of flux, because we are tweaking things, and you may have been caught out by changes.  However, … Continue reading

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Rules/Terms and Conditions for Submitting Work to Star Adventurer Magazine

Please see revised rules. Thanks

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Game of Thrones Season 3, Episodes 2 & 3, Wreck It Ralph, Skyfall, Doctor Who, Series 7, Part 2, Episode 3, Cold War

Game of Thrones Season 3, Episode 2 & 3: Mostly nothing happens, but with a lot of important-sounding talking. Still, strangely quite engaging. Oh, Theon’s useless, traitorous skin is saved in Episode 3, which also ends with slime-bag Jaime getting … Continue reading

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@GameOfThrones @HBO #GOT #Fantasy #Jobs*: Game of Thrones, Good Old Blighty, Unrealistic Expectations of a Ukulele Playing Rock Star

Game of Thrones: One of the young shop assistants in Waterstones book shop was humming the theme of GOT today as I browsed, so guess what’s on the playlist tonight? Good Old Blighty: Apart from that, just tootling along; no … Continue reading

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Old-Fashioned #Pulp #SciFi, #Fantasy and #Horror #Fiction #Magazine Seeking Submissions. Please Re-Tweet

As you have no doubt realised by now, I am attempting to start a good, old-fashioned pulp SciFi, Fantasy and Horror magazine. If you are interesting in contributing short stories or cover art, please visit this page.

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#Fantasy #TV #Review: Game of Thrones (2013), Season 3, Episode 1 (Some Spoliers)

Giants, dragons, magical creatures and a more sonorous theme. Things are definitely coming to the boil in this new season. I mean giants, come on! GIANTS! That bit blew me away. Over the sea in Astapor, Daenerys “Stormborn” Targaryen (the … Continue reading

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#TV #Fantasy: Ready for Game of Thrones Season 3? Here's What You Need

GOT returns today (or tomorrow night at 9pm on Sky Atlantic HD in the UK), are you ready? Catch up with this summary of the story so far. Make yourself a Game of Thrones style coat of arms here, (see … Continue reading

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#Oz: The Great and Powerful: The ONLY #Movie #Review that Matters, Read this or Perish!

I watched the new Oz movie about two weeks ago at the Empire in Leicester Square. Having grown up on the original and been petrified as a kid by the Wicked Witch of the West, how did the new Sam … Continue reading

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Game of Thrones Season 3

After days of being ensconced in my Fortress of Nerditude, I decide to check out the news and what do I discover?  A couple of new GOT trailers- Latest Extended Trailer- Re-Cap for Last Season- Better late than never I … Continue reading

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Roy's Rocket Radio: Slight Buggerup With Episode 11 (#SciFi, #Horror & #Fantasy #Podcast)

Sorry if you tried to download Episode 11 and got Episode 10 instead.  My fault entirely and the situation has been remedied.  Just to reiterate the highlights of what is in the latest podcast- Chico and Rita, Following, Jack The … Continue reading

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#Fantasy #Books: Sword and Sorcery's Hall of Forgotten Heroes

OK, so we’ve all heard of Conan, Robert E. Howard’s most popular creation who strides the earth in search of loot, women, adventure and a kingdom to call his own and we’re yawning with Tolkien (thank you very much Mr. … Continue reading

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Just watched The Hobbit: #Fantasy #Movie #Review

Good – Martin Freeman’s performance as Bilbo Baggins is a credible impression of everyman, or rather everyhobbit, completely out of his depth, but endeavouring to stay the course despite seemingly insurmountable odds.  As usual, the landscape cinematography is gorgeous.  It … Continue reading

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Amphigorey: The Best of Edward Gorey (#Books, #Horror, #Fantasy, #Art)

Quite well known in the USA and Canada, but less known in the rest of the world, the late, lamented Edward Gorey was an artist, illustrator and poet of the peculiar.  This book is a nice collection of some of … Continue reading

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Boldly Voyaging the Multiverse: Blog Report 2012 #SciFi, Horror, #Fantasy

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for Boldly Voyaging the Multiverse. Here’s an excerpt: 600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 8,700 views in 2012. If every person who … Continue reading

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Black Angel: Do Your Remember Seeing This #Fantasy #Movie?

Back at the dawn of time, I remember my mother taking me to see some movie, and this beguiling fantasy short came on before the main feature*.  There was a knight, a woman and and a clever twist, but that’s … Continue reading

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Topics for the Next #SciFi, #Horror and #Fantasy #Podcast (#Movies, #TV and #Comics)

In the next podcast we’ll have a mixed bag to look forward to.  Neo noir, early/golden age genre cinema, the Arthurian Myth on film and a smattering of classic comic book artists… Here’s a rough list of what to expect: … Continue reading

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#Movie #Trailers: The Great Gatsby, Cloud Atlas, Beautiful Creatures

The Great Gatsby Cloud Atlas Beautiful Creatures

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Latest 2013 #Movie #Trailers: Pacific Rim, Mortal Instruments, GI Joe 3, Iron Man 3, Die Hard 5, Now You See Me

Pacific Rim The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones GI Joe: Retallaiation Iron Man 3 A Good Day To Day Hard Now You See Me

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Captain Roy's Rusty Rocket Radio Show #Podcast Late, Rescheduled for Sunday

Sorry, but I’m experiencing a few network difficulties. (Basically, I have to find a better position for intercept my router’s erratic WiFi signal.)  It’ll be out by Sunday at the latest. Topics- Editorial: Media Jobs, African Nerdery, Real-life violence = … Continue reading

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#UK #TV's New Witchy Comedy on #ITV2: #Switch Is Frothy Fun

I just caught the repeat of last night’s new supernatural comedy Switch.  OK, so I’m a bloke and this is quite clearly chick-TV, but I still found it enjoyable and frothy as an Italian soda.  It’s sort of like if … Continue reading

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Future Run: Star Trek Sequel, Red Dwarf X, Dredd 3D, The Hobbit & Piracy: Wake Up and Smell the Celluloid

Star Trek Sequel– Will the sequel be a remake of The Cage, Khan: Blah and Meh, Where No Man Has Gone Before or whatever?  Your guess is probably more informed than mine, but I’m still hungover.  I just hope another … Continue reading

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Second Run: Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs, #Disney

After that last emotionally wrought post, I was filled with panic because I remembered my dad taking me to see Walt Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs during one of its occasional cinematic re-releases in the early 1970s.  We … Continue reading

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Boldly Voyaging the Multiverse: New Nerd Forum Launched! #Nerds #Geeks #Otaku #SciFi

Yes, now we have a forum too- Boldly Voyaging the Multiverse: Probably the Best Nerd Forum in the Multiverse! “If you build it, they will come.” Not sure about that, but hope to see lots, some, a few more than … Continue reading

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Second Run: Nick Roeg #Movies #Reviews – #SciFi, #Horror and #Fantasy)

Here’s my take on some Nick Roeg movies- The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976) – This one’s obviously going to be at the top of my list, how could it not be?  A fantastic film adaptation of superb writer … Continue reading

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Oxford, Inklings, J.R.R. Tolkien

A couple of weeks ago I met a mate in Oxford.  We had a drink in the Eagle and Child pub, made famous for being the meeting place of a group of Oxford fantasy authors who called themselves the Inklings.  … Continue reading

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Kane and Karl Edward Wagner

I borrowed a battered paperback copy of Karl Edward Wagner’s Dark Crusade from Catford Public library (sadly defunct) sometime in the 1980s.  That was my first experience of the monumental talent that was Wagner. There are many other articles about … Continue reading

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Second Run: Who's Going to be Watching Eternal Law Tonight?

I missed it in January and it looks intriguing.

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Pre-Review: Highlander Reboot

Just commented about this on the Guardian web site– I love Highlander! If ever there was a movie that was more than the sum of it’s parts, it’s this one. Where else would you get an Egyptian, Scottish popinjay played … Continue reading

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Ty-ri-on! Ty-ri-on! Ty-ri-on! Just Finished Watching Game of Thrones Season 2

I just finished watching the second half of Season 2 today in one, long marathon viewing.  I don’t know what it is about the show-  I dislike almost all the characters (Tyrion excepted, of course), I’m annoyed by the accents, … Continue reading

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Watching Game of Thrones Season 2, Episode 8, She Kept Her Boots On!

Just finished episode 8.  At least there’s more magic this season.  And, OMG, she kept her boots on!  Only two more to go.

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Catching Up With Season 2 of Game of Thrones Today…

Up to episode six so far and looking good in it’s usual Medieval dystopian, zombie infested way.  I’ll never look at Renaissance Faires in the same light again. What a complete and utter dork I look.

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Game of Thrones: Lean, Hungry Cast… Except for Token Fatty – Samwell Tarly

After two days in row at the gym, I did myself a mischief.  Yesterday, I lay in bed most of the day, having trouble breathing and dwelling on weighty matters (sorry) such as the mortality of my morbidly obese and … Continue reading

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Dark Forces: Gorey, Wagner and Bashevis

No, “Gorey, Wagner and Belshevis” is not the name of a law firm in league with Beelzebub, but perhaps it should be.  Those three names are but a few of a distinguished list of horror authors whose works are included … Continue reading

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Nerdvana TV Catch-Up Time: Big Bang Theory, Fringe, Game of Thrones etc…

So now that we’re well into the latest Hollywood TV season it’s time for a round-up.  In case you’ve been dead for the last few years, I’ve added a quick summary of what the shows are about so you can … Continue reading

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Second Run: Actual Good Little Red Riding Hood Movies

Although Red Riding Hood (2011) was a horrible disastor, here are two movie interpretations of Little Red Riding Hood that are actually very good: First, there’s Freeway (1996) with the excellent Reese Witherspoon and the uber creepy Kiefer Sutherland.    … Continue reading

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The Magician King by Lev Grossman: Short Review with Minimal Spoliers

About an hour ago, I finished reading Lev Grossman’s The Magician King.  This is a sequel to his earlier novel The Magicians.  It continues the adventures of Quentin Coldwater, a powerful young sorcerer.  What makes this different from most other … Continue reading

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Brown, Yellow and Black SF and Fantasy Writers

As a brown English/Mauritian/Canadian beginner writer, struggling with NaNoWriMo, I cannot helping feeling a little isolated, but should I be?  We are obviously out there.  Now, I’m sure there are more examples than just these few but, off the top of … Continue reading

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LOTR Trilogy Fiasco and the Great Fantasy Whitewash

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been screening various films and shows for Mum and Dad, as they’ve missed English language TV and movies since they retired to Mauritius. Dad’s been re-watching Columbo from the beginning of time and Mum … Continue reading

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