The Fantastic Tele-Vision Machine: Orphan Black

(I apologize, somewhat, for the hyperbolic title. I've been reading a lot of golden-age science fiction and the semantics tend to be a little bit contagious. Then again, one should never apologize for reading golden-age science fiction) About five minutes into the third episode of the Canadian TV series Orphan Black, the main character, Sarah... Continue Reading →

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Read This Now: The Black Jewels Trilogy by Anne Bishop

I owe a favor to a regular customer at Denny's years ago who recommended this trilogy to me. As an avid reader of more traditional epic fantasy, I was intrigued by his description of a series that was darker, and more erotic. Neither Papa Tolkien nor Mr. Feist cared much to describe intimate relationships between... Continue Reading →

Read This Now: Sword in the Storm

I have a few more movie reviews for my irregular series on lesser-known works of fantasy, but I've been on vacation all week. However, reading and recommending a lesser-known or hidden work of fantasy is another thing I've wanted to do thanks to similar columns that used to appear in Fantasy and Science Fiction. Like... Continue Reading →

Epic Fantasy: Primary to Secondary

As we gear up to tackle epic fantasy as part of our WtF a Broadcast series on subgenres, I've spent a good bit of time thinking about what separates this tenet of fantasy from all the others. Some would say it is a matter of style, that the thick, pedantically descriptive prose of Papa Tolkien... Continue Reading →

Movie Review: Fantastic Planet

On 13 August, I posted a list on our Facebook page from blastr.com about non-US Science Fiction movies. While there was instantly a debate about the list on our page and in the off-planet offices of WTF, and while I personally had a few problems with some of the entries (or lack thereof... hello Scanners?)... Continue Reading →

WtF a Fantasy Podcast #6 – Fairytale Fantasy

We talked about all aspects of fairytale and adaptations thereof this week. Enjoy. To download right click here and select 'save link as'. Panelists: June Faramore Lisa Richardson CJ Casey Webcast Notes: 0:00:01 – WtF theme and intro 0:02:40 – Fairytale fantasy defined and the bowdlerization of fairytales 0:06:59 – Fairytale based tabletop games 0:09:39... Continue Reading →

The Art of Cosplay

During the summer of 1998 I was introduced to cosplay when I attended my first anime convention, Otakon. People were walking around dressed up in costume and it wasn't Halloween. There were Sailor Moon's galore, and even all of the Iron Chefs! And this is when I fell in love with cosplay. There weren't quite... Continue Reading →

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