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Genre as Argument: Dark Fantasy

Tweet of the Day: Sword and Laser Anthology ——- This sub-genre of fantasy puts the dark back into the dark ages. It is an counter argument to the idea of an Arcadian past. The worlds portrayed in dark fantasy are dirty, messy, violent and by our standards immoral. All the familiar elements are there, but […]

Lessons from the Aether: Grand Theft Auto and Immersive Narratives

Tweet of the Day: Strings of Retaliation -13a ——- The moment video games entered the scene they competed with television and movies for a audience share.  Unlike movies and television, video games promised something more: Interactivity. The inherent promise of video games was that you could do more than just watch your hero on the […]

February 2013 Blg Chain: Under the Bed

  Tweet of the Day: 10 Greatest Science Fiction Board Games of All Time ——- Another month, another Absolute Write blog chain. This time is write about whatever the person before you tells you to write. No really, it is. Not in a mean way, mind you. They suggest a topic and you do the […]

Sunday Treat: David Attenburough First’ Life

    Tweet of the Day: The Brontë Brow: visiting the phrenologist. ——- I am a naturally curious person. I love science and history and the more obscure the subject, the more fascinating I find it. So I may pass on dinosaurs because they have been done to… a lot, but something on the earliest […]

Weekend Roundup: February 17-23

Tweet of the Day: What’s The Secret Of A Successful Science Fiction&Romance Combination? ——- It seems I got my groove back. Another week of regular posting, if a bit late each day. In other news a story I sent to an anthology didn’t make it, but I got a nice, thorough reply and an invitation […]

Space for Rent: The Fiction of the White Interpreter

Tweet of the Day: Oscar loves a white savior ——- Reading the article I linked to above (the Tweet of the Day) got me thinking that a) this is a writing blog and b) that not all tropes are good. That means that I should, once in awhile, write post related to writing in general. […]

Genre as Argument: Sub-Genres

Tweet of the Day: Praise the Lord and pass the genre ammunition ——- There comes a time in any life when the student becomes the master. It happens in all kinds of disciplines including writing. So, it is no surprise that as genres mature, those that grew up reading them write their own reaction to […]

Lessons from the Aether: Fallout New Vegas and the Problem with Labels

Tweet of the Day: Good Ol’ Amazing Genre Talk ——- Putting a label on something doesn’t guarantee that it will fit the label. Case in point Fallout: New Vegas. Billed as a post-apocalyptic game it is a sequel (of sorts) to Fallout 3. This time you play a Courier that gets waylaid on his way […]

Wizards’ World War (s.3) Dispatch 9 : Invasion (pt.1)

Tweet of the Day: HANS HOLBEIN IN LONDON ——– Season 1 & 2 – Season 3 Premiere –  Dispatch 8 – Dispatch 10 ——– ——– Aboard the Missile Boat HRM Dubrovnik of the coast of Croatia, Adriatic Sea,  2 May, 01:13 hrs GMT +1 The captain of the missile boat watched the inky black horizon […]

TV Tropes Monday: Colony Drop

Tweet of the Day: Keeper of the Dark Things ——- When you need to upgrade your arsenal of mass destruction from the ye old nuke, you summon this trope. Take a sufficiently large object and pointed at an inhabited planet. Velocity x Mass will take care of the rest. It can be as effective as […]