February 2018 archive

Worldbuilding Wednesday 2/28/18: U.S. Cities (East Coast)

  What’s a writer to do when they want to set a story, series of stories, novel, or game in a large American city, but can’t for one reason or another? The answer: Make up their own. H.P. Lovecraft did this well with his Cthulhu Mythos stories, basing the made-up New England city of Arkham …

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The Cradle Will Rock

…into the depths of the sea. (The Inundation of the Beisboch in 1421, by Lawrence Alma-Tadema)

Worldbuilding Wednesday 2/21/18: Birds

Astranci by Caelicorn on deviantART

Astranci, by Caelicorn It’s pretty easy to name a new species of bird. Their beaks and tails adhere to certain shapes, and body parts such as eyes, breasts, and wings share certain features also. Their habitats name them, as well as their food, calls, and mating behavior. So if you want some fictional avian or …

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The Mouse

What is more horrifying to see… a dead mouse, or one so obviously transformed by genetic manipulation?   (Art by Monique Goosens)

Worldbuilding Wednesday 2/14/18: Great Romances

Guinevere’s getting ideas Sometimes, when writing fantasy SF, or some mixture of both skewed sideways and viewed through a mirror, a writer likes to be clever and insert some obviously intentional fictional replacement for a real-world person, place, or thing. For example, Poppy Z. Brite’s novella Plastic Jesus was about a 1960s rock band called …

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Her Ritual

bizarre face mask

The ritual was about to begin. She masked herself accordingly.  

New story in Beautiful Lies, Painful Truths II anthology

My short fantasy story “The Unchosen” is featured in this anthology from Left Hand Publishers, under my other writing name of Trece Angulo. You can buy it here from Amazon.com. “The Unchosen” was a story I had been planning to write for ages. Like many writers of my generation, I’d been entranced by Anne McCaffrey’s …

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The Dinosaur Lords [Review]

The Dinosaur Lords by Victor Milán Tor Fantasy, New York, 2016 I bought this book for my cousin, thinking it was grimdark fantasy by the cover, perhaps set in some He-man barbarian milieu like Robert Adams’s Horseclans novels, but with dinos as the mounts. Before I sent to her, I thought I’d read it first. …

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Worldbuilding Wednesday 2/7/18: Let’s Talk About Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth I of England

Elizabeth the I: Powerful and regal. Elizabeth remains one of the more popular girls’ name in the USA. The name originated from the Hebrew Elisheva or Elisheba, translated into Greek as Elisabet. In its classic English form, Elizabeth,  is classic, stately, and elegant. Derivations include the popular Isabel, Elise, and Bella; there are also many …

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Sofa

What really lies under the upholstery? Have you checked?   (Art by Cao Hui)