There was no way to simply say, "I read a really bad description in this book last night." I had to scan it and share it for you to understand just how bad it truly, truly was. It is the sort of bad that causes pain and must be shared with other people so you can feel better.
, Part 2
. This really is prose so purple that it verges into the infra-red. Some NSFW descriptive naughtiness.
posted by fearfulsymmetry
on Apr 1, 2009 -
I do not want to spend too much time beating a dead war-horse, but your average D&D game consists of a group of white players acting out how their white characters encounter and destroy orcs and goblins, who are, as a race evil, uncivilized, and dark-skinned. To quote Steve Sumner’s essay again, “Unless played very carefully, Dungeons & Dragons could easily become a proxy race war, with your group filling the shoes of the noble white power crusaders seeking to extinguish any orc war bands or goblin villages they happened across.” I would argue with Sumner’s use of the phrase “could become,” and say that unless played very carefully, D&D usually becomes a proxy race war. Any adventurer knows that if you see an orc, you kill it. You don’t talk to it, you don’t ask what it’s doing there - you kill it, since it’s life is worth less than the treasure it carries and the experience points you’ll get from the kill. If filmed, your average D&D campaign would look something like Birth of a Nation set in Greyhawk.
- Race in Dungeons & Dragons
by Chris van Dyke, a powerpoint
talk given at Nerd Nite
. Via Ta-Nehisi Coates' blog where there's a smart discussion going on about the essay
posted by Kattullus
on Nov 19, 2008 -
before him Benjamin Rosenbaum
is making his debut short story collection, The Ant King And Other Stories
, available from his publishers, Small Beer
, as a free download
. More than this though, he is holding a competition
to find the best derivative work inspired by it. These include "translations, plays, movies, radio plays, audiobooks, flashmob happenings, horticultural installations, visual artworks, slash fanfic epics, robot operas, sequels, webcomics, ASCII art, text adventure games, roleplaying campaigns, knitting projects, handmade shoes, or anything else you feel like." [more inside]
posted by ninebelow
on Sep 19, 2008 -
Stephen King has described The Dark Tower as his "Jupiter."
The epic series, inspired in part by Robert Browning's poem, "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came"
, has spanned 22 years, 7 books and nearly 4000 pages. The first book in the series, The Gunslinger
, begins with a simple, memorable declaration, "The Man in Black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed." [more inside]
posted by kbanas
on Apr 18, 2008 -
Free Speculative Fiction Online
is a database of free science fiction and fantasy stories online by published authors (no fan-fiction or stories by unpublished writers). Among the authors that FSFO links to are Paul Di Filippo
(14 stories), James Tiptree, Jr.
(4 stories), Connie Willis
(3 stories), Eleanor Arnason
(3 stories), Bruce Sterling
(5 stories), Robert Heinlein
(7 stories), Ursula K. LeGuin
(3 stories), Jonathan Lethem
(5 stories), Michael Moorcock
(6 stories), Chine Miéville
(2 stories), Samuel R. Delany
(3 stories), Robert Sheckley
(8 stories), MeFite Charles Stross
(33 stories) and hundreds of other authors. If you don't know where to start, there's a list of recommended stories
posted by Kattullus
on Apr 5, 2008 -
goes to an discussion with 'Future Noir' author Paul Sammon... then this one
goes to a Q&A with 'BR' director Ridley Scott, talking about the upcoming re-release.
posted by Rajamadan
on Dec 8, 2007 -
Imagine a world without lightsabers—where, instead, every big Star Wars finale consists of a 10-minute slap fight. Thank the maker we’ll never have to witness such a spectacle, because magical and impossibly high-tech weapons are staples of nearly all of our favorite entertainments! ToyFare Magazine presents the 50 Greatest Fictional Weapons of All Time
posted by cmgonzalez
on Nov 21, 2007 -
Build your dream home.
Answer a page of questions and real fortune-tellers on a steady diet of tea leaves and tarot cards will show you the house of your dreams.
posted by Mitheral
on Sep 28, 2007 -
If you like looking at maps of imaginary places, you should take a peek at the Fantasy Atlas
, a German-language collection of maps of literary fantasy and sci-fi worlds. For a more obsessive (but just as interesting) take on maps of imaginary places, you can check out the work of Adrian Leskiw
, who's been creating road maps of non-existent places since the age of 3. (Previously on Metafilter.)
posted by dersins
on Aug 1, 2007 -
Anyone who has spent time browsing through Deviant Art
has almost certainly run into the cartoons of a young Australian woman named Gemma Wilson
. She is fond of Harry Potter, snakepeople and (occasionally) torture and hermaprodites. She has a fan club
. And she has detractors
. Make of this what you will.
posted by metasonix
on Jun 26, 2007 -
Parting the Veil of Faery
: The Colmore Fatagravures
, said to date from the 1890s. "A Scottish adventurer, inventor, and photographer named Neville Colmore
claimed to have constructed a device capable of '...parting the veil of Faery...' The device, which he called the Spectobarathrum, along with all of the images he claimed to have made were believed destroyed in a fire. I believe some of these images and related artefacts may have survived." [via Apothecary's Drawer]
posted by mediareport
on Jun 19, 2007 -
Imaginary places in detail: Start with a wonderful overview of megastructures in science fiction
and examine a dictionary of 76 locations
from recent fantasy novels. Then move on to the interactive maps: Mordor
, the Simpson's Springfield
as seen in many stories, New York
in fiction, Lovecraft's New England
, maps from almost any video game
, Star Trek
, the Marvel Universe
, and the DC Universe
posted by blahblahblah
on Feb 21, 2007 -
Iraq: The War of the Imagination.
"Anyone seeking to understand what has become the central conundrum of the Iraq war—how it is that so many highly accomplished, experienced, and intelligent officials came together to make such monumental, consequential, and, above all, obvious mistakes, mistakes that much of the government knew very well at the time were mistakes—must see beyond what seems to be a simple rhetoric of self-justification and follow it where it leads: toward the War of Imagination that senior officials decided to fight in the spring and summer of 2002 and to whose image they clung long after reality had taken a sharply separate turn." By Mark Danner
. [Via Tomdispatch.]
posted by homunculus
on Nov 23, 2006 -
The His Dark Materials
movie is taking shape. The award-winning
children's series, considered the "anti-Narnia",
is due on the screen in 2007, starring a actress found in open casting, along with Nicole Kidman
(as Mrs. Coulter, for those who know the books). Unfortunately, the screenplay by Tom Stoppard
has been dumped, though the new one appears to be to the author's liking
. There is no official trailer yet, but there are several more
painful fan-made ones. The series has also been made into a successful play
, and a radio program
. For those who haven't read it, an excerpt is here
; and for those that have, try the interactive alethiometer
or find out your daemon's name
. Previous discussion on the debate with the Archbishop of Canterbury was here
posted by blahblahblah
on Jul 31, 2006 -
Suck it, Moller Sky Car
! After 25 years of promising to bring me my flying car at a reasonable price, I'm stuck with a fricking scale model
???? Enough. I'm taking my fantasy sky car anticipatory business across town to the good folks at Urban Aeronautics
posted by jonson
on Feb 2, 2006 -
(NSFW-but not porn) Never GIS "little mermaid," large size images, and click the second image from the left out of curiosity.
If you do, don't
look at the other
galleries at the site, hypnotized
. Furthermore, follow any
of the links
at your own peril
. If you manage to make it to the Renderosity pages, you are expressly forbidden from looking at every single page
of art by these three artists
. Under no circumstances look at these unabashed masterpieces: "Damnedly Wanted," "Nooo, you ARE hansome," "9/11 Remembrance," "Cure for cancer,"
and god knows how many more
. If you follow these instructions carefully, you will have successfully avoided the fairy(faerie, fae), poser, chibi, furry, and koshini scenes for the day.
posted by BlackLeotardFront
on Nov 29, 2005 -
"I shall clasp my hands together and bow to the corners of the world." Bridge of Birds
by Barry Hughart won the World Fantasy Award in 1985. Set in a China that never was, it tells the tale of Master Li Kao, who has a slight flaw in his character, and Number Ten Ox as they uncover the mysteries of a cursed town, a terrible duke, and a beautiful woman. Originally intended to be the first in a series of seven, Bridge of Birds
spawned only two sequels. The reclusive author explains some of his influences and poor luck here
. Also, for those of you familiar with the story, the original draft of Bridge of Birds
) is available online!
posted by robocop is bleeding
on Nov 18, 2005 -
Terry Pratchett isn't a happy muggle!
In a letter to the Sunday Times, Pratchett's had a go at the media for 'the continued elevation of JK Rowling at the expense of other writers'
. The letter appears to be in response to a Sunday Times article from last week (sorry, archived) and possibly this article
in Time magazine.
I agree that JK has had significantly more press in the last few years than any other author. I'm a Pratchett
fan, however, I suspect her success is down to a mix of good marketing and the simple truth that Harry Potter is (and don't shout at me)
, slightly less geeky and more accessible than the Discworld series. Although I wouldn't be too surprised if, eventually, the streets of Ankh Morpork are alive with “knights and ladies morris-dancing to Greensleeves"
posted by Nugget
on Jul 31, 2005 -