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Arthur C. Clarke posited long ago that any significantly advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. I’d like to turn that aphorism on its head and suggest that any significantly advanced magic is indistinguishable from technology. Simply put, the magic of … Continue reading

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BVC Announces West Winds’ Fool by Laura Anne Gilman

Visit an American West that never was! A brand-new novella and collected short stories will take you on a journey through the magical frontier known as the Devil’s West…

From the bestselling, award-nominated world of SILVER ON THE ROAD, THE COLD EYE, and RED WATERS RISING

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Women Heroes in The Seven-Petaled Shield

Novels begin in many different ways, drawing their “motive energy” or “visions of ultimate coolness” from varied sources. Which is a high-falutin’ way of saying that there is no one right way in which to begin a story. It can … Continue reading

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Difficulties with Genre

I have a habit of starting out essays and blogs—maybe these are the same things—with a definition. So here it is: Genre: a category of artistic composition, as in music or literature, characterized by similarities in form, style, or subject … Continue reading

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BVC Announces New Worlds, Year One: A Writer’s Guide to the Art of Worldbuilding by Marie Brennan

Worldbuilding is one of the great pleasures of writing science fiction and fantasy — and also one of its greatest challenges. Award-winning fantasy author Marie Brennan draws on her academic training in anthropology to peel back the layers of a setting, going past the surface details to explore questions many authors never think to answer. She invites you to consider the endless variety of real-world cultures — from climate to counterfeiting, from sumptuary laws to slang — and the equally endless possibilities speculative fiction has to offer.

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BVC Announces The Time of the Ghosts by Gillian Polack

Ghosts trail after us. They are our fears and the shape of our hates. We bring them into our lives and into our homes.

Some years our fears and hates are so strong our ghosts turn tangible and fracture our landscape.

Poltergeists and the spirits of drowned girls; malicious presences and portents; cat vampires and roaming bushrangers.

These ghosts haunt Canberra.

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BVC Announces Gothic West by Jill Zeller

Halves and half-nots. Haves and have-nots. He was a Have-not and the woman uncomfortably sharing a train nook with him was a Have. There was no in-between any more.

Las Vegas is no longer the party city it once was. It has become a place where the gap between rich and poor is wider than the nearby Grand Canyon. Owen Frost has made choices he never wanted to make. When he arrives for his job as a tutor of the child of Evelyn Sayles, one of the richest women in this changed world, he wonders if he’s made another.

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