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Conan and the Critic

Posted November 2, 2017 By John C Wright

 

It is an eerie thing to reread the half-forgotten stories treasured in one’s youth. For better or worse, the old haunts never look the same. The worse happens when eyes grown cynical with age will see tinsel and rubbish where once glamor gleamed as fresh and expectant as the sunrise in the Garden of Eden. And, to the contrary, the better happens when one discovers added layers of wonder, or deeper thoughts to savor, than a schoolboy’s brain can hold.

So I decided to read, in their order of publication, the Conan stories of Robert E Howard. I was not a devout fan of Conan in my youth, so some stories I had read before, others were new. But in each case I was surprised, nay, I was shocked, at how much better they were than I recalled.

In this space, time permitting, I hope to review each tale as I read it, starting with Phoenix on the Sword. But before any review is written, which will tell what Conan is, let me tell the candid reader what Conan is not.

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Lost on the Last Continent, Episode 22 Demonstration of Prowess, is now posted on Patreon.

Episode 22 Demonstration of Prowess

In this exciting episode, Colonel Lost, naked and unarmed, must escape tooth and claw of vicious saber-toothed tigers, tame the titanic majesty of mastodons, swim a moat, scale a sheer column; but in the ancient and haunted coliseum lurks a beast more terrible yet.

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Happy Shadoween!

Posted October 30, 2017 By John C Wright

Raz0rfist releases a new shadow radio show recreation, and it’s in honor of a fallen friend.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=en7C3lvnFmk
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Last Crusade: Know Your Enemy

Posted October 29, 2017 By John C Wright

Nothing is less new than the news.

Have you ever wondered why the modern unmarried American woman, who is the most protected, privileged and pampered female ever to be found anywhere in time and space, continually complains about an imaginary Patriarchy, about the male gaze, and about the rape culture in America, but never about any other place, such as the Middle East, where such things exist, and are dangers rather than trivial annoyances?

It seems an insanity, but there is a twisted logic to it. What they are complaining about it not wholly imaginary, and the pain is real.

To trace down the clue, let us look at the most obvious example, and see where the thread leads. Let us look to the news.

If you, dear reader, are perusing the headlines blaring from the newspapers at this same hour when I write, or if, by some unlikely chance, these words are preserved for the next generation, and this paragraph is being scanned by eyes as yet unborn, the news of that distant day and year in this respect will be one and the same as those of this very hour:

Somewhere, a famous and powerful man is abusing his position of authority to cajole, compel, and coerce a lovely young woman into bestowing on him the favors and joys which rightly belong only to the marriage bed. If, in case that future generation has forgotten the marriage bed, I am speaking of sexual pleasures.

Hollywood in your far future day, O reader from years to come, may have been razed to the ground by the Muslims or Feminists, or Communists, or some other manifestation of the Big Brother Anti-Sex League, but if you still have an entertainment industry which allows actresses to be actresses, then you still have a place that rewards pretty young women for being young and pretty.

No matter how many years pass between now and generations to come, certain things remain the same. Human nature, for good and ill, remains the same.

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Lost on the Last Continent, Episode 21 Ruins of the Remote Future, is now posted on Patreon.

Episode 21 Ruins of the Remote Future

In this exciting episode, after a certain amount of life-threatening diplomacy, Colonel Lost is promised his freedom, but only if he survives a desperate trial. Saber toothed tigers are released upon him, and he must run for his life, while a cold eyed audience looks on. 

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Alt Hero Comics

Posted October 26, 2017 By John C Wright

If you have heard rumors of a new comic line called Alt Hero, first, let me give the link to the Freestarter pledge page: https://freestartr.com/project/althero/

Second, let me explain why it is necessary, timely, if not long overdue.

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What is the Alt Right

Posted October 26, 2017 By John C Wright

Mr. Michael Knowles sums up my own conclusions on the matter.

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Escape from Atheism

Posted October 25, 2017 By John C Wright

A man not named Saint Maximilian Kolbe has been conducting a series of interviews with me about my departure from atheism.

His is not a pro-Christian YouTube Channel, nor is it Christian apologetics. Instead it is a rather more rare bird: a channel dedicated to exploring and exposing the intellectual and philosophical and human shortcomings and self contradictions of the atheist worldview.

Most atheist debates with Christians are in attack mode, with the atheist acting as prosecutor and the Christian treated as the accused on the witness stand.

But if atheism is sound, then it should be able to answer for itself the same kind of questions any other philosophy stands ready to answer: questions of philosophy, of ethics, of rational justification. If atheism is sound, it should be able to take the place of the accused and answer for itself.

This topic is fascinating to me, because I departed from atheism before I converted to theism, and did so without a single supernaturalist theory or thought entering my brain as being possible. I lost my faith in faithlessness months or years before I gained faith in faith.

Just in terms of merely secular logic, the same as would be used to test any theory of scientific, economic, legal or historical reasoning, in other words, just in terms of this world alone and what we know of this world, just in terms of what any atheist must admit is the case, I submit that the theory of atheism does not hang together logically.

Doubt me? You should. Listen and hear whether those doubts are satisfied.

Kolbe and I have agreed to make this a semi-regular discussion, an hour every week. Here are our first three so far:

He needs the audience, so please view, subscribe, comment, and hit notifications.  He has only gotten a few threats of destruction yet, so the Uncle Screwtape and his SJWs have not been sufficiently triggered with him.

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Not Tired of Winning Yet Recap

Posted October 24, 2017 By John C Wright

An email that has been making the rounds. Most of these items have been in my previous ‘Not Tired of Winning’ columns, but some are new to me. Read the remainder of this entry »

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So Ridiculous It Was Great

Posted October 23, 2017 By John C Wright

Here below is a review of the first two fifths of LOST ON THE LAST CONTINENT, my free giveaway pulp story. This was written by a charming young fan of mine as a birthday present.

Imagine you are on a hunting trip, chasing a strange and unknown prey, when suddenly the roles are reversed, and YOU are the one being hunted. This is the starting point of the most recent episodic story, Lost on the Last Continent, on the blog of Science Fiction author, John C. Wright. As to be expected from Mr. Wright, there is nothing small about this story, and nothing is quite what it seems.

This being an ongoing story, I can only give a short review on what I think of it so far. So… what DO I think of it so far? I think Preston seriously. Cannot. Catch. A Break!

The poor dude is in a constant state of harm, fighting, or imminent death.

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