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Max Kolbe on Atheists and Indoctrinating Children

Posted December 24, 2017 By John C Wright

You can hear my dulcet tones ranting vociferously about something or other. You are invited to listen to it as part of the penance of Advent. My host makes some good points, though, so you can just fast-forward through my goobledegook to get to what he said. Read the remainder of this entry »

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A Christmas Gift to all my Readers

Posted December 22, 2017 By John C Wright

A ferocious Celt with a ruddy beard does a reading of my short story ‘Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus.’ This story was on the ballot, if only briefly, for a Hugo Award, for which I am grateful to my readers, even though, technically, it is a mainstream story and not science fiction at all.

Here is the link. Enjoy.

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Keeping Christmas, Losing Self

Posted December 22, 2017 By John C Wright

My latest column at Dangerous is up.

At other times of the year, perhaps you have a daily routine. You look around the nation where you live, and hear the speech of men, tap your feet to their music, tend to your work and to the chores imposed on you, and after relax with a good book or a cold beer, a warm fire or a flickering screen.  And, at least from time to time, the nation seems strange, the music not as good as once it was. The book is dull or the beer is flat. The fire is sullen ashes in the grate you will have to clean up later, and you wonder why you did not tune the television to the fireplace channel.

Your home here on earth does not slake this peculiar homesickness. This is a homesickness for elsewhere.
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Thank you for a Merry Christmas!

Posted December 21, 2017 By John C Wright

Jagi, here.

Thank you to everyone who has helped make my recent Book Promo a success!

To date: over 1,775 free books downloaded, almost 100 of the later books sold, and the first book made it to #150 on the Kindle Free ranking.

Best any book of mine has ever done, ranking-wise!

Very uplifting in a week when our refrigerator failed, our daughter needed dental work, and our car needed several serious repairs.

A VERY MERRY Christmas to you all!

(If anyone still wants a FREE copy of The Unexpected Enlightenment of Rachel Griffin, it is still available.)

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Latin Help

Posted December 21, 2017 By John C Wright

My vaunted education fails me. I need to translate the phrase “Great Secret of the Worlds” (note the plural) into Latin. The sense is that the secret is that there is more than one world. It is not referring to a secret kept by the worlds, in case this different sense would be declined differently.

Would it be magnum mysterium mundorum ? Or do I have a pesky declension wrong?

I ask my wise and well educated readers for help.

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Free! Read Free! Pay No Fee!

Posted December 21, 2017 By John C Wright

For three days only, the first Book of Unexpected Enlightenment is available on Amazon for FREE!

Roanoke Academy for the Sorcerous Arts – A magic school like no other!

Nestled amidst the beauty of New York’s Hudson Highlands and hidden from the eyes of the Unwary, Roanoke Academy is a place of magic and wonder. It offers everything a young sorceress could desire—enchantments, flying brooms, and the promise of new friendships.

On her first day of school, Rachel Griffin discovers her perfect memory gives her an unexpected advantage. With it, she can see through the spell sorcerers use to hide their secrets. Very soon, she discovers that there is a far-vaster secret world hiding from the Wise, precisely the same way that the magical folk hide from the mundane folk.

When someone tries to kill a fellow student, she investigates. Rushing forward where others fear to tread, Rachel bravely faces wraiths, embarrassing magical pranks, mysterious older boys, a Raven that brings the doom of worlds, and at least one fire-breathing teacher.

Described by fans as: “Lovecraft meets Narnia at Hogwarts”, The Unexpected Enlightenment of Rachel Griffin is a tale of wonder and danger, romance and heartbreak, and, most of all, of magic and of a girl who refuses to be daunted.

Curiosity may kill a cat, but nothing stops Rachel Griffin!

“Lamplighter introduces many imaginative elements in her world that will delight…” VOYA

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Link for Tonight’s Red Pill Religion

Posted December 20, 2017 By John C Wright

All are invited. Leave comments, questions in the chat.

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Lost on the Last Continent, Episode 29, Brontosaur Caravan

Posted December 20, 2017 By John C Wright

Lost on the Last Continent, Episode 29, Brontosaur Caravan, is now posted on Patreon.

Episode 29 Brontosaur Caravan

In this exciting episode, the weary march of the caravan of Terrors is suddenly attacked by raiders. Although a thrall, Colonel Lost takes up arms and runs toward the sound of danger. 

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Not Tired of Winning Yet XXXIII

Posted December 20, 2017 By John C Wright

When I started this series of posts, I did not think Trump would keep so many campaign promises. I did not think the eerie incompetence of his enemies in the media would hand the Conservative movement so many clear and seminal victories.

Let me put it this way: in seven more entries in this series, and we will be in numbers high enough that the Roman numerals I, V and X will not suffice. Brace yourself. We will have to break out the L in order to write XL.

From the Washington Post, a former newspaper:

The House on Wednesday approved a massive Republican plan to overhaul the tax code, clearing the bill’s final hurdle in Congress and sending it to President Trump to be signed into law.

The measure passed the House 224 to 201 as overwhelming Republican support carried the bill past unanimous Democratic opposition and ‘no’ votes from 12 GOP members. The House vote comes after the Senate approved an identical measure early Wednesday morning. In a 51 to 48 vote, all Democrats opposed the bill while all Republicans present supported it.

As with Obamacare, there is an unusual clarity of partisanship here. Not a single Senator crossed party lines.
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Gormanghast and the Great Tradition

Posted December 16, 2017 By John C Wright

The excellent Tom Simon pens a learned and entertaining essay here:

Which is an answer to my essay here: in which I has the question, Why in the world does anyone consider the Gormenghast Trilogy by Mervyn Peake to be fantasy?


Please do yourself the favor of reading his essay for yourself. If you have not read his essays, or his fine books you will thank me for the introduction.

Here is his Amazon page:

Allow me particularly to recommend these books, which are favorites of mine:


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