Fancies Archive

In Praise of Beale

Posted February 15, 2017 By John C Wright

Someone asked me privately why I say that Vox Day is the best editor under whom it has been my privilege to work. I wrote a private answer, but I see no reason not to share it with the world. Mr. Day does not suffer from false modesty. I do not mind elaborating. The question […]

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Allegory and Message Fiction

Posted February 9, 2017 By John C Wright

A frustrated reader asks a trenchant question: “Do politics even have a place in a story?” Certainly, as long as it remains a story. An allegory or extended parable is not a story properly so called, for the figures in the story have no life of their own and no meaning aside from the allegorical […]

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Not Tired of Winning Yet X

Posted February 8, 2017 By John C Wright

At the moment, this is merely a rumor. At the moment, I am skeptical. But even to hear a rumor that this might be so gives my heart the wings of an eagle. Marvel is thinking of cutting back the PC political dreck that has for so long made their titles unreadable. Cosmic Booknews says […]

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Arming the Enemy with your Pen

Posted February 3, 2017 By John C Wright

A fellow writer wrote me, worried that a story he is writing, where he portrays a false cult that worships a deceptive god, would be read by Gnostics and Leftists as encouragement to slander the Church. He did not want to write something that would encourage the enemy. I understand his concern; believe me, I […]

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Shovel Grief onto the Hero

Posted January 24, 2017 By John C Wright

The Lester Dent Pulp Paper Master Fiction Plot There are people who object to formula fiction. Myself, I like formula fiction mucn better than experimental fiction, because the formula at least means the story will be workmanlike. Some complain formulas make yarns too predictable. But that is like saying the recipe for cheesecake is predictable: […]

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A Comment on Ayn Rand and Evil Socrates

Posted January 14, 2017 By John C Wright

My confirmed habit in my writing my evil doers usually have an evil philosophy which motivates them, and usually I give them the floor to make a speech about it. One author who is particularly good at portraying Evil Socrates, and this is an author whose real talent as an author is overlooked both by her […]

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Hope in Secondary Worlds

Posted January 14, 2017 By John C Wright

A reader’s question had me pondering the difference between the secondary worlds invented by Christians, such as Narnia and Middle Earth, and those invented by heathens, such as Earthsea, or The Dying Earth. I am beginning to believe the difference between the two worlds we make are profounder than what it first seems, and this […]

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Christmas Sci Fi

Posted December 24, 2016 By John C Wright

I have been asked whether there any Christmas science fiction stories? Stories like IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE or A CHRISTMAS CAROL perhaps count as fantasy, and, of course DIE HARD is a heartwarming story celebrating the true meaning of Christ’s birth, but how many science fiction tales are there? Let us not count parodies or humor stories […]

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Tomorrow is the VINDICATION OF MAN

Posted November 21, 2016 By John C Wright

After many overlong years of waiting, Rania returns to Earth, with the verdict of the monstrous alien overlords of M3 decreeing whether mankind is to be an equal and free spacefaring race, or kept in indentured servitude, as serf race unworthy of the stars forever and aye. And my long-awaited book describing these great and […]

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Rogue One Trailer Two

Posted October 21, 2016 By John C Wright

The first trailer did not impress me as an ad for a flick I wanted to see, but this one did. I especially like the shot of the Death Star seen on the blue horizon of a world as it rises: it reminds me of scenes out of my own books. Unlike the ill fated […]

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