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Advice on Writing Female Characters

Posted July 1, 2016 By John C Wright

A reader from a few years ago offers some writing advice, which I decline. I thought the exchange worth repeating: “…a good practice might be to examine your female character as if she were a male character…” This is precisely what I shall never do: the idea, if you will forgive me, is absurd. Allow […]

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Heroic Tales in the Twenty First Century

Posted June 19, 2016 By John C Wright

One of the most regrettable things about the Twenty First century is that, now that we finally have swept aside the pall of Twentieth Century’s obsession with grim, unheroic, nihilistic literature, and emerged into the glorious era eager for heroic tales, the Twenty Firsters almost know how to tell one, but not quite. Even a […]

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Landscape of the Night Lands

Posted June 16, 2016 By John C Wright

Here is an article I wished I had seen before I wrote my NIGHT LANDS homage. The landscape here, with its lava lakes and salt flats, chemical springs and rivers leading nowhere, seemed much like the haunted nightscape surrounding the Last Redoubt.

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Anti-Fire Stories

Posted June 6, 2016 By John C Wright

Let us perform a thought-experiment in literary criticism. Suppose you read a book or saw a film about a firefighting brigade. ┬áLet us say there are five main characters, all firemen, who are wakened one night by alarm bells. Donning their gear and sliding down their brass poles to their firetruck, they race, sirens wailing […]

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Posted May 18, 2016 By John C Wright

An internet magazine hired me to write an old-fashioned space opera in the mood and flavor of ‘World Wrecker’ Hamilton to run in fifty or so weekly episodes of two-thousand word each. However, the magazine folded and returned the rights to me. It is my wish to bring it to my fan (Hi, Nate!) directly. […]

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Ancient Epic and Future Fiction

Posted May 17, 2016 By John C Wright

Ancient Epic and Future Fiction or Epic Deprivation Syndrome Here follows the notes for a speech given at Franciscan University of Steubenville an evening in April of 2016. The speech as given differs from these notes in several respects: for sake of time and clarity, certain segments were omitted, or words changed. The prose below […]

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Captain America Civil War

Posted May 8, 2016 By John C Wright

Just got back from seeing this three hour long extravaganza. It is an excellent movie, slightly dark in its theme, but otherwise a sustained ensemble piece that is among the best Marvel movies to date. This was everything SUPERMAN V BATMAN DAWN OF JUSTICE wanted to be, but was not. I daren’t say too much, […]

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The Legless Man Teaches Running

Posted May 3, 2016 By John C Wright

Whatever political differences of opinion I may have with Mr. George R.R. Martin, I must rally to his defense when he is criticized unfairly. Here is the opening paragraph of an opinion piece by one Douglas Wilson: So what is objectionable about Game of Thrones? In posing the question, please note that I am […]

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New Warriors FTW!

Posted April 30, 2016 By John C Wright

Nate Winchester comments on my affection for the New Warriors from Marvel Comics: New Warriors? Man your tastes really ARE plebeian. ;) (said with all the fondness and love I can muster) Plebeian? I’ll say. NEW WARRIORS are the most starchy, idea-free, second-hand collection of Z-list supers ever. I achieve the state of a paragon […]

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