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And Now a Message from my Editor re Hugo Awards

Posted July 18, 2014 By John C Wright

Reprinted from his website. If the sorry state of modern science fiction does not remind you of the sorry state of modern painting, please wake up and pay attention to what is happening to our beloved genre. Keep in mind that his is not a parody. These subhumans are completely serious, and regard the short […]

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And She Acted Like a Girl

Posted July 17, 2014 By John C Wright

This is a comment from another thread by Mduz, which is too good not to share. Needless to say, I agree wholly with the sentiment: On the JL cartoon, Wonder Woman was most appealing as a character when she was trying to lasso Batman or babying tiny infant Etrigan, least appealing when she was being […]

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Thor Cropped of his Male Member

Posted July 16, 2014 By John C Wright

This organization once known as Marvel Comics was once known for producing funloving, loud and brash and well-beloved superhero comics. Now they are known for having once having had produced beloved superhero comics which are now made into successful movies for nostalgic geeks like me. (I stopped reading comics when they killed off Captain America […]

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Fairness in Fiction

Posted July 9, 2014 By John C Wright

I recently wrote an article in this space on the difference between propaganda and art. Like a philosopher, I attempted to divine the first principles or essential of both species, and to define them. But it occurs to me that the philosophical approach is exactly backward when discussing art, since art is based on the […]

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Writing with an Ax to Grind

Posted July 8, 2014 By John C Wright

A reader with the pastoral name of Pastor writes to ask:   Do you think that propaganda (using your definition from above as “that which is designed to manipulate readers into an ideology”) and ordinary stories are different in kind or in degree? I understand, from your last, that you think they are different in […]

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The Last Castle by Jack Vance

Posted July 4, 2014 By John C Wright

The novella THE LAST CASTLE won Jack Vance both the Hugo and Nebula Awards, and this was in the days when those awards still meant something. I had occasion to reread this novellas recently, and was deeply impressed at how the passing of time has not outdated it. Now, in the middle of the second […]

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Dungeons and Perverts

Posted July 3, 2014 By John C Wright

James Wyatt, the designer of the latest Dungeons & Dragons starter set, is trumpeting how progressive the game’s values are: And what could possibly be more authentically faux medieval than that?

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A Comment on Political Activism in Fairy Stories

Posted June 26, 2014 By John C Wright

A reader with the rural yet ovine name of Pastor asks: ‘ Cannot politics and religion and philosophy be elements of a story without that story being reduced to propaganda? My comment: I can speak for no other writer. In my stories political matters can crop up as elements of the plot or character development […]

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Political Activism in Fairy Stories

Posted June 25, 2014 By John C Wright

A reprint of an article from 2007. I post it again because while the specifics of the discussion between Mr VanderMeer and Mr Baker may or may not be any longer of interest, the general point eternally recurs: *   *   * The well-regarded Jeff VanderMeer writes, with honest insight, that his youthful theory about writing, […]

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Progress Report

Posted June 25, 2014 By John C Wright

Over at Vox Day’s website, a reader named Brad Andrews posted a question for me: “It would be nice to have some indication of the status of future efforts in your series, especially the Count to a Trillion one. I could not find anything specific when I looked around earlier.” As of the time of […]

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