Superluminary, Episode 44  The World-Wreckers of KW Sagittarii, is posted on Patreon:

Episode 44 The World-Wreckers of KW Sagittarii

In this exciting episode, the Lords of Creation are besieged by a flotilla of world-wreckers manning miniature Dyson spheres.

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Lost Works TITUS GROAN

Posted March 14, 2017 By John C Wright

I have boldly attempting a Jeffro Johnsonian feat of reviewing most or all of the authors in Lin Carter’s Ballatine Adult Fantasy series from the 1960’s.

Today’s offering is one of my least favorite books of all time: TITUS GROAN by Mervyn Peake. Although I try to be fair to it, alas, I fail.

http://www.castaliahouse.com/wright-on-lost-works-titus-groan/

The book describes the lives and foibles, follies and vices, crimes and deaths of the ugly dwellers in the monstrously oversized castle Gormenghast, a Gothic pile that is crumbling, ancient, dark and vast beyond all measure.

There is nothing, aside from the sheer astonishing size and age of the castle, which involves any element of the fantastic, otherworldly, or ultramundane. Everything else in terms of plot, character, setting, style and theme is mundane in each sense of the word, or less than mundane. Far less.

… characters include persons as charming as any to be found in an asylum for the criminally insane.

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Lazarus and Dracula

Posted March 14, 2017 By John C Wright

SAMURAI JACK is back, and is just as good as you remember it. If you have a cable provider, you can watch it here: http://www.adultswim.com/videos/samurai-jack/xcii/

Obviously there is another voice for Aku, since the great Mako has passed away, but the look, the action, the energy, the humor, it is all there, all just as you recall.

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Space Princess Art, Part 5: Startling Stories

Posted March 14, 2017 By John C Wright

Enjoy today’s installment of Space Princess Art, including selections from Startling Stories.

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Prospero in Hell

Posted March 13, 2017 By John C Wright

The beautiful and talented Mrs. Wright announces the second book in her PROSPERO’S CHILDREN trilogy is now available as an ebook.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XK7HBSB/?tag=lampwright-20

Miranda has gathered her siblings and convinced them that their father, the magician Prospero, from Shakespeare’s Tempest, truly needs rescuing. But there are traitors among them. And even if they survive, can they possibly rescue their father from the place he has been taken?

On a personal note, please examine the wand in Mephisto Prospero’s hand. This is an image of something I made up when I was in Law School in the late 1980’s. The Prospero family I made up, but in another background, when I was in college in the early 1980’s. Miranda was made up by Shakespeare in the early 1610’s. It seems like a minor miracle to me to see them portrayed with such verve and craft on the cover of this version.

The cover artist is named Dan Lawlis.

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Merlin Agrees

Posted March 13, 2017 By John C Wright

And now for a word from Merlin the Magician

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The Last Crusade: the Majesty of Truth

Posted March 12, 2017 By John C Wright

A former column lists the nine principles held by all men of good will, for which the Last Crusade takes up the cross.

We hold to the majesty of truth; the impartiality of reason; the objectivity of reality. We believe in the authority of virtue; the verity of beauty; the dignity of man; the equality of the law; the glory of patriots; and all the foregoing we hold steadfastly, for we are fast held in the love of Christ.

In a word, the Crusader stands for truth, reason, sanity; for virtue, beauty, dignity; we revere equal justice under law; we salute the flag and kiss the cross.

All nine principles are necessary to preserve the soul of Western Civilization.

Each of the nine principle is held in dispute or held in contempt by a modern heresy whose names are Legion: postmodernism, socialism, political correctness, social justice, tolerance, diversity, Leftism, Gnosticism, nihilism, untruth, barbarism, identity politics, antilife, Morlockery. Use whatever name fancy suggests, since none fit the truth of the matter.  In this column, it is called only the Enemy, for it has no being in and of itself. It exists only to drain, to hinder, oppose and destroy the host that gives it life.

The Enemy is not merely a political movement, albeit is cloaked as one. It is a world-view; an ersatz religion; a dark dogma that reaches to every aspect of life and makes an absolute demand for absolute conformity. It is like a religion, but opposite to it.

It is an Anti-religion.

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Rational and Magical Thinking

Posted March 10, 2017 By John C Wright

Here is the difference between arguing with a rational atheist and arguing with a Leftist: suppose for the sake of argument that you penned a column describing the psychology of Leftism as involving a neurotic (if not deliberate) confusion between symbol and object, commonly known as “magical thinking.”

Magical thinking is thinking where the believers believes that manipulating a symbol manipulates reality. By this definition, anyone who hopes to remove race hatred from among men by changing the words used by one race to refer to another is engaging in magical thinking.

Let us further suppose that when you list three or four examples of magical thinking about the Left, one of the groups mentioned is a coven of wicca who claim to be casting spells on Donald Trump. Let us finally suppose you call them by their traditional name, witches. Read the remainder of this entry »

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Heinlein and the Space Babes

Posted March 9, 2017 By John C Wright

Heinlein’s babes always struck me as at least having a sketchy personality (usually of a fiercely independent redhead eager to hop in bed) but not enough to take them out of the Playboy eye candy category.

Please note that this never happened in his juveniles — that editrix Alice Dalgliesh he seemed to carp about so much kept him on the straight and narrow, and built up the fame for him to allow him to write his clunkers like NUMBER OF THE BEAST and the books thereafter.

His female characters in most of his juveniles, even minor characters only briefly onstage, seemed no less realistic than his male characters. If the memory of my far vanished youth serves, PODKAYNE OF MARS may have been the first science fiction book I ever read with a female protagonist. She seemed to have at least as much personality as the guy from BETWEEN PLANETS or SPACE CADET, whose names I cannot recall, or even Juan Rico from STARSHIP TROOPERS.

But when he went from writing juveniles to writing seniles something happened.

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Space Princess Art, Part 4: Planet Stories

Posted March 9, 2017 By John C Wright

Today’s installment concentrates on Planet Stories, which, in my humble opinion, had the most well drawn covers (but not necessarily the best — that honor goes to Astounding Stories).

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