The Casual Optimist

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October 17, 2016
by Dan
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The Fantastic Ursula K. Le Guin

Julie Phillips long profile of author Ursula K. Le Guin for The New Yorker is wonderful: Starting in the nineteen-eighties, [Le Guin] published some of her most accomplished work—fiction that was realist, magic realist, postmodernist, and sui generis. She wrote the Borgesian feminist parable “She … Continue reading

April 25, 2016
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Penguin Galaxy Series design by Alex Trochut

Following on from their horror classics series selected by Guillermo Del Toro, Penguin US is publishing six hardcover science fiction and fantasy classics this fall with introductions from Neil Gaiman, and (more importantly!) brilliant typographic covers by Brooklyn-based Spanish designer Alex … Continue reading

October 30, 2015
by Dan
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Mythical Scientific Creatures

Tom Gauld for the New Scientist.

September 22, 2015
by Dan
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Magical Items for Fantasy Writers

Tom Gauld.

May 25, 2015
by Dan
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The Story of ILM

Somewhat related to that Keith Phipps essay Why Star Wars? (mentioned here a couple of days ago), Wired has an oral history of Industrial Light & Magic, the special effects shop founded by George Lucas to work on the movie: … Continue reading

April 14, 2015
by Dan
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Our Journey Will Be Long…

Tom Gauld

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