Category Archives: Fantasy

My Opinion on Modern SF/F

Recently, literary critic Jeffro Johnson, author of Appendix N: The Literary History of Dungeons and Dragons, did an interview with Jon Del Arroz about how RPGs ruined speculative fiction. In this interview, Jeffro explains how modern authors rarely bring their … Continue reading

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Normal Heroes

As I read through old Appendix N works and old pulps, I noticed a very curious pattern, even in the fantasy novels: a near-total lack of superpowered heroes. Even in the most fantastical settings, few heroes had anything like the … Continue reading

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Filler of Gor (Nomads of Gor — Review)

My reviews of Gorean Saga books 1-3 can be found here. Recently, I finished Nomads of Gor, the fourth book in the controversial Gorean Saga, and I have to say that it’s a colossal letdown. There is far too much … Continue reading

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Modern Action’s Fundamental Problem

It does not take any sort of deep analysis to see that action stories set in modern times are popular, whether we’re talking about film, TV, or books. Superheroes fighting evil overlords, rebels toppling oppressive empires, and ordinary folks unloading … Continue reading

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An Appreciation for the Fantasy Genre

I had begun my Appendix N Review Series as a way to see how the fantasy genre in the 1950s through the 1970s was different from today’s genre. Going in, I wasn’t sure what to expect — I expected to … Continue reading

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