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More Stories Wil Wheaton narrated the audiobook edition of Cory Doctorow’s Homeland — and had a surreal moment when he realized he makes a cameo in the book. Read the first four chapters of The Goblin Emperor, by Katherine Addison. Check out this amazing LEGO version of the Shattered Plains from The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson. Celebrating the publication of The Time Traveler’s Almanac, we’ve shared 13 reasons why time travel would be the best thing ever. If you missed Brandon Sanderson’s Words of Radiance tour, watch this video of a Q&A at one of his stops.
Rules vs. Guidelines in Fantasy
by Katherine Addison

I have loved fantasy since I was a very little girl. My father read to me: L. Frank Baum, J. R. R. Tolkien, Susan Cooper, C. S. Lewis, David Eddings, Robert Jordan. As I grew older, I scoured both school and public libraries, read fantasy and science fiction and horror: Stephen King and Isaac Asimov and Ursula K. Le Guin, Samuel R. Delany and Lois McMaster Bujold and Angela Carter. I never stopped loving fantasy, never “grew up” into a preference for realism. And I have always, always loved what Tolkien calls secondary world fantasy, stories that take place in entirely made up worlds.

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Romancing the Mantis
by Sharon Lynn Fisher

I never expected to be writing about bugs. If someone had proposed the idea to me, I would have said bugs and romance? Ick factor = terminal. And yet here I am less than a month away from the release of The Ophelia Prophecy, my post-apocalyptic biopunk romance about a race of human/insect transgenic organisms.

It all started one morning a few years back when I woke with the final images of a dream bleeding over into consciousness: Two praying mantises squaring off in a formal fighting stance, threatening each other with wooden staffs.

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