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Confessions of a History Geek: Blending History and Fantasy Seamless Garments Ender’s Game Sweepstakes More Stories...

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Confessions of a History Geek: Blending History and Fantasy
by D. B. Jackson

Writing historical urban fantasy presents interesting challenges, particularly for someone like me. I’m a refugee from academia with a Ph.D. in history, which means that I’m a nerd with a nearly obsessive desire to keep my history accurate. So, when I was writing Thieves’ Quarry, the second book in my Thieftaker Chronicles, I faced something of a conundrum.

A little background: Thieves’ Quarry begins on September 28, 1768.

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Seamless Garments
by Michael Flynn

Exempting fables and other surrealisms, a novel is an artifact constructed from bits and pieces of the author’s experience and research that seeks to emulate nature. (And the Latin term for a construction is fictio.) We praise a novel when we say it is “true to life” (and note the distinction between truth and fact).

But some constructions are better than others. You ought not see the seams and the fasteners where disparate parts were put together.

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