Victims of Abuse, Easy Labels, and Fiction

Rant warning. Are we getting too eager to be seen as victims? What happened to brushing the dust off your shoulders and going on with life? “Nowadays, we are conditioned to see ourselves as potential victims of numerous groups, races, organizations, institutions, chemicals, climates, and people. It’s almost humorous the degree to which some willContinue reading “Victims of Abuse, Easy Labels, and Fiction”

Was J.R.R. Tolkien A Racist?

…Or “The Coincidental Christmas.” Coincidental, since I was working on another blog post, detailing the races of my own fantasy world, when this little chestnut slithered back into the light: “Was J.R.R. Tolkien a racist?” Um…no. No, he decidedly was not. In fact, he wrote an eloquent letter to the Nazi party calling the raceContinue reading “Was J.R.R. Tolkien A Racist?”

Books and Movies for Halloween

Nothing fancy today. Just a recommendation list of novels and movies that would be great to watch on All Hallow’s Eve. I welcome any additional suggestions from you, of course. Feel free to add them in the comments. Books Cain, by James Byron Huggins — An inventive, action-packed thriller about a supersoldier who gets possessedContinue reading “Books and Movies for Halloween”

In Defense of a “Hobbit” Trilogy

Peter Jackson has made it official, now. The Hobbit will be told through another epic film trilogy in Middle Earth. For better or worse, I am excited and optimistic about this decision. Most of the internet is rejoicing at the news, but given the smaller, tighter focus of The Hobbit as a book, some are rising upContinue reading “In Defense of a “Hobbit” Trilogy”

The Reason I Love Speculative Fiction

I do not mean to say other genres suck or are inferior. I mean only to celebrate what I love in my own field, shameless optimist that I am. Science Fiction. Fantasy. Alternate History. Together, these genres form the pillars of what is called speculative fiction. There can be lots of blending and subgenres thatContinue reading “The Reason I Love Speculative Fiction”