Speculative Fiction Sucker Punches, Part 3 – Upper Cuts, Body Punches and Haymakers

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So we’ve covered convenient magic and uber leetness as speculative fiction sucker punches; the right hook and left hook, respectively.  Now we’re going to bring it on home. A strong corollary to the uber heroine is the female character written by a man who is clueless about women.  So many good male fantasy fiction writers just [….]

LitStaff Pick: Our Favorite Unlikely Heroes

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Joseph Campbell had a theory about heroes. In his classic seminal work, The Hero With a Thousand Faces, Campbell discusses the journey of the archetypal hero found in world mythologies. The hero, according to Campbell follows the same path or, ‘heroic journey’ : A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a [….]

Literary Pin-Up Calendar from The Tinker’s Pack

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For The Tinker’s Pack 2013 calendar, the not-for-profit organization founded by Patrick Rothfuss, has teamed up with some of the best authors in the fantasy genre: Peter S. Beagle, Ray Bradbury, Patricia Briggs, Jim Butcher, Jacqueline Carey, Neil Gaiman, Charlaine Harris, Robin Hobb, N.K. Jemisin, George R. R. Martin, Terry Pratchett, and Patrick Rothfuss. The [….]