Monthly Archives: August 2014

On Trusting Your Audience: My Thoughts on “The Giver” on Film

Lois Lowry’s The Giver was so transformational for me that it sits so far back in memory I can no longer remember when I first encountered it. It was, I think, the first dystopia I understood. Its post-apocalyptic calm is … Continue reading

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“Into the Region of Awe” by David C. Downing: A Review

For some time I have suspected that David Downing was on to something here. Part of what I’m doing in researching C.S. Lewis is to see what is at the core of who he was as a Christian—not just what … Continue reading

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Three rules for naming your fantasy world

Originally posted on Matthew Wright:
In my mis-spent early twenties, a friend and I created a fantasy world map for our RPG sessions. To build a world, start by wearing a hard hat (like mine). Yes, I played Dungeons and Dragons – and later…

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The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth… Or At Least Pass the Pepper

I admit it: I’m a geek. It didn’t have to be this way. When I was fourteen, all of my comic books (and my dad’s) and my Dungeons & Dragons books were lost in a fire. I also lost my … Continue reading

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The Fictional Universe of Narnia

I am editing a paper Mythcon in August in Norton, MA. I am quite excited to be presenting some of my work on The Screwtape Letters and the Ransom Cycle. It is an unusual audience, a mix of scholars and … Continue reading

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Faint Hope for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (Teaser Trailer Release)

The teaser trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies was released this week and has sped its way through the Tolkien fan digital community. You can check out the footnote conversation at A Tolkienest Perspective, or some … Continue reading

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