Tag Archives: Discworld

A Call for a Silmarillion Talmud

Though we live in a digital age, we are sometimes artificially constrained by older technologies. Like modern cars and trains that are largely designed according to the size of Roman cart paths, our reading is still shaped by a time … Continue reading

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From the Mouths of Atheists: Faith Lessons from Terry Pratchett

In creating the Discworld, Terry Pratchett set for himself an interesting problem for an atheist of his era: he created a world where gods are a reality. From an artist’s perspective, this is no particular problem at all. Pratchett made what … Continue reading

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Terry Pratchett’s Topsy-Turvy Witches

At Mythcon last year, a bright young scholar said that she thought that Granny Weatherwax is the alter ego of Terry Pratchett—not in personality, but in her wry, upside-down, “limit evil” approach to life in this strange world. At least, … Continue reading

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What if C.S. Lewis Wrote Dante’s Inferno? by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle

Undoubtedly, one of the 20th century’s most inventive world-builders was Larry Niven. He is perhaps most famous for Known Space, the universe where Ringworld (1970) and another 11 books are set. Niven’s inventions are now scattered in the background of much of … Continue reading

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“You’re one of me too”: Venn Diagram Friends by Neil Gaiman and C.S. Lewis

It is one of the of the more moving moments in C.S. Lewis’ autobiography, Surprised by Joy. Lewis was living a largely lonely childhood, his only friend being his older brother. Then something utterly surprising happens: It is a curious truth, … Continue reading

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Farewell Terry Pratchett

To say that I’m a fan of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld is an understatement. Among the humorous fantasy writers, Terry Pratchett has pride of place. At his right and left hand are Douglas Adams in sheer satiric glory, and Neil Gaiman, … Continue reading

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The 7 Least Popular Posts (That I Still Think Were Pretty Good)

It’s fun to make “Best of” lists, like my “7 Super Awesome Posts of 2014.” The poison ivy of the WordPress statistics forest, however, is that you also know what posts were almost completely ignored. Some of these least viewed … Continue reading

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