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Uses for Magic are like Playing Chess

Some writers have stepped past the stage of fun with magic and use the presence of characters with magic to drive the plot. These writers are similar to chess players who have studied some famous chess strategies and want to employ them in a match. One rule of thumb to recognize this type of writer is that the magic is similar from one series to the next – because the strategies are similar. Continue reading

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LibraryThing — Chuck Norton

The introduction of the intelligent reptiles, the gualareps, from the planet Cicero is one of the more intriguing and entertaining features of HeartStone. For those among us readers who cherish a special bond with our animals, their presence in the story is most charming and touching and the death of Ralph causes the sharpest pang of “HeartStone”, or deeply-felt empathy for the suffering of others. Continue reading

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My intent was to pry open the archetypes of alien women in sci-fi who are, shall we say, sexually available to the story’s hero. You know the types — warrior, witch, street urchin, unavailable princess who sneaks around, armless mermaid. Let’s present a few female characters who drive the story and solve problems using the tools at hand. Continue reading

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