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Our Fantastic Week Ahead: June 27

Given that it's the last week of June, we are smack dab in the middle of science fiction blockbuster season!  Already this summer we've seen the release of Super 8, X-Men: First Class, and Green Lantern, and this week marks the release of the latest installment in Michael Bay's Transformers franchise--Transformers: Dark of the Moon.  While none of these movies seems like it will go down in history as one of the great science fiction movies, they are a lot of fun, and give us an occasion to think back on the science fiction movies that are our favorites.

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Our Fantastic Week Ahead: June 20

We're really excited about what's coming up this week, since we have quite a few new voices to add to the conversation here at Fantasy Matters.  Ken Schneyer, Madeline Barnicle, Nancy Hightower, Elizabeth Simons, and Ed Upton will all be contributing their thoughts and ideas this week, and we'd like to give them a hearty welcome!

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Of Jedi and Gamers

I’m not sure I can really consider myself a ‘gamer’.  I play video games a lot, that’s not in question.  In fact, I probably play them too much.  The part that makes me question my gamer-ness is my unwillingness to try new games.  I get stuck.  I played Total Annihilation (Gamespot’s Game of the year 1997) as my game of choice until I started playing World of Warcraft in 2005.  I got stuck on WoW for much longer than I’d like to admit and then Supreme Commander came along and I’ve been playing that ever since I found it.  I play other games, sure (Company of Heroes Online and C&C Red Alert 2 etc etc), but not for long, and I even when I do, my heart is always soon back on one of my old standbys.  Because of this, I’m not often tempted by new releases.  A game generally needs to be out for a while before I’ll hear about it and try it. That’s why it seems so strange that I’m excited about the new Star Wars themed MMO from BioWare. 

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Our Fantastic Week Ahead: June 13

Welcome to those of you joining us for the first time this weekend by way of Pat Rothfuss's blog post about us!  We hope you like what you see, and we look forward to hearing your thoughts about fantasy and science fiction!

We have a great week ahead of us here at Fantasy Matters

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Tarantino's Got the Right Idea; Or, Why Fantasy Matters

Quentin TarantinoLast week, I was reading about Quentin Tarantino's latest project--a film called Django Unchained, which, according to a commenter over at Hollywood Elsewhere, tells the story of a freed slave named Django who works with a bounty hunter to find and free his wife.  What is interesting about this movie to me is the form that it's going to take--something that has the action and adventure of a "spaghetti Western," but that takes place in the time and space of the Civil War and that Tarantino would call a "Southern." 

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