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The Fantastic in the Fine Arts: "Transparency in Time"

I suppose if I were to be strict about definitions, this installation, "Transparency in Time," is more "fantastic adjacent" than strictly "fantastic," but it is beautiful, and it makes me think of magic, so I am sharing it with you.

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Midweek Fiction: Elizabeth Bear, "The Horrid Glory of its Wings"

Elizabeth Bear is one of my favorite writers. I love her precise and intelligent use of language, and her ability to write works that rip your heart out of your chest, and then show you the beauty in the sadness. She has a gift for seeing the monstrous in the human, and the humanity in the monsters.

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The Witch-Queen of Fillory

The Magician KingLet's begin by taking note of the parameters - the circumstances, if you will - under which we are working. The first is that I can make absolutely no claim to objectivity here. Not only did I beta-read The Magician King, but Lev is a very dear friend. I have no critical distance from either text or from author.

The second circumstance of note is, there are going to be spoilers for The Magician King in this post. I am quite serious about this.

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Midweek Fiction: Theodora Goss, "The Mad Scientist's Daughter"

Theodora Goss is another writer who appeared at the original Fantasy Matters convention. While there, she read part of "Singing of Mount Abora," a story I loved so much I purchased the anthology it was in (Logorrhea: Good Words Make Good Stories) without knowing anything other than I needed to know what happened at the end of Goss's story.

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Midweek Fiction: Nnedi Okorafor, "The Book of Phoenix: Excerpted From the Great Book"

Nnedi Okorafor was among the featured authors at the Fantasy Matters conference in 2007. Her fiction has won a number of major awards, including the Wole Soyinka Prize, the CBS Parallax Award, and the Macmillan Prize for Africa. Reading Okorafor's work always make me feel as if my imagination has been expanded.

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