Demotic or Not?

Demotic or Not? By: L.E. Modesitt Jr. Originally, and still to linguists and historians, the word “demotic” referred to the day-to-day, or common, script used by ancient Egyptians for business transactions, records, and, most likely, what might have passed for correspondence.  Hieroglyphics were usually reserved for the sacred and monumental uses, and employed by the…

Violence against women in fantasy, or why we need #metoo especially in fantasy

Violence against women in fantasy, or why we need #metoo especially in fantasy By Ulff Lehmann If you belong to that part of fandom that will now moan and say I’m politicizing the hobby, please fuck off, I don’t have anything to say to you. Well, other than fuck off. We’ve heard it all before……

On the Creation and Completion of The Imager Portfolio

On the Creation and Completion of The Imager Portfolio By L.E. Modesitt Jr. The novels of The Imager Portfolio take place across roughly 800 years in the world of Terahnar, a world in which a minuscule percentage of the population are imagers. Using the physiological strength of their bodies, they can visualize objects into being. …

Excellence in “Borrowed” or “Original” Novels?

Excellence in “Borrowed” or “Original” Novels? by L.E. Modesitt Jr. No author writes anything, even the most “original” fantasy or far-future ultra-high novel, without borrowing from somewhere.  To begin with, language, the very medium in which novels are written, contains cultural artifacts and meanings. Given human history, a wide range of religious and political structures…