Archive for January, 2009

Unearth – The Magazine of Science Fiction Discoveries

January 12, 2009

One of the more famous discoveries

Unearth was one of the titles that appeared during the brief  renaisance of magazine SF that began in 1977. The magazine’s policy was to find and develop new writers (it was sub-titled “The Magazine of Science Fiction Discoveries”). Initially, apart from the reprint “First Sales”, the fiction was by entirely unknown writers. During the magazine’s existance this policy
was expanded to include writers who had made three or fewer professional sales and all writers whose first sale had been to Unearth. Somtow Sucharitkul and William Gibson made their first sales to this magazine. (more…)

Fantasists and Monotheists

January 8, 2009

Thirty years ago the science fiction and fantasy writer L. Sprague de Camp expressed the view that religious believers were in general not as good at creating believable fantasy societies as are non-believers. (more…)

Using Real-World Religions in RPGs

January 3, 2009

This is an article I wrote some years ago for The Sharp End.

Since religions have played such a fundamental rôle in all human societies, any RPG universe that contains humans will almost certainly contain religions. While there are numerous types, they essentially boil down to two: fictional and factual, each with their advantages and disadvantages. (more…)

The Saga of Felimid the Bard

January 2, 2009

These are a series of fantasy novelettes by the Australian writer Dennis Morethat might be of use to a GM setting a campaign during the period of Anglo-Saxon settlement in southern Britain. (more…)