Saturday Art: Influential Authors: Stephen R. Donaldson

By: Saturday October 18, 2014 7:00 pm

I first discovered Stephen R. Donaldson early in my days in Hawai’i. I first picked up his book The Illearth War one afternoon at the Base Exchange because of the interesting cover. It wasn’t until I got back to the barracks that I realized that it was the second of a fantasy series. After that, I went back to the Exchange and picked up the first, Lord Foul’s Bane and third, The Power That Preserves of the original Chronicles of Thomas Covenant.


Saturday Art: Influential Authors: JRR Tolkien

By: Saturday March 29, 2014 5:20 pm

It’s indisputable that JRR Tolkien was an influential author.

One way to identify influence is the existence of parodies and Tolkien is no exception. Bored of the Rings was a parody novel written by Henry Beard and Douglas Kenney who went on to be founders of National Lampoon.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes China Miéville, Kraken

By: Sunday September 26, 2010 1:59 pm

China Miéville is perhaps the most interesting and influential writer to emerge in science fiction, fantasy and horror (genres that he brings together under the title ‘weird fiction’) over the last fifteen years. His breakout book, Perdido Street Station blended fantasy, horror and science fictional elements, in its depiction of a corrupt and fantastical city, part London and part Buenos Aires, under threat from escaped ‘slakemoths.’ Its sequels, The Scar and Iron Council revisited this city and the world surrounding it. His recent book The City and the City, which brings together noir detective fiction and a very particular kind of fantasy, won the World Fantasy Award. The New York Times ran a good profile of Miéville a few weeks ago.

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