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Identify these two (possibly terrible) fantasy/sci fi stories.

At some point in the early to mid-90s, I read two novels (or possibly short stories) that occasionally bubble up from my subconscious, aggravating me for a few days while I try to identify them. Given what I was reading at the time, the odds are good that they were terrible schlock. [more inside]
posted by Kreiger on Sep 20, 2016 - 9 answers

Help me find a line of cute/strange fantasy miniatures

I'm looking for a specific product line of fantasy miniatures with factions of cute/strange non-human species--more details inside. But please feel free to recommend your favorite weird miniatures line, if it focuses on non-humans and it's available now or in the near future. [more inside]
posted by Wobbuffet on Sep 18, 2016 - 5 answers

Help me find this weird fantasy webcomic.

I'm looking for this webcomic that I started reading a few years ago, like four or five, but I think it's older than that. It was a fantasy comic with characters from our world getting transported to a secondary world, where magical stones were prominently featured. I'm pretty sure it was in black in white. [more inside]
posted by overglow on Sep 12, 2016 - 5 answers

After the Dragon Age

I just finished Dragon Age: Inquisition, and I'm bereft. What else is there to play in this vein? [more inside]
posted by clarinet on Aug 23, 2016 - 37 answers

A Natural Twenty on Your Diplomacy Roll

I would like to read some fantasy/secondary world novels that deal heavily with political machinations - the more complex and backstabby the better. [more inside]
posted by darchildre on Jul 28, 2016 - 41 answers

ID short story about a group of kids who came back from a fantasy world?

I am trying to locate a short story I read sometime in the last few (1-3) years. I read it online, and it was about a group of kids, now older (20s?), set after they had done the trope thing of going into the woods, winding up in a fantasy world, saving the world, and then coming back to ours a short time later our-time, but months later in their lives. [more inside]
posted by fings on Jul 12, 2016 - 4 answers

Help me find a new SF/F review site to read.

All my favorite science fiction and fantasy book review sites are dying, with two of the best (io9 and SF Signal), fading in the last month. I know there are still a few podcasts, but I would rather stick with something I can read. Are there any good sites left with news about new books (or audiobooks) and authors, as well as intelligent reviews? I'd also be willing to follow Twitter feeds that do the same.
posted by blahblahblah on Jun 7, 2016 - 8 answers

Help me compile a list of locations from fantasy/sci fi series?

I am making a gift for a couple and I need your help! Part of the gift will contain a list of fantasy locations (i.e. LOTR - Mordor) from different sci-fi and fantasy franchises/worlds, with the overall theme being "Home is whereever I'm with you". My list only has three locations on it so far, and I'm struggling to come up with more. Don't constrain yourself--it doesn't matter if the locations are from movies, TV, books, anime, or something else. The couple is in their mid to late 20s, so contemporary-ish is probably best, but I'll take anything you've got! If it helps, I know they love Game of Thrones, Battlestar Galactica, Doctor Who, Star Wars, and other shows/movies in that vein. Thanks!
posted by lucy.jakobs on Jun 5, 2016 - 25 answers

Cultural Appropriation in the Mechanics of Magic

I am a white cis-het male working on a writing project that includes both a fantasy novel and a tabletop RPG system and setting, based in an alternate history Earth where magic is a part of normal life. I believe in the importance of diversity in representation, so I would like to depict an America in which European/American culture is less hegemonic than in reality. One of the ways in which I want to do that is having non-European systems of magic be influential on the art and science of magic in this world. In particular, I am considering whether there is a way to incorporate chakras into both the fiction and the game's system without it being cultural appropriation. More details after the break. [more inside]
posted by Caduceus on May 27, 2016 - 11 answers

Fantasy(??) illustrator

I'm looking for a new of an illustrator who is reminiscent of landscape shots on this page (under "Want a quick...", particularly shots 3 and 5). I do strongly remember the artist producing a landscape that involved heavy silhouetting, rolling hills (or a bridge?), and bright, purple-blue-green colours. Who might this classic (pre-Internet) illustrator be? [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on May 17, 2016 - 6 answers

Book ID. Fantasy Book where Women Use Gem Pieces For Magic

This is Children's/YA book I read in the early to mid 1980s in the UK. Invaders from across the sea are occupying the young heroes homeland and are looking for something. The protagonist goes in search of a magic jewel/gem/stone to defeat the invaders. One of the few details I remember is that another magic gem had been used to solve a previous crises and the shattered pieces of it could be used to do some kind of magic by the female characters. [more inside]
posted by antiwiggle on May 16, 2016 - 4 answers

Arcadia plot confusion

I'm a bit confused by the ending/overall plot of Iain Pears' Arcadia. (Major spoilers abound after the "more inside" so click at your peril!) [more inside]
posted by andrewesque on May 14, 2016 - 3 answers

Where do LoTR dwarves get food?

Where do the dwarves in LoTR get their food? Do they buy 100% of their food? [more inside]
posted by gregr on May 6, 2016 - 14 answers

You're just ok. Don't like me anymore? NOW I love you

I've got a bad romantic ailment. I have a hard time bridging the gap between reality and fantasy, and I have a big romantic ego. I have a tendency to build infatuation mansions, when reality perhaps only calls for a modest log cabin. Excuse the length of the navel gazing essay below. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 9, 2016 - 7 answers

Balticon 50 Reading List

I'm heading to Balticon 50 and want to expand the awesomeness. What should I read? [more inside]
posted by Nancy_LockIsLit_Palmer on Apr 8, 2016 - 3 answers

Help me identify this fantasy novel

Sometime in the last month, I read the first few pages of a Kindle ebook on Amazon and loved it, but unfortunately at the time I didn't have the cash to buy it. Now I have the cash but I can't find the book! Can you help me identify it? It's a fantasy novel by a female author. [more inside]
posted by snap, crackle and pop on Mar 14, 2016 - 5 answers

fun fantasy that's not.. bad.

Recommendations for fun fantasy with solid female leads? I've happily gone through all the wonderful recommendations in my last question (Books of friends saving the world) and finished A Discovery of Witches-- which almost destroyed my love for fun fantasy. [more inside]
posted by inevitability on Mar 14, 2016 - 52 answers

SF/F MAPL? SVP! ASAP!

My wife and I do a radio show on a community station in Canada, usually roughly theming the show around something in the community (or going on with us) every week. A comic-book/SF convention is rolling through town next weekend. We try to have a lot of Canadian content on the show. What Canadian musicians have performed songs about SF/fantasy/comic-book themes? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Mar 5, 2016 - 21 answers

Earliest instance of Atlantis-as-spaceship depiction in media?

I've been watching the 1978-1979 Hanna-Barbera Godzilla series with my son. There's one episode where the characters encounter the lost city of Atlantis, which turns out to be an alien spaceship. The depiction is similar to the Atlantis city/ship from the Stargate TV series. I'm wondering when the earliest depiction of Atlantis as spaceship occurred. [more inside]
posted by audi alteram partem on Mar 3, 2016 - 5 answers

Suggest fantasy books/series for a 14 yr old.

Suggest some fantasy books/series for my 14 yr old son. He's keen to read some more. Among things he's already read: Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Percy Jackson, Mortal Engines. We have in mind the His Dark Materials trilogy. What else? He enjoys reading and reads well.
posted by maupuia on Feb 27, 2016 - 33 answers

Reliving my single days through a weekend of binge gaming

My husband and kid are taking off for a weekend and for the first time in over 6 years I have a weekend to myself. The plan is to binge play a game while they are away in a hedonistic reliving my old WoW days. I am looking for a game that I can play either on my PS3 or WiiU that is an RPG. Basically, my googling has resulted in too many options and I am having a lot of trouble narrowing it down. Specifics of what I am looking for within. [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson on Feb 23, 2016 - 28 answers

Help me find my OTHER nominees for the Hugos and Retro Hugos

I'm looking for suggestions for potential nominations for the upcoming Hugos and Retro-Hugos. Difficulty level: NOT the categories for fiction, film, or television. [more inside]
posted by kyrademon on Jan 9, 2016 - 4 answers

Books with the same mouthfeel as Steven Universe

I'd like to read some fantasy or science fiction that has the same flavor and feel as Steven Universe. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi on Jan 8, 2016 - 4 answers

Does anyone know where I can find the short story described below?

I'm trying to find a short story i read years ago. The plot revolves around a man who accidentally comes into knowledge of a magical word, and any time you say it, the person listening to you instead hears the best possible thing you could have said in that moment. In the story (and the title of the short story too, i believe) this word is stylistically written as gibberish characters overlaid on top of one another, the result looks something like "RAETHBO". [more inside]
posted by shovel_mage on Nov 29, 2015 - 3 answers

Help Me Teach Teens to Write Sci-Fi & Fantasy

I've been invited to give a series of workshops at a local high school on writing science fiction and fantasy. What should I do to make them awesome? [more inside]
posted by Prunesquallor on Nov 5, 2015 - 8 answers

Need book recommendations--science fiction and/or fantasy edition.

I want to send some science fiction and/or fantasy books to someone. These are practically the only genres I DON'T read, and for various reasons I can't ask the recipient for a wish list. Please recommend some science fiction and fantasy books that would be good choices and that are available in paperback. Stand-alone titles are strongly preferred, but series are OK too. I'd also consider some good anthologies if they're available in paperback. Thanks!
posted by bookmammal on Nov 2, 2015 - 27 answers

Examples of pre-20th century surrealist art?

Can you suggest some examples of surreal or magical realist artworks – dreamlike scenes, fantastical animals, enchantments – but from before the 20th century (ie, before Surrealism, and fantasy/magic realist fiction)? For example: Gustave Doré; Bosch; some of the medieval religious art collected on the "Discarding Images" blog.
posted by dontjumplarry on Oct 4, 2015 - 15 answers

Book recommendations for junior fantasy

Another book recommendations question! My son, aged 9, is devouring the Ranger's Apprentice series. What else is in a similar, perhaps a little older, reading ability range, that has strong plotting and imaginative worlds. Also sci-fi...
posted by wilful on Oct 4, 2015 - 14 answers

Help me ID a fantasy book from the early 80s

I have vague memories of a book that I enjoyed in my misspent youth. It probably came out in the early 80s but maybe late 70s. It was a fantasy novel that featured demons trapped in rings. Memory (vague) says some of the demons may have been friendly-ish and just looked like small flames. Google searches for demon+ring+fantasy have been unhelpful but last time I asked here the first response nailed it. Can you do it again MeFi?
posted by Awfki on Sep 30, 2015 - 6 answers

Best fantasy books on Audible.com

Looking for beautifully written, beautifully performed fantasy audiobooks available on Audible.com. A skilled reader is key. If possible, I love when the book is less a reading and more a performance, like the exquisite Listening Library performance of The Golden Compass. But I will settle for a great narrator. The delightful British narrator of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, skilled in multiple accents, is my favorite so far. [more inside]
posted by lieber hair on Sep 25, 2015 - 16 answers

Good fantasy/D&D/wizard stories for young children?

I'm looking for short fantasy books in a Dungeons and Dragon style (knights, monsters, magic, etc.) that are suitable for young children (2-5 years old). [more inside]
posted by markblasco on Sep 16, 2015 - 21 answers

Elegiac Fantasy

I'm looking for fantasy that is at least partially about the fact that the world is leaving some of kind of Golden Age or has lost something vital and everyone is sad about it. [more inside]
posted by darchildre on Sep 11, 2015 - 27 answers

What sci-fi or fantasy books should I read next?

I recently started reading a bit of sci-fi and fantasy books - these genres are new to me and I'd like to read more. I've especially enjoyed time travel books. The challenging part for me is that I'm an impatient and/or lazy reader. If a book doesn't grab me from the beginning, I just can't bring myself to keep reading. So - what fantasy or sci-fi book (or series) do you think I would enjoy? [more inside]
posted by kdern on Sep 10, 2015 - 59 answers

fantastical reverse culture shock

Which stories deal with the aftermath of someone who had spent time in a magical world but is suddenly thrust into mundanity, and instead of being "oh glad I'm back to normal" they wish to return? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Sep 6, 2015 - 43 answers

What Was That Video?

Looking for a short video tinged with the fantastic I saw within the past year. Details within. [more inside]
posted by xenization on Aug 18, 2015 - 2 answers

Looking for good quality non-Euro-centric RPG campaign settings

I recently received the Southlands campaign setting from a Kickstarter that I'd previously funded and forgotten about (seriously, Kickstarter is like sending your future self a present). Flipping through it brought back memories of reading Conan comics as a kid and reveling in how different it was from what I was used to, setting-wise. Most of the popular fantasy settings in fiction are all very Euro-centric. Help me find some good table top RPG settings that step outside this mold. More within. [more inside]
posted by JimBJ9 on Aug 17, 2015 - 11 answers

Help me identify this book!

My mom bought me a fantasy book years and years ago, and I remember reading it with her. I am guessing it was a relatively new book at the time, so my guess would be that it was published some time between 1985 and 1990.... [more inside]
posted by rikhei on Jun 23, 2015 - 5 answers

What's this website with a crow in its header?

This may be a reach, but I'm looking for a half-remembered website. The main design elements that I can recall are that the page is mostly black and white with a header that has something like a splashed ink illustration of a crow on it. I think that it's a blog, either about metal (the music) or fantasy/sci-fi writing, but I could just be conflating other things together. The crow is the important thing.
posted by The Michael The on Jun 6, 2015 - 3 answers

Seasons and weather on a tidally locked planet (for a story)

I can't find any sources that really explain how they'd work to a science illiterate like me. Can anyone point me in the right direction? Even fiction will help, seeing as it's for a story of my own. [more inside]
posted by trollnystan on May 31, 2015 - 7 answers

What are some works of SFF that use extraordinarily beautiful language?

What are some works of SFF that showcase beautiful language on a par with All The King's Men, Gilead, and Raymond Chandler's detective novels? I've read plenty of SFF that has transported me, but little that's struck me as gorgeously written. Thanks!
posted by Going To Maine on May 24, 2015 - 32 answers

Book Suggestion for 16-year-old Manga, GoT-loving Girl

Need a book rec for a sixteen year old girl who reads manga and Game of Thrones, loves Miyazaki movies and Japanese culture. Extra context inside. [more inside]
posted by Locative on May 20, 2015 - 37 answers

Lazyweb: Greatest *consistent* scifi/fantasy series novels?

What are the best scifi and/or fantasy book series that are consistently great from novel to novel? For my purposes this would be a series of at least three books, and probably no more than... six? ish? (I might be cutting it short; this is a general estimate of about how long my interest tends to remain keen. Not a dealbreaker if a bit more). I'm looking for the sorts of books that really draw you into the fictional world and have a lot of character building, with few or no "weak links" from book to book. [more inside]
posted by taz on May 9, 2015 - 46 answers

multiplayer figurine-based strategy fantasy sequel games

In Parks And Recreation's finale, Ben Wyatt announces that his sequel to The Cones Of Dunshire was "the ninth highest-selling multiplayer figurine-based strategy fantasy sequel game in history". Let us assume the show's script to be reality for the purposes of this question, and that there are at least eight other multiplayer figurine-based strategy fantasy sequel games. Please list any games that fulfill ALL of those requirements: 1) MULTIPLAYER. 2) FIGURINE-BASED. 3) STRATEGY. 4) FANTASY. 5) SEQUEL. 6) GAME. [more inside]
posted by Greg Nog on May 7, 2015 - 25 answers

What YA fantasy novel was this?

This is driving me crazy, because I know it's a book I like and have read more than once, but I can't for the life of me put my finger on it. Seems like Diana Wynne Jones but I can't find one of hers that fits. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by skycrashesdown on Apr 21, 2015 - 4 answers

Yet another book recommendation

I'm desperately searching for a new series. I'm in the mood for an academic leaning fantasy romance, which is almost too specific. Help me not go crazy in my search? [more inside]
posted by Krop Tor on Apr 13, 2015 - 37 answers

10th birthday party, fantasy theme: what fun ideas do you have?

My son is having his 10th birthday party later this month and the theme is 'fantasy' (witches, goblins, wizards, dragons, elves etc). What are some fun games/activities that you recommend for the day?
posted by h00py on Apr 2, 2015 - 10 answers

What book next?

I loved A Song of Ice and Fire, The Kingkiller Chronicle and the Stormlight Archive. I'm in book 2 of the Mistborn series and it's enjoyable but not as good as the previous. Where should I go next? Needs to be on Audible (I have a 2 hr commute every day).
posted by no bueno on Mar 28, 2015 - 21 answers

Help me fulfill my partner's fantasy in the most creative ways possible

NSFW. My SO recently confessed a sexual fantasy of his which requires some advance brainstorming on my part, as it centers around a sexy game. Any suggestions are much appreciated! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 17, 2015 - 10 answers

Is this what they call High Fantasy?

I'm looking for book recommendations that will get me as close to an experience as reading Tolkein as possible. I haven't read much fantasy for at least 15 years, but I have a pretty good sense of what I like. I want: a huge world with an ancient mythology, as big a sense of history, language, culture, as possible. I don't want: much violence or thrilling action, I don't care much about characterization or story beats, or accessible writing. Really, as close as I can get to a dense anthropological examination of fantasy world's geography, myth, and legend as I can get. [more inside]
posted by Think_Long on Mar 9, 2015 - 32 answers

New Women SF/F Authors

Reading this thread made me realize that I am completely unaware of the current state of SF/F. Who are some female SF/F authors from the last 15 years that you would recommend? [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Feb 26, 2015 - 21 answers

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