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January 2003 E-Magazine Roundup January 2003 E-Magazine Roundup
an article by Trent Walters
Trent has read and provides commentary on several e-magazines including Dark Fluidity, Fangoria, Ideomancer, Sci Fiction, Strange Horizons and Vestal Review.

The SF Writer's Online Resource: The Family of Summer SF Workshops The SF Writer's Online Resource: The Family of Summer SF Workshops
a column by Trent Walters
"The obvious choice as to which is best does not exist. If you get into one and not the other, don't whine that this one obviously isn't as good. You just didn't fit for the readers over there. Or maybe the cosmic powers of fate decided you will learn more here at this point in your learning curve. Now, let's touch on each in the not-who's-best order of age."

The SF Writer's Online Resource: Michael A. Banks The SF Writer's Online Resource: Michael A. Banks
a column by Trent Walters
So many writing books are a dime a dozen, shedding little new light on the difficulty of writing. On the web are some free and interesting takes on this eternal dilemma. Michael A. Banks, author of three SF novels and several short stories, of a book that sets the record straight on Understanding Science Fiction, and of a style not displeasing to the ear, is one of those writers with something worthwhile to say.

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Anime Anime
an article by Trent Walters
If you enjoy animation but have been burned by the hype from anime fans, this may be a place for a little more discernment -- at least on a story level. For a little background on anime, a good DVD to start with is The Animatrix. One of the extra features, "Scrolls to Screen: The History and Culture of Anime," gives informative background on anime and points out a few classics in the genre.

Forrest Aguirre: Experimental Fiction Forrest Aguirre: Experimental Fiction
reviewed by Trent Walters
Forrest Aguirre writes a rarity these days: experimental fiction. The term seems to cause confusion. Experiment is writing that hasn't been done before. On the map of Here-There-Be-Dragons, this is where the experimental writer heads. He pioneers. Though he may tread ground that other pioneers have tread, he observes new details of that territory.

Online Animation Online Animation
an article by Trent Walters
There's something immediately gratifying about story animation that novels and live movies do not have: perhaps because of the animator's vision can be born out without limitation of image (mostly in movies, but due to its limitation, the novel relies much on the reader -- just as the eye depends on the mind -- to fill in what it cannot show at once). In fact, almost any movie of broad-scope imagination requires animation.

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Who Shot SF? Who Shot SF?
an article by Trent Walters
"God knows how long the Science Fiction Super Fish has flopped around out of water. It gasped its last when H.G. Wells turned from SF as thought and entertainment toward SF as utopian symbol, but revived in the nick of time, twenty years later, with Hugo Gernsback's Amazing Stories and his infamous fan clubs and decoder rings. It gave up the ghost during the Great Depression, but John Campbell, Jr.'s Astounding pragmatic science of the 40s did chest compressions while the 50s' literary wit of F&SF and Galaxy did mouth-to-mouth. "

Who Shot SF? J.R.R. Tolkien Is Dangerous
an article by Trent Walters
"This reviewer is now, to borrow a phrase from Michael Moorcock, about to exit 'that now familiar land that Thatcher and Reagan built, where people become afraid to speak because they might lose their jobs.' Lucius Shepard and Rick Norwood have already reviewed the greatest fantasy film of all time, Lord of the Rings, directed by Peter Jackson (who also directed the greatest movie of all time, Heavenly Creatures), so this reviewer backed off... until he received a link to a recent essay by Michael Moorcock, 'Christmas Editorial', which changed everything.

Copyright © 2003 Rodger Turner


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