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The following are in absolutely no particular order at all!
The Christian Fandom Home Page
Another page that attempts to draw together the best of Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy. For more, feel free to check out the Guide to Christian Fantasy.
Come meet Jessica Sandoval, author of several Christian Fantasy novels! For more, feel free to check out the Guide to Christian Fantasy.
Borrowers of the Moon
Still think that all this worrying about Wiccans is nothing? Check out eluki bes shahar's opening chapter for a realistic novel chronicalling what it's like to grow up pagan. Very enlightening.
Want to know the latest on movies from a Christian perspective? Check out Steve Greydanus' wonderful page, "Decent Films" - well laid out and user friendly, with regular updates!
Great Young Adult Books
Heather Marie Barnett is the reigning queen on young adult literature. Check out her lovely page, for more book recommendations!
Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy Magazine
I highly recommend Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy Magazine as well as her Sword and Sorceress anthologies. MZB, may God rest her soul, was a wonderful mentor and editor, and those who now carry on the magazine and anthology are likewise. Both publications tend towards the subgenre of "Sword and Sorcery," although they have been including more "Urban Fantasy" stories lately. Keep in mind that the guidelines are rather strict - make sure you look them over thoroughly before submitting to the magazine. Best of all, of course, they have bought two of my short stories (Yaaay! FWAH! Dance of Joy! Dance of Glee!): "If We Shadows Have Offended" for MZBFM, vol. 46 - which won first place for that issue!, and "Better Seen Than Heard" for Sword and Sorceress 19 (debuting in 2002).
SFF: Science Fiction and Fantasy
This is an interesting site which boasts several valuable links, but serves primarily as a message board. Quite a few well-known authors in the genre frequent the site, and have their homepages linked to it. Enjoy!
Phantastes: Journal of Fantastic Fiction
Phantastes is a scholarly e-zine, published quarterly. The articles are often interesting, if not excellent, to read, but the bulletin board is negligable. E-zine also includes interviews. Issues are thematic.
Fantasy, Fairytales and Folklore
Another e-zine, this one a publisher of stories, poems and artwork. The publisher was kind enough to buy one of my poems for the May 2000 issue, so check it out! (*Note* - you do have to pay to read the magazine, however, there is a free tour.)
You may have noticed the neat-o links at the bottom of my home page, referring to this "exotic land" strangely labelled Ardeon. Well, rest assured, it's just a bunch of amateur and professional Fantasy writers, poets and artists who like to have miscellaneous links floating around the web. As with most of these links, the content on those pages do not necessarily agree with what I promote.
The Science Fiction (and Fantasy) Writer's Association - a helpful guild for authors!
Victoria Strauss' Home Page
Author of both fantasy and articles, Victoria Strauss' webpage is an excellent resource for writers concerned about the nuts and bolts of publishing and promoting, as well as scams. Her regular article, "Writer Beware", located at the SFWA site (see above), is an ongoing record of publishing scams exposed.
Teresa Edgerton's Home Page
One of the most phenomenal writers of fantastic fiction, Teresa Edgerton's home page is a well-laid out compendium of the work behind her novels. For more on her bibliography, also look at the Christian Guide to Fantasy ~ In a World of Their Own.
Robin McKinley's Home Page
One of the most breathtaking authors in the English Language, and reknowned author of retold fairy tales, Robin McKinley's page is a treasure-trove of essays and insights. For more on her bibliography, also look at the Christian Guide to Fantasy ~ Once Upon a Timers.
Patricia Wrede's Worldbuilder Questions
Patricia Wrede is an excellent, excellent novelist (who also dabbles in mixing Regency and Fantasy! Check out her hard-to-find books, Mairelon the Magician and its sequel Magician's Ward through any of the Literature links. If you've the time, I also highly recommmend *sigh* her incredibly difficult to find and exorbitantly priced novel, Sorcery and Cecelia. Well worth it, all!) - and now we know why she's so good. These questions are fairly comprehensive, and give a good starting place for worldbuilding, THE crucial element of Fantastic Fiction. The page is poorly laid out, but don't let that deter you.
Jonathan Fesmire's "Introduction to Fantasy"
This is the "sidedoor" to a friend's, Jonathan Fesmire's site, and - interestingly enough - the page that first caught my attention enough to write to Jonathan. His contention is a common one in the world of Fantastic Fiction: that "magic" (which, I know, I know, I have to define in "Political Fantasy" et al) is the key element to Fantasy. When I get a bit of time, I'll address this issue specifically. My many thanks go out to Jonathan, and others, who have challenged me to defend my somewhat...original...definition of the genre.
An excellent on-line source for those niggling questions like, "Was Vertumnus a Roman or a Greek god?"
Fairy Tales - Origins and Evolution
An interesting site, dedicated solely to Fairy Tales and their roots. Rather extensive - my hat's off!
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