Here's One Brilliant Recipe For A Story That Will Kick Anyone's Ass

There’s no one secret formula for a great story, even if Pixar has its rules and other people have their own ideas. There are as many great shapes for a story to take as there are stories. But Chuck Wendig, author of the Blackbirds series, has a pretty great example of how to structure a kick-ass story. » 5/05/15 2:00pm 5/05/15 2:00pm

An Index of Dozens of Maps from Epic Fantasy Novels

Want to kill a couple hours poring over imaginary topography? Over at The Fantasy Reader, there's an amazing index of maps from fantasy novels, covering everybody from Patrick Rothfuss to George R.R. Martin. Prepare to be drawn into realms of wonder. And mountains. Lots of mountains. [A Fantasy Reader, via Saladin… » 1/31/13 4:14pm 1/31/13 4:14pm

Worldbuilding is the main reason so many of us fall in love with fantasy

Worldbuilding isn't just one of the cool features of fantasy novels, or a secondary source of entertainment — it's the chief feature that draws people to well-built fantasy worlds, and draws so many people into the works of J.R.R. Tolkien and George R.R. Martin. That's what Throne of the Crescent Moon author Saladin… » 1/10/13 2:00pm 1/10/13 2:00pm

The trouble with race in Game of Thrones can be traced to Tolkien

Over at Salon, fantasy writer Saladin Ahmed has a terrific essay about race in fantasy epics, focusing especially on Game of Thrones and its relationship to JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings cycle. His main question is really whether George RR Martin's contemporary tale is any better than Tolkein's tale at dealing with… » 4/02/12 8:01am 4/02/12 8:01am

10 Books Every Fantasy Author Should Read

Fantasy novels don't arise by magic. An aspiring fantasy author has to learn the craft, but also discover the roots of fantasy literature, as well as history and mythology. The more you've read, the more you know — and the better equipped you'll be for your journey into the lands of imagination. So we asked some of… » 3/29/12 10:01am 3/29/12 10:01am

Throne of the Crescent Moon is the best fantasy swashbuckler of the year so far

Medieval fantasy stories about wizards and monsters are usually set in the epic countryside. But one of the many welcome tweaks to the genre in Saladin Ahmed's debut novel Throne of the Crescent Moon is that its magical showdowns take place in a medieval city. And not just some backwater city, either — Dhamsawaat is… » 3/09/12 4:00pm 3/09/12 4:00pm

A veteran monster-hunter faces one last challenge, in an excerpt from Saladin Ahmed's fantasy debut

Saladin Ahmed has been a finalist for the Nebula and Campbell Awards, and now at last his debut fantasy novel, Throne of the Crescent Moon, is here. Check out the prologue and first chapter of the book, in which the last great Ghul-hunter faces the fact that he might just be getting too old for this life. » 2/17/12 4:40pm 2/17/12 4:40pm