Feminism. Espionage. Swordfights. Great Play...Or Greatest Play?

Did you wake up this morning and think to yourself, "What I need in my life is more swashbuckling adventure, more disguises and swordfights, more genderbending meta-storytelling about the nature of history and identity, I must," this is still you, "MUST find a play with these things in it!" » 6/21/14 12:55am 6/21/14 12:55am

Building the Library of Violence for The Mongoliad

Wildly inaccurate portrayals of sword fighting in the media are nothing new. Recently John Clements dropped by io9 to debunk modern sword fighting, and Martin Page and Guy Windsor talked to IGN about the problems with sword fighting in video games. These guys know sword fighting. Me? I'm just a writer, trying not to… » 2/26/13 7:40am 2/26/13 7:40am

Watch a blacksmith make one of Game of Thrones' incredibly functional…

Tony Swatton is a blacksmith and Hollywood's resident swordmaker; "Man-at-Arms" is a new web series that covers Swatton as recreates movie and TV weapons, from hunks of steel to intricate, beautiful, and completely usable weapons, beginning with Jaime Lannister's sword from Game of Thrones (FYI, he's not Game of… » 2/13/13 2:30pm 2/13/13 2:30pm

Watch Neal Stephenson slice up fruit with swords on high-speed video

In one of those Internet things that exists solely to delight us, science fiction author Neal Stephenson starts slicing up fruit (and other things) with swords, shot at about 2,300 frames per second. Come for the cantaloupe, stay for the amazing shot of Stephenson demolishing a plastic water bottle with his longsword. » 1/13/13 9:00am 1/13/13 9:00am

A brief history of the ancient science of sword making

The sword is the perennial symbol of empires, knighthood, chivalry and fantasy. But it's also one of the world's most ancient technologies, connected with breakthroughs in metallurgy that would change the world. There are even some types of ancient swords so strong that modern science still can't determine how they… » 8/17/11 9:07am 8/17/11 9:07am