Gene Wolfe Named 2012 Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) has announced that Gene Wolfe will be the recipient of the 2012 Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award. SFWA President John Scalzi, on choosing Wolfe, “You’d have to search far and wide to find a contemporary fantasy writer who has not been directly influenced by Gene Wolfe.” [Read More...]

Tolkien’s Diction

John C. Wright links to a fabulous post on how J.R.R. Tolkien uses diction to convey mood and character in The Lord of the Rings. Along the way, the author shows how literary criticism really ought to be done. Here’s one quotable bit out of many: As these critics lose the ability to understand a [Read More...]

This Week’s Book Notes (or, Sarah still finds time to read)

It is possible to be insanely busy. I’m okay with that. It is also possible to be so busy that you have no time to read. I am NOT okay with that. This week, despite comparing myself more than once to a one-armed paper-hanger (isn’t that such a lovely expression?), I still managed to read [Read More...]


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