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Introduction: Dragonwriter

by Todd McCaffreyon Anne McCaffrey and the Dragonriders of Pern series

All too often we try to measure a person by cold, hard facts: when they were born, when they died, their marriages, their children, their schooling.

Is that really enough to illuminate a soul? What about when they cried in despair, wept for joy, screamed in exultation–aren’t those all memorable moments? When they sang, when they played, when they loved?

What is it, truly, that marks a life and gives it shape?

Those of you who are reading this probably have already met some aspect of Anne McCaffrey. Most likely you know of her as the science fiction author of the famous Dragonriders of Pern® series. Perhaps you first found her with The Ship Who Sang or with To Ride Pegasus or any of some hundreds of other novels, novellas, novelettes, and short stories.

So you know a part of Anne McCaffrey, and you’re reading this because you’d like to know more–perhaps to see … read more»

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by Alan J. Porteron Batman

It started with the sound of gunfire echoing across a dark and deserted alleyway. Sudden violence and death. According to some, it happened around the corner from the Monarch Theater as a happy family made their way home after watching Douglas Fairbanks swing across the screen as the inimitable Zorro. … read more»

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Playing for Now

by Travis Stewarton Friday Night Lights

Matt Saracen, feared QB1 of the state champion Dillon Panthers, is about as physically unimpressive as anyone you’ve ever seen.

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Harry Potter and the Magic of Transformation

by Laurie J. Pahelon Harry Potter

Hope for transformation abounds. With every step in development there is the push toward growth and alteration. Infants become less attached to their mother. Children yearn to fill their parents’ shoes. Maturing individuals feel compelled to seek education, credentials, new relationships, and possessions. Such achievements may fail to provide lasting … read more»

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The Dangerous Dead

by John Edgar Browningon the House of Night series

Reading the House of Night series is very much akin to reading Zoey’s favorite book, Dracula (1897), for like Bram Stoker’s novel, one will find also in the House of Night’s pages the subtle mingling of folklore and reality with popular fiction. It will probably come as little surprise to readers … read more»

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