Top Ten Inventions Predicted by Sci-Fi Authors

by Tripp Bond

  • Geostationary Communications Satellites: In a magazine called Wireless World, famous science fiction author Sir Arthur C. Clarke proposed that one day there would be geosynchronous satellites created for communications purposes. At the time, it was not taken seriously but almost 20 years later it became a reality.

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Tale as Old As Time: How Fantasy Has Changed

by Courtney Vice

We all remember our first fantasy experience. Whether you were binge-reading Tolkien nestled in between the bookshelves at your local library or was fascinated with the mythical world of Harry Potter when you first saw Daniel Radcliffe’s glasses clad face on the big screen, fantasy had a way of slipping a little magic and mystique into our lives without us even realizing. As someone who grew up wanting to be an elf-wizard-barbarian hybrid, I know just how much the fantasy genre can impact one’s life. However, what we rarely think about is how our own magic-less society affects fantasy.  Yes, humble Nord, you influenced these mythical worlds without even realizing it just as they influenced you. Continue reading

The Importance of Fictional Religions

Religions, faiths, cults, and spiritualities (or lack thereof) shape and define our worldviews, personalities, and cultures. If you have ever been to a far off, exotic country then you know that religion is the most important factor shaping its culture. It affects what a culture eats, their music, their architecture, their calendar, and their views on the collectivism/individualism debate. As such, the religions of fictional peoples greatly influence their cultures. To understand a people’s religion is to understand their culture: be they Vikings or Elves, Chinese or Dothraki, real or fictional. Obviously, fantasy literature is sprawling with fictional religions. Understanding them may be the key to aiding you to a better, more intimate acquaintance with the ins and outs of their cultures. Continue reading

Top Ten Sci-fi/Fantasy Conlangs

Constructed languages, or conlangs as they’re called, are a staple in many science fiction and fantasy works. They add a depth to otherwise shallow worlds and a new level of complexity to already deep settings. The three things that ultimately relate the uniqueness of a culture are its religion(s) (or lack thereof), its art, and its language(s). Language conveys meaning to an otherwise hum drum world, breathing rich life into the mundane. Without further ado here are our top ten conlangs. Continue reading

Top Ten Deities in Fantasy Literature

*Disclaimer: this list is in no particular order.

  • tolkien-jrr-the-silmarillionEru Ilúvatar – Eru is the supreme deity in the Middle Earth mythos. Featured most prominently in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Silmarillion, Eru is the deity of Creation, the father of the Children (Elves and Men), and king over all lesser “deities” (Ainur).
  • Most interesting fact: Eru is an analogue for the Judeo-Christian God Yahweh.
  • Attributes: Omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, omnibenevolent, and immutability.

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