Traveler’s Zone Book Tour

Chris Pavesic continues the amazing story of Cami Malifux with Book 2 of the Revelation Chronicles.

Escape from a world of darkness into a magical realm of limitless adventure.

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Starter Zone on Audible & An International Giveaway

Very exciting news! Starter Zone, the first book in my YA Dystopian LitRPG series is now available at  Audible! To celebrate I am running a giveaway through Rafflecopter for a free copy of the Audio Book from Audible.com. You can enter here: a Rafflecopter giveaway Note: This is a giveaway for an Audible.com code of…

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What’s On the Menu in Speculative Fiction?

In elementary school children learn that the basic needs are air, water, food, and shelter in that order of importance. The need for other things, like love, security, and meaning, are lower on the level of significance. Anthropologists study the eating habits of a society in both basic forms and elaborate ritual purposes in order to gain cultural insights. The acts of obtaining, preparing, distribution, and eating of food are a fundamental part of a culture’s infrastructure. Is it any wonder, then, that food plays a principal role in the world-building of fiction realms and that some of the most famous and successful speculative fiction authors like Douglas Adams, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Suzanne Collins devote a extraordinary amount of narrative time to the central questions of how, why, and where their characters eat?

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Strandbeests, Hackbeasts, & Steamspiders

In 2007 Theo Jansen demonstrated his famous “strandbeest” invention at a TED Talks presentation. Strandbeests are wind driven creations that use no electronics and yet are able to wander the beaches. Each one is constructed of PVC electrical conduit, plastic tubing, and water bottles. They are able to count steps with a binary step counter, sense and flee from the edge of the water, and protect themselves from strong wind. The way they move is fascinating to watch.

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Grim Fandango: Lucas Arts Resurrects a Tale of the Dead

This week features the re-launch of Grim Fandango, Lucas Arts’ film noir style game for PC, Mac, and PlayStation. The release has been expanded and it is now also available for iPads, iPhones, and Androids. It has been more than fifteen years since the original release and, if you missed it the first time around, you owe it to yourself to take advantage of this second chance to experience this visually stunning dark tale of the dead.

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150 Years of Wonderland

There have been many versions of Alice’s story through the years, including (but not limited to) the Disney animated version, the Resident Evil franchise, and the most recent version by Tim Burton. The character of Alice has appeared in many different television programs, including Warehouse 13. The images of Alice and her Wonderland compatriots appear almost everywhere on household goods, clothing, and technology.

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Victorian Influences on Modern Speculative Fiction: Steampunk and Fairy Tales

  In a previous series of articles on this site, I have explored the influence of Victorian literature, artwork, and culture on the present-day steampunk literary genre and artwork. (For a partial list—please see the articles listed at the end of this posting.) In this series, I plan to discuss the Victorian influence on modern-day…

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The Hybrid Temporality of Steampunk

In literature, steampunk falls under the genre of speculative fiction. Steampunk can refer to modern narratives set in Victorian England or the American Old West. It can also be set in a futuristic world that incorporates aesthetic touchstones of the late Eighteenth Century and early Nineteenth century periods in either country. Steampunk allows authors and…

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