Facade and the Power of Ambiguity

Phillip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? tells the story of Rick Deckard, a bounty hunter for the San Francisco Police Department who hunts and destroys rogue androids. The methods that the governments of Earth use to distinguish an android from a human are a bone marrow analysis and an empathy test. Both […]

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Top Five Fantasy Worlds

1. The Mortal Instruments (Walker Books), Cassandra Clare A few years ago, when I rekindled my love for reading, I borrowed all of The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare from my local library. During that summer I binged through them so quickly, and I loved every second. They have been made into a fantastic […]

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Magic Systems

In fantasy writing, there are two types of magic systems: soft and hard. At their basic levels, a soft magic system is vague, undefined and intentionally mysterious in order to create a sense of wonder and unpredictability. Hard magic systems have clearly-defined rules and limitations but allow the audience to connect easily with the characters […]

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