Category Archives: Religion

Who You Gonna Quell?

Zhong Kui, known as the Demon Queller, is a popular figure in Chinese folklore, and a very popular subject in art. Indeed, when I searched for information on him, most of the links were to paintings, and many others to … Continue reading

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The Rest of Nonestica

The International Wizard of Oz Club’s map of the countries surrounding Oz includes a few places, mostly in the southeastern part of the continent (which most likely isn’t technically a continent), that were never directly linked with Oz. They are, … Continue reading

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Spice and Sprites

Dune, by Frank Herbert – This was a book I’d heard referenced a lot, but really didn’t know what to expect aside from a planet with sandworms. I’d never seen any of the movies or anything. I didn’t love it, … Continue reading

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Rakkhosh and Ruin

One type of being that’s quite significant in Sayantani DasGupta’s The Serpent’s Secret is the Rakkhosh, a sort of human-eating monster that usually speaks in rhyme. The book also associates them with black holes, presumably an invention of DasGupta’s, although … Continue reading

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Wily Science

Having just recently attended a Kevin Geeks Out show about mad science, I thought it might be fun to take a look at some prominent mad scientists in video games. There are a lot of them, many in games I’m … Continue reading

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Remember the Old Stories

Rendezvous with Rama, by Arthur C. Clarke – Since I’ve read the whole Space Odyssey series, I decided to give these books a shot as well. They’re fairly similar in tone, with an emphasis on space exploration and visits by … Continue reading

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Blowhards and Believers

I’ve been thinking recently about why some people have such an affinity for tough talk and threats. I remember hearing that some people became more conservative after the September 11th attacks, and I don’t think it was because they wanted … Continue reading

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