Yes, Chainmail Is Really Hard to Draw

Denis Loubet was the first artist hired at Origin Systems, where he created dozens of paintings and drawings for the Ultima series of computer role-playing games. Loubet is still active in Ultima fandom, recently painting a variant cover for Ultima VII and manual art for the Ultima-inspired game Nox Archaist. “I’m the titular artist for […]

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Mrs. Coulter Is One of the Best Villains on TV

The HBO series His Dark Materials, based on the novels by Philip Pullman, recently concluded a strong second season. Fantasy author Erin Lindsey was particulary impressed with the show’s lead villain, Mrs. Coulter, played by Ruth Wilson. “The performance of Mrs. Coulter and the way that she’s written are just so brilliant in this series, […]

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‘Thoughts and Prayers’ Is Clever Sci-Fi About Internet Trolls

The new anthology The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2020 includes stories from leading authors such as Victor LaValle, Rebecca Roanhorse, and Charlie Jane Anders. Tobias S. Buckell, whose story “The Galactic Tourist Industrial Complex” appears in the book, was particularly impressed with Ken Liu’s story “Thoughts and Prayers.” “Ken is really a complete […]

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People Still Really Love the Apple II

The Apple II computer ceased production in 1993, but that hasn’t stopped fans like Mark Lemmert from continuing to create new programs for it. Lemmert’s game Nox Archaist, released last month, is a role-playing game modeled on the classic Ultima series. “I always wondered if there could have been another iteration to a game like […]

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Android 11 starts to roll for Xperia 1 and Xperia 5 ahead of schedule

Sony has commenced the rollout for Android 11 on its 2019 flagship smartphone devices – the Xperia 1 and Xperia 5. The Android 11 update is arriving through new firmware build version 55.2.A.0.630, and is already available across a number of regions including Russia and South East Asia. The update was due to land from […]

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