Tag Archives: Hyborian Age

10,000 B.C.

I suppose this blog will make me a ranter, but I watched the movie named above in silence.  It occurred to me, if the Ice Age was a time when mankind’s very existence was in question how could there be … Continue reading

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Realism

It is often overlooked now, but one of the many crazy things that George Lucas insisted on in Star Wars was that his sets have a dirty, lived-in feel to them.  He didn’t think that space would be any more … Continue reading

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Isaac Asimov

For nearly forty years that galaxy “far, far away” has been an icon of Western civilization.  I should know, I’ve studied every aspect of it – technological, spiritual, cultural, and its many diverse characters. For nearly a century the universes … Continue reading

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My Icon´╗┐

I am taking the week off, but I thought it was odd that no one has asked about the symbol that’s always near my name. It is, simply, a swastika.  Now don’t think goosestepping, Jew-killers for a moment.  The swastika … Continue reading

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 The Watchmen

Why aren’t there more movies like Watchmen?  It has realistic portrayals of the psychology behind being a superhero, complex characters, ev en superheroes who generally don’t have superpowers.  The Comedian aged slowly and Ozymandias moved quicker than everyone else.  Extraordinary … Continue reading

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How About a New Approach to the Conan Universe?

Hyborian Age.  The word is barely in the American lexicon but represents the foundations for the sword and sorcery genre.  It was a term coined by Robert Howard in the 1930s.  He used it to describe the fictional historical period … Continue reading

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Role of the Hero in Society: Enemies

Just as the hero is consistently representative of the dominant culture group, so too his enemies tend to have the same characteristics.  In the ancient past they were a rationalization of the conquered peoples.  The giants among the Norse, the … Continue reading

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