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(I'm busy writing novels, and with other work, so I only have time to write a longer article once a month. In-between, I’ll be writing shorter updates and bloglets on a variety of topics.)

Oct 19, 2019

Good and Evil Quotes

Good vs. evil is a popular theme in fantasy. Here are some (non-fantasy) good and evil quotes showing the thoughts of different writers…

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Oct 13, 2019

Good & Evil

Good and evil is a popular theme in fantasy, and it’s interesting to think about what these words actually mean. In my stories, evil is a kind of unevolved thinking or force—something working against the development of the universe. Fantasy sometimes simplifies the nature of good and evil for storytelling purposes, but of course, it’s more complicated.

I’m collecting interesting quotations on good and evil. Feel free to send me any you like. Here’s one I like.

“While time lasts there will always be a future, and that future will hold both good and evil, since the world is made to that mingled pattern.” Dorothy L. Sayers

Oct 05, 2019

The Boatmen

The Boatmen is a short fantasy story by Ned Marcus. It's set in a world, which is mostly unexplored, and humanity is fearful of what lies beyond its borders.

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Sep 29, 2019

Between the Old and New Series

I'm between finishing the Blue Prometheus series and starting my new series. At the moment, I'm choosing new covers for the first series. I've based the covers for Young Aina and Blue Prometheus on the old ones, but they have a new feel—and will be revealed soon! Plus I'm making some finishing touches to the third novel.

As well as this, I'm researching my new series, which is taking me to cryptologic linguists, xenolinguistics, philology, decipherment, codicology, palaeography, and cryptography.

If any of you happen to be an expert in any of these fields, please let me know—I'd like to ask a few questions.

Sep 21, 2019

Fantasy Quotes

Enjoy some fantasy quotes from famous fantasy authors and others…

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Sep 14, 2019

Finished Review of Edit

I've finished the review of the edit for Fire Rising and have sent the ms back to my editor for final checks.

Getting there!

And I've commissioned the new covers and should be getting the first drafts in a few weeks. Hopefully, everything will be ready for a November relaunch of the Blue Prometheus Series and launch of the finally novel in the trilogy, too.

Sep 07, 2019

Fantasy Flash Fiction—An Offer of Redemption by Ned Marcus

This fantasy flash fiction is set on Earth. There’s been an intrusion from another universe. Few know about it. But someone’s got to sort it out…

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Sep 07, 2019

Fantasy Short Stories by Ned Marcus

Although I mostly write fantasy novels, I also like to write fantasy short stories and fantasy flash fiction for experimentation and fun. Here are some…

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Aug 31, 2019

Death Tarot

The death tarot is a card of beginnings and endings, birth and rebirth, and these ideas play an important part in the Blue Prometheus Series.

Blue Prometheus begins with Lucy giving an intuitive tarot class in London, and Thomas is the reluctant guinea pig. Even though he doesn't believe in all this nonsense, he is unnerved when the cards are turned over.

And then a brick smashes the window.

Read more about the Death tarot card and its role at the beginning of Blue Prometheus...

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