For now, we have only included a few of our
favorite links on the web. Later on, we would
like to include some of your sites, if you link them to us (yes, we
are that selfish --- find out here
how you can link to us!). Also, if you think that some other sites
should be listed here, tell us about them, too. (Maybe we can get them
to link to us... Boy, can we even think of anything but marketing
Write to firstname.lastname@example.org,
and give Chris something to do, for a change. :-)
Fantasy and Role-Playing Magazines:
Publications: They have four -- count them, 4 -- magazines lined up
that meet your every role-playing and fantasy-lovin' needs. Five bucks for
excellently published PDF magazines (of 35,000 words each), they're worth
Dearest to our hearts is Lemurian
Dreams, a magazine devoted to fantasy stories (with some RPG
background information). After all, as fantasy writers ourselves, we wish
all the contributors to this fine magazine the best of luck. And they're
all great, especially those who write the Gushémal stories in ----
Eh. Awright, that's us. And, yes you can read some
new stories exclusively published in Lemurian Dreams there. So
shell out the money, okay?
is concerned with RPG background materials, providing some new points to
think about, how to improve your campaign, or where and how to start a fun
new one. Take a look at the index, and you'll see there's loads of good
ideas to check out here.
Almanac One is now available -- and it's worth the five dollars.
You can buy it here!
If you're looking for adventure modules, give Royal
Griffon a try. Essentially, it's one adventure with a good deal of
information wrapped around it. Although primarily geared for D20 (if you
don't know what kind of RPG that is, please DO pester Chris about it!),
it's also usable for other platforms.
Finally, there's Concept
Horizons. It's half the size (and price) of the other zines and
makes full use of the adaptability of the D20 system to more than fantasy
adventures. While the Almanack covers the traditional areas, Concept
Horizons expands into all the various other genres one can role-play
in, with no apparent limits.
NOTE: Transfinite is just starting up.
While Almanac has just started this July (2003) the
others will gradually follow suit. You can be sure we'll keep you
abreast of Lemurian Dreams (for the obvious selfish reasons), but
since we're quite certain to take a look at the other mags, you might
hear more about them, too.
- The most visited sf & fantasy site in Europe
A neat site that has a lot to offer. I stumbled across it as a Sci
Fi Weekly Site of the Week -- always worth checking out. To be honest
I haven't dug too deeply into the contents of this site, just skimmed it
and uncovered a wonderful search engine specifically geared for sf &
(It also offers Tim Lynch's reviews of Star Trek episodes, commonly well
thought out analyses that nonetheless make me grind my teeth more often --
because I darn well liked an episode he's chewing out! All right, I don't
agree often with Mr. Lynch, but I surely like to read his view. That's
what opinions are about.)
So there is quite a lot, and I'll be spending a little time around there,
to find out more...
- The Free Library of Baen Books
This is great!
The publisher of Baen Books, Jim Baen, along with the "First
Librarian" Eric Flint, has decided in early 2001 to put a number of
his regular titles -- most of them still available in bookshops and via
Amazon -- on-line for free. Incredible in these days of the
mega-corporations eliminating any chance of freebies on the web, but true.
The reasoning is simple: Any given author can decide on his or her own
whether and which titles to put in the library, but never more than six
titles. Especially in the case of a series, only the first two titles are
That means a reader who hasn't heard of that author can sample the
writer's work for free and decide whether to go out and buy a hardcopy.
The reader knows whether the author is worth the six or seven bucks
for the book -- the biggest obstacle for any little known writer is
removed. (And let's not forget, there are also a couple of big leaguers
around whose work people haven't bought. In my case, that's folks like
David Weber or David Drake. I've shied away from their books, simply
because they tend to put out multi-volume series. Lately I haven't read
quite as much as I used to...)
Interestingly enough, Eric Flint has written several essays on the topic
of copyright and the sense of distributing free samples (in this case,
complete novels) as a marketing tools. In one of them, Flint even releases
numbers of the sales of one of his novels -- which went up after
the book was available for free. It's extremely unlikely that sales go up
at all -- but to have that when you can read the book for free, it points
to a connection.
I'd also like to give you my take on free samples, whether those are books
or music: In the olden days, I used to raid the local library every other
week or so; I used to tape songs on the radio; I used to borrow (and lend)
books, tapes, and the like from (to) friends. Where's the big difference
to getting something on-line? That there isn't a loss of quality
Okay, that's one point. It doesn't really matter, though. On the one hand,
I think it's nice to know that the creator of something I enjoy is
rewarded (monetarily). On the other, I'm a packrat who wants to have the
wonderful original package -- e.g. a book, with a cover to enjoy, a book
which I treat as a treasure (and that will look like it's been never read
even after the fifth time I've read it.) I want that, and even
though I'm a bit extreme about maintaining mint condition, I'm not that
Okay, rant's over. Happy reading! (And do come back. Our stories
are for free, too, remember? Haven't we hooked you yet?)
The Encyclopedia Britannica has migrated in its entirety to the
worldwide web, and here it provides a very good resource for any kind of
knowledge you might desire. We've been checking it out now and then for
information, and it's been a pretty good resource.
UPDATE in December 2001: Whoops, it's been a while since I've last been
on the site, and it's apparently now been turned into a pay-site. You have
to be a subscriber to get the full size articles -- otherwise you get the
first two or three sentences. Usually that's quite sufficent, but it does
take a lot of the appeal off this site.
- Project Gutenberg
The Project Gutenberg is an effort to turn virtually every book into
an electronic resource -- an e-text, and thus easily available to
everybody interested. Of course they have to respect copyright (wherefore
most of the texts on this site and its mirrors are rather old).
I've found highly interesting texts on this page, some of which I've used
for research. Overall, there's a vast library to be searched, and I always
wish I had the time to read it all. It is also updated rather
frequently, through the work of volunteers for the cause. In other words,
there's a good reason for checking out the site every now and then and see
www.pantheon.org - The
A rich resource on the Greek and Roman gods in particular, but also with
plenty of information on deities from various other cultures, such as
Norse gods. There's a genealogy of the Greek gods, for instance, and most
of the folkloric tales about these deities. (Some of them get pretty gory;
the old Greeks had a nasty streak...)
www.yourdictionary.com - A
Meta-site for dictionaries to nearly all the languages on Earth
If you were ever curious about other languages and wanted to translate a
word into an obscure African dialect, you'll get lucky at this site! Trust
me, I've spent hours just surfing through the site - and being boggled at
just how many languages there are! It's fun!
www.odinscastle.org - A
Meta-site for all kinds of fantasy-oriented information
This is one monster of a site, folks. From the beginning of time
through the Middle Ages to nearly the current day, here's where you'll
find links to intriguing and informative texts. For instance, there is
information on the stone age, but also on the nomadic tribes of Asia, as
well as a great deal of information on, say, the Romans. Odin's Castle is
a marvelous resource - and, yes, in case you're wondering, we've paid one
or the other visit to it while creating Gushémal...
www.nasa.gov - The National
Aeronautics and Space Administration
Okay, so this isn't exactly a fantasy-oriented resource. There's
still plenty to see here and to find out about the current state of
the Comic! --- Sluggy Freelance
Ever wondered whether there was a cartoon out there devoted to the science
fiction and fantasy fan? Not to mention those of us who crave demented,
anarchical fun with lots of bullets, bombs, bunnies and bo---- uhhh, other
things starting with "b"...
Well, there is one cartoon available on the web in daily installments.
Since August of 1997, Pete Abrams has been publishing a newspaper-style
comic strip called "Sluggy Freelance". Every single day there
has been a new strip on-line, and the sunday episodes are larger and in
full color. It's one h*** of a nifty comic, and you should head over to
the Church of Sluggites -- i.e. www.sluggy.com
-- right away to worship the comic!
What, still here? All right, so what's the comic about? Actually it's
about a cute little talking mini-lop bunny named Bun-bun, the
sweetest pet you could imagine -- provided you have filled that
switchblade-wielding, mean-spirited killing machine with a whole bottle of
151 rum first. Otherwise you'd better just have your last will ready and filed
(unless you carry gifts of Baywatch tapes, signed by the entire
Okay, so you might think that the stars are Riff, inventor
extra-ordinaire (such as the famous flux agilator which opens windows to
other dimensions), and Torg, web-designer (a.k.a.
"Nerd-Boy") with an alien secretary. But just because they
travel to (slightly changed) familiar science fiction worlds, travel back
in time, fight demons and vampires --- does that really compare with the
starring power of Bun-bun? (KA-click)
Then, of course, there's Zoë, college student, neighbor, and the
local babe-that-doesn't-die (and if that Pete-guy should get funny
ideas about killing her, I'd get real mad -- Bun-bun-style). She may not
be getting quite as much fun as the guys, but she is the mythical
Stormbreaker (and by now has the shotgun pretty much figured out, too!)
Okay, guys, now finally click on over to the site, check out the VIEWER
GUIDE and ENJOY!!!
- The best source for daily news about STAR TREK
Did we mention that we are incurable Trek addicts? Well, one of us is,
anyway. (Unfortunately for Chris, Marc has already infected him. Medical
information: The addiction to STAR TREK can spread via videotapes of the
Original Series.) So, the daily haven to find out what's new in the world
of Captains Kirk, Picard, Sisko, and Archer is right here at trektoday -
perfectly coupled with the largest STAR TREK forum on the web at www.trekbbs.com.
If you like STAR TREK, give it a try! You might find me, Marc, lurking
around in the background somewhere.
- The best source for daily news about ANDROMEDA
Uh-huh, I would be remiss not to mention this site (actually a sister
site of trektoday, and also coupled with a forum at www.slipstreambbs.com).
After having finally seen ANDROMEDA, I've fallen in love with the show.
(And infecting Chris with that virus actually was easier than with STAR
TREK!) It's a beautiful show with wonderfully screwy characters and some
great writing. Yes, some of the first season episodes were rather choppy
and imperfect, but that's to be expected from the first season of any
show. ANDROMEDA looks like it's gonna be a winner, and I'm planning to be
around for the ride through the slipstream.
One other splendid feature of the slipstreambbs is that the actual
real-life writers and producers of the TV show frequently post on that
board. Now that's messing with one's mind to actually see the people
responsible for the show respond to the fans. (One of these days, I
probably ought to sign up at that board...)
- The absolutely best source for recaps of Professional Wrestling shows
Both Marc and Chris are religiously devoted to checking out this site
at least twice a week to read the regular and very much in-depth recaps of
Raw and Smackdown!, the WWF shows in the US. (For one thing
because both of us live in Germany and therefore have no way of actually
seeing the programs...)
CRZ is the best, providing more than just the results but also the
speeches and promos, with a bit of his own running commentary. A great way
to find out what happened at the shows and almost as good as having seen
- The Official Homepage of Professional Wrestler Lance Storm
Ehh, well, yes. Right, that's pro wrestling. So we watch it, okay? (Even
though neither of us is from Calgary, Alberta, CA-NA-DA...)
Currently in the ranks of the WCW, Lance Storm is one of the best
wrestlers in the business who may be getting the shove to main event these
days. Few guys have deserved a push as much as this guy who knows when to
let others shine (and boy, he's managed to lose believably against some
suckers - now that's the sign of greatness).
If you care about sports entertainment, you really should give Lance's
site a look and read his weekly commentaries. They cover a wide range,
from memories of his time on the road to aspects of the business (viewed
from inside) and general comments on the industry. They're an informative
read, and quite aside, they give you a decent insight into a wrestler
who's more than the heel he portrays on television.
(I'm looking forward to his autobiography he is writing these days. For
one thing, there are lots of stories he has to tell - and for another,
Lance really writes the book himself, without the need of a
ghostwriter. Aside from him, there's only the one and only Mick Foley -
a.k.a. Cactus Jack/Mankind - who's managed this.)
Now, if we can be serious for a minute? All rise for the playing of
the Canadian national anthem!
- A great German website devoted to professional wrestling
No doubt they're great - because they are featuring a regular column from
our very own Marc Wyman. It's in German, sure - and Marc is still
wondering how nobody noticed his ring (eh, writing in German) rust. If
you're interested in wrestling - and happen to understand this language -
check out the Time to feed the Shark column for commentary on
Never forget: "Mick Foley is God -- and he works for Satan!"