I was talking with Twitter friends @Emily30Red and @Brainfertilizer earlier about SFF matters – the latter fellow trying to get back into writing and thinking of exploring some blogs. Red Emily also expressed interest in a few recommendations. So here are some that I’ve found and enjoyed recently, mostly pertaining to classic SFF and gaming, but with some overlap into other nerdy spheres, culture, and religion, as well:
John C Wright’s Journal
Notes: Blog of author and atheist -to-Catholic convert, John C Wright. I’ve been reading this one the longest of any on my list. Some of his posts are novel-length, but he makes some very sharp observations about both culture and nerd matters (lit, film, games, etc). A lot of content to explore.
Notes: I’ve been following this one for a while now. It’s affiliated with the relatively new retro-SFF magazine of the same name. Some posts with music recommendations and a few reflections on cultural trends (usually anti-SJW), but a lot of incisive commentary and reviews on classic SFF and gaming materials. This was my gateway to Jeffro and a whole mess of other blogs. Highly recommended; a lot of good archive material.
Notes: The official site and blog of the Castalia House publishing company. Alex of Cirsova and Jeffro (see next entry) and a couple other writers post regular articles related to classic SFF and tabletop gaming. To my knowledge Jeffro runs the Twitter account. Highly Recommended.
Jeffro’s Space Gaming Blog
Notes: Jeffro is pretty active on Google+ and the Castalia House blog, but he will sometimes post to his personal site, as well. There are periods of long inactivity, but some very interesting posts here. Dig into the archives. Highly recommended.
Every Day Should Be Tuesday
Notes: Attorney and book reviewer HP writes mostly reviews of speculative fiction (including his Throwback Thursdays devoted to classic SFF), with miscellaneous other nerdbits thrown in. Great blog.
The Catholic Geeks
Notes: As the name suggests, this is a geek blog from a Catholic outlook. As you may imagine, some religious content here. Mostly you’ll find commentary and reviews on books, film, TV shows, comics, etc. I haven’t read this one extensively but have liked what I’ve seen.
Don’t Split the Party
Notes: Old school gamer Rick Stump lays out very astute reviews on TV and film (check out his posts on Blade Runner and Stranger Things!), as well as gaming materials and other nerdy things. Very good!
Notes: Another publishing house’s blog. This one is hit or miss; some nice book/magazine reviews, but also some banal SJWish content on occasion (see my post making fun of one such review).
The Land of Nod
Notes: RPG writer’s blog focusing mostly on tabletop resources and ideas, with a smattering of literature reviews and other stuff. I haven’t delved too deeply, but seems cool.
Notes: A nerd hobbyist’s blog about tabletop RPGs, video games, comics, art, etc. An interesting variety of material, and he puts together a giant blog list (almost) every year.
Tales to Astound
Notes: A blog that seems mostly focused on resources and inspirations for the Traveller tabletop RPG. Also haven’t dug too deep here, but some of the article titles have caught my eye.
The Frisky Pagan
Notes: A bilingual blog about culture, gaming, and other nerdy pursuits. Good variety of content.
Notes: A (as of this writing) young blog mostly about culture, gaming, and fiction. Jon and I hold opposing views on a number of issues, but he strikes me as well-spoken, respectful, and affable. Worth checking out!
Notes: Mostly a gaming (pen and paper RPG) resource for DMs. Some material is interesting to read even outside of that context, like this post exploring possible explanations of/for in-game (or in-story) magic.
Battered, Tattered, Yellow, and Creased
Notes: A blog devoted to reviewing and analyzing vintage “genre” fiction. Not updated so often anymore, but it has a great index of book reviews, including many SFF items.
If you’re interested in classic SFF and haven’t yet checked out my Grand List, I shamelessly invite you to do so!