The Mandalorian and…Tungsten?

While watching the first two episodes of The Mandalorian (great show so far), I was reminded of one of my favorite Star Wars materials--beskar. Like many other famous sci-fi/fantasy metals (Valyrian steel from GoT or Adamantium from the Marvel Universe), beskar is extremely rare and incredibly durable and strong. So important and valued is the... Continue Reading →

If Brandon Sanderson Was Worse at His Job

Brandon Sanderson is a writer I learned about recently in the past year, however since that initial point of discovery, I have flown through his writing. His Stormlight Archive and Mistborn series are tremendous, and I expect his other books, such as Elantris and Warbreaker, to be equally as compelling once I get around to... Continue Reading →

The World’s Most Successful Monopoly

Sustainable. Beloved. Monopoly? Three words not usually used together, but in the case of the gondoliers of Venice, they certainly fit. Although this topic is not strictly sci-fi or fantasy, Venice and its gondolas are the closest experience we have to a real-life fantasy experience, so we (I on my own blog) will let it... Continue Reading →

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