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Storme Smith’s 7 of the Best

Written by Storme Smith The Sketch-Book by Washington Irving One of two books I remember being given me by my Grandfather with instructions to read. A collection of Irving’s short stories including Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow that showcased a narrative brilliance similar to modern writers Stephen King and Ray Bradbury. A master storyteller, Irving was …

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Sunken Treasure: Grimtooth’s Dungeon of Doom

[Editor’s Note:  Welcome to Sunken Treasure, in which we turn our eyes towards classic adventure modules, campaign settings, core books, supplements, and more.  Enjoy these commemorative strolls down memory lane together with us.]  25 years later, a look back at Grimtooth’s Dungeon of Doom: A Complete Dungeon of Traps for any Role-Playing System by Jim ‘Bear’ Peters and Steven S. …

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Tom Maringer’s 7 of the Best

Written by Tom Maringer I have always loved fantasy and science fiction. I think the attraction is the ability to create situations and events that would be unlikely to occur in the real world. I am considering “favorites” in the sense that they are most likely to be read again and again, and were most influential in introducing new ideas …

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Bryan Parke’s 7 of the Best

Written by Bryan Parke Pariah by Dan Abnett Set in Games Workshop’s Warhammer 40,000 universe, Dan Abnett’s Pariah paints a vivid picture of life in the Grim Dark Future. There have been many books published about Warhammer 40,000, primarily with a military focus, but what sets Pariah apart is that (like the other titles in Abnett’s Eisenhorn and Ravenor series) …

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Jan Egil Bjune’s 7 of the Best, Part One (Books)

Speed of Dark by Elisabeth Moon This author is probably better known for her Paksenarrion novels about a girl who joins a mercenary company. While a great tale, the novel that really caught my eye is the Speed of Dark. Set in the near-future, it tells the first-person tale of a high functioning, autistic, process analyst who works for a …

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Bill Webb’s Book of Dirty Tricks: The Review

When the Players get dirty, the DM needs to get dirtier Written by Joe Bingaman Frog God Games’ Bill Webb, who started out co-creating the OGL third-party company Necromancer Games, and brought us the Tome of Horrors series, has let the game masters of the world into his twisted genius of a mind with his book, Bill Webb’s Book of …

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Dan Abnett’s 7 of the Best

  Written by Dan Abnett Dark Star Made on a shoestring, but endlessly inventive, exhilarating and down right funny. An early work by the gifted Dan O’Bannon, and probably the first thing that showed an impressionable young me that SF could be funny without being an outright comedy (a notion that undoubtedly served me well later on Guardians of the …

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Michael May’s 7 of the Best

Written by Michael May Genesis by W. A. Harbinson Written during the height of the UFO craze in the ’70s, Genesis offers an explanation for the phenomenon that’s rooted in fact and research, but is still very much science fiction. There’s a lot of exposition, but it’s fascinating stuff and sprinkled into a compelling thriller. Harbinson has since written four …

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Chris Fenoglio’s 7 of the Best

Written by Chris Fenoglio [Disclaimer: There’s a lot of other “all-time” favorites who deserve a place on this list, but I figured that Star Wars and Star Trek were so obvious that they might as well be implied. So, here’s a list of some of the less obvious sci-fi/fantasy things I love that you’ve probably heard of, and just haven’t …