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Note: Major spoilers through to and including the fifth ASoIaF book. This series is commonly considered to be the archetypical Crapsack World , in which life is short, nasty, and brutal, and hardly anybody "bad" ever gets their just desserts while the innocent suffer. However, if you really get to thinking about the various deaths... Read More
So we hear from the blog that is not a blog that The Winds of Winter isn't going to be finished before HBO launches its sixth season this April and decidedly outpaces events in the books. This should not have come as a surprise and here is the graph - so far as I can... Read More
Meeting with Brandon Sander, October 9, 2015. Brandon Sanderson is one of the finest worldbuilders around, especially in terms of magic systems. Thanks to rigorous application of his eponymous Laws of Magic, he has succeeded in formalizing what can be termed as the fantasy equivalent of "hard" scifi. The emphasis on using magic to cleverly... Read More
The demented Russophobe Edward Lucas has surpassed even his own stellar record of profound insights about the evil empire, this time explicitly comparing Russia to Mordor (the land of shadow in Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings) from his Yahoo! list. Quoted below in its entirety for laughs. The British author JRR Tolkien always hated... Read More
Anatoly Karlin
About Anatoly Karlin

I am a blogger, thinker, and businessman in the SF Bay Area. I’m originally from Russia, spent many years in Britain, and studied at U.C. Berkeley.

One of my tenets is that ideologies tend to suck. As such, I hesitate about attaching labels to myself. That said, if it’s really necessary, I suppose “liberal-conservative neoreactionary” would be close enough.

Though I consider myself part of the Orthodox Church, my philosophy and spiritual views are more influenced by digital physics, Gnosticism, and Russian cosmism than anything specifically Judeo-Christian.