Topic: Gray Matter

These engagements, dubbed for our content addressing the higher Arts and fields of Academia, span Philosophy, Metaphysics, history and even the “Hard” Sciences.

  • Everything’s Bigger in Texas?

    Everything’s Bigger in Texas?

    Welcome back to Fandom Without Borders, where we take a look at my travels across the United States and beyond in search of cities and towns that welcome nerds, geeks, and weirdos in their own ways. This installment sees us examining one of the larger cities in Texas, the Dallas-Fort Worth Area.

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  • The Anglicization of Middle-earth

    The Anglicization of Middle-earth

    A study of anglophile and ethnocentric narratives, given perceptions of racism in Arda, the setting of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth, as seen in Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, and The Simarillion.

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  • Collective Unconscious and The Fourth Wall

    Collective Unconscious and The Fourth Wall

    We return to our examinations on “The New Weird” while pondering the very basis of narrative. Do we tell stories? Or do they tell themselves through us? That’s the challenge known as “The Borgesian Conundrum”, a potent tool in a genre with prophecy, visions and congress with alien powers in its collective toolbox. Made all the more relevant by The SCP Foundations collective font of stories.

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  • An Algebra of Archons—Series Conspectus

    An Algebra of Archons—Series Conspectus

    Join philosophy student and avid gamer Ben Steiz in his examination of the various ethics, world views and metaphysics encoded across much of pop culture. This will include both a broad survey and robust analysis of the numerous speculative fiction works and franchises.

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  • Cracking the Cipher—Series Conspectus

    Cracking the Cipher—Series Conspectus

    A trained linguist and sci-fi/fantasy enthusiast guides us through an examination of the various languages and surrounding cultural effects of numerous ‘constructed’ societies throughout  speculative fiction, from Dothraki to Klingon, with a side of Fus Roh Da!

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  • The Languages of Star Wars

    The Languages of Star Wars

    While some of the 50-plus languages in the Star Wars universe exist only as fun-to-say phrases, others are impressively constructed with consistent phonology and syntax.

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  • Where Are They Now—Series Conspectus

    Where Are They Now—Series Conspectus

    An introduction to a slipstream meta-commentary on the evolution and current status of video game franchise icons and how they’ve mutated and grown across multiple platforms! Time is kinder to some than others, and some of these… well, clearly came from a different era. An enthusiast invites our readers on a somewhat more visceral examination than most.

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  • ‘Super Mario, this is your Extra Life!’

    ‘Super Mario, this is your Extra Life!’

    Nintendo and its mustachioed plumber stood alone atop the video game console mountain in the ’80s. Then came an upstart, spiky-haired blue hedgehog leading the charge for Sega and its console. In this installment of Where Are They Now? we explore the beginnings of the console war between Nintendo and Sega.

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  • From Quill to Quest Item—Series Conspectus

    From Quill to Quest Item—Series Conspectus

    There’s more to your favorite interactive entertainment than meets the eye! Join us for an examination of video games as a reimagined presentation of tropes from classical theater and text as seen and interpreted through the eyes of an enthusiast of all three.

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  • Emerald Cities and Scarlet Queens

    Emerald Cities and Scarlet Queens

    Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away is largely regarded as a modern classic, but the influences from the works of Lewis Carroll and L. Frank Baum cannot be ignored. Here we see which characters are takes on memorable figures from Wonderland and the Land of Oz, and we discern which themes carry through between the stories.

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