Back in Issue 13 (Nov '74) NFB ran a transcript of J.R.R.Tolkien's last interview, recorded for a BBC Radio 4 book review programme. Here it is along with RealAudio/MP3 files.
Some demographic and economic pages about Pern, Anne McCaffrey's world of dragons and harpers.
If you happen to be engaged in the onerous and responsible task of world designing, this is a tool that might be of help. City is a spreadsheet that enables the size and number of cities, the relative populations of countries to be determined for a wide range of eras and locations. Besides downloading the sheet itself you can also read a Guided Tour and some other pages aimed at designers of medieval societies.
My fantasy role-playing world of Midgard has been around since the early '70s. Since the Monday Night players are still exploring I can't reveal Secrets Characters Were Not Intended To Know, but there are some bits that can safely be published.
Role-playing in medieval Japan makes a change from the standard European setting, this section has information on Japanese Climate and Ecology while Six Samurai (and a Monk) is a role-playing scenario set in Nippon. Feuding clans, a Lady in distress and a dragon!
The CAT Owner's Manual is essential reading for prospective purchasers of these peripherals.
Everyone should have a good cause. Mine is being a copyright terrorist and religious bigot by criticising the 'Church' of Scientology, the first cult to face the wrath of the nerds.
A Starmap for 20 light years out from Earth.
Next up, an X-rated picture! Horror for archaeologists anyway, for here I am treasure hunting on an Assyrian siege ramp...
Photo by Yoram Weinberg
In 1983 I was planning a second visit to Lachish, a site in Israel best known for it's siege in 701 B.C.E. by Sennacherib, King of Assyria (II Chronicles 32:9). So I got a phone call: "can you buy us a metal detector in England?". I'm supposed to be looking for arrowheads, but the detector is more interested in cartridge cases from the '48 war.
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