The Top 50 Black Gate Posts in February

The Top 50 Black Gate Posts in February

AD&D DMGScott Taylor’s massive survey of the top artists working in the role playing industry since its birth — the latest in his popular Art of the Genre series — was our most popular article last month.

In second and third place were our reports on the latest fan turmoil inside the Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA), including a series of ugly personal attacks on ex-SFWA Vice President Mary Robinette Kowal.

Fourth was the first installment of Jon Sprunk’s Firefly retrospective, now up to seven chapters.

For fifth place it was back to the People-Behaving-Badly part of our program, with a report on Macmillan Associate Director of Contracts Sean P. Fodera’s threat to sue everyone who linked to the Daily Dot report on his attack on Mary Robinette Kowal (including Black Gate, presumably). We’re still waiting for that thick Fed Ex envelope from a legal firm.

The complete Top 50 Black Gate posts in February were:

  1. Art of the Genre: The Top 10 RPG Artists of the Past 40 Years
  2. Robert Silverberg, Gregory Benford, Dave Truesdale call for Changes to SFWA
  3. SFWA Ugliness Spreads to Personal Attacks on Mary Robinette Kowal
  4. Firefly, a Retrospective – Part 1
  5. Sean P. Fodera Threatens to sue 1,200 Writers
  6. Gygax Magazine 3 now Available
  7. The Madness of True Detective
  8. A Year of Writing Franchise Fiction
  9. Lust, Women, and the Devil: Seven Decades of Fritz Leiber’s Conjure Wife
  10. Art of the Genre: Behind the Curtain at Black Gate L.A.


  11. Count Bohemond by Alfred Duggan
  12. J.K. Rowling, The Solitary House, and the Public Shaming of Lynn Shepherd
  13. Sean P. Fodera Apologizes to Mary Robinette Kowal
  14. Take a trip to Haven: The Free City
  15. Vintage Treasures: The Man Who Awoke by Laurence Manning
  16. The Ballantine Adult Fantasy Series: The King of Elfland’s Daughter by Lord Dunsany
  17. The Lost Art of Bruce Pennington
  18. As Tartary Burns
  19. An Empire Unacquainted with Defeat by Glen Cook
  20. Four History Books for Heroic Fantasy Readers (and Writers)


  21. Vintage Treasures: The Spell of Seven, edited by L. Sprague de Camp
  22. For Want of a Dragon… The Dragon Lord by David Drake
  23. Vintage Treasures: A Touch of Infinity/ The Man With Nine Lives by Harlan Ellison
  24. Robin Hobb on What’s Wrong with Epic Fantasy
  25. Basic Dungeons and Dragons is Still Kicking: An Interview with Module Writer Geoff Gander
  26. When is an Apocalypse not an Apocalypse?
  27. Future Treasures: The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume 8, edited by Jonathan Strahan
  28. Art of the Genre: The Halflings of Jeff Dee
  29. Leigh Brackett, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Appendix N: Advanced Readings in D&D
  30. Monster Mash Up: Elizabeth Hand’s Pandoras Bride


  31. Goth Chick News: Phantasmagoria: The Visions of Lewis Carroll by Marilyn Manson
  32. Monthly Short Story Roundup: January
  33. Apocalypse Then and Now
  34. Spaghetti Westerns go Kaballah
  35. One Arthurian Film to Rule Them All: John Boorman’s Excalibur
  36. Vintage Treasures: The Last Planet by Andre Norton
  37. The Least-Expected Trumpet of Apocalypse: Leonora Carrington’s The Hearing Trumpet
  38. New Treasures: Castaway on Temurlone by David Wesley Hill
  39. In Praise of Little, Big
  40. Vintage Treasures: The Legion of Space, by Jack Williamson


  41. Before and After
  42. Galaxy Science Fiction, August 1951: A Retro-review
  43. Return to Thieves World in Beyond Sanctuary
  44. The Series Series: Marshal Versus the Assassins by M. Harold Page
  45. A History of Godzilla on Film, Part 4: The Heisei Era (1984–1996)
  46. Brains Hardwired for Horror
  47. New Treasures: The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2013, edited by Paula Guran
  48. Revisiting the Monsters that Lurked in Gumball Vending Machines
  49. Spotlight on Interactive Fiction: More Superheroes!
  50. Firefly, a Retrospective – Part 3

The Top 5o Black Gate blog posts in January are here, and you can see all 92 posts we made in the month of February here.

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