A centaur? A griffon? A leprechaun? A vampire? So many choices.
There have been quite a few fantasy novels that have involved teeny tiny humans, and they always are able to mostly be heard and understood by normal sized humans. Is that accurate? If you scaled down a human and human vocal cords to that size, would the sounds be audible or understandable by normal sized people?
I don’t know if you’ve ever wondered how people in the Harry Potter series or fantasy in general become wizards, but JK Rowling gave a bit of thought to it, but her answer wasn’t satisfactory for some. So a fan stepped in and came up with an answer as to how wizarding could be passed down through the generations at a slow rate even if it was a dominant gene.
Like many fantasy authors, Jim C. Hines’ books feature attractive covers with badass sexy women in awkward poses standing over the ruins of some space colony or another. It certainly gets the attention of people at a book store, but they’re not the most realistic poses for people to be in.
These custom made Dragon Claw Bracers from Etsier WhiteDragonLeather are so seriously super badass they’re making my pants feel a bit funny. As cool as they are, they probably would get you in trouble if you actually wore them around town. Cops tend to frown upon people wearing blades on their fists.
With so much sci-fi and fantasy out there, once you’ve finished one series and you’re aching for more, how do you know where to go next? Fortunately SF Signal and NPR are here to help you out with a flowchart.