Monthly Archives: March 2013

An Aromantic Kiss

On March 31st last year, Nina went on a date with Andy, having agreed in advance that he would be allowed to kiss her – once. Here is her account of the event. The waiter pours the wine, just a … Continue reading

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The Stellar and the Princess – Parts 3 and 4

The Stellar and the Princess Librarian’s Note While the first two parts of The Stellar and the Princess are fairly well preserved, I have had to put together the rest of the story by examining a number of sources. Only … Continue reading

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The Stellar and the Princess – Parts 1 and 2

The Stellar and the Princess Foreword Everyone knows the Daughters of Hope. Even five year old children in remote peaceful villages can describe a Daughter of Hope: golden eyes, golden lips, silver hair, silver nails. They are famed for their … Continue reading

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Spell-Checkers – A Brief History Of A Magical Invention

This is an extract from Kariyne Marlo’s Arkhon: An Anecdotal History, which holds the record for being the most-borrowed book in the Crimson Library. ∞ One of the most notorious inventions of the renowned alchemists of Arkhon was the spell-checker. … Continue reading

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Ghenya on Typhoeus

‘Bigger than a mountain?’ She laughs. ‘A planet – a solar system, even – would have been no more than a twinkle in its eye! Imagine the Horsehead Nebula… No; the Crab Nebula with the Horsehead attached: made, not of … Continue reading

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Spring Cleaning

I have just been looking through some boxes that have been living in a dark and dusty corner of the garage for the past six years. There’s a lot of stuff inside that can be thrown straight in the bin, … Continue reading

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The Skeleton Count, or The Vampire Mistress

Elizabeth Caroline Grey’s The Skeleton Count, or The Vampire Mistress is a ‘penny dreadful’ published in 1828 in The Casket. I had never heard of this story before yesterday. Just imagine! How is it possible that a vampire story, with … Continue reading

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