Genre Wars: SF & F and Magic

August 14, 2018 Bushi 3

Last week I shared my musings on the divide between scifi and fantasy, and why it’s not the most helpful or natural distinction. Over at, one of my counterparts has offered a different perspective. In the hottest of takes, he suggests that in Star Wars, the Force is less […]

The Word-Hoard: Illusory

August 14, 2018 Bushi 11

Illusory: adj. 1. Causing illusion; deceptive; misleading. 2. Of the nature of an illusion; unreal. Phantasm and illusion spring up quite frequently in fantastical stories and weird tales. Often they wind up being real, and deadly. “Illusory” may not be that uncommon a word, but it’s one that can be […]

Tolkien’s Hero Hound Huan

August 13, 2018 Bushi 4

I haven’t been following news of the new Amazon Studios’ Lord of the Rings series very closely, though I have heard that at least the first season (of five initially planned – holy hot dogs!) is going to focus on a young Aragorn. Sheesh. I think I agree with John […]

The Fake Split of Scifi and Fantasy

August 10, 2018 Bushi 15

I was all set to fire up this post with a little research on the question of why so many modern readers and writers seem to separate scifi and fantasy into two distinct genres. I began to type my query, and things got a little…turned around. Hmm. Well, here’s the […]

The Word-Hoard: Balustrade

August 9, 2018 Bushi 5

Balustrade: n. A railing or wall to prevent people from falling over the edge of stairs, a balcony, etc. If you’re anything like me, you’ve seen plenty of impressive or notable architectural features in your day without having the slightest clue what they’re called – like those latticed wooden structures […]

The Word-Hoard: Thew

August 8, 2018 Bushi 5

Thew: n. 1. (Usually thews) Muscle or sinew. 2. (Thews) physical strength.   “Thew” is one of those lean yet powerful words that fits so well into a good action-laden scifi/fantasy story. When muscle and sinew aren’t cutting it and you just need a little something extra, you can always […]

The Word-Hoard: a series

August 7, 2018 Bushi 0

The eldest one answered him, leader of the troop, unlocked his word-hoard. [source] – Beowulf   If the pen be mightier than the sword, then an author’s lexicon is the blade by which he aims to cut to the core of a reader. Of course this doesn’t mean thumbing through […]


August 7, 2018 Bushi 1

Originally posted over at An Eastern sword and sorcery tale. In an ancient Japan that might have been, the old powers recede. Demon and spirit and god – all must choose whether to diminish and serve the White Christ or join the cosmic rebellion of the Enemy. This is […]



August 6, 2018 Bushi 9

That’s Japanese for “Hello World!” While I’ll still be writing over at, the ancestral home of the bushis, this here plot is now the place to find PC Bushi and all his major works – writing projects, scifi and fantasy-related ramblings, and if you’re lucky maybe even a little mad […]