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M.A.R. Barker

M.A.R. Barker

M.A.R. Barker dies at age 83: Dr. Barker, creator of Tékumel, was a Fulbright Scholar and has been called “The forgotten Tolkien.” Read John’s review of The Man of Gold.

Tia Nevitt wins the first Epic Ebook Award for Fantasy: Congratulations to our friend and guest reviewer, Tia Nevitt! Tia’s award is for her novel The Sevenfold Spell (reviewed by Kat) and was announced at EPICon.

World of Warcraft: Not just for teenage boys: Last month, researchers from North Carolina State University reported that playing WoW boosts cognitive functioning for older adults — particularly those who scored poorly on cognitive ability tests before playing the game. The paper was published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior.

Mind wandering while you work? You must be smart!: Researchers at University of Wisconsin–Madison reported last week that people with better working memory report more daydreaming and mind-wandering while completing a simple task. The researchers suggest that people with large amounts of working memory are more successful at multi-tasking.


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    JUSTIN BLAZIER (on FanLit's staff since September 2009) is a Cyber-Security Analyst/Network Engineer located in Northern Kentucky. Like many fantasy enthusiasts, Justin cut his teeth on authors like Tolkien, Anthony, and Lewis. Due to lack of space, his small public library would often give him their donated SFF books. When he is not reading books he is likely playing board games or Tabletop RPGs. Justin lives in a quiet neighborhood with his wife, their daughter, and Norman the dog.

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