I’m sad to see my 16-year run as a weekly columnist in the Rhino Times come to an end. I haven’t missed a week – though mostly because our fearless editors have been remarkably patient with my absolutely last-minute delivery in many weeks over the past 16 years. John Hammer, you created one of the best papers in America – as a free weekly, no less! – with a powerful and generally positive attitude and high-quality reporting. How did I get so lucky as to be part of it?
I was never one of those kids who go crazy about dinosaurs. But since the California public schools in the 1950s were crazy about dinosaurs, we got taught about them and tested on them. So from those days on, I could identify a tyrannosaur and a brontosaur, triceratops and stegosaurus at a glance.
There are certain staples of fantasy writing that must certainly have been done to death by constant repetition, and dragons must certainly be among them. Yet just as you think dragon books have become too passé to be worth reading, something comes along to change your mind