WWW: March 21, 2012

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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 September 2009 – September 2012) Like many fantasy enthusiasts, Justin cut his teeth on Tolkien. Due to lack of space, his small public library would often give him their donated SFF books. Justin lives in a small home near the river with his wife, their baby daughter, and Norman, a mildly smelly dog. He doesn't have much time for reviewing anymore, but he still shows up here occasionally to let us know how he feels about stuff.

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  1. My mind wanders and I daydream constantly, but my memory sux. What does that mean? :(

  2. Kieran /

    If coming on this website when I should be working counts as multi-tasking then that’s that theory borne out!

  3. Definitely multi-tasking, Kieran, but we have no doubt that your brain can handle it!

  4. Thank you for the announcement, Kat!

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