True Villainy

— Scott Warner

13 October 2021 | Beyond Bree, October, 2021, 3

Ten years ago, I wrote an article for the InterdiMensional Journal [a now-defunct Mensa SF journal] proposing a new definition for classic villains in science fiction and fantasy literature. Most villains are transparently antagonistic from the beginning. However true villains disguise their intentions while plotting the demise of their opponents. The deceitful betrayals of Brutus and Iago are good examples of this quality. Uriah Heep, Steerpike and Bill Hayden also qualify. This premise leads to several surprising conclusions.…

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