Ramblings: There’s more to fantasy than knights and castles

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I know I’ve mentioned it in a previous post, but it still really irks me when I mention “fantasy” and people have a set picture in mind.  The image that springs to mind is a faux-Tolkien world that’s vaguely like Medieval Europe (while countless other continents lie in the distance and aren’t focused on.)  That’s all well and good, since the LotR books and films as well as the Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game are indeed quite popular.  However, my interests tend to lean towards science-fantasy (a la retrofuturism, Thundarr/He-Man, and Star Wars) as well as modern-fantasy as well.  Something about applying futurism (or modernity) to magick and monsters appeals for some reason, that setting it in a specified era of the past just won’t.  And even then, people tend to think very troperiffic urban fantasy when they think of what I’m talking about.  Ya know, there’s a big masquerade where the supernatural hides behind some veil, locations are almost always some real world city largely unaffected by the magical, there’s probably some romantic sub-plot involving said supernatural or something.  All in all, I’m not a fan.  I want adventure, mystery, and what have you with a modern twist.  Give me bizarre magic-tech that looks much like what we have now (or at least within post-WWII – post-Cold War time frame.)  Give me molemen bankers who live in the same vaults they store stuff in, dwarves who have a monopoly on a pub franchise chain, dark warlocks firing enchanted bullets from an uzi, weird stuff like that!  See, that’s the kind of weird stuff I like.  For reference on what I’m talking about, read “Nightside” and “Perdido Street Station”

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Necrotic Editorial: Fantasy can be anything… Right?

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Fantasy at its core embraces both the improbable and the impossible.  In the realms of fantasy, almost anything can be achieved through the right means!  This can be through belief or a bit of ingenuity.  It was our dreams that invented both possibilities for the past and present that helped to forge fantasy in the first place after all.  But when people hear fantasy fiction, we tend to think of a select few items.  These are typically castles, ancient warriors, classic melee weapons, and royal societies.  On top of that, fantasy usually takes a Euro-centric turn towards societies from the Dark Ages through the Renaissance.  But surely, there’s a lot more to fantastic fiction than this, right?  Of course!

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