Middle Ages, Dark Ages and pre-modern "straight" fantasy

Paul Andinach pandinac at tartarus.uwa.edu.au
Tue Aug 15 02:01:13 EDT 2000


On Mon, 14 Aug 2000 Philip.Belben at powertech.co.uk wrote:

> And this, at last, profides the first _fundamental_ reason why so
> much straight fantasy is set in pre-industrial worlds.  To a modern
> readership, such an obviously different level of technology
> contributes to the feel of other-worldliness.

Aha. This sparks the following thought:
An obviously different level of technology can happen in two ways; it
appears that most fantasy goes for "obviously lower", but this may
just be because any fantasy that goes for "obviously higher" is
mistaken for science fiction...

Paul
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