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...

"Hold fast to the one noble thing."

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