A long ramble: Regency fantasy, book recommendations, etc.
Philip.Belben at powertech.co.uk
Philip.Belben at powertech.co.uk
Tue Sep 4 07:55:22 EDT 2001
Jacob, replying to my long ramble.
> Sci. Fi. Has it's own version of this. I love it when they have
> galactic civilizations that have been around for hundreds of years
> essentially unchanged. On Earth, we've had a tough time keeping any
> single government around for longer than a couple centuries. The
> longest lasting governments I can think of are Rome and China, but
> both of those underwent *substantial* change--to such an extent that
> I have kind of a hard time calling them the same government.
Good point. We've had ours here in the UK for a bit over 300 years now, but
it's changed a lot in that time...
Like I said, SF writers are used to technological progress. As you point out,
that doesn't mean they get social progress right, too.
>> Alan Dean Foster, whose SF I recommend, but not his fantasy.
>> Very readable. I don't think it would stand up to
>> hard-science scrutiny, but it's still good SF.
> I *loved* the Flinx novels. It's been ten years or more since I
> read them, but I wouldn't mind reading them again just to see if
Me too. I'm not sure I've got all of them yet (either read or owned).
Ironically, the first Flinx novel I read was "Flinx in Flux", I think the last?
But Flinx, and other characters from his books, come up elsewhere in ADF's
commonwealth books, too...
> the memory holds. I think he wrote _Quozl_ as well and that book
> stands as one of the few fundamental stories I've read that changed
> the way I think about some things. The story was so unique and
> fresh that I can still remember significant details as well as the
> broader storyline.
He did indeed. Yes, that is an excellent book too.
>> To me, "Urban" means "to do with cities". We finally settled
>> on two competing definitions last time - "Fantasy of, rather
>> than merely in, a city", favoured by me, and "Fantasy which
>> contrasts magic and modern city life as light and darkness"
>> (I think) favoured by Mr and Mrs Proffitt (who will no doubt
>> pop up with a far better statement of their definition).
> Nah. That's about what my definition comes down to. Charles DeLint
> serves as my measuring stick for my kind of Urban Fantasy.
Fair enough, although I find he often makes the fantasy just as dark as the
city, if not darker.
I think my measuring stick for urban fantasy, which I forgot to mention last
time, is Fritz Leiber's "Our Lady of Darkness". Definitely "of" a city; here
the contrast is fantasy=dark, city=bright, though...
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