hallieod at indigo.ie
Wed Sep 15 07:10:29 EDT 2004
>> Clarke had done something new and unique by combinig
>> historical fiction and fantasy "like LotR written by Jane Austen".
>> Apart from that being a very very strange metaphor, I thought
>> sponatously: That's not true, that has been done before.
>> So, if I define "historical fiction" as stories taking place in a
>> recognizable past (mentioning some historical events, or
>> taking care to describe a cerain era), what titles with fantasy elements
>> can we find?
>I think you're right. Several of the ones I thought of, like A
>College of Magics, are more like alternate pasts- they are set in
>what looks like the past of our world with magic, but the future of
>the book would not lead to our world, if that makes sense. Mary
>Gentle's Ash should qualify, though, (unless it's science fiction).
>Judith Merkle Riley's books. Melissa Scott and Lisa Barnett's Armor
>of Light [*] I'm sure I've read one by John M Ford set in the
>renaissance with magic.
_The Dragon Waiting_, but that's definitely alternate history - there
may be others he's written also. I kept thinking alternate history
ones as well, but then remembered Rosemary Sutcliff's _The Queen
Elizabeth Story_, which is older than a lot of these. Just
reinforcing (again again) the point below (which hardly needs
validating, of course).
>Anyway, the presenter was wrong.
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