Historical Fantasy

Judith Ridge Judith.Ridge at det.nsw.edu.au
Wed Sep 15 23:28:29 EDT 2004

On 16/9/04 12:46 PM, "Jon Noble" <jon_p_noble at yahoo.com> wrote:

> --- Judith Ridge <Judith.Ridge at det.nsw.edu.au> wrote:
>> Where does steampunk fit into this? I've recently
>> read an Aussie steampunk
>> novel (well, to be honest, I read half of an Aussie
>> steampunk novel... More
>> a reflection of my staying power than on the book,
>> which was good) called
>> Ichabod Hart and the Lighthouse Mystery by James
>> Roy. I suppose it's
>> technically an alternative history because the turn
>> of the last century
>> Australia it is set in is half colonised by the
>> French (which damn near
>> happened in real history).
>> Judith
> There is no fantasy in that one.

Hhhmm. But it's in fantasy mode, isn't it? Doesn't it have those fabulous
inventions; does that count as fantasy? It's been ages since I half read
it--but isn't steampunk as a genre considered a subset of fantasy?

Just asking.


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