The School of Hard Fantasy
|Not your standard-issue princess.|
Jane Lindskold defined fantasy as including "Magical Stuff". It all depends on what the meaning of "stuff" is. I've never read any of the fiction of Lindskold, but I'm intrigued by the idea of fantasy stories in which the "magical creatures" must try not to be discovered by humans.....it reminds me of the Rules of Intervention within the Exodemic Fictional Universe.
|Fantasy Europe from Kushiel's Dart|
Bryn Neuenschwander has offered a concise description of hard fantasy: "concerned with how stuff works, and why". While writing Star Dance, I've tried hard to curb my reflexive desire to provide the reader with accounts for how the "magic" works. Still, Ghyl can't ever repress his curiosity, so he's often asking other people to explain what's going on.
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For Star Dance, I imagine that Ghyl and Bet are sent to Earth in order to help bring into existence the Buld Reality, the world as we know it. When they arrive on Earth, they have personal goals and, at the same time, they must create a good future for all of Humanity.
Fantasy Mathematical Equations
|Einstein discovers an equation that gives the masses of the hierions.|
Bet has personal reasons for contacting Albert Einstein, but she must also make it possible for him to help the primitive Earthlings of the 20th century to discover the existence of hierions.
In the Ekcolir Reality, Einstein learns of the Ramanujan Equation.
In the Buld Reality, that same equation is secretly known as the 10D Einstein Equation and its existence is kept hidden from the world by the U.S. government.
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|Promethean Rorschach Test|
1. Promethean Rorschach Test (was 5th)
2. Contact: Coda (was 1st)
3. Denisova hominin (was 2nd)
4. Asimov's struggle with aliens (was 3rd)
5. Aliens in Drag (was 4th)
6. Slavery in Science Fiction (was 6th)
7. Star Trek: The Original Series; 10 Episodes (was 7th)
8. Isaac Asimov's Nemesis (was 10th)
9. Departure from Nor'Dyren (was 8th)
10. Diabolus ex machina (was 9th)
Next: Hard (fantasy) Love for Spock
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