Thursday, June 18, 2009

Booking Through Thursday: Fantasy And Sci-Fi



One of my favorite sci-fi authors (Sharon Lee) has declared June 23rd Fantasy and Science Fiction Writers Day.

As she puts it:
So! In my Official Capacity as a writer of science fiction and fantasy, I hereby proclaim June 23 Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Day! A day of celebration and wonder! A day for all of us readers of science fiction and fantasy to reach out and say thank you to our favorite writers. A day, perhaps, to blog about our favorite sf/f writers. A day to reflect upon how written science fiction and fantasy has changed your life.
So … what might you do on the 23rd to celebrate? Do you even read fantasy/sci-fi? Why? Why not?

Fantasy and sci-fi are two of my favourite genres! I attempted to answer the question "why" but I think Darrell Schwietzer articulates it well that I decided to quote him here:

"Dragons, elves, trolls, unicorns, magic and other fantasy elements are not there to be taken literally. Such elements, in a good fantasy story, are not there for speculative reasons at all, but as symbols, as myth, not for what they are but for what they suggest and mean. Le Guin speaks of getting "in touch with reality in a special, private, profound fashion." Fantasy that fails to do this, that isn't true on some inner level, is like bad poetry, merely useless verbiage. Good fantasy is not an escape. It doesn't cover up reality. It lets us see things as they are, perhaps more clearly than any other kind of writing except the great myths."

So, yes, I will definitely be reading a fantasy book and by June 23, post a book review in celebration of the Fantasy and Science Fiction Writers Day. Now I need to decide between Ursula K. Le Guin's TALES FROM EARTHSEA and Terry Pratchett's NATION. Help me: Which would you choose? How about you—what would you choose to read, if you do read fantasy?

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If SF is the literature of change, the fantasy is the literature of longing. Fantasy often ends with the reestablishment of order, with evil conquered and good on the throne. SF often ends with the establishment of a new order, a new way of doing things, with the evolution to a higher order. ~ Treitel

For more related quotes, check this out.