it's fantasy because we say it is
|About:||We respect traditional science fiction and fantasy--really, we do. But we have a few questions.|
Concerned fantasy writers, readers, and artists want to know:
o Why must elves and dwarves always be at war?
o Fantasy worlds and ecosystems: do they have them?
o Ditto economies.
o What do the farmers do when they're not raising heirs to the throne? (Besides being murdered by the Dark Lord and having their farms razed to the ground.)
o On the subject of Dark Lords--can they do anything right? Are they even necessary?
o Are we ever going to meet beasts that aren't knock-offs of the Tolkien bestiary or Greek mythology?
Sci-fi readers would also like to know:
o Who funds all of those voyages to other planets? Who's writing grants for this?
o Sexy aliens: how does an ordinary human attract them? Once one attracts them, what does one do if the plumbing is (logically) alien?
o Plumbing. Do spaceships have it?
o Does sci-fi really have to take place in outer space, anyway? Or the future?
But most of all:
o Is there more to the fantasy and sci-fi genres than a bunch of hackneyed stereotypes and clichés?
If you would like to challenge the fantasy/sci-fi paradigm--exploring the lives of ordinary residents of the fantasy or sci-fi world, taking the genre to Earth and letting it run free, parodying stereotypes or chasing them to their logical conclusions, or creating a fantasy/sci-fi world low on the fireworks and high on the craftsmanship--then this may be the community for you. If you have a totally different way of re-conceptualizing the fantasy and sci-fi genres, beyond these suggestions, then this is definitely the community for you. We encourage you to post art, fiction (long or short), poetry, plot bunnies, recommendations, and meta here.
|Interests:||49: aliens, art, challenging paradigms, dragons, dwarves, elves, fantastic beasts, fantasy, fantasy ecology, fantasy economics, fiction, historical fiction, invented creatures, mad science, magic, meta, mythology, not aliens, not dragons, not dwarves, not elves, not magic, not spaceships, not sword and sorcery, not vampires, not warriors, not werewolves, not wizards, not zombies, novels, ordinary people, parody, play, poetry, sane science, sci-fi, science fiction, short stories, spaceships, steampunk, sword and sorcery, urban fantasy, vampires, warriors, werecreatures, werewolves, wizards, world-building, zombies|
|Watched by:||1: gileonnen|
|Account type:||Free Patient|