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QUACKCAST 471 - Fantasy

ozoneocean at 12:00AM, March 24, 2020
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Today we're having a chat about fantasy fiction! Mainly books and the fantasy writing that inspired us and that we love! Faves like Tolkien, Fritz Leiber and Piers Anthony!

Just to define, we're talking swords, elves, armour, dragons etc, in a “medieval” context, generally European. As a subset there's native, Arabian, Asian, Mayan etc, also high fantasy, low fantasy, sword and sorcery, historical fantasy and even mythology….
And then techno fantasy, contemporary fantasy, steampunk, fantasy cyberpunk and so on… but we mainly stick to the mainstream stuff and only just touch on the weird little variations for now.

Fantasy is an old genre and a lot went into creating it: Fairy tales, folklore, mythology, legends, and history.
In the modern day the main influences for modern fantasy were writers like Tolkien with his high fantasy, Robert E Howard with his sword and sorcery, Fritz Leiber, Ursula K Leguin, Andre Norton. It was the massive popularity of Tolkien though in the 1960s and 70s that really created the market for fantasy and that is what really made the genre. As a result most fantasy from then was a copy of that style: small parties made of odd members including elves , dwarfs, wizards, knights, barbarians, and halflings or original equivalents of all of those things, guided by prophecies, fighting orcs or orc-like things, and ultimately facing a “dark lord” character.

Things have since broadened out and diversified again. We have many different kinds of fantasy styles now, but it's good to have a look at where it came from!
Some authors we mention:
Tolkien, Terry Books, Robert Jordan, Tantz Aerine, Robert E Howard, Lovecraft, August Derlith, ER Eddison, David Eddings, Raymon E Fiest, Anne McCaffery, Ursula K Leguin, Robert Aspirin, Mary Stewart and more :D

This week Gunwallace has given us the theme to GALAXY ONE - Side scroller action adventure space platform game! This is pure 16 bit videogame nostalgia. Grab your extra life and beat the hard level and the mid-boss before gaining his powers and facing up against the final boss! You can practically hear the pixels forming, coalescing and mutating.


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Featured comic:
My Magic Grandpa - https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2020/mar/15/featured-comic-my-magic-grandpa/

Featured music:
GALAXY ONE - https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/GALAXY_ONE/, by KPM1578, rated E.

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ozoneocean at 9:31AM, March 26, 2020

@Marco- you're perfectly correct. It's just that later fantasy took a medieval approach so that's how we think of it all. Plus the armour and weapons styles in Tolkien (in the illustrations and movies) are medieval.

sphinx8k at 4:58AM, March 24, 2020

👍🏾

marcorossi at 1:32AM, March 24, 2020

This is a pet peeve of mine: Tolkienìs fantasy isn't medieval, Middle Earth is supposedly pre roman Britain + Ireland (the two islands become separated later in the fourth era). Tolkien said this himself. Howard's fantasy setting is the Hyborian age before the deluge, so it's not medieval either, and most obviously it resembles classical antiquity. Why do everyone assume that fantasy = middle ages? Is this just the long shadow of King Arthur?


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