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Why set a fantasy novel on another planet?

20 Oct 2017, 14:21 UTC
Why set a fantasy novel on another planet?
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[This is a post about my fantasy novel The Hole in the World, which is finished but unpublished. If you’re not interested in my metafictional ruminations, move along with my blessings. If you’re a literary agent (ahem) who could help me find a publisher or know one, please talk to me. And if you like my science writing, please consider contributing to my Patreon for extra essays and other goodies.]
Art from a very early fantasy story I wrote. My art hasn’t improved much, but I hope my writing has. [Credit: 8-year-old moi]After I graduated college, I went with my parents on a vacation trip to Colorado, including a brief visit to Mesa Verde National Park. Mesa Verde contains a number of ancient and long-abandoned cities of aboriginal Americans, the ancestors of modern Pueblo people. Spending time in that high-elevation desert, I got the first ghost of an idea for the story that would eventually become my fantasy novel The Hole in the World.
Much of fantasy fiction draws on the work of J.R.R. Tolkien and other English writers, so the settings are a kind of mythical Britain and northern Europe. Even American authors (such as Lloyd Alexander and George ...

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