Describe the difference between the genre of fantasy and the genre of science fiction..
Describe the difference between the genre of fantasy and the genre of science fiction.
Orson Scott Card stated it very succinctly: “Science fiction is about what *could* be but isn’t. Fantasy is about what *couldn’t* be.”Science fiction depicts things that are not yet possible in our world, but which we believe may one day be possible. Usually it involves futuristic technology and/or scientific phenomenon. Super-intelligent robots, deep space exploration, and extraterrestrial life are among the themes that commonly show up in science fiction. Science fiction stories typically take place in the future, but not always: there are ones set in the present or the past (or, in the case of Star Wars, in some undefined setting with no direct relationship to our world).Science fiction that was written in the past has often become outdated, as what it describes as “the future” is now the past. That doesn’t mean it becomes irrelevant: George Orwell’s “1984” is as relevant today as when it was first published in 1948.Some past science fiction books become outdated when our scientific knowledge increases. For example, books about intelligent, humanoid aliens on Mars are outdated now, because we now know such life doesn’t exist on Mars. That doesn’t mean the books are bad reads: Ray Bradbury’s “The Martian Chronicles” and Robert Heinlein’s “Stranger in a Strange Land” are both fine novels.Also, some science fiction books become irrelevant when the technology described actually gets invented. This happened to many of Jules Verne’s 19th-century novels (written before the term “science fiction” had been coined). His books depict things that were later invented for real, including skyscrapers, fax machines, and the Internet.Fantasy books deal with magic and the supernatural–things which most of us don’t believe are ever possible. Typically they take place in the past or in some quasi-historical setting with knights and castles and princesses, and they feature stuff from mythology and folklore, such as wizards, elves, fairies, and dragons.But any story with supernatural elements can be called fantasy. That includes much of the horror genre: stories about vampires, werewolves, demons, and ghosts are all fantasy.Many fantasy books actually take place in the present but feature traditional magical elements. The Harry Potter series is the most famous example, but many adult books, such as those by Charles de Lint, dabble in this too.A fantasy book may even take place in the future. Terry Brooks’ Shannara series takes place in the far future, after the earth experienced some kind of global disaster such as a nuclear holocaust and was returned to a primitive state, where magic instead of science came to rule.Sometimes the line between science fiction and fantasy isn’t easy to draw. As other answerers have noted, Star Wars features seemingly supernatural elements such as the Force and ghosts. But since the setting is overwhelmingly futuristic, it is usually classed as science fiction.Actually, any story featuring psychic-type powers could be either fantasy or sci-fi depending on how it’s presented. Orson Scott Card relates an experience when he submitted to a science fiction magazine a story about psychics on a distant planet. The editor rejected the story on the grounds that it was fantasy, not science fiction. Card was outraged at first, but then he realized he hadn’t actually included in the story any information to alert the reader that it was set on a distant planet. The society he depicted was relatively primitive, so the editor assumed it was Earth in medieval times and interpreted the psychic powers of the characters simply as sorcery.Thus, the line between science fiction and fantasy is usually based more on broad superficial themes (e.g. the presence of spaceships as opposed to fire-breathing dragons) than on actual plausibility.
Any books like Lord of The Rings.
I would like to know a book like Lord of The Rings, that isnt copying it completely like all other fantasy books.
In FANTASY here are some I (Fittings Doc) would recommend:The first 4 books listed are in the same vein as the LOTR.Not exactly sure what you mean by copying LOTR completely. With the exception of “The Hobbit”, which was also written by Tolkien, and is the PRECURSOR to “The Lord of the Rings”, I do not think any of these 4 books copy the story lines completely, though many have similar character types (i.e., elves, dwarves, etc.).”The Hobbit” (1937 / 310 pages) by J. R. R. TolkienAt the suggestion of the wizard Gandalf, Bilbo Baggins helps some dwarves steal treasure back from a dragon.”The Dark Tide” (1984) by Dennis L. McKiernan(first book of the “Mithgar” series)”The Iron Tower” (an omnibus edition)Originally published as a trilogy (The Dark Tide, Shadows of Doom, and The Darkest Day).“The Crystal Shard” (1988) by R.A. Salvatore.(the first book of “The Icewind Dale Trilogy”)”Pawn of Prophecy” (1982) by David Eddings(first book of the “Belgariad” series)”Legend” (1984) by David Gemmell (The MASTER of Heroic fantasy)(first book of the “Drenai Saga”)Hell EVERYTHING by David Gemmell is worth reading!!!He is a master at character development and readability.If you like HEROIC FANTASY, You’ll find you cannot put his books down.“Seventh Son” (1987 / 241 pages) by Orson Scott Card(first book of the “The Tales of Alvin Maker” series)(Won the Locus Award, nominated for the Hugo and World Fantasy Awards)(The first FIVE books in the series Won the Locus Award!!!)”The Sword of Shannara” (1977) by Terry Brooks(first book in the Original “Shannara Trilogy”)“The Seer King” (1997) By Chris Bunch(first book of “The Seer King Trilogy”)“The Elvenbane” (1991) by Mercedes Lackey with Andre Norton(first book of “The Halfblood Chronicles”)”The Misplaced Legion” (1987) by Harry Turtledove(first book of the “Videssos” series)One of Julius Caesar’s legions is transported to a world with magic.”Magician” (1982) by Raymond E. Feist(first book in “The Riftwar Saga”)“The Gilded Chain” (1998) by Dave Duncan(first book of the “Tales of the King’s Blades” series)“The Lost Prince” (1983) by Paul Edwin Zimmer(first book of the “Dark Border” series)“The Sword in the Stone” (1938) by T. H. White CLASSIC(first book of “The Once and Future King” series a retelling of the Arthurian legend)In SCIENCE FICTION, here are some I (Fittings Doc) would recommend:”The Cross Time Engineer” (1993) by Leo Frankowski(first book of the “Cross Time Engineer” / “Conrad Stargard” series)Twentieth-century Polish-American engineer Conrad Schwartz is accidentally and mysteriously dumped in thirteenth-century Poland. (Just before the Mongol invasion of 1241.)This was an eye opening look at how technology could transform a society, and gave some very good descriptions of simple improvements that lead to our own industrial revolution.I guess you can tell I loved these books.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo_Frankow…”Foundation” (1951 / 255 pages) by Issac Asimov(the first book of the “Foundation Series”)Postulates the societal change, which would accompany the expansion into the stars.The seiries won the one-time Hugo Award for “Best All-Time Series” in 1966.(One of the other books in the series also won a Hugo Award.)“Dune” (1965 / 412 pages) by Frank Herbert(the first book of the “Dune Series)(Won the Hugo and Nebula Awards.)”Dorsai” (1959 / 159 pages) by Gordon R. Dickson(the first book of “The Childe Cycle”)Deals with genetic drift and specialization, and there effects on humanity as a whole.(Nominated for the Hugo Award.)“I, Robot” (1950 / 272 pages) the book of early short stories by Issac Asimov on the subject of ROBOTS in which he postulates the “Three Laws of Robotics” should be read as a basis before reading the”The Caves of Steel” (1954 / 224 pages) by Issac Asimov(the first of the “Robot” series / Lije Bailey mysteries)These books are the source from which the movie “I, Robot” is drawn.”The Forever War” (1974 / 236 pages) by Joe HaldemanDeals with the effect of time dilation, on those involved in an interstellar war.(Won the Hugo and Nebula Awards.)”Ender’s Game” (1985 / 357 pages) by Orson Scott Card”Speaker for the Dead” (1986 – the sequel to “Ender’s Game”) by Orson Scott Card(Both won the Hugo and Nebula Awards.)”Warriors Apprentice” (1986 / 312 pages) by Lois McMaster Bujold(the first book of “The Vorkosigan Saga”)After being genetically “damaged” by a bio weapon in his mother’s womb, Miles Vorkosigan overcomes prejudice to claim his birthright.(FOUR other books in the series Won Hugo Awards.)”On Basilisk Station” (1993 / 448 pages) by David Weber(the first book in the “Honor Harrington” series)This Space Navy series has FEMALE lead character. Beyond the Technology of the spacecraft and weapons, the story revolves around interpersonal relation
What are 12-17 Year Olds Reading Right Now.
I own a website about book clubs and have just decided to add a section for Young Adults. I see many of you discussing different series and authors that I’m unfamiliar with so I’m hoping you can help me out!What are you reading right now? Why do you like it? Have you read something you hate? Besides…
Well:Twilight series (you must know that one!)Harry Potter (as usual)Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series (I’m a fantasy fan, so you’ll see a lot of fantasy on here)Chronicles of Ancient Darkness (Wolf Brother etc)I was into the Edge Chronicles when I was younger, but I’ve grown out of them now.The Magician’s GuildMillionsAlex RiderHis Dark MaterialsEragon and EldestNarnia (seen as outdated by some though)Before I DieHitchhiker’s guide to the Galaxy (and the rest of them)The Sword of Shannara etcWatership DownDiscworld and the other terry Pratchett onesThe chronicles of Pellinorand many many more!You have a really wide age range there, so there are going to be a lot of different answers of different… how should I say this… different abilities I guess? A 12 yr old isnt neccessarily going to be reading the same books as a 16 year old.I like those books because I love a bit of escapism, adventure, and I like the ones that make you look at the world in a different way- like Discworld.These books aren’t really that up-to-date, but sometimes I find the older stories are better than the new ones. And neither is that a comprehensive list.
What are the best fantasy stories of all time.
1. The Song of Ice and Fire2. The Kingkiller Chronicles3. The Prince of Nothing series4. The Lord of the Rings5. The Hobbit6. The Word and the Void Series7. His Dark Materials8. The Heritage of Shannara series9. Red Wall (The first book in the red wall series)
Everyone will have their favorites, and some will cite books that are more Si-Fi than Fantasy.There are so many to list…But Terry Brooks definitely belongs there.Have you ever read Stephen Donaldson’s Mirror of Her Dreams and A Man Rides Through?What about the Belgariad and the Elenium series by David and Leigh Eddings?Or The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan?And who can forget Anne McCaffrey’s Pern Series? Or the Darkover Series by Marion Zimmer Bradley? Yeah they both can be considered Sci-Fi…Roger Zelazny’s Amber series? Even better how about his short stories?David Gemmel’s Drenai Saga. Legend, Waylander?I could go on and on but I think I’ll just grab some of these old friends and read them instead!