Saturday, June 9, 2007

About this site

The fantasticfictions site is a menagerie of book reviews, original writing, and commentary for the world of "fantastic" fiction, including traditional fantasy, classics of the genre, and other forms of speculative fiction such as science fiction and magic realism. The fantastic is a field ever-expanding, limited only by the fertility of imagination.

We want to provide thoughtful, concise book reviews that are consistent in their form and intent. Not only will we comment on a book's best and worst features, we will attempt to explore the impact and meaning of the book, giving thought to its visionary qualities and moral dimensions, something particularly appropriate to the genre.

Alongside these book reviews, you’ll find commentary and criticism written to explore the genre, both its classics and its new frontiers. Any love inspires a desire for intimacy, and here we bring our minds to bear in the appreciation of the beautiful.

Here you’ll also find short-short pieces of writing which aim to provide a glimpse into fantastic vistas, rendering us present for a moment to the paths of other worlds. Though our contributors make no claim to artistic genius, we cannot help but respond to the beautiful with humble creations of our own.

About the Editor
The editor of fantasticfictions is Jason R. E. Campbell, a passionate enthusiast of the fantastic since his earliest days. He combines an undergrad degree in computer engineering with graduate studies in theology.
This blog also includes the work of other contributors as specified in the posts themselves. If you'd like to contribute a book review, piece of commentary, or original work, email us.

What do you mean by “literature of the fantastic”?
Writers and critics of this genre have always struggled for naming it. We have chosen “fantastic” to allow room not only for contemporary work in the genre but also for the classic works which gave birth to them and the fairy tales and epic sagas which gave in turn inspired the classics. Instead of attempting to bound the boundless through an abstract definition, let us point to landmarks in the field:

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