Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Brief Essays on Genre, Part 2: On the Nature of Fantasy



On the Nature of Fantasy


Why fantasy?


Because the world as it is makes us unhappy.


Why not make the world as good as you wish it were?


Because only in fantasy do we have the power to change the world to that extent.


But fantasy won’t do that.


Neither will reality.


Why not simply accept reality as it is?


I spit in your face.


--Michael Swanwick

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