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Fantasy Worlds at the EMP Museum

EMP Museum Exhibit

EMP Museum Exhibit

One of the other exhibits we saw at the EMP Museum was the Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic I love Science Fiction and Fantasy. Both of these genres have the ability to transport you to an entire new world. I discussed the Horror exhibit yesterday and that was fantastic. The Fantasy exhibit was so much better partly because I got to totally geek out on my fandoms, but it was also a really interesting exhibit. One of the best parts of the exhibit is that you are literally transported to a new world hidden behind a door. The door looks so innocuous and at first we were not even sure if it was the way in and not just a display. Then you open the door and it is like stepping through the door to Narnia or running through the column to platform 9 3/4. You are suddenly in a place where magic can happen.

As you walk through the exhibit you get to go through the enchanted forest, the dungeons, the arcane library, and the mythical armory. The various pieces of the exhibit take you through the world of fantasy, from the characters, to the worlds, to the items use on the characters journeys. Continue reading

Science Fiction versus Fantasy

I have given a definition of both Science Fiction and Fantasy before, and I love both, so I care. If you look back at our Liebster Award nomination, I said that one of the more important things to me is Science Fiction being taken seriously. And I think I would happily include Fantasy in that as well. There are a lot of other causes out there, and things to be done – I’ve talked about Geeks and Charity as well – but the discussion about Science Fiction, and its place in thought, in learning, in the classroom… That seems like something I can influence a bit, right?

So recently we listened to George R.R. Martin on the Nerdist Podcast. And first off, if you like George R.R. Martin, it was a lot of fun. It was right after he destroyed the guitar (which we talked about before) at Comic Con. He talks Game of Thrones, and conventions, and writing, and, to the point here and now, he talks Science Fiction and Fantasy.

If part of the reason I like the quotes from Frank Herbert and J.R.R. Tolkien is because they are the fathers of the genres. However, George R.R. Martin is something of a current crown prince, or some other metaphor, in Fantasy. So what does he add to my thought? And where do we draw the lines?

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They Don’t Owe Us

So if you have not seen it there is a great moment from San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) when Paul and Storm are singing their song “Write Like the Wind” about the fact that George RR Martin (GRRM) needs to write faster so he finishes the Song of Ice and Fire series before he dies. Well during the performance of the song who walks on to the stage, but GRRM himself. The crowd goes wild when GRRM walks onto the stage and Paul and Storm slowly stop singing as they notice that he is on stage. Then GRRM walks over and smashes the guitar. The grand finale is that Neil Gaiman comes on to the stage and makes Paul and Storm say that “GRRM is not our bitch”. (The reason this is particularly telling is a blog post Gaiman wrote)

It is a fantastic moment and everyone needs to watch it. At the same time it brings in to question whether an author has a responsibility to the fans of a series. Continue reading