Realism can mean different things to different people, and some people seem to think it doesn’t matter at all in science fiction and fantasy. Especially fantasy since the definition of the genre requires things that aren’t possible in reality.
But then there are just as many who insist on the opposite, and think everything in fiction has to have a basis in reality. Even though I have “magic” with a “scientific” explanation in my own work, I don’t agree with this.
No, the way I see it is this. Explicit fantasy elements are just that; explicitly unrealistic. But everything else in the story, things that actually exist in real life, should still be held to realism. For example, Superman can be strong enough to lift a plane with one hand; but the plane shouldn’t be strong enough to support it’s entire weight on an area the size of a hand.
I consider Project Quintessence to be primarily science fiction, but it does have fantasy elements. It’s just, the “magic” and golems are given “scientific” explanations, making it more soft sci-fi. And with the modern setting, it’s closer to urban fantasy than fantasy fantasy. A story that was primarily set in Ertiada’s world would be much closer to what people mean when they say “fantasy” without qualifiers; a fictional world that has things that aren’t possible in reality.
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Tomorrow, I’m going to finally get around to starting a new series of posts that I’ve been planning for a while. I’ve always liked books and articles that connect science fiction and fantasy with real science, with The Physics of Superheroes being one of my favorite non-fiction books.
So I’m going to attempt something similar, but focusing mostly (maybe not entirely) on anime and manga. Most of these posts won’t be especially in-depth or technical, but I hope they can be a fun way to explore a few concepts.
This may or may not be the final, official blurb for my first novel, but I am confident that I won’t change things in a way that makes this description inaccurate. (And if I do turn out to be wrong about that, hey, here’s a glimpse into an earlier version.)
Alice never had any problem naming things she wished she could change, but recently, her own life is changing so fast she can barely keep up. Just when she’s starting to get used to her mom getting married and her friend Ken being her new stepbrother, a strange and fascinating girl drops into her life and ends up living in her house.
Ertiada has purple hair and pentagram tattoos, doesn’t speak English very well, and flirts with Alice as soon as she asks her name. And then there’s the spellbook and the giant robot she brought with her from her world.
Before long, Alice, her brother Hiiro, and Ken find themselves joining a team with Ertiada, using aether-powered mecha called Variable Guardians to fight the monsters and machines sent by a secret organization that has some otherworldly help of its own.
Another story written for a challenge at The Daily Post. Link at the end.
When I heard that a dragon had been seen with a young damsel, of course I set off to slay the beast and rescue her. The journey to the dragon’s lair was quite uneventful, but the shock of its location more than made up for it. Dragons are not normally known for inhabiting human-made structures other than wizards’ towers, but this one lived in a farmhouse. I can only imagine that it had gobbled up the farmer.
The beast was so frightening that it didn’t even need to keep the damsel tied up. But of course I, a brave knight, am never frightened. I raised my lance, and that was when the maiden noticed me. She fell instantly in love, but underestimated my strength. “Don’t go near Mr. Snuggles!” She was so certain that the dragon would crush me to death, and indeed it wrapped its arms around me in such an attempt, but I was stronger than it. I lowered my lance straight through it’s skull. I never would have thought I could slay a dragon in one blow.
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