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Kidlit Good News / Re: Prudence, the Part-Time Cow!
« Last post by Sheri D. on Yesterday at 08:42 PM »
Mooooooooooo to you and Prudence, too!   :love5

Congratulations, Jody!!
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Kidlit Good News / Re: Prudence, the Part-Time Cow!
« Last post by Schriscoe on Yesterday at 07:45 PM »
 :yay Jody! Your book sounds so fun!! Can't wait to read it! :cow  :goldstar :hurrah
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Kidlit Good News / Re: Prudence, the Part-Time Cow!
« Last post by Vijaya on Yesterday at 06:17 PM »
:cow

I was so happy to see that Jody!!! Congratulations!!!
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Sci Fi & Fantasy / Re: How Do YOU Define Fantasy?
« Last post by A. S. Templeton on Yesterday at 05:37 PM »
Traditionally, fantasy genre has magic or supernatural elements. A different political or theological construct would not be considered fantasy--unless supernatural events occured. Science fiction often deals with cultures/religions that have never existed, but it is not fantasy.
Pullman's His Dark Materials might be considered a fantasy/alt-universe crossover with "soft" SF elements. The interconnected universes depicted therein present a smorgasbord of juicy "what ifs": what if there were an Earth where people's souls manifested externally as talking animals? What if God were a feckless, nearly-dead relic carried around in an imperishable crystal coffin? What if everybody ended up in Hell? What if there really were flying witches, and talking polar bears, and clouds of intelligent subatomic particles permeating everything like The Force?

As to magic, in Pullman's work it seems merely to arise from multiverses with different rules of physics, making what's fantasy and what ain't a matter of perspective. What's important is that magic follow a consistent set of rules that the reader can comprehend and appreciate. Along with the usuals e.g. appealing protag, a compelling antag, and lots of extraordinary dialog with the boring bits left out.
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Sci Fi & Fantasy / Re: How Do YOU Define Fantasy?
« Last post by SarahW on Yesterday at 05:18 PM »
A simple answer for me is fantasy is not Magic Realism or Surrealism. Fantasy doesn't even try to maintain the realistic setting and quality of magic realism, which an an entirely different concept.

In other words, it's not just talking squirrels on typewriters.

It has to do with the high contrast between rural and urban realities, author reticence, and heightened awareness of mystery. Non secondary world is extremely important. There is African magic realism, Latin American, and I think there is a potential for Irish American.

So for example Lord Of The Rings is not magic realism.

Based on this, fantasy is anything where the impossible elements are intended to be taken as impossible to us, and generally intrudes into the narrative as a form of world building in non subtle ways like the 1,000 year man.

I didn't think the would bug me, but people calling squirrels using typewriters magic realism has started grating on me.

It is also not surrealism, where the author depicts pure thought in the written word or other artistic medium.

Now it does get confusing when some books straddle the line between Magic Realism, Surrealism, and Urban Fantasy. But Magic Realism can be assumed to have a more realistic fiction quality to it.

As someone searching for the science fiction equivalent to magic realism, which far now seems to be transrealism/slipstream. Because I'm not looking for Nowpunk/Cyberpunk per say.
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Kidlit Good News / Re: Prudence, the Part-Time Cow!
« Last post by Arona on Yesterday at 04:57 PM »
 :lol4 It's sounds too cute!

 :fireworks :congratulations :fireworks
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Kidlit Good News / Re: Prudence, the Part-Time Cow!
« Last post by Christine B. on Yesterday at 04:54 PM »
Love it! Congrats!
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Kidlit Good News / Re: Prudence, the Part-Time Cow!
« Last post by mrh on Yesterday at 04:43 PM »
Besides being all around adorable, this really ought to sell among us cheeseheads.  :lol4 Huge congratulations! :cow
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Kidlit Good News / Re: Prudence, the Part-Time Cow!
« Last post by dewsanddamps on Yesterday at 04:38 PM »
 :yay Congratulations, JodyJS! Your book sounds adorable. :cow
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That's so wonderful! I saw you on their press release, so exciting!
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