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Preivew: Blood Chimera, Prologue – Part I

So I have to say that I often write prologues but they are usually the first things cut when editing time comes. More often than not, I’m telling a setting or background I should be showing instead. I agonized over whether or not to cut the prologue from my SF novel, Marduk’s Rebellion before deciding it was much stronger without it. I’m faced with a similar choice with Blood Chimera, but I think ultimately it does enough to advance the story that it’s likely to stay.

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Preivew: Blood Chimera, Prologue – Part I

So I have to say that I often write prologues but they are usually the first things cut when editing time comes. More often than not, I’m telling a setting or background I should be showing instead. I agonized over whether or not to cut the prologue from my SF novel, Marduk’s Rebellion before deciding it was much stronger without it. I’m faced with a similar choice with Blood Chimera, but I think ultimately it does enough to advance the story that it’s likely to stay.

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The Death of Magic

Tolkien, Dungeons & Dragons, and the gradual removal of the fantastic from our fantasy.

I’m going to do something here which will shock all my friends: I’m going to say something controversial.

There is no magic in the fantasy genre anymore.

I do not mean that there are no spellcasters or spells. Those are a dime a dozen. Wizards and Witches  and Warlocks and Priests and Clerics and Druids and Magi and Seers and Thaumaturges and Mystics and plain-old-badly-named Magic Users abound like there’s a firesale over at the “Sorcerer” section of the local Thesaurus-mart. No, I do not mean spellcasters or spells. I mean magic.

I assume if you’re still reading this, that you are at least somewhat a fan of the fantasy genre. Do you remember the very first time you read The Hobbit? I do. I was 5, and it was uncle’s copy, the coffee table edition illustrated by the Hildebrandts. Dungeons & Dragons was still called “Chainmail,” at the time, and movies considered to be ‘Fantasy’ were released with almost audible apologies by the studios. I read The Hobbit, and  I was utterly captivated. Hobbits and Dwarves and Elves and Wizards and Orcs and talking spiders and magic rings and a Dragon! Oh my god, a Dragon, the most amazing and perfect Dragon ever! Everything about the story was new and interesting. I had no idea what an Orc was. I learned it through context. I had heard of Elves before, of course, but they were little flying pixie-people who shot tiny bows that gave you tetanus. They most certainly were not tall or taller than a man and beautiful and ancient and wise and deadly and wonderful. A magic sword that glowed when monsters were nearby was an amazingly useful thing to have and just think of all you could do with a ring that made you invisible!

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