Saturday, October 30, 2010
World Fantasy 2010
October's unofficial theme continues; I have yet another audio recording for you, this time from my reading at the World Fantasy Convention in Columbus, OH. It's been a busy weekend, and it's late (for me, anyway) as I sit down to write this post on a Saturday evening. I have attended some very interesting debates regarding the nature of fairy tales, the future of epic fantasy, and the 'evolution' of sword and sorcery. I've even run into a new subgenre -- "literary adventure fantasy". I'm still trying to figure out just what that phrase means. I suppose if I were to pick a favorite panel from this year's WFC, I would say it was the discussion of Jorge Luis Borges and his influence on contemporary fantasy.
This morning, I gave my reading from EOLYN, and I'd like to share the audio recording with you. This excerpt is from Chapter 30, which describes the celebration of Bel-Aethne. Bel-Aethne is one of the most important High Holidays of Moisehen, and commemorates the discovery of magic by the mythological figures of Aithne and Caradoc. The recording includes some additional background and context for the scene. I hope you enjoy it.