Wednesday, August 31, 2011

WebMage

I bought a new book last night.

I generally don't buy books unless

1) I've read it and loved it, or
2) It's an author I know

However, I got a good deal on it and the title itself was a fascinating concept: using the internet to practice magic.

Ok, so it's not our own internet...it's an internet that connects into an alternate reality. Which is totally awesome. I've learned more interesting details in the first few chapters of the book, but I won't go into that at the moment. Suffice it to say that I think my money was well spent, and I am looking forward to really getting into this book.

Oh, and there is something else that makes this book particularly interesting to me, but which I didn't notice until after I bought it...

If you look at the cover, you'll notice that it is referred to as a science fantasy book.

Science fantasy? Huh?

I've heard of science fiction. I've heard of fantasy. I've even heard of historical fantasy! But not science fantasy. And yet, having read just the first few chapters of this book, that seems to be the best description for it.

2 comments:

Nix said...

Science fantasy is a fairly major genre these days: generally it's taken to mean fantasy written as if it were SF, with heavy use of SF tropes but in a fantasy world. It probably started with Swanwick's _The Iron Dragon's Daughter_, and rapidly veered off course into things like Mieville's 'weird fiction' and Dianna Wynne Jones's _The Tough Guide to Fantasyland_. As with SF, nobody has a clear definition or can say whether many books on the edge are part of it or not: unlike with SF, there aren't quite so many laboriously dragged-out arguments about it.

Sarita Rucker said...

I haven't read any of those books you mentioned. They'll have to go on my to-read list.

Fantasy and science fiction are my favorite genres, so science fantasy is definitely a genre that I'd like to explore.

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