Fantasy and Science Fiction
The librarian at Kolbotn was getting tired
of me. I went down there thrice a week, borrowing at least five
books each time. Trying to get rid of me for a loooong time, they gave
me The Lord of The Rings, quickly after the books were translated to
Norwegian. I was thirteen and have loved fantasy ever since.
fiction (SF) is by many considered an offspring of
fantasy. They might be right, but on the other hand, any fiction could
be considered fantasy. SF often deal with criticism of the society
(Brave New World), can be more of a thriller (I Robot) or astoundingly
(Hitchhiker's Guide), just to name the most well known SF-books.
SF-lovers (and others) don't seem to agree what it is that
makes up a good SF story. Some feel it has to contain both unknown
technology and criticism of the society. For me, it's enough if the
story is catching. Here
is an article about SF and it's evolvement as a genre.
What's important about fantasy is that the story either takes place in a world with
different laws of nature or
that sorcery is possible or
that creatures we don't know about exists.
The artist of the
Alan Rabinowitz and is taken from RABZ Illustration.
I've written a bit about some of my favourites, but there's so
much out there, that I can't include all of them, and certainly not
every fantasy book there is.
Hans Frederik Follestad