Warriors

WarriorsWarriors is a treasure trove of warrior themed stories and relationship advice by authors including Robin Hobb and Naomi Novik.  Since the editor of the collection is fantasy grand pooh-bah, George R.R. Martin, I expected a heavy dose of sword and sorcery, but I was surprised at the collection's variety.  There were several historical fiction stories, a smattering of sci-fi, some fantasy, a contemporary thriller, and a super hero crime fighting story that defied description.

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An Origin Story

New York Times best-selling author Patrick Rothfuss reminisces about the origins of Fantasy Matters:

The Name of the WindBack in May of 2007, I was the newest of new authors. My first book had only been on the shelves for a month, and I was proud, terrified, excited, and shellshocked in roughly equal amounts.

It was at this time that I got an e-mail from a couple grad students in Minneapolis. They invited me to a convention they were starting up.

They were very flattering and their e-mail said something along the lines of, “We’re just getting started, so we can’t pay you or anything, but if you check out our home page, you can see that if you come, you’ll be getting not-paid with the best.”

So I hopped over to their webpage, and what do I see? Neil Gaiman and Jack Zipes.

Our Fantastic Week Ahead

We celebrate our official launch today with a guest post from Patrick Rothfuss, best-selling author of The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man's Fear, in which he shares his memories of the 2007 conference that serves as the inspiration for this website.  Here at Fantasy Matters, we're huge fans of Pat and his work, and we're very honored that he's here to help us kick things off in style!

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Fantasy Matters

Fantasy MattersHere at Fantasy Matters, we are dedicated to one very basic idea—fantasy literature matters.  Why does it matter?  Well, for starters, it matters to us.  We love The Lord of the Rings, Dune, and Sandman comics.  We think Star Wars and Blade Runner are some of the best movies ever made.  We can’t wait to read the next book by Stephen King and Pat Rothfuss, and you can bet that we’re watching whatever Joss Whedon comes up with next.

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Her Dress Her Sail

I think if I had read Catherynne M. Valente’s The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making as a child, a thrill would have run through me when I learned the heroine’s name was September.  I had an ordinary sort of name as a child, but I was born in September, and though September herself was born in May, I would have felt this connection between names and birthday gave us a kinship. I would have hoped that kinship ran deep enough (names are important things in Fairyland) that the Green Wind might someday come for me, too. 

 

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