Congratulations to Martha Wells on the release of her book The Cloud Roads! For a chance to win a free autographed and personalized copy of the book, just leave a comment below (or on any post this week) with the title of a fantasy novel set in a secondary world — that is to say, not this one — and you’ll be entered into the drawing.
Last Exit to Narnia
When I was a kid, my first love was…World War II. I hate to burst your Space Bubble, but I did not waltz into the world all wide-eyed with optimistic love for the future, an adoration of science fiction, or faith in the bold new American century powered by Our Friend the Atom. Like many men in my generation, early — and I mean early — fascination with Saturday-afternoon war movies led later to backyard games in which the “Krauts” were hiding around every corner, trying to prevent us from blowing up the heavy water plant. Upon our capture, one of us would switch roles to play the sadistic SS commander and snarl “We have ways of making you talk!” in an accent equal parts Major Strasser, Pepe Le Pew and Charro. I didn’t discover fantasy until I discovered C.S. Lewis’s Narnia series, round about fourth grade. (more…)Read More...