January 20th, 2005, 02:26 PM
Fantasy vs Myth
I've been mulling over your article for a little while now. One of the things that struck me was the fact that India has a great SF/F tradition.
I had no idea.
I got to wondering about how unrealistic my views are of India as a place and of Indian culture in general. I've never been, I'd love to but as yet the opportunity hasn't arisen. All I know of India I learned from a couple of friends who were born in India and from watching The Jewel in the Crown when I was a kid.
I see it as a place steeped in mythology. Perhaps it is the mysteriousness of the Hindu religion that makes me see it so but I do. When I picture India I see either grubby street urchins begging in the street, or mist floating across a lake, slightly obscuring the ornate temple on the far bank.
Now I don't really know why I'm saying all of this, but I guess what I'm finally getting round to saying is...
Wait for it........
Is it coincidence that a place famous for its myths and legends has such a long tradition of Fantasy writing.
Yes there's more...
Can I get a signed copy of your book?