Date: 2017-02-17 01:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bruce munro (from livejournal.com)
Achievement unlocked: inoffensiveness.

Date: 2017-02-17 02:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] awesomeaud.livejournal.com
My SF book club recently read The Left Hand of Darkness. We all thought it was very well written, and that it had aged magnificently. One member said it could have been written yesterday.

Date: 2017-02-17 11:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mcbadger.livejournal.com
Some friends and I are reading a book published in each year of our lives. Left Hand of Darkness is a popular choice for 1969; I'm hoping it goes down well with the bookseller who "doesn't like" F/SF and who I've persuaded to try it.

Date: 2017-02-17 04:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mindstalk.livejournal.com
I hadn't read the story before. It is proto-Earthsea, along with another story, published 4 years before A Wizard of Earthsea. A lot of elements are there, but there are also differences of feel. Sattins is on the official map, but not isolated at all. Andrades are there too, but "Andrades '639 wine" feels weird, as does the mention of concertinas, and the story people seem white -- at least, they turn pink a lot, or Underhill does. The deserted island is referred to both as WON and Udrath, neither of which is not on the map that I can see. The "League" isn't something in the Earthsea history we know, though we don't know much about Earthsea history.

I had not seen the word 'roadsteads' before.

Date: 2017-02-17 12:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wakboth.livejournal.com
The mention of the "league" makes me think of the Ring of Erreth-Akbe, which Ged is looking for in Tombs of Atuan. It was a symbol (and in some way, possibly a cornerstone?) of a previous, more unified Earthsea.

Date: 2017-02-17 12:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mindstalk.livejournal.com
Back when they had a King. This League sounds more republican than what we see in the books.

Date: 2017-02-17 06:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] selki.livejournal.com
Kind of a down ending, yet it somehow didn't seem as horrific as in science fiction stories where everyone ends up dead in the end.

And who can argue with that?

It seems like a genre divide that fantasy stories are just by default more upbeat than science fiction stories. Even gritty dark fantasy has to try pretty hard to be more depressing and bloody than a lot of science fiction.

Is this because fantasy that's depressing and bloody just gets marketed as horror instead?

Date: 2017-02-17 07:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] keithmm.livejournal.com
I think the fantasy has to be set in "our world", more or less, for it to be considered horror.

There has to be some out there, but off the top of my head I can't think of a secondary world horror story marketed as horror, at least that I can recall reading. I've seen stories that are obviously using the themes and techniques as horror, but aren't labeled as such. They're just considered fantasy.

Date: 2017-02-17 08:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ethelmay.livejournal.com
There's a collection called Other Worlds' Nightmares: A Collection of Secondary-World Horror.

Date: 2017-02-17 08:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ethelmay.livejournal.com
(Which is not to say it's common, only that it's not inconceivable.)

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