Excellence in “Borrowed” or “Original” Novels?

Excellence in “Borrowed” or “Original” Novels? by L.E. Modesitt Jr. No author writes anything, even the most “original” fantasy or far-future ultra-high novel, without borrowing from somewhere.  To begin with, language, the very medium in which novels are written, contains cultural artifacts and meanings. Given human history, a wide range of religious and political structures…

The Agnostic Paladin: Belief and Ontology in Fantasy

The Agnostic Paladin: Belief and Ontology in Fantasy by James Wolanyk In June 1963, Thích Quảng Đức, a Vietnamese monk belonging to the Mahayana school of Buddhism, burned himself to death in the streets of Saigon. At the time of his death, Đức had been an ordained monk for over 40 years. This act of self-immolation was far…