The mind can make
Substance, and people planets of its own
With beings brighter than have been, and give
A breath to forms which can outlive all flesh.


Lord Byron
(17881824), Poet. The Dream

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Fantasy

Fantasy is a form of Fiction. I like to described the differences in various Fiction as, 'Historical Fiction is what might have been, Science Fiction is what might be, and Fantasy Fiction is Scientific Theory; since they both are just as hard to prove, and if proved they are no longer what they once were.'

People are always trying to prove Fantasy, with sightings of Big Foot, Loch Ness Monster, the Yeti, as well as more mythic creatures such as Werewolves, Vampires, Ghosts, and many other beings from what we call Mythology or Legends. No one can prove any of these things do not exist or did not exist. this is what makes Fantasy.

In Fantasy Fiction powers are derived naturally. A person, creature, place or thing has exceptional powers bestowed that explain the actions and events in the story. In Science Fiction these exceptional capabilities come from machinery. Often these two forms of Fiction overlap, as in the Star Wars series. These types of Fiction are sometimes called Science Fantasy.

I find Fantasy somewhat more disturbing than most Science Fiction. The reason is if Science Fiction was to come true then everyone would have the opportunity to perform the actions depicted in the story since it would be possible to obtain the machinery. Fantasy; however, the powers are less tangible.

Those that enjoy a good book or fans of Fantasy Fiction will find some recommendations for their Reading List in this section. I hope you make one or two new discoveries.

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