Thursday, October 14, 2010

Thirteen Astonishing Writers Of Fantastika You Should Be Geeking Out Over

From friend Tin Lao is this article, Thirteen Astonishing Writers Of Fantastika You Should Be Geeking Out Over. An excerpt:

Scanning the offerings at the local big-box bookstore or mercantile website, there's quite a lot of Science Fiction and Fantasy out there.

Books in these genres get plenty of hype in the geek universe (witness the Fantasy panel at the New York Comic-Con this past weekend), and there are a plethora of ongoing series and thick, epic-sized novels to choose from in the marketplace.

But while it's entertaining to devour the latest Harry Dresden or Miles Vorkosigan novel, there's a lot more to fantastic literature than that.

Somewhere between the genre standards and rarified "serious literature" (itself often taking some cues from fantastika) are a cabal of wordmages who are spinning tales of wonder and regalement, yet are grossly underappreciated by wider fan base. They are fresh, idiosyncratic fabulists who both play with convention and pen enjoyable tales.

There are many to choose from, but I would like to select thirteen who are particularly worthy of being geeked-out over.

Whether you are looking for a twist on a cherished genre or for something that totally warps your expectations, these writers will provoke and delight you at every turn.

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