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Genre Giants: Michael Moorcock’s Elric

 

In the Genre Giants series, we look at book settings and series old and new, from historic franchises to new series with massive potential! Today, something wicked this way comes. Fantasy’s original dark antihero Elric of Melnibone steps into the spotlight!

“Edgy” is a word that gets thrown around a lot these days, usually in a mocking way. These days, self-aware snark is in, largely thanks to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and cult films like Scott Pilgrim that defined modern millennial culture. It also doesn’t help that the early 2000s were filled with unbearably cringy things attempting to be “dark,” which came across more like the Goth Kids from South Park than today’s subject.

And let’s not beat around the bush here…Elric is really edgy, but in a good way. It is at its core, a critique of the classic Tolkienesque good/evil dichotomy that’s dominated the genre for ages. And it’s thanks in large part to Michael Moorcock’s epic that we have books like A Song of Ice and Fire and Black Company taking up space next to Wheel of Time and Lord of the Rings.

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Worldbuilding Series: Aliens in Fantasy

 

Welcome to the Worldbuildbulding Series! This collection of posts discusses the art of SFF world-building, from armor, to culture to creatures. In this installment, we look at the more “cosmic” end of fantasy creature/race design. For those of you who like your fantasy races on the weird and wild side, this guide is for you!

Aliens….in Fantasy?

While this might seem like a really weird idea at first, really stop to think about it. While we mostly consider aliens as strictly sci-fi fare, quite a bit of UFO lore focuses on ancient civilizations, and the occult. Psychics, ancient magical technology, and all sorts of crazy and decidedly non-scientific ideas have been associated with aliens for decades now. To a point where I almost think many alien archetypes actually fit better in a fantasy setting.

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