85) Science Fiction & Fantasy

Tolkien and Moorcock.  A long review of Michael Moorcock’s 1987 book Wizardry and Wild Romance.  Saying a lot about fantasy fiction in general, as well as illustrating Moorcock’s errors.

Gollum as Stream-of-Consciousness.  A short excerpt taken from my study of Moorcock and Tolkien.

Home Movies of the Soul.   Another short excerpt taken from my study of Moorcock and Tolkien.

Tolkien and British History.  The real-world elements he look some of his ideas from.

Power and Politics in Tolkien’s Work.   Questions of democracy and economic fairness.

The Moral Void in Star Wars.  How the “good” side behave quite badly.  Not worrying about owning droids or killing innocents (including freedom fighters held prisoner) on the Death Star.  Nor Obi-Wan lying to Luke about his father, and Yoda failing to correct this lie.

The Harry Potter Books (in 2000).  The ‘Republic of Magic’ and its distinct angle on many aspects of fantasy.

The original Frankenstein – not at all like the later films and retellings.

Eyes and Illusions in Tolkien and Le Guin.   Including an analysis of how the “back-story” changes a lot in the various novels and short stories of her Hainish Cycle.

 

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