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Twenty Epics saved me from going absolutely bugnut insane. -- John Scalzi, author of Old Man's War and The Ghost Brigades

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In the spring of 2004, the Minneapolis publishing cooperative known as the Ratbastards published a slim blue volume called Rabid Transit #3: Petting Zoo. In it, among other things, was a story, or an article, or a monograph, entitled "How to Write an Epic Fantasy," by a Canadian writer named David Lomax.

On the surface it was innocent enough, presenting itself as advice, particular advice, perhaps from one writer to another, on the crafting of a particular story. But when read by a sufficiently suggestible reader, it accomplished a curious trick. Through a kind of deja vu it managed to evoke, in only a handful of pages, the whole of the larger work, a work that had existed nowhere outside the imagination of Mr. Lomax... but that now existed also, albeit in a distinct and independent form, in the imagination of the reader. "How to Write an Epic Fantasy" was larger on the inside than on the outside.

This accomplishment posed an obvious question.

Because we used to like epics. We used to invest untold hours in those big fat fantasy series, those brick-thick novels full of unpronounceable naming schemes, gender-segregated magic systems, color-coded conceptions of absolute good and absolute evil. But somewhere along the way, they lost their charm. When it takes ten or twenty years for a writer to finish a series, writing the same book over and over again, dragging on and on, piling up the foreshadowing, wearing out characters' boots to no good purpose, writing stories that just don't end -- they rob the stories of any real passion or power or epic grandeur.

And that's what it's really about. It's not about the pewter tankards, the saucy wenches, the rough woolen cloaks; it's not about the vengeful gods, the cryptic wizards, the farm boys with inexplicably great destinies; it's not about the magic rings and rune-swords and jeweled coronets, the greaves and pauldrons and destriers. It's about grandeur.

There's a place in our hearts that used to be stirred by tales of heroism and discovery, creation and destruction, sin and redemption and catastrophe, love and high adventure. The question posed by "How to Write an Epic Fantasy" is: What does it take to reach that place?"

We've collected our authors' answers here.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎; null edition (June 25, 2006)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 390 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1847280668
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1847280664
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.27 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6 x 0.88 x 9 inches
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