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Best of Fantasy 2008: Articles and Interviews

Last week we revealed our favorite columns of 2008, but there was a lot more non-fiction on offer. Interviews, articles, and more. Here are our favorites.


“The Chosen One” vs. The One Who Chooses by Naamen Gobert Tilahun — I particularly liked this piece because it highlights an all-too-common trope and then presents an example of a different, and mostly superior approach.

Female, Muslim, and Mutant by Jehanzeb — The first in our series of posts about Muslim characters in comics explores the character of Dust from the X-Men comics and the ways in which she breaks ground yet illustrates how far the writers and comic publishers still have to go.

A Conversation With Guy Gavriel Kay by Alaya Dawn Johnson — When two great fantasy writers sit down and have a conversation about myth, history, metaverses and Dorothy Dunnett, it has to be good.

David Anthony Durham – Epic Proportions by K. Tempest Bradford — David wrote one of the best debut fantasy books I’ve read in a long time, and I was really interested in exploring some of the aspects of race and gender the text brought up.

Justine Larbalestier & Ekaterina Sedia in the Fantasy Salon — I got these two authors together because I wanted them to talk about different ways of feeling Othered as non-Americans writing for American audiences. What I got was so much more.


What were your favorites?

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