Sunday, June 2, 2013

Interesting Black Company / Star Fishers crossover

I don't blog about fantasy fiction here, mostly because of my lack of interest in descending into the horror that is online lit crit. I like what I like, and that's enough for me.

Suffice it to say that I'm a big Glen Cook fan (my old pre-real name handle on the net was Toadkiller Dog, after his most amusing monster).

In the short story collection Winter's Dreams there is a short story entitled "In the Wind," in the Star Fishers universe. It's about mercenary glider pilots on a dangerous world (including the son of a character from the original series, von Drachau), protecting mining interests by conducting a war of extermination against its native fauna - lightning-bolt spitting sky mantas and big floating zeppelin-like tentacled "wind whales."

Black Company fans will immediately recognize those as two of the creatures that followed Old Father Tree to the Plain of Fear.

It's amusing to see this connection between the science fiction of the Star Fishers series (which has giant multi-dimensional space whales) and the gritty fantasy of the Black Company series.

Fun stuff. Dogfighting vs. lightning-firing mantas. Awesome.

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Using Fantasy Monsters for Post-Apoc Science Fiction, and vice-versa.

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