First of all, Seedlings is today’s featured new release at the Speculative Fiction Showcase, so come on over to read an exclusive excerpt.
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However, this is not the only news I have to share today, for the Shattered Empire series has also acquired a book trailer. I made it with Stupeflix Studios, using some stock art of space imagery.
You can see the result below:
The Shattered Empire series tells the story of a galactic revolution through the eyes of those who fought it.
Now I’ve always been a sucker for stories about revolutions, preferably in space, as I explain in this post. Such stories were hard to find for a while, but lately the topic of rebellions and revolutions seems to be seeping back into the zeitgeist, since there have been a couple of blog posts about the subject of late.
At iO9, Esther Inglis-Arkell points out how many fictional YA dystopias ignore the lessons of real life revolutions. In response, I wrote this lengthy post, in which I grapple some more with my fascination for such stories.
Now Canadian fantasy writer C.P.D. Harris has taken up the thread and offers his thoughts on revolutions and rebellions in the fantasy genre.
He makes a couple of interesting points, starting with the fact that stories of revolutions are rare in the fantasy genre – unlike SF, where they are fairly common, at least at certain times. C.P.D. Harris believes that the reason for this might be that revolutions are linked to urbanisation and epic fantasy usually eschews urbanisation. Though I suspect that the fact that the epic fantasy genre tends to presuppose a feudal system, a system which would be destroyed by a large scale revolution, has something to do with that as well. Hence you get the one true king overthrowing the dark lord only to take the throne for himself and rule just as absolutely as his predecessor, but with less random arrests, executions and massacres. No one ever considers installing a constitutional monarchy in a fantasy novel (unless the book was written by Simon Green, who has a constitutional monarchy with regular elections in his Hawk & Fisher novels, much to the fascination of his protagonists who come from a traditional feudal system) let alone a republic.
In fact, I suspect that reason that revolutions are so rare in epic fantasy is because a revolution would irrevocably break the furniture of the genre.