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The Intersection of Fantasy and Native America

Best wishes to a trio of fabulous ladies: happy belated birthday to gods_lil_rocker, happy birthday to bouncybabylemur, and happy early birthday to fungus_files! May all of you have a fantastic year to come.

Now that Mythopoeic Press has made its pre-publication announcement, I am thrilled to reveal the details of the forthcoming The Intersection of Fantasy and Native America: From H.P. Lovecraft to Leslie Marmon Silko. (Note to the right the breathtaking cover art, "Forest Spirit," by the brilliant Melissa Gay, a.k.a. melissagay.)

Here are the details:

The Intersection of Fantasy and Native America: From H.P. Lovecraft to Leslie Marmon Silko
Edited by Amy H. Sturgis and David D. Oberhelman

A number of contemporary Native American authors incorporate elements of fantasy into their fiction, while a number of non-Native fantasy authors incorporate elements of Native America into their storytelling. New insights can be gained by comparing fantasy texts by Native and non-Native authors. Nevertheless, few experts on fantasy study American Indian texts, and few experts on Native American studies consider the subject of fantasy. Editors David D. Oberhelman and Amy H. Sturgis have assembled an international, multi-ethnic, and cross-disciplinary group of scholars to consider the meaningful and extraordinary ways in which fantasy and Native America intersect. These scholars examine classic texts by American Indian authors such as Louise Erdrich, Gerald Vizenor, and Leslie Marmon Silko, as well as non-Native fantasists such as H.P. Lovecraft, J.R.R. Tolkien, and J.K. Rowling, among others. In so doing, these essayists pioneer new ways of thinking about fantasy and Native America, and challenge other academics, writers, and lovers of literature to do the same.

Table of Contents
* David D. Oberhelman, “Coming to America”: Fantasy and Native America Explored, an Introduction

* Amy H. Sturgis, Meeting at the Intersection: The Challenges Before Us
(main subject: Why do booklovers who devour the works of the Inklings and their modern-day descendants, who through their reading absorb the mythology of Iceland, of Finland, of Germany, not know the comparable tales of the Cherokees or the Navajos? Why do academics who study the fantasy genre rarely devote their attention to relevant literature by Native American authors? Why does this natural destination – Native American fantasy, Native Americans in fantasy – seem such an unexpected, out-of-the way, exotic location to the literary pilgrim?)

* Marc A. Beherec, The Racist and La Raza: H.P. Lovecraft’s Aztec Mythos
(main subject: H.P. Lovecraft's "The Electric Executioner")

* Grace Walker Monk, Lucy’s Sisters in the New World: The Native American Female as Seer in Modern Mythopoeic Fantasy
(main subject: comparison of Native characters in Neil Gaiman's American Gods, Michael Chabon's Summerland, and Michael Bishop's Unicorn Mountain)

* Tripper Ryder, Vizenor the Trickster: Postmodernism Versus Terminal Creeds and Cultural Schizophrenia
(main subject: Gerald Vizenor's Bearheart: The Heirship Chronicles)

* Sean Corbin, In Defense of Trickster Fantasies: Comparing the Storytelling of Innocent IV and Gerald Vizenor
(main subject: comparison of Innocent IV's commentary on Quod super his and Gerald Vizenor's Knights of Columbus)

* Michael Hemmingson, Native American Myths and Legends in William T. Vollmann’s Seven Dreams: A Book of North American Landscapes
(main subject: William T. Vollmann’s Seven Dreams: A Book of North American Landscapes)

* Joe R. Christopher, Artistic Form and the Supernatural in Pushing the Bear
(main subject: Diane Glancy's Pushing the Bear)

* Melanie Ann Hanson, Spirit Voices - The Fantastical Journey of Omakayas in Louise Erdrich’s The Birchbark House and The Game of Silence
(main subject: comparison of Louise Erdrich's character Omakayas and characters from J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series)

* Lauren Lacey, Ceremony’s Fantastic Stories
(main subject: Leslie Marmon Silko's Ceremony)

* Aaron Tillman, Dreaming with the Dead: Convergent Spaces in Leslie Marmon Silko’s Ceremony and Aimee Bender’s “Dreaming in Polish”
(main subject: Leslie Marmon Silko's Ceremony and Aimee Bender’s “Dreaming in Polish”)

* Punyashree Panda, Tayo’s Odyssey: The Traits of Fantasy in Leslie Marmon Silko’s Ceremony
(main subject: comparison of Leslie Marmon Silko's Tayo and J.R.R. Tolkien's Frodo)

* Mark Holland, Feminine and Masculine in Silko’s Gardens in the Dunes
(main subject: Leslie Marmon Silko's Garden in the Dunes)

The book goes to press next month. I'll post an update when it's available!

In other news...

* The Libertarian Futurist Society has announced the winners of this year’s Prometheus Awards for libertarian fiction in advance of the planned awards ceremony at Anticipation, the 67th World Science Fiction Convention, August 6-10, 2009, in Montréal, Quebec, Canada.

Winners and finalists are as follows:

Little Brother, Cory Doctorow (Tor)
Matter, Iain Banks (Orbit)
The January Dancer, Michael Flynn (Tor)
Saturn's Children, Charles Stross (Tor)
Half a Crown, Jo Walton (Tor)
Opening Atlantis, Harry Turtledove (Penguin/Roc)

Hall of Fame
The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien
Falling Free, Lois McMaster Bujold
Courtship Rite, Donald M. Kingsbury
"As Easy as A.B.C.", Rudyard Kipling
The Once and Future King, T.H. White
The Golden Age, John C. Wright

* Kenneth Hite (a.k.a. princeofcairo) puts up for discussion his choices for "10 Best Stories About Cthulhu Not By H.P. Lovecraft" and "10 More Best Cthulhu Mythos Stories, Not By H.P. Lovecraft, Not Necessarily Involving Cthulhu."

“Columbus only discovered that he was in some new place. He didn't discover America.”
- Louise Erdrich
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