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The aesthetics of sensawunda February 27, 2006

Posted by sensawunda in Sensawunda 101.

Here’s a rather interesting discussion prompted by a quote from Hal Duncan—here’s an excerpt:

I think it’s fair to say that there are two seemingly incompatible aesthetics in the field, both products of the Enlightenment and each associated with one side or the other in its most specialised form—the Rationalism associated with Hard SF and the Romanticism associated with High Fantasy.

Scroll way down to find a reply that talks about sensawunda—here’s a taste of it…

For a sensawunda qua sensawunda story, it doesn’t matter if your hero gets to the Strange World by means of a magic talisman or a teleporter, what matters is the chance to make up a whole new cool world as an artist.

…the point being that while the surface aesthetic of SF and Fantasy may appear very different, one thing they have in common is they are both roads to sensawunda.



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