Q: Why fantasy?

A: Ignoring the fact that Jewel/Gem is a sci-fi story (my first, possibly my last), I choose to write fantasy not just because it’s cool—like fezzes are cool—but because life, through the lens of fantasy, is a little richer. Through fantasy I can take a stab at the ‘why’ behind the ‘how’, and often neglect the ‘how’ entirely. In fantasy we can tackle tough topics with just enough distance to stay safe until the fatal moment that truth stabs us in the heart and we find that, like all good literature, this story has changed us somehow. We’re bigger. Deeper. Angrier.

Fantasy helps us live.


Emily McIntyre’s story “Jewel/Gem Offering” was
published on Friday, 12 January 2018.

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