Helen Lowe encounters fantastic worlds

Helen Lowe has been listing fantasy worlds, and talking about why she loves them on her blog. You’ll see some pretty recognisable names over there: Beszel and Ul Qoma, Narnia, Middle Earth, Earthsea… but also, to my delight, a certain world in the branches of a giant tree! There are three sections:



PART TWO continued

Thanks, Helen! Keep an eye out for her continued posts on science fiction worlds.

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8 Responses to Helen Lowe encounters fantastic worlds

  1. Helen Lowe says:

    Thanks for the shout out, Mary! Needless to say, I believe the Tree deserves its place. And I have tried for a few less readily recognisable names as well, such as Palimpsest and Mark Helprin’s magic-realist New York … 🙂

    • MaryV says:

      I really like your selection. What do you think of the Harry Potter universe?

      • Helen Lowe says:

        Actually, Harry Potter is a great example of world building: the Cupboard Under the Stairs, Diagon Alley, Platform 13 3/4 — plus all the amazingness of Hogwarts … And probably should have been on my list! A case of something so obvious that you overlook it. And Philip Pullman’s alternate Oxford as well, and the rest of his Golden Compass world—that was almost on my list,and should have been an honourable mention … So many great worlds, so limited in post space/time … :/)

  2. Bahiyyih says:

    Has anyone suggested your Tree to be included in Alberto Manguel’s future editions of ‘The Dictionary of Imaginary Places’?

    • MaryV says:

      No! I don’t think it would be, though – very few ‘genre’ books of modern times are included in such compendiums. (Where would you stop? There are so many good ones…)

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