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An interesting observation on why there are so few Jewish fantasy writers and how Judaism is a "science fiction" religion, here
Posted at 11:41 PM in Looking Around, On Philosophic Quest, Psychology | Permalink
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Yeah, no Jewish science fiction writers. Because I guess S. Y. Agnon, Poul Anderson, Isaac Asimov, Chayim Bloch, Ben Bova, Michael Chabon, Jack Dann, Avram Davison, Edward Einhorn, Harlan Ellison, Cynthia Ozick, Joel Rosenberg, Robert Silverberg, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Harry Turtledove, Allan Weiss, and Jane Yolen are all gentiles? (My goodness: two of those people on that list won Nobel Prizes for literature!)
B"H, Jews have excelled in many different fields -- including science fiction. The percentage of science fiction authors who are Jewish far outstrips the percentage of Jews in the general population.
December 18, 2011 at 01:44 AM
Sorry, now I am embarrassed. I should have read your post and the article more closely. You are claiming that Jews are under-represented among fantasy authors.
However, I would still claim that authors like S. Y. Agnon and Isaac Bashevis Singer represent fantasy on the highest possible level.
December 18, 2011 at 01:48 AM
What about Rebbe Nachman? His tales are full of fantasy motifs, sleeping princesses, strange horses, sailing away to mysterious worlds...if one of the roles of fantasy is to project tales onto a different universe in order to teach you something about your own then he plays a full role
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December 18, 2011 at 11:20 AM
Breslav is different. You might say that its emotionalism makes it hospitable to fantasy. It actually produced a recent fantasy book: "Masters of Transcendance".
December 18, 2011 at 12:56 PM
What about Meir Uri Gottesman? I think his books represent a uniquely (frum) Jewish fantasy genre.
December 20, 2011 at 05:15 PM
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