Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Sci-Fi Fantasy via Norse mythology

So since Andrew was talking about futuristic sci-fi fantasy cross overs, that made me think about what I am currently working on. It's interesting how that kind of thing can go in VERY different directions. I mean, the future holds endless possibilities, so it kind of makes sense.
Maybe because sci-fi fantasy hasn't been explored a whole lot, there aren't any tropes associated with it yet. I mean, for urban fantasy, we have certain tropes which have cropped up (vampires and werewolves for starters), and for high fantasy there are also certain tropes (elves, dwarves and wizards). As for futuristic stuff, well, there's futuristic sci-fi tropes (space travel), but not so much the futuristic fantasy tropes. I mean, I don't think I've ever actually encountered a thing that's set thousands of years in the future and is fantasy.
As for what I'm working on, it's literally 40,000 years in the future (OH Warhammer 40k! That's futuristic fantasy. Also Starcraft is more or less futuristic fantasy.) So the premise is that humans colonized the planets in our solar system, and evolved into different species with MAGICAL POWERS. Magic through evolution = sci-fi fantasy cross over like a boss.
Anyways, the races that evolve are based on the races in Norse mythology: light elves from Saturn, dark elves (aka dwarves) from Neptune and Uranus, fire "giants" from Mercury (they're actually just humans with pyromancy), Vanir from Venus, Aesir from Mars, Jotuns (aka giants/shapeshifters) from Jupiter, and Humans from Earth. And then there's HEL who chills out on Pluto. The races that are sun-ward of the asteroid belt are humanoid, and the ones outside it are less so because they were more isolated.
The Vanir have "magic" which is more like transmutation (FMA, anyone?), and the Aesir have the power to live forever (although no one knows it) as well as the ability to absorb any power, very similar to Rogue from X-Men.
So yeah, there's space travel in spaceships that look like galleons and schooners that run on dark matter, and terraforming, and magic! It's a good time.
And completely different than Andrew's futuristic sci-fi fantasy world. Which is awesome.
The biggest difference is that I'm not so sure that my story could be considered an urban fantasy. Could it? I dunno. Does Urban Fantasy really just mean a little sci-fi and a little fantasy? I mean, Kate Daniels has got me all thinking about tech vs magic. If urban fantasy is fantasy in our modern world, and we're all about the tech, then really, urban fantasy is just combining magic and tech. And in a futuristic setting, tech = sci-fi, so therefore, a sci-fi fantasy blend is like an urban fantasy set in the future. QED.
But of course not all urban fantasy has to have technology in it. It's just likely to.

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