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Chessiecon 2021: Magical Portal Stories
The concept of going to a mythical land where the rules are different and strange,shows up a lot in literature and across cultures. The Japanese even have a word for it: Isekai. Western examples include Alice’s Looking Glass, Dorothy’s ruby/glass slippers, the Tollbooth in the “The Phantom Tollbooth”, and in more recent times, various means of computer transport, e. g. “Tron,” and “Ready Player One.” Is it required for an author to use this device to tie it into the real world as a way of making it more plausible, while making up their own rules and throwing in magic or strange politics or physics?

D H Aire, Yakira Heistand, Fred Blonder (M)

Nov 28, 2021 11:30 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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