Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Why Is There No Jewish Narnia?

Michael Weingrad explores the question of why there's not (yet) a Jewish counterpart to Narnia, Middle-Earth, Hogwarts, et al...

http://www.jewishreviewofbooks.com/publications/detail/why-there-is-no-jewish-narnia

I'm tempted to try to debate why he thinks Judaism is a science fiction religion, but he'd know more about Judaism than I would, and, in two words: Isaac Asimov. He'd win the debate. Nevertheless, it would be interesting to read more of what I call conceptual fiction--not necessarily about hard science and not necessarily related to English or Arabic folklore, from which most of the great "fantasy" fiction in English is drawn--written by Jewish authors.