Guest Post: Fantasy is a Broad Table by Stephen Aryan
ABOUT STEPHEN: STEPHEN ARYAN is the author of the Age of Darkness and Age of Dread trilogies. His first novel, Battlemage, was a finalist for the David Gemmell Morningstar Award for best debut fantasy novel. It also won the inaugural Hellfest Inferno Award in France. He has previously written a comic book column and reviews for Tor.com. In addition, he has self-published and kickstarted his own comics.
Fantasy is a broad table
These are just a few examples of series that I read growing up in the 1980s and 1990s that showed me, early on, that fantasy series didn’t have to be set in a western-inspired medieval world, or be about a farm boy who grows up to be a hero. These and many other progenitors in the genre were paving the way for what would become familiar and named sub-genres. I highly recommend seeking out these and other hidden gems from the genre.