Lizard Brain is a shared blog about Science Fiction and Fantasy from Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck.

Daniel’s Early April Roundup

by Daniel Abraham

Jaysus, but I appear to be everywhere right now.  Seriously.

I weigh in on Grimdark over at the once-again Hugo nominated Clarkesworld.

At A Dribble of Ink, I reflect fondly on Sean Stewart, even though he isn’t dead.

And at Apex Magazine, they’ve reprinted one of my favorite stories *and* interviewed me about it (and other things).

Also, some folks are apparently going to be seeing advance copies of Tyrant’s Law any minute now.

I think that’s about it for now.  Funny when it all hits at once, though, ennit?

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  1. That was an excellent essay on Grimdark, and I think you nail it with the comment about it being a rejection of heroism’s ability to save the world. It defines Warhammer 40K in a nut-shell: despite the battles and conflicts that the Imperial Guard/Space Marines/Inquisitors will fight, it’s never “enough” to really “save” the Imperium. The Imperium will always be teetering on the edge of collapse and destruction, both from dangers within and without.

    What’s mildly amusing is that when it drifts away from this, the game creators push it back towards it. Warhammer 40K would have periodic campaigns that would mess around with the continuity, and I think the most recent one had the Imperial forces score a bunch of great victories that considerably set back their opponents (particularly Chaos) and put it on a much stronger and more secure position. Of course, it was immediately ret-conned away.

  2. Fantastic take on grimdark (a term I was unaware of previously, ie 5 minutes ago). While I enjoy Abercrombie’s work I do recognize that its cynical nature can be a little downing. I am entertained, and I do like his characters, but I sometimes feel disheartened by the world-is-evil-go-along-to-get-along attitude those characters have. I like me some gray characters but damn does it feel good when those grays flash a little of The White now and again. To reference Williams’ take, I WANT the illness of the world (fictional and the one I reside in) to be cured. That’s something I do enjoy in my fantasy from time to time. Oh, and fantasy world as horror reminds me of the Conan stories by Howard, perhaps a little early grimdark.

    I am in the middle of your novel Path of Dragons (previously never read a thing you’ve written) and I’m now a fan. It’s a mature fantasy that feels real. I like reading science fiction and fantasy where I feel like the author’s world/characters are authentic, and yours are. You’re a truth-teller and an author a reader can trust. Nothing worse than not only being aware of the mechanics behind a novel, but also questioning whether the writer isn’t just running blind. No such fears with your writing and I’ve put you on my “no hesitation in buying/reading” list. Best of luck to you with your writing and wish you much success.

  3. Daniel,

    About your articles:

    The world is a complicated place, too much information and opinion. There are multiple paths of understanding for everything, but people get lost, and lack the ability to see what is important and what is irrelevant. They give up and take a shallow and simple view instead.

    Thank you for never taking the shortcut.

    Nice thoughts on grimdark. BTW, I find “The Heroes” brilliant!.

    Carlos (from São Paulo)