Book Angel Booktopia is delighted to host Guy Bass today with a unique perspective on the battel between Sic-Fi and Fantasy, LOL
The Legend of Frog – Sci-fi vs Fantasy
My latest book, The Legend of Frog, is an old skool mash-up of my favourite elements of science fiction and fantasy from books, comics, films and TV, so I thought it might be a nice idea to write about combining those worlds in the name of adventure, comedy and explosions. But then I did this instead.
The battlefield is set. In the shadow of Mount Doom and Hogwarts stand the gathered forces of Fantasy, while before them, framed by the great planets of Barsoom, Mongo and that one from Star Trek that the evil space cloud lived on, is the amassed army of Science Fiction. The unnumbered forces of wizards, elves, knights, orcs, dragons and unicorns, vs the incalculable armies of robots, cyborgs, space heroes, and dystopia do-gooders.
There can be only one victor.
The army of Sci Fi is the first to attack. Laser-beams streak across the battlefield, making that pew-pew sound that all lasers have made since a1977. Flash Gordon leads the charge, dispatching the Dread Pirate Roberts with his sword before ZAKOW – zap-blasting zapping Bilbo Baggins with his ray gun and then bopping Gollum in the chops with a right hook. Suddenly, from behind a wookie, Gandalf the Grey steps forward. He quickly delivers the whammy with his magic staff and – BOOM – farewell Flash Gordon. He shall not pass, that’s for sure. Gandalf gives the wizard wink to the surviving hobbits before Darth Vader appears behind him and – VUMMM – delivers the classic “Bye Bye Ben Kenobi” lightsaber chop. By the time Gandalf drags himself back from the dead in a bleached cloak, the battle will be over.
That moment, a great roar rings out across the battlefield. Aslan the lion leaps into the fray, eating one or two Doctor Whos as Marvin the Paranoid Android stares at him in disapproval.
Suddenly, John Carter from Mars does a big Barsoom leap over the fantasy troops, landing at the back where Harry Potter is busily being a reluctant hero. Carter is a second away from chopping Harry’s head off when Hermione saves the day with an “Expelliarmus!” before Dobby kicks John right in his carters.
Elsehwere, The Fremen of Arrakis are dispatching a troop of (How to Train Your) Dragons with their space age kung-fu, The Wierding Way. Spells are cast, ray-beams fire … Orcs and elves take on stormtroopers … armoured bears deliver lethal hugs to unsuspecting androids, sending them to a permanent sleep of electric sheep-filled dreams…The battle between science fiction and fantasy threatens to rage without end.
But then, from out of the fog of war, comes a third army – the Fairy Tales – the ancient and underappreciated armies of folklore, fables and cautionary yarns. There are wolves, trolls, princesses and pigs, girls and boys, giants, ogres, tortoises, hares and more witches than you could possibly drown. And leading the charge… the Frog Prince.
It’s going to be one heck of a fight.
Sci Fi or Fantasy? Here are a few oldies but goodies…
Dune by Frank Herbert
The Lord of the Rings books by JRR Tolkien
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adam
Flash Gordon – the Daily Comic Strips by Alex Raymond
A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
The Princess Bride by William Goldman
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis
Thanks Guy for that highly entertaining post 🙂