Why don’t Jews write fantasy?



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  1. Avatar Mike Schilling says:

    Some Jewish fantasy writers:

    Neil Gaiman, Michael Chabon, Peter Beagle, Avram Davidson, Michael Moorcock, Guy Gavriel Kay, Robert Silverberg, Charlie Stross, Jane Yolen, Harry Turtledove, Lev Grossman, William Goldman, Steven Brust.

    And let’s not leave out Richard Perle’s predictions for Gulf War 2.Report

    • Avatar JosephFM says:

      Actually, if you read the First Thoughts link, the point is less a lack of Jewish fantasy writers and more the lack of an epic and detailed fantasy universe that expresses Judaism the way Narnia expresses Christianity – but of course, then points out that superhero comics are exactly that (which was of course also one of the themes of Chabon’s most famous work).

      Gaiman is a perfect example. I had no idea he was Jewish, it doesn’t really show in his stories.Report