Monday, August 12, 2013

Celebrating the Birth . . . Elaine Cunningham

Elaine Cunningham (born August 12, 1957)
   Cunningham is a fantasy and science fiction author who is best known for her stories set in the Forgotten Realms and Star Wars universes.  Only one of her stories is freely available, at least that I could find. 

She has a great quote about author photos, that as a reader, I completely agree with.  "I find this sort of thing unnecessary and irrelevant. It's like that scene from 'Wizard of Oz,' when the wizard admonishes Dorothy and company, 'Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!' It's the illusion—in this case, the story—that matters. What difference does it make if an author is male or female, young or old, or for that matter, a Caucasian human or a sentient dolphin?"
At Paizo: "The Illusionist" Fantasy. Pathfinder.
     "My first impression of the Acadamae was, admittedly, not very favorable. The compound itself is impressively large, a walled city within the city, but the buildings are scattered about in random fashion rather than arranged in a sun-circle to focus power. It is strange to walk streets more twisting and contrary than goat paths, to see water contained in wells rather than free-flowing through the dreamwalk patterns of ancient cisterns. There is no symmetry in the Acadamae, and little beauty. It seemed incredible that magic could be called to such a place."

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