"The Plausibility of Dragons" is live online!

    You can now read my sorta-allegorical, sorta-parody fantasy story "The Plausibility of Dragons" on Lightspeed Magazine! http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/the-plausibility-of-dragons/


    parakletos's picture

    have to check that out!

    have to check that out!

    Sovran's picture


    I had to read that one a couple of times before reacting. For a straightforward story, there's a lot going on. Is it a comment on revisionist history? A warning not to mistake the part for the whole? A critical eye on the history of a group that speaks Latin and features large hats? Or a fictional account of the eternal battle to separate truth from fiction?

    In the end, I focused most on the "part for whole" theme. I'm not sure if that was your intention, or if I just chose to see a lot of that because the idea is so topical. There's definitely a clear theme of truth vs fiction and the true enemies vs those we create for ourselves, but in the end that idea felt like a foundational element to raise the "part for whole" question. I can easily imagine that a different reader, or the same reader in a different time, might think that one of the other themes is most prominent. That, really, is the beauty of it.

    I wouldn't mind seeing more stories about this pair of mismatched heroes. But of course they never existed, so that seems unlikely.