AISFP 241 – Bruce Taylor on Magical Realism

Timothy C. Ward interviews Mr. Magical Realism, Bruce Taylor, about how Magical Realism creates a plethora of opportunities for story telling. You may remember Bruce from the WorldCon/ChiCon panel where he and Cat Valente discussed, “Quantum Physics Meets Magical Realism.”

About our guest, Bruce Taylor:

brucetaylorBruce Taylor, also know as “Mr. Magic Realism,” was a student at the Clarion West Science Fiction/Fantasy, and has been actively  promoting and advancing  the form of writing known as Magical Realism, founding the Magic Realist Writers International Network in 2001. He has currently co-edited, along with Elton Elliott (former editor of the Science Fiction Review), the anthology Like Water for Quarks: The Intersection of Magic Realism and Science Fiction.


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Timothy C. Ward has been podcasting since 2010, first as AudioTim, and now with AISFP. His first publication, Cornhusker: Demon Gene (A Short Story), is available on Kindle for $.99. He just turned in his novel to his editor, Joshua Essoe. Kaimerus is described as “Firefly crashes on Avatar and wakes up 28 Days Later.”

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  1. I thoroughly enjoyed this interview, Tim. I love magic realism – in fact, one of my own short stories, Levitation, which appeared in an anthology called Shorts V, was magic realism – by accident, rather than design. It started as an out and out horror story, but then I re-wrote it, and it was selected for this competition anthology.

    In terms of works worth looking out for, I’d like to mention House of the Spirits – and indeed other novels by the wonderful Isabel Allende; the original Russian version of Solaris, directed by Andrej Tarkovsky (the US version was quite good, but the Tarkovsky is a real work of art); arguably 2001: A Space Odyssey is magic realism, too. And check out The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror athologies (St. Martin’s Press) – they always have a number of magical realist stories in there.

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